HIVers & cancer survivors… we’re running marathons… I’m
Richard Brodsky, the HIV-positive guy with brain cancer; and I’ll be running
a marathon a month for 2006, as long as my legs, money and health hold
out. Why am I running a marathon every month? I’ve been blessed that if I had
to become HIV-positive, at least it happened in
Being HIV-positive had NOT taken away my energy as I ran my fastest marathon after I was diagnosed HIV-positive, at age 46. What eventually slowed me down was a broken shoulder, age and brain cancer ― probably in that order. Harvard and NYC doctors have confirmed that my cancer had nothing to do with my HIV. In fact, odd as this may seem, my T-cells now are 1,100, higher than they’ve ever been, so obviously running a marathon once a month agrees with my body. Sure the marathons are painful, there are no easy steps in the 65,000 mile +/- strides in a marathon, but at least I’m alive to feel the pain. I say to anyone who gives up on life because they are diagnosed with HIV or cancer, ‘yes, you’re right, your life is over.’ But dare to dream or visualize that YOU WILL be climbing that mountain or running that race; then surely your chance for not just surviving but thriving, will be a major component in your recovery.
I can no longer sit idle knowing that 12 people will die from AIDS in the two minutes it will take you to read this page. However, I’d like to think I can give people hope that just because they are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, they can still live a rewarding, productive life. My advice: love and cherish your partner and family a lot more, pay a little more attention to a rainbow, because Someone up there has given you the chance to see that rainbow. AND remember, the 12 people who recently died from AIDS in the past two minutes will never see another rainbow.
So many people, including relatives and friends have questioned me as to why I have chosen to give up my career as an Architect to undertake such an uphill fight to help others? To them I say, "Sometimes in life there are no choices."
(Click on the highlighted links for marathon pictures)
January 29th Miami, Florida
February 26th Tampa
March 26th Cape May, New Jersey
April 30th New Jersey Marathon
September no marathon
October no marathon