BENEFITING: BRIGHT PINK
EVENT DATE: Oct 08, 2017
After completing my first marathon in October, I've decided to run my next 26.2 miles for a great charity. Through my charitiable efforts with Bright Pink, it will help them teach more women about breast and ovarian cancer prevention and early detection.
Bright Pink is an amazing Chicago-based organization, and it's the ONLY national non-profit organization focused on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.
Our aim is to reach the 52 million young women in the United States between the ages of 18 and 45 with our innovative, life-saving breast and ovarian health programs, thereby empowering this and future generations of women to live healthier, happier, and longer lives.
Bright Pink sees a world in which fewer people die from breast and ovarian cancer. We aim to educate and inspire women to move from awareness to action, practicing risk reduction and early detection as a part of a proactive life.
Sadly, as the years have go on the words 'Breast Cancer' have become more and more common to hear. I know far to many people whose lives have been affected by this disease.
My mom, Jenene, is a 6 year breast cancer survivor. In 2010, my mom found a lump under her armpit. To all of our dismay, it was breast cancer that has already metastasized to her lymph nodes. My mom underwent a lumpectomy, lymph node dissection, chemotherapy, and radiation. And she came out on top and stronger than ever!!
I couldn't think of a better charity to run with now that I have family history prevention and early detection are so important. I will be running this marathon for my mom, my hero, and my best friend! She has always been my biggest cheerleader. And she kicked cancers @$$ . She went through one HELL of a year, with a smile on her face and a wig on her head. My mom is a ball of energy and was not going to let cancer her stop her from living her life.
And for a very dear friend Haley. She has just been diagnosed with breast cancer and has began her treatments. With everyone's positive thoughts and prayers, we have no doubt that she'll beat this and be stronger than ever!
And for my coworker, a two-time breast cancer survivor, Deborah. From my first conversation with Deborah, we had an instant connection. She is one of the most postive, optomistic, and courageous humans I know. She always has great wisdom to share and motivates me to be my best. I am so happy our lives crossed paths.
Lastly, I'd like to run in honor/memory of those whose lives have been touched by cancer. If you make a donation (or even if you don't) and have a name of someone you would like me to wear on my bib as I run my 26.2 miles, send it along!
Please donate to help with this cause. Every dollar counts!
Please see Bright Pink site below:
Thank you SO MUCH for your support!
And remember, cancer prevention and early detection is key!!