Running for a Reason: Weatherly Area
XC Coach to
THE WEATHERLY CROSS
COUNTRY TEAM: STANDING FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: CYRICK THOMAS,
BRETT KELLY, DILLON BIZARRE, EVAN KUNKLE, JACOB SIRKOT, CHRISTOPHER
SHANE COLL, KEITH CULLEN, JOEL HINKLE, STEPHEN MACNEAL, TRENT
ARTHUR, MICHAEL NEMSHICK, RYAN GILLOTT, ROBERT GILLOTT. KNEELING
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
JASON LASH, JEREMY MOSER, KEVIN OSIFAT, MASON GERHART, DEANNA
MCPEAK, DONNA PARISE, KAITLYN MOFFET, MORGAN GOWER, NICK BERGER,
JILLIAN BARTEL, ERICKA SHUMAN, HALEY GERHART, JULYA GENEROSO,
KIM HARRISON, DEREK
HOUSER, ANTHONY MAGUSCHAK. SITTING: WEATHERLY CROSS COUNTRY COACH
AND TEAM IN
TRAINING MEMBER JONATHAN KIDDISH.
Run Marine Corps Marathon for Special Fund Raising Cause
BY DINO OBERTO
The sport of cross-country is contrasting to so many others.
You must train your body to endure miles of running along with
the rigors of competing on all types of terrain and a variety
of other obstacles. Running is a passion and for all the hard
work there comes the self-satisfaction of reaching personal goals
each time you begin a workout or race.
For one area runner, that passion has led him to use his talent
to help in a worthy cause by raising awareness for the Leukemia
and Lymphoma Society (LLS).
Jonathan Kiddish of Weatherly, PA will be competing in the
Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC on October 26 as a member
of the Team in Training (TNT) program. The purpose of the journey
is to raise funds for LLS in order to help find cures and ensure
access to treatments for those individuals who have blood cancers.
Through his efforts, Kiddish has pledged to raise $2100 which
he seeks by way of donations.
His story is touching on how he became involved with TNT.
His best friend, Maria McArdle of Jim Thorpe, along with her
friend, died in a car accident a number of years ago. Recently,
while searching the Internet for information about her, he found
the writings of Maria Donata Rothermel. Her words touched him
deeply and inspired him to join TNT.
TRUTHFULNESS--I must learn to always be truthful,
especially when the truth is needed to help others.
LOYALTY--I must learn not to be afraid to stand up for
and, if necessary, defend these things in which I so strongly
CHEERFULNESS--Its important to look on the bright
side of things.
HELPFULNESS--I am trying to become more helpful, by
learning to be more aware of peoples wants and needs.
CONSIDERATION--I must become more aware of other peoples'
feelings and never try to purposely hurt someone else.
She wrote, If I can master these character traits, then
I have a good chance of becoming the very best person I can be.
This is important because that is my goal in life, said
Kiddish, a 1987 graduate of Weatherly Area High School, ran
cross for four years. In 2008 he was in a car accident and suffered
an injury that kept him in a neck brace for four months. Every
attempt to become a runner again ended in failure. A few days
of running were followed by more and more days of not running,
until months had passed without running a single day. He knew
it was time to make a change once and for all and made a commitment
to run at least one mile every day for the rest of his life.
The start came on the anniversary of the passing of his best
friend. One mile, every day. Then on the start of Day 42 he was
told by his four-year-old nephew, Run two, Jonny.
Two miles soon turned into three, then four, then five.
Kiddish, who is in his first year as Weatherly Area High School
Cross Country coach, began training for the marathon one day
at a time. To be precise he went exactly 1299 days without missing
While on a recent training run with his team, Kiddish twisted
his ankle on a misstep and suffered a sprain. His determination
to succeed and run the marathon may have been a factor in his
quick recovery, as within two weeks he was back on his feet and
working out with his team, continuing to focus on his goal.
There is no way I am not doing it. I am committed to
it. Even if I dont run from now until the middle of October
Ill still be participating in that marathon, said
This will not be his first attempt at a marathon. He last
ran one in 1998; however, it was with no formal training. This
time around he is paying better attention to the task at hand.
Along with being part of TNT, now that he is coaching, there
is even more will power to succeed.
Its very rewarding on many levels. It is a great
feeling to be able to help students who want to be runners and
be able to motivate them to become better runners and better
students, said Kiddish.
It is allowing me to use the same values, wisdom, motivation,
and inspiration that I have to pass on to others. Its very
significant. Those kids motivate me just by being runners.
The goal of this marathon is to raise money and awareness
for the Leukemia Society--Team in Training is using running to
help raise money for people who have blood cancers. I now have
an opportunity to expose other runners and young runners to what
the Leukemia Society is doing and what the training is doing
and how they may someday be able to use running to do more than
just get into shape or help their cross-country team in high
school or college, he continued.
Theres something way beyond running just for a
team for points or victories that they can do with their running,
To donate go to: http://pages.teamintraining.org/epa/corps14/mindfulunity.
For more ways to donate and support, e-mail Kiddish at:
48,610 new cases of leukemia were expected to be diagnosed in
the United States in 2013.
Leukemia is the most common type of cancer in children and adolescents
younger than 20 years, accounting for 26.7% of all cases.
An estimated 3,605 children and adolescents younger than 15 years
were expected to be diagnosed with leukemia in the United States
in 2013; 3 children every hour.
About 32% of cancer cases in children and adolescents younger
than 15 years are leukemia.