Passionate Pursuits: Cheryl McPhillips and her “Marathon for Myles”
By Alicia Jacobs, Excelsior Life News Staff
When Cheryl McPhillips learned the story of a brave 9 year old boy from Delmar, NY, named Myles McAdoo, who had been diagnosed with an incurable brain stem tumor, she wanted to make a difference by contributing in some way, however small. Myles courageously battled his first diagnosis at the age of two, but succumbed to his illness on July 24, 2012 after completing his bucket list of activities and enjoying precious time with loved ones and his twin brother, Marcelle.
As McPhillips, currently the assistant director of institutional effectiveness at Excelsior, became better acquainted with Myles' mom, Laurel, she was overwhelmed by her positive nature, especially in light of the circumstances. So McPhillips decided that raising money for the Foundation would give Laurel a bright spot during a difficult time, and the money raised would support others in similar circumstances.
So she laced up her sneakers and took her passion for running in a new direction... Disney’s Wine & Dine Half-Marathon in memory of Myles. She just completed it on November 10th and raised $1,000 for Myles of Smyles Foundation to help the families of children who are struggling with illness.
Excelsior Life Staff sat down with McPhillips prior to the race discuss her experience.
How did you train for the marathon?
How do you describe your passion for running?
How did you decide to tie in Disney World?
How much money do you hope to raise?
Editor’s note: For individuals who would like to learn more about Myles McAdoo, the Albany Times Union published a heartwarming piece just three days after his death this past summer: A Life Measured Not In Years, But in Myles.