BENEFITING: American Institute for Cancer Research
ORGANIZER: American Institute for Cancer Research
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
I'm 35 years old and cancer has already touched my life several times.
As a child, my husband Morgan, went in for a hernia operation and found out he had a rare type of cancer. He underwent surgery and chemotherapy and was given a clean bill of health several years later.
In 2008, I watched my mother-in-law Carol, pass away after a long tough battle with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a lung cancer caused by asbestos and we suspect she might have been exposed as a child on their farm.
In the fall of 2012, during what felt like the peak of our health and fitness, Morgan was again diagnosed with an unrelated but similar cancer. I was witness to his strength and determination as he underwent another surgery and three more difficult rounds of chemotherapy.
And most recently, cancer has taken a swing at me. In the spring of 2015, I had a melanoma removed from my lower leg.
Since early 2013, I've developed a keen interest in learning ways to actively fight back. Living a healthy lifestyle has become a passion of mine. I believe with all of my heart that through proper nutrition, sleep, exercise, and stress management, many cancers can be preventable.
On November 6th, I will be running the New York City marathon as a team member of the American Institute for Cancer Research. AICR is a cancer charity that funds research on the links between diet, physical activity, and weight management in relation to cancer prevention and survivorship.
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