Kelley SMILKSTEIN via Crowdrise
October 27, 2013
BENEFITING: LYDIA DODY BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Oct 07, 2012
Mileage Tracker: 160
UPDATE: I completed the race, felt great, and helped a fantastic cause. Thanks everyone! This fund raiser is now closed :)
I am running the Staten Island Half-Marathon (13.1 miles in honor of my mother, Jean)
In May 2012, my mother, Jean, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. Two weeks later she underwent a mastectomy. The scary part is diagnosis but the really hard part is coping with loss and the months of recovery. Through her experiences of trying to find support, she was referred to an organization called Hope Lives. This organization assists women in northern Colorado by providing care, guidance and education post-diagnosis. For Jean, Hope Lives was the lifeline she needed in a rural area that lacked resources— often leaving her frustrated and without a much-needed support system. For me, Hope Lives was peace of mind, knowing that she could be part of a community that that could understand her and bring her closer to full recovery. Today, Jean is back at work, and coming to terms with her "new normal." For my mom, and for the women of northern Colorado, I am running the Staten Island Half on October 7, 2012. Will you join me in supporting them?