On September 3rd, 2010, Isaiah collapsed in front of his parents and was rushed to the hospital. There were no prior symptoms but he suffered severe brain damage as a result of complications from lymphoma which wasn't diagnosed until that day. He never regained consciousness and he took his last breath on September 10th in his mother's arms.
Isaiah was a true superhero and would often be seen wearing costumes of his favorites, especially his batman costume. He also loved to dance to MJ songs. Isaiah had a contagious smile that would brighten any room and was truly loved by all who were lucky enough to have known him…
The information above and picture below are from The Isaiah Alonso Foundation website.
|Isaiah Alonso - Superhero|
A walking buddy of mine mentioned the IAF Virtual Superhero Run/Walk hosted by The Isaiah Alonso Foundation, where you could sign up and do different race distances (5K, 10K, half marathon) and it would support families battling childhood cancer. It was a virtual race meaning you could do your race anywhere during the month of April.
So for my race number 34 I did the IAF Virtual Superhero Half Marathon. The location I picked was Suwanee Greenway/George Pierce Park in Suwanee, Georgia. The date that I picked was Saturday April 13, 2013.
For this race I did not bring my iPod. I wanted to focus on thoughts of Isaiah Alonso, his family, others battling cancer, and their families. These things are so sad, so unfair, and it is way beyond my comprehension why things like this happen. It also reminded me of the brevity of life and that there really is no guarantee of tomorrow, for any of us.