I had the chance to talk with Albert and ask him some questions about his run. Dudes, I was blown away by him. His answers made me smile and cry. And cry and smile. And sob.
He runs to cure his wife. The love of his life. The mother of his son. His best friend and love. And dudes, I want to help him reach his goal. He wants to raise 5000.00 dollars. Every penny will go to the PKD foundation. Every cent. Every donation is secure. He's halfway there.
But enough from me. Let's hear from Albert. Below are some excerpts from our email conversation...
<- This is Albert and Nolan. Albert is training for the San Diego half marathon on June 2nd to raise money to cure his wife, Hillary. Their son Nolan, 5, is helping dad train. These two dudes love the amazing woman in their life and could use a hand reaching their goal.
That's where we come in. This is a chance to help someone meet a goal. This is a chance to help ONE person. Maybe by helping just one person, we can help many.
So what the heck is PKD? It's Polycystic Kidney Disease. And it has no cure. Yet. Hillary was diagnosed almost two years ago.
Check out this graphic from the PKD Foundation.
Hillary is the strongest person you will ever meet. You have to be to make it through what she had to in her life. She has been to hell and back and you wouldn’t know it by talking to her. To say her Childhood and adolescence where tough is an understatement. Murder, suicide, fraud, physical abuse, and foster homes are not something that a child should have to experience first-hand. You would have to earn her trust for the details, but some way, somehow through a life of immense struggle a loving wife and mother developed. My wife INSPIRES me! There is a quote from the movie The Count of Monte Cristo” that to me sums up how she lives her life. "Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout as you did in Rome. Do your worst, for I will do mine!"
She attacks life’s moments that would make anyone else crumble. Moments like my cancer that left me with debilitating fear and shattered my confidence are where Hillary thrives.
I asked him about when his wife was diagnosed...
The PKD diagnosis was a shock in many ways. I remember thinking, “Gosh, hasn’t she been through enough ?” I didn’t and still don’t want her to be afraid like I was. Pain, Pain, and more pain is what polycystic kidney disease is about. For Hillary the seemingly constant back pain and nausea are a constant reminder that her kidneys are losing their function. Constant chronic pain makes you irritable, short-tempered, depressed, and tired. Part of the depression comes from knowing that your body is going to change because the kidney never stops growing.
I asked him why he runs...
Running is a way for me not to feel helpless. If I could physically take the pain away I would. It also allows me the forum to remind people about the importance of becoming and organ donor. It saves lives. People forget because it is not important until it happens to you or someone you love.
I asked him what it was like to live with PKD...
Living day to day with PKD is tough. It affects your kidneys which in turn affects your body and your mind. My job is to be whatever Hillary needs me to be at any given moment. Listener, Problem solver, handy man, cook, waiter, punching bag, caresser, babysitter, masseuse, homemaker, and so on. Sometimes it is multiple things at once. She gave me an amazing son and I will do anything for her. I love Hillary Garibay my hero and complement.
I asked him about the future...
I think I can speak for Hillary and I when I say that all we want is to watch our 5 year old son grow up happy and loved. He is all that matters to us. He looks like me but has tons of personality and charisma just like momma. I want to grow old with Hillary, watch my son set off on a career and marriage one day, and spoil some grandchildren.
LET'S HELP SOMEONE!
To help the Garibays reach their fundraising goal, just go to
Albert's personal fundraising page.
Give what you can. Even if it's just a few dollars. It all adds up. It all helps. It's all important.
Are you in?
The PKD Foundation leads the fight against PKD through research, education, advocacy, support and awareness. Our goal is simple - to discover and deliver treatments and a cure for polycystic kidney disease. One way we’re doing this is through the Run for PKD. Learn more about the PKD Foundation at pkdcure.org. ~ [source: http://www.kintera.]
For more information about PKD please visit pkdcure.org or check out this Youtube video.