Why I am Running a Marathon

by julie on April 15, 2015

Recently, I was featured as a Boston College Soaring Eagle   – for writing my memoir and founding Project Sleep. This was a huge honor, but also very ironic.

While at BC Law, I felt like a total failure. Diagnosed with narcolepsy at the beginning of my second year, I scolded myself for falling behind and never securing my “dream job” at a big law firm. I did NOT soar, I crawled to graduation, thanks to the support of some amazing mentors.

Yet, no one told me that just staying in law school with narcolepsy was an accomplishment of a lifetime. Now, I know that’s true.

Looking back on how far I’ve come, I am determined to inspire younger students with narcolepsy to feel proud and hopeful for the future. THEY WILL SOAR,  which is why I co-founded the Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship and will run 26.2 miles on May 31st.

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Training is really challenging working full-time w/ narcolepsy, but thinking about the students gets my butt out of the door.

This year, we have 34 applicants for 4 scholarships of $1,000 each toward their college education. The current funds were raised by generous individuals.

Yet, many more well-deserving students will be turned down,despite their humbling and insightful stories of strength and maturity beyond their years that bring tears to my eyes.

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Please contribute to my marathon fundraising so that we can bring hope to another student:

https://www.crowdrise.com/julieflygare/fundraiser/julieflygare1

Every dollar counts. Your donation is tax-deductible, Project Sleep is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. 100% of funds raised go to students, NO overhead costs.

Thank you for your support and consideration!

We are NOT ALONE IMG_4503 (1) After Running 16 miles on Sunday

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