Hello all! My name is Chelsea! I'm a 23 year old nursing student currently living in Richmond, KY. My mother, Karen, was diagnosed with Stage 3 Melanoma first in 2011. She had a recurrence in January of 2014, and it had progressed into Stage 4 Metastatic Melanoma. My mother fought for a very long, difficult year. She passed away on December 23rd of last year. My mother was the most amazing person I had the privilege of knowing. Even when she was at her sickest, she cared about nothing more than me and my brothers. If she were here now, she would tell me I'm crazy for even thinking about running a half marathon. Regardless, she will always be my biggest cheerleader, and she will be there with me in spirit. I found the Disney Princess Half Marathon not too long ago, and the race just so happens to fall on my mother birthday. Coincidence? I think no. I think it's meant to be. If you feel lead to donate, you're not donating to help me run, or donating to Disney. You're donating to the Melanoma Research Alliance. They are searching every single day to find a cure for this horrible disease. I don't think people realize just how devastating melanoma can be. It doesn't matter if you don't have a family history, improper sun protection(real or fake; that's for you, you tanning bed users) is dangerous for anyone. I personally have an increased risk of developing a melanoma due to my genetics. My overall goal is to help educate and if I can make someone think twice about not putting on sunscreen or heading to the tanning bed because its "relaxing", I know my mother will be proud of me. Thanks for your time and support!!
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