Kids Raising Awareness
By: Christine Fanning
Name: Molly Umble
Working 13 1/2 hour shifts while standing on your feet most of the time is a lot for one person to do. Working 13 1/2 hours and then running six-miles because you're training for a marathon takes dedication to another level.
Molly Umble, 19, is a full-time student at Hendrix College, working a part-time job as a conference and events coordinator at Franklin & Marshall College, and training for the 2011 ING New York City Marathon in November as a member of Team Reeve.
It runs in the family
"Just being there was such a great experience." Umble says of watching her father compete and cross the finish line for Team Reeve in 2010's marathon. "I really wanted to be a part of it. Seeing my dad work so hard, train every day, and raise all this money. I just thought it was a really cool thing to be a part of."
He's more than just an uncle
"Even when we were in the hospital and we didn't know what would happen to him," Umble says. "He was still making jokes and being really silly like he always is."
Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Club
The club did various fundraisers such as DJ middle school dances, make "Team Reeve" and "Stand Strong" bracelets, "Team Reeve" t-shirts, and babysitting. That school year the club raised $3,700, all of which was donated to the Reeve Foundation.
Running with excitement
"I think there are so many rewarding parts, but partially the fact that my body can do it," Umble explains. Through invigorating workouts, Umble has maintained a positive attitude (and even a blog!) about her training.
Following advice from her father and a plan from the Reeve Foundation, Umble says she's excited about the progress she's making. Through the increasing miles each week, she says she's enjoying the training, "There hasn't been a day where I'm like, ‘I can't do this anymore.'"
Umble says, "Just being able to get out and run, sometimes I get tired and I don't want to do it, but at least I can."