Lifelong Chicagoan, Streeterville resident and Bank of America employee, Tim Small decided this was the perfect year to run his first marathon – a challenge he never imagined he could take on – after being inspired by two special people in his life.
Tim had been involved in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for the past seven years, viewing the route as a spectator, volunteering while a student in college, and now – as a Bank of America employee – previously passing out medals as a Race Day volunteer. In 2019, he recalls wondering if he could ever run the marathon himself.
It wasn’t until 2020 when Tim’s mother suffered a brain aneurysm, spent four weeks in the ICU, and began making her slow recovery that he realized with strength and determination, he, too, could overcome any obstacle. Last October, when the marathon was canceled, Tim’s Bank of America team joined together to run a virtual relay marathon. After participating with his colleagues, he never stopped running.
Not only did Tim channel inspiration from his mother and coworkers, but also from another very special person in his life – his niece, Kennedy. Kennedy was diagnosed with congenital muscular dystrophy (CDM) at six months old. Timothy ran to raise money for Cure CMD, a nonprofit whose mission is to spread awareness and fund research to find a cure for CMD.
“These past couple of years have not been easy for my family, but seeing their resilience and optimism gives me strength to rise to the challenge,” shared Tim. “I ran this marathon for my mom, my niece and for everyone who has been a source of strength and support for my family over the past couple years.”