Athlete Name: Sally Bell
Tell us a little about yourself
My son Stephen, who was diagnosed at 3 months old, is now 30. My husband, Gene, and I raised Stephen as normally as possible – never keeping him in a bubble.
I got involved with the Boomer Esiason Foundation and Team Boomer in 2011 when Stephen asked me to run the NYC Marathon because there were a few spots still open on the team. I have always been athletic, never really a runner – but I said yes. I started training in April 2011 and haven’t stopped since. The 2014 NYC Marathon will be my third for Team Boomer – and I also run the NYC Half Marathon as well as Boomer’s CF Run to Breath every July. Running makes me feel free and gives me a way to raise money for CF.
I have launched a personal blog – http://www.marathonmomforcf.com/ – in the hopes that I can shed light on what it is like to raise a child with CF. When Stephen was diagnosed, someone told me, “You are strong, and you can handle this.” Those words and the wonderful support we have from family and friends have made all the difference. I want to pay it forward and try to help other families as much as I can.
“I run because Stephen is my inspiration.”
What is my favorite memory with Team Boomer?
My favorite memory is from the BEF gala this past March when Stephen was given the Michael Brennan Courage Away. We made a video – people from his life talked about how he inspires them every day. He truly looks at life with the glass half full. Stephen is successful in his job, in his everyday life, and most importantly, has recently married his soul mate. Words cannot express how happy I am for all of his blessings.
Why do I run?
I run because Stephen is my inspiration. If he can wake up and train, then so can mom.