For Christmas my best friend gave me my first giving key. It was a silver necklace that said believe. I never thought I would have a reason to give it away for at least a few years. But I couldn't imagine a better time.
I wrote a long note to my mom saying how much I loved her and thanked her for her love and support all these years. I told her I "believed" in her with all my heart and knew everything was going to turn out alright. I asked her to wear the necklace during the race to feel me next to her heart and believe I was with her. I told her she was the bravest woman I had ever met and was my hero, then left the necklace in a box and wrapped it up with a pink ribbon. I tucked the box away in her suitcase and she found it the next morning right before the run. She wore the key throughout the entire run and never took it off. I can't wait to be there by her side as she stands up after the run next year as a survivor. I'm sure she will still be wearing the necklace then.