Why I Run
Why I Run
Running has always just been a hobby to me, something I was never great at but something that I found to be therapeutic at times. Never did I see myself signing up for a 7-mile road race and training every day, I even bought running specific shoes for this.
I guess you’re probably wondering what my “why” is…
The Page family came into my life about 13 years ago, we met quarter midget racing when Chris and Sarah’s oldest child was about five-years-old. They trusted me enough to watch their kids for years and I grew to love them, and they very quickly became family. It is crazy to think we’ve seen each other through everything in between. Over time, their son, Waylon, has managed to keep everyone on their toes, especially when it came to his health.
I remember Sarah calling my mom (who is a nurse) in the middle of the night, several times to come over and just lay eyes on him. And there I was always right there behind her walking in the door. Little did I know the impact this family and these midnight phone calls would have on my life and the choices I have made for my career.
When Waylon was 4 years old, he went in for a routine tonsillectomy that quickly turned into a major hemorrhage, any parents’ worst nightmare. This was just the beginning of long road of doctors’ appointments and tests, only to, still to this day, be told it is a mystery.
Qualitative platelet dysfunction, with a little bit of spice… genetic tests have concluded that there’s more to it than just that, but so rare that there are no recorded cases of the same condition. They’ve tried everything, different medications, different diets, they’ve endured medical professionals who don’t even begin to grasp the severity, and people who don’t understand just how difficult it can be. They avoid several over-the-counter medications and have to monitor him after just the slights bump or bruise, yet there is absolutely no medical course of action. The only option he has is to receive a blood transfusion after any kind of trauma.
Waylon and Raegan (left), Waylon’s brother, Ryder, with Raegan and Waylon (right)