Again this year, I saw two options for signing up. The first option was easy, simply pay the race entrance fee and be on my way. The second option was far more interesting and challenging, choose a charity that means something to me and raise far more $ for a great cause. Like I did two years ago, I am choosing Project Purple in support of Pancreatic Cancer research.
Why Project Purple again?? Back in 2008, about a month before my last race, I saw my childhood friends Laura & Marissa Malick's mom Marilyn for the last time. I had been training for the Napa Sonoma Half Marathon for months and had lost a lot of weight in the process. I will never forget when Marilyn pulled me aside and with her straight forward humor said "You are too thin! You need to put some of that weight back on!" A few months later, Marilyn passed away after a battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Again, I am running this in honor of Marilyn and everything she stood for.
Project Purple is running in this race to raise money and awareness for pancreatic cancer. They use funds raised to support their three main programs: research, patient aid, and scholarships.
Thank you for your support and for making a difference.