In an amazing demonstration of strength and courage, three months after her ALS diagnosis Carol Moeller finished her final 10k race at the 2016 Long Island Marathon.
“She couldn’t speak, was having trouble walking, couldn’t swallow, and she delayed her feeding tube operation so she could compete in the 10k race. She did it and she didn’t give up. She was a week away from having a feeding tube inserted into her body, but still pushed herself into completing a 10k,” Carol’s son, Kevin Moeller said.
Carol’s other son Dennis Moeller added, “Mom was in the middle and we surrounded her like secret service. She fell twice during the race. A mile before the finish line, we helped her up and my brother and I each had an arm around her. We told her to slow down and she just moaned the word, RUN! She finished the race and it was really special.”
This year the Moeller family will be running the Long Island Marathon, on May 7th, in honor of their mother Carol who passed away last October.
“I know it would make her feel good that I’ve been training the way she always did. We owe it to her. We saw her run with very limited abilities and I said if my mom can run 6 miles while already losing her ability to smile, stand up straight, or to cry, there is no way I can’t run the 26 miles. There is no quit in any of us,” Dennis said.
Running was always a part of Carol’s life, so the tribute is more than fitting.
“She would wake up at 4:30 in the morning and run 6 to 10 miles, 6 days a week, and be home in time to make breakfast, get us to school, and go to work. That was her routine for 30 years,” Dennis said. “Running is the only way to honor her, in the way she truly deserves.”
The Moeller family is hoping this run will bring with it support, because their goal now is to raise awareness, and bring in funds for research. So far “Team We Are Carol Moeller” is closing in on its $20,000 dollar initial goal.
“My mom kept asking for something to help her, some magic pill that would take this all away. And you know, hopefully through these efforts we are going to help someone, somewhere, come up with that magic pill.” Kevin said.
But until that day the Moeller family says they will continue to run for ALS and continue to fight for a cure. Dennis said when he needs motivation to keep on going he just hears the words his son told him during one of his training sessions, “Daddy, I think Grandma is cheering for you from the sky.”
If you would like to show your support and donate to Team We Are Carol Moeller head to tinyurl.com/carolmoeller