Dear Friends and Family:
Thank you so much for the warm wishes as I celebrate another year of life. I am incredibly grateful and blessed to share another day on earth, especially with those who love and support me. I am healthy, strong, and very excited about what's to come. For every phone call, text message, and post, I feel your love!
On March 30, 2013 - the day of my 25th birthday - I penned myself a special list. Encouraged by my cousin Esther, this list - fondly called my "30 before 30" list - holds 30 personal goals I gave myself to accomplish before my triple decade milestone birthday. Now with less than 12 months left to work on my list, I have come to the most challenging goals of them all: run a marathon.
It is my pleasure to formally announce that I am an official entrant of the 2017 Boston Marathon (bib #31212)! Over the last four months, I have been aggressively training to run in the world's oldest annual marathon. The Boston Marathon is the granddaddy of all marathons, ranking as one of the world's best-known road racing events.
So how can you make my birthday a little extra special? Here's where I need your help:
(1) Build my Spotify playlist: I need 5+ hours of music. Please add three of your favorite "pump it up" songs to my marathon playlist so that I can jam my way to the finish line. Add to the playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/user/ashley.brown1908/playlist/1TxiftXOdauNvhSD5UMajW
(2) Make a donation to my designated charity: One of the best parts of the marathon experience is the incredible support community members give to charities. I am excited at the possibility of supporting the PKD Foundation in the process and dedicating my birthday to a cause that I am passionate about: ending polycystic kidney disease (PKD). Instead of gifts, I ask that you consider donation of at least $26.2 to the PKD Foundation. The money raised will help fund PKD research, raise patients' voices through advocacy and awareness, and provide support to those living with the disease. Together, we can end PKD. Make a donation here: http://support.pkdcure.org/goto/ashleybrown
Thank you for celebrating with me today!