Jen Jacob

“I am running with the memory of my sister in every step, the fight for my uncle in every breath, and my heartbeat setting the pace—a time clock reminding me of what's inside and not what's out. I am running because I can. It's that simple.”

It has become a bit of a tradition that on April 27th—the day that would have been my sister, Lindsay's birthday—I register for the TCS New York City Marathon.

Each and every year I raise money for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in honor of Lindsay. Last year, I was battling some of my own health issues—an eating disorder. More than a year has gone by and I am now the strongest I've ever been—both physically and mentally. I am truly proud of myself and I am ready for a new challenge.

Cancer—once again—presented that challenge. My incredible uncle was diagnosed with brain cancer. The universe is so astounding, isn't it? I had to be stronger in my own skin. I had to be confident, free, and healthy to switch this year's fundraising efforts from "in honor of" to "a battle for survival."

I am running with the memory of my sister in every step, the fight for my uncle in every breath, and my heartbeat setting the pace—a time clock reminding me of what's inside and not what's out. I am running because I can. It's that simple.

Why We Run - Jen