On Sunday, August 8th, I am running in Kansas City’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Those of you who know me well know that I am not a runner. Not at all. In fact, if you told my high school volleyball coach that I was about to run a 5K, I’m sure she would burst out laughing. I nearly died every time we had to run during practices and I really haven’t made an effort to try again until this year.
I set out in January of 2010 with one goal – to run the Komen Race for the Cure. I’ve wanted to participate for years but have never committed to it for one reason or another. I always thought I would be walking it, but for some reason I decided I wanted to run it. I started training in the Spring, giving myself plenty of time (so I thought) to be ready for a 5K by August. I had a few setbacks along the way, but I’ve run more miles this year than I ever have in my life.
So why am I doing all this? The Susan G. Komen Foundation is something I believe in. I don’t know a single person in my life who hasn’t been touched by breast cancer. Whether it be your own mother, grandmother, wife, aunt, cousin, niece, daughter, co-worker, friend, or friend-of-a-friend, everyone has had someone in their life that has dealt with this disease. The best way to combat it at this point is early detection. There are amazing people out there that are working toward a cure every day, but until we find it we must rely on early detection. Funds raised from Race for the Cure are used to provide education, screening and treatment services for women in the Kansas City area.
By running in Race for the Cure, I feel like I’m doing my part to help provide these important services. There aremany women in my life that have survived breast cancer, thanks to the treatments that are now available. Wouldn’t it be great to know that there was a cure out there? I would love to see it happen in my lifetime and we get closer and closer every day. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know that our daughters and granddaughters would not have to live with the threat of this disease?
As of today, I am 62% of the way to my fund raising goal of $160. I really want to meet that goal, and even surpass it if possible. Nothing will motivate me more to run than knowing that I am making a difference. Will you help me make a difference? Can you donate $5, $10, $20? Even a little bit will help me get closer to my goal.
If you’d like to donate online, please click the following link and fill in all of your information: Donate to Race For The Cure
If you would like to donate, but would prefer to write a check or pay in cash, please leave a comment with your e-mail address and I’ll get the proper information to you.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading this and for any donations you may send. I couldn’t do this without the support of my friends and family. I’m so lucky to have all of you in my life.