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Theresa (Terry) Ann Kushman,

January 18, 1945 - September 12, 2012

 

My name is Tracy Finegan. I am a wife and mother of two young boys, Liam (6) and Declan (4). I am the daughter of a mother who was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in August of 2010. I am running my 6th marathon in Philadelphia on November 18, 2012 in honor of my friend and mother Terry Kushman. I took some time off from running for many reasons: to get married, relocate to New Jersey and have my boys. I always tell people I’ve retired from running marathons but lately deep down inside I keep asking myself if I can do it, will my body hold up, am I crazy? But now I want to prove to myself that I can still run a full marathon again before I turn 40 in February because if my mom could fight, then I can run.

I am devastated and shocked that my mom is no longer with us.  This was not expected at this point in her cancer.  My mom was a true friend, a loving daughter, a special sister, and the truest example of someone who could laugh at herself.  Mom had a way with the little things.  A card in the mail, a package sent, flowers dropped off.  Mom took on the burden of worry so that others could be carefree.  She made sacrifices so others had opportunity.  My moms's life was filled with family and friends.

My sister and I have always said mom showed us how to be a good mother.  She was sensitive, thoughtful, and a good listener.  My mom always gave us enough room to make mistakes but said, "You can always come home."  Mom we will think of you every day, miss you and feel your presence.  When we look to the sky and see the stars perhaps it is but an opening in heaven where your love pours through and shines down upon us to let us know you are happy.

My mom said it best -

Every night I thank the universe for my blessings. I ask for guidance too.  Mostly, I just take time to appreciate my children, family, grandchildren, and my home.  Everything else has only a fraction of the importance of these gifts.

Please help me by making a fully tax-deductible donation to the International Myeloma Foundation so no other family has to go through this pain. Together we can wipe out this deadly disease. On behalf of my family members and myself I thank you for your support.

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