50-mile Run to Help Others Celebrate More Birthdays
EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2014
Raising $50,00 to help others celebrate more birthdays:
We all hit those milestones and moments where we look back and reflect. For me, the thought of celebrating my 50th birthday was one of those moments. Perhaps it was the realization that I had long outlived my mom, who lost her life at age 41, following a 3-week battle with pancreatic cancer. It reminded me that I'm incredibly fortunate to be in good health and surrounded by an incredible group of family, friends, and colleagues. It also made me think of all of the great people I've known whose lives were taken far too early. And, ultimately, it inspired and motivated me to do what I can to help others celebrate more birthdays. I set the following goals for my 50th birthday celebration this year:
- Lose 50 pounds to help maintain good health
- Run a 50-mile ultramarathon
- Raise $50,000 for charities that will help others celebrate more birthdays
I'm proud to be joined by my siblings and extended family to raise money for the following charities:
1) American Cancer Society - what better charity than the official sponsor of birthdays - and a disease that we have all lost too many people too. This is in memory of my mom, Aunt Marian, and numerous other friends and family members who lost their lives far too early to cancer. Thanks to my brother Ray and Aunt Jeanne for leading the way on this one.
2) Parkinson's - in honor of Steve's mom, who despite battling this disease for decades, always faces the challenges with incredible grace and humor. Thanks to my husband Steve and his sister Susie for championing this effort.
3) National Eating Disorder Association - in honor of my younger sister Jeanne who has done an amazing job conquering the challenges of this disease. Thanks to my sisters Jeanne and Laura for leading this effort.
4) Abaana Heart Healers - in support of my brother-in-law Craig and the great work he is doing to treat children with congenital heart defects in developing nations. Thanks to my sister Barb and her husband Craig for championing this cause.
5) Women's Sports Foundation - research has shown the positive impacts that girls participting in sports can have throughout their lives. These efforts are near and dear to the work I do every day with the WNBA, and I'm proud to lead the effort here in supporting the work the WSF does every day.
Please see below for more information on each of these charities and the work they do, as well as my friends and family helping to champion these causes.
To get things started, Steve and I are contributing $500 to each of the charities, for a total of $2,500. And my Dad and Stepmom have generously offered to do the same!
I hope you'll join me in paying it forward and helping our loved ones celebrate more birthdays!
Thanks to all for your support,