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Finish Line staff share their stories of why they're running the San Diego Half-Marathon in this "I'm Running for Sofia" series.

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April 11th, 2013

I'm Running For Sofia: Jason's Story

Team Finish Line is at it again! Our goal: to fundraise more than $150,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of 9-year-old Sofia Vezza, who was diagnosed with leukemia in December. This summer, our corporate team of 40-plus — including many members of the Finish Line PT staff — is running the San Diego Half Marathon (and other summer races) on June 2. In this “I’m Running For Sofia” series, our staff will share their stories of why they decided to run.

Spotlight on: Jason Lakritz
My fundraising page

Hi everyone! My name is Jason Lakritz. I’ve always been a competitive runner and have participated in many running events throughout my running career. I’ve been lucky thus far to be able to represent Urban Athletics, Long Island University, and Florida State University. The Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half-Marathon in June will be my first opportunity to represent a charitable organization – the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I chose this to be my first race to raise funds for charity because of cancer hitting so close to home. As many of you know, I started my career as a PT less than a year ago and have been blessed to not only work with the best patients, but also have a great mentor, Michael Conlon. Mike’s 9-year-old cousin Sofia has been diagnosed with leukemia. She is currently going through chemotherapy to try and fight her way back to health.

I have participated in many races in the past, but none will have the meaning of this race. I will be proud to create awareness for the need to find a cure for cancer by wearing the LLS singlet. My goal for this half-marathon is to finish in the top 3 so I can stand on the podium wearing the singlet that represents so much more than just a great charitable organization. Hopefully I can put a smile on Sofia’s face!

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