March 12, 2017
BENEFITING: Remember Betty Foundation
EVENT DATE: Mar 11, 2017
I lost my favorite aunt to breast cancer on May 19, 2016...ironically on the same day that I attended a Remember Betty benefit concert in Orlando, FL. My family waited to tell me about Aunt Brenda's passing until after the concert, knowing how the news would devastate me. I vowed that night that I would do more to help those fighting this terrible disease.
Brenda was the fun aunt everyone wishes they had. She never had kids of her own so she treated her nieces, nephews, and their friends like royalty. My friend and I stayed at her house in Las Vegas for the weekend to attend a New Kids on the Block concert there. She acted as our personal tour guide, taking us everywhere: the famous Welcome sign (hi Elvis!!), to a Cirque du Soleil show, the Hoover Dam, shopping, and out for several dinners on The Strip...all while battling Stage 4 breast cancer. But, beyond her generosity, she had a genuine unconditional love for us. She was the absolute best human being I've ever known and I miss her every day.
Fast forward to today. I am training to run the Gate River Run in Jacksonville, FL on March 11th. The GATE River Run is the largest 15K race in the United States. It starts at EverBank Field and ends after a grueling course that includes the 152 foot high Matthews Bridge over the St. Johns River. Last year over 24,000 runners and walkers participated in one of the featured events including the 15K, and I was one of them. When I made a commitment to do more for Remember Betty, I decided why not tackle the Bridge again, this time for Brenda...and Betty, of course. Wanna sponsor a mile? Or 9.3 miles? ;)
About Remember Betty: Founded by Danny Wood of New Kids On The Block in memory of his mother, Betty, our mission is to help minimize the financial burden associated with breast cancer for patients & survivors by providing direct financial support to them so that they can focus on recovery & quality of life. Our mission is to make sure that the legacy of Betty Wood lives on! Our goal is to fill the gap left by the major breast cancer charities. Research & awareness are great, but they do no good if a patient can't afford the treatments, or if they have to choose between paying for treatment or paying the electricity bill, buying groceries, or rent. www.rememberbetty.com