Summer 2006 Profile
In November 2005, a tragic accident shook Sama to the core: a drunk driver struck and killed her mother. Sama's motivation to take on the marathon is emotional—she wants to honor her mother's memory and prove that she has the same strong will and determination she so admired in her mother, an Egyptian immigrant who raised three children and was studying to get a master's degree at the age of 62. Yet Sama's goal won't be easy; she has always been sedentary and has smoked for the past nine years. Follow Sama's journey in her Marathon Diary.
Sama's Race Results & Update
Are you still running, four months later?
What else has stayed with you?
What it all meant
The day I crossed the finish line, I saw mama in me. This was not me running, it was Nadia Shaheen. She left the best of her in me. I never knew how strong-willed and determined I could be. Now I see I am just like her. My mother was a source of inspiration to me and to everyone around her. At 62 she was getting her masters. When mama was killed, it was 2 a.m. in the morning. She was in the lab until 2 a.m. studying and was finally walking back home to get some rest. Sixty-two years old at 2 a.m. in the lab studying. More than 200 students and faculty members attended mama's funeral and told us what an inspiration she was. This is the kind of woman Nadia Shaheen was, and this the kind of woman the marathon allowed me to find in myself.
I am so proud I am a MARATHONER ;) I want to use every bit of knowledge I gained in this process to share with people.
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