This weekend, All That Matters will graduate its first class of yoga teachers in cooperation with the Pranotthan School of Yoga. Among this group of yogis who have prepared tirelessly for six months is the lovely, talented, and inspiring Kirsten O'Neill. And on April 21st, Kirsten and her husband Tim will head to Boston to participate in another event for which they have dedicated an incredible amount of time and energy: they will be running in the 2014 Boston Marathon.
While training for a marathon is never a small undertaking, expecially when combined with work, home, and a rigorous yoga teacher training schedule, Kirsten and her husband have had another hurdle to jump: they are both cancer survivors. Three months after Kirsten's diagnosis in 2007, Tim was diagnosed with cancer as well. When asked how this shocking blow affected their young marriage, they both answered with conviction, "we're closer." According to Kirsten, "having marriage vows is one thing, but having someone take amazing care of you and then being able to reciprocate and take care of that person when they need you...it's a bond that you can't even imagine."
Last summer, a friend suggested that this vibrant couple do something big: why not run theBoston Marathon together? That sunny day on the beach, they agreed, and the team of three, dubbed "Cellmates," was born. Feeling strong and fueled by optimism, Tim and Kirsten trained throughout the winter, braving the 'polar vortex' that was Rhode Island, and even surpassing their fundraising goals. To date, an impressive $24,000 has been raised for the Dana-Farber Barr Research Program.
The All That Matters family would like to wholeheartedly congratulate Kirsten O'Neill and to thank her for being such an incredible inspiration to us all. If you would like to support Tim and Kirsten's efforts by making a donation to Team Cellmates, visit their fundraising site.