BENEFITING: LOST LAKE RUN
EVENT DATE: Jun 30, 2015
Some of you may remember that I competed in the Lost Lake Breath of Life Run for Cystic Fibrosis last summer. It was an amazing 16 mile run outside of Seward, Alaska, but with a 9-month old at the time of the race, I just hadn’t been able to prepare myself as much as I would have liked. As much as I regretted my fitness level going in to the race, what I regretted much more was missing my fundraising goal.
During my preparation last year, I did quite a bit of research on cystic fibrosis, and wrote a few blog posts about it which you can find here, here and here. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder in which the body creates an abnormal amount of thick mucous. The mucous can impair the function of both the lungs and the pancreas. While there is no cure, there have been many advances in treatments and therapies over the past several decades, increasing both life expectancy and quality of life for patients. Currently, clinical trials for a new drug are showing good promise as a potential treatment for the most common form of CF.
During the 2014 Lost Lake Run, I was reminded every mile why I was there. Each mile marker was dedicated to an individual Alaskan with cystic fibrosis. I may have been suffering myself through the last miles, but I knew it was for a greater good.
As a person who has dealt with both asthma and pneumonia, I can appreciate the struggle of sub-optimal lung function, though I know my experiences pale in comparison to what those with CF have to go through every day. Having conquered both of my lung-related health issues, I feel it’s fitting to give back by using my lungs and running for the lives of others.
This year, I plan to be doubly prepared for Lost Lake by being both fit for the task and reaching my goal as a fundraiser. As I trail for my 16-mile race set for August 22, 2015, please consider contributing to my efforts! I think we can raise $500 for this great cause, don’t you?
While the race is in August, my fundraising deadline is June 30! Every little bit helps; please help me out today! Pass this on to anyone you think would like to help out!