So after yesterday’s post, which I wrote hours before the Mayor cancelled the marathon, many of you commented both here, on Facebook and on Twitter that I would have a whole year now to get Katy Perry’s attention for a donation of wigs. I have to be honest with you, because I didn’t want to put anyone in an uncomfortable situation, I didn’t tell you the whole truth yesterday. My struggle with deferment was much greater than a “should I or shouldn’t I run”.
I went to bed on Thursday night pretty much having decided that in the morning I would write to Lara, our amazing Team Up with Autism Speaks coordinator, and let her know I was deferring until 2013. What I had seen on TV and heard from friends was simply horrifying and I could not see myself running when so many needed assistance.
I woke up at 5AM and instinctively reached for my phone. I still had another half hour to sleep, but I notice the email alert said I had several emails that had arrived around 3AM. This is what one of them (from one of Katy’s assistants) said:
Katy would be happy to make a donation of 25 wigs.
My new friend Andrew (Katy’s friend who I had been working with) sent this email:
Just got this email from one of the peeps at Katy’s management!
Which was followed by an email from Gene over at Charity Miles (he knows Andrew and is in the loop):
HOLY COW! THIS IS AMAZING!
I was ecstatic! It had worked.
Katy Perry was donating 25 wigs!!!
As Gene said, how amazing was that???
Suddenly, I was back in it. I was going to run New York!
But then reality started to hit me. The fact that Katy Perry was generously donating 25 wigs to the cause did not change the fact that people in the City and surrounding areas were suffering. I went back and forth all day, finally coming to the decision that I did. Fortunately, the mayor finally called the event, taking a huge weight off of my shoulders. I didn’t mention the wigs in yesterday’s post because I wanted to make sure that it was okay that I did – after all that they did, Katy and Andrew deserved the option of deciding whether or not to be mentioned.
I want to thank Katy and Andrew publicly. Although the marathon was cancelled, at the very least, the wigs will be waiting for us for the 2013 New York City Marathon – all of you who volunteered to wear one this year have my gratitude and the right of first refusal for next year.
Thank you Andrew.
Thank you Katy.