Run for Sofia Ysabel
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Funny how Eliza and I were just talking about mothering over dinner.
Eliza has a baby boy and I have three sons. For the past two days I was sad because the kids aren’t doing very well in Math and have been fighting like cats and dogs—what else is new?
Whenever this happens I tend to blame myself and wonder if I’m a good or bad mommy.
Jeroen always says, good mommy. But I think, if God were giving out report cards, I would fail.

It makes you wonder why that happens, how you love your kids from the day they are born. You strive for equality and fairness, to give them what they need and what they want, in terms of affection, attention, material things—and yet they end up trying to kill each other on a regular basis.
Sometimes you wonder if you’re raising Cain and Abel, when all you really want is for them to get along and have some peace at home.


So yes it’s true, ang hirap maging mommy.
I’m no tiger mom and I hate tiger mom. I’m not the type to send my kids out to every activity after school/on weekends because I want to see them and spend time with them.
I don’t expect to have kids who get seven or eight medals at graduation. I just want them to be happy, to be good, to work hard and do well in school, to be honest, healthy and to love God.
I always think life is short, you don’t know what’s gonna happen. I have friends who had kids that died at 6 or 8 years old due to illness or accident. So I’m just grateful to have healthy kids. There is no need for perfection.

Just now I got this email from Ginggay, about Sofia Ysabel Rosal, who was born only three months ago with Down’s Syndrome and Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), a congenital heart disease.
Sofia had undergone dialysis to address kidney failure, apart from other tests and procedures that were regularly administered to keep her condition stable.
Last July 23, 2011, Sofia’s battle finally came to an end. But her short life and her fighting spirit have inspired friends and family to put together a fund-raising activity to support her family as the cost of her treatment has reached alarming heights.


One Thousand Runners for One Heart: A Run for Sofia Ysabel, is a 3k and 5k fun run happening on August 27, 2011, 6 AM at the Piazza at Venice, McKinley Hill, Taguig City.
Registration for both 3k and 5k is Php 500 (with the fee donated entirely to Sofia’s family) is now open at R.O.X Bonifacio High Street and The Brick at McKinley Hill.
You may also sign up online at
Professional runners, leisure runners, and first-time runners are all welcome to run—not to beat previous records, but to be one of a thousand runners running or walking for Sofia, the little girl with a big brave heart.


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