BENEFITING: IMPACT Melanoma
ORGANIZER: IMPACT Melanoma
EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014
EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014
I am so thrilled and honored (and admittedly pretty nervous) to be running my first marathon with the Running for Cover team on behalf of the Melanoma Foundation of New England (MFNE). Running 26.2 miles to raise money for Melanoma prevention and research is so important to me. A little over 5 years ago one of my sister's friends Glenna Kohl lost her battle to Melanoma at the age of 26. Glenna shared the same love of life and enthusiasm as I and when I learned about her passing I was in shock and disbelief. Mutual friends lifeguarded with her at Dowses beach on the Cape and were close friends of Glenna. I knew Glenna mostly through my sister's friends and seeing her friendly face everyday in the halls of Barnstable High School. Being removed from our similar social circles as the years passed I was unaware of how severe her cancer had become. I wish more than anything that I could have spent more time with Glenna who clearly brought so much love, joy, and happiness to so many lives. Glenna was a true warrior throughout her battle with melanoma and made it her mission to educate others of the dangers of melanoma and the importance of early detection. Now, more than ever, I find it so important to spread her story and message to others, especially young adults who may not understand the severity of sun damage and tanning. Glenna is my inspiration & motivation that makes every mile, every bit of difficult training, every obstacle worth it. It's stories like hers and others on my team that reveal how important it is to raise funds for treatments & research.
Just read some of these alarming facts:
- People under 30 are developing melanoma at an alarming rate – the incidence soaring by 50% in young women since 1980
- Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults aged 25-29 & the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults aged 15-29
- Every eight minutes, someone in the U.S. will be diagnosed with melanoma
So please join me today by donating to the MFNE and support their mission to reduce the incidents of melanoma in the New England region through education, prevention and support.
If you want to learn more about Glenna and her story, please visit some of the links below, you are in our hearts GK. <3
In Memoriam: http://www.glennasfund.org/in-memoriam-glenna-kohl/
Glenna's Blog: http://gkohlslaw.blogspot.com
Glenna's Skin Cancer Speech: http://www.glennasfund.org/glennas-skin-cancer-speech/