Tutus For Tanner


I rolled out of bed this morning before sunrise to shower, get dressed and do the unthinkable: run a 5K. As recently as a year ago, I quipped to friends that if they ever saw me running, I’d be running for my life.

Today I was running for someone else’s life. Catherine Conners, a.k.a. Her Bad Mother, organized the 5K run for the wee hours before this year’s BlogHer kicked off. She hosted the event with her nephew, Tanner, to raise awareness and funds for the medical condition that is slowly killing him.

Tanner has Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, an incurable illness that has crippled him and will eventually take his life. In the past, Catherine has used her voice as a blogger to raise awareness about Tanner’s situation and this terrible illness. Now she’s raising money to try to grant him his biggest wish: the chance to live out his life at home with his mom.

To continue providing adequate care for him at home, Tanner’s mom needs to alter their house, in addition to managing all the ongoing expenses of caring for a chronically ill child.

The blogging community has come together to help them do it. It’s hard to attract attention in New York City, but even in Central Park dozens of women running in tutus makes heads turn. Plenty of people asked why we were all wearing tutus. Some asked what they could do to help.

If you’re interested in learning more or making a donation, you can help Tanner and his family directly or go to the Parent Project For Muscular Dystrophy to learn about the illness and make a charitable donation to research for a cure.

Photo: Catherine Connors