It's Marathon Weekend!
October 04, 2017
BENEFITING: BRIGHT PINK
ORGANIZER: BRIGHT PINK
EVENT DATE: Oct 08, 2017
In 2015 we learned that my wife Emily is a carrier of the BRCA1 gene, which means that she has up to an 87 percent lifetime risk of developing breast cancer and up to a 54 percent chance of developing ovarian cancer. We entered into a world that we knew very little about. Words like mastectomy, oopherectomy and salpingectomy became part of our daily research and conversations.
Over the past two years, we've dealt with the emotional lows and highs that accompany a revelation like this. We haven't let it impact our daily life, but we have been vigorous about learning as much as we can about the next steps. We've met with doctors both in Minneapolis and at Mayo, and we've become involved with a support group in the Twin Cities that helps us navigate this new path. We also learned about the incredible organization that is Team Bright Pink, the only national non-profit organization focused on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.
Emily has been optimistic and her usual witty self about the whole matter. We are confident this will simply be a bump in the road, but we are now, more than ever, looking to help fund research about this lesser known side of breast and ovarian cancer.
Running has always been a part of my life, but I became serious about it last year when I completed the Twin Cities marathon in October. My goal for 2017 was to run the Chicago Marathon, so I'm excited that I have the opportunity to both achieve that goal and help raise awareness and funds to support this community that has become such an integral part of our lives.
The hope is that the dozens of runners on Team Bright Pink for the Chicago Marathon will raise more than $200,000, which has the power to educate and potentially save the lives of nearly 80,000 young women.
Please consider supporting me on this run and Emily on this journey, and if you know of someone who would like to support Emily or our cause, please forward this email!
Thanks so much!
Brian and Emily Sefton