I’m Running For Sofia: Rachael’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: Rachael Van Schoick
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Hi everyone! My name is Rachael, and as you can see I work at Finish Line Physical Therapy! Working here has been quite an experience, and I have already learned so many new things. I was never a runner, but how could you not want to become one after watching all of the runners come in and achieve their goals? I’ve been a dancer all my life, so I know what it’s like to put hard work and determination into something you love doing.
Last year I attempted to train for the NYC Marathon, but I ended up getting hurt. I think my body just wasn’t prepared for what I was jumping into. So this year I decided to take things nice and easy and try San Diego’s Rock N’ Roll Half-Marathon in honor of Michael’s cousin, Sofia Vezza, who is 9 years old and was recently diagnosed with leukemia. I couldn’t think of a better way to help out than to run in honor of a strong little girl like her.
So far my training has not gone as according to plan as I would like it to. However I have at least gotten in one run a week, so it’s a start! I’m really taking it easy this time to let my body adjust for the intensity that is to come. March was better, and my longest run to date was 9 miles this past weekend with the rest of the team in New Paltz!
So good luck to everyone! And remember to take it easy. One day at a time and everything will all come together.