Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Ironwill Challenge Concludes in Machu Picchu

Bill McCabe leaves for Peru tomorrow to tackle what is known as the world's toughest marathon. On Saturday, he runs the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu concluding his 7 marathons on 7 continents and his Ironwill Challenge to raise money for his dear friend Marc Fucarile.

Thousands of stone steps along 27 miles of trails that wind through the Andes Mountains of Peru to Machu Picchu serve as the terrain for the Inca Trail Marathon, which can take runners as long as 10 or 11 hours to finish. That's right - it's 27.5 miles! After crossing the Boston Marathon finish line, Bill surpassed his goal of running 2620.2 miles for Marc. But he wouldn't stop until he finished what he set out to do a little over a year ago. You can read about the early days of the Ironwill Challenge on the website.

As tough as Saturday's marathon is going to be for Bill, he believes it is no match for the daily struggles Marc faces every day. Last month, Marc underwent what is called "preparatory exploratory" surgery at Walter Reed which was used to guide his next steps for further surgical interventions. He faces 6 months to a year of traveling between his home in Massachusetts and Walter Reed taking him away from his loving wife and young son in an effort to ensure that Marc can live as fulfilling and healthy a life as possible. They are also working to save Marc's "good leg" from requiring amputation.

So as Bill McCabe gives his all in that final push to have run 7 marathons on 7 continents, and running more than 2,620 miles for Marc, let's give it our all and donate to Bill's GoFundMe page to support Marc on his marathon of healing.


I chronicle the first 7 years of my healing journey after being diagnosed with post polio syndrome, a progressive neuromuscular disease as a survivor of childhood paralytic polio and 9 years of childhood domestic violence in Coming Home:A Memoir of Healing, Hope and Possibility.

In Journey Well, the journey continues in the wake of my nephew's suicide on 3/4/11 and the events of 4/15/13. Through my journey of healing and transformation, we learn that no matter what life circumstances happen to us, we can always find a way to journey well.

50% of book proceeds from all of my books, available on Amazon are donated to the Massachusetts Resiliency Center to support 4/15/13 Boston Strong survivors and their families.

I am working on my new book, Feel the Heal: An Anthology of Poems which brings together my best poems of the last 8 years and will include my latest poems as I continue to feel the heal and move forward in my life.

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