Running for mom

Running for MomMy sister and I decided to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure this year, in honor of our mom. She was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer 4 years ago, and was recently placed on hospice care as the effects of several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation take their toll on her body.

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We Care T-shirtsThe NIC wrestling team sells T-shirts each year through their WeCare program to help raise funds for Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer.  Last year I was asked to serve on a committee to determine if Komen was the best charity at which to direct these funds, and after some extensive research we decided that yes, the Susan G. Komen Foundation was a well managed non-profit that was benefiting both women in our community as well as future generations of women around the nation. Through that opportunity, I was able to see the importance of the programs that Komen supports and relate their impact to my own family—my mom had also benefited from these organizations who loan wigs and host support groups for women battling this horrible disease.

So even though I’m not a runner, this year I decided to do my little part in the fight by participating in the Race for the Cure. My sister and I joined our respective work teams- I was on the Cardinals Against Cancer team, she (and her family) suited up for The Teachers for Ta-Tas.

Cardinals Against CancerTeachers for TaTas

I’m not a very emotional person, but I felt the tinglies rising up as I crossed the starting line, surrounded by over a thousand fellow runners who were there because their lives, too, had been forever changed because of this disease.  {While out on the course, the only feeling rising up was pain- although I’m pretty proud of my 38 minute time, considering I haven’t run in years and I did the first mile with my 3 year old nephew!} Once I neared the finish line, another set of emotions set in- the Red Hot Mamas were there, dancing up a storm. After reading in the newspaper about 3 members of this dance troop who themselves battled breast cancer, their presence at the finish line was that much more impactful. Then of course, there was the NIC Basketball team- who along with the wrestlers stationed throughout the course, were there to cheer on runners and celebrate (oh so many things to celebrate at that point!).

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We can make a difference.

We can help to provide services to women who are in the midst of the fight.

We can encourage women to get preventative screenings.

We can work together to fight against this disease that is ravaging families across the world.

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Race for the Cure was a pretty great event. Even my husband, who stopped by to pick me up at the end of the race, said that he would like to participate next year.

The race is over, but the fight is far from finished.

If you’d like to donate to the cause, you can do so by accessing my personal fundraising page until October 27. I had some very generous friends who helped me to meet my goal right away (thank you!!), but that doesn’t mean we have to stop!

Komen emailThe goal of this year’s event was to raise $50,000. The $350 that I was able to raise before the race landed me in the top 5 fundraisers. That means we still have a whole lot more to raise in order to reach our goal and support these important programs in our community!

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Thanks friends. Know that you are loved.

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