BENEFITING: American Cancer Society
EVENT DATE: Oct 09, 2016
I have always wanted to run a marathon. The thought of being able to concur an achievement of running a half or full marathon never seemed to be achiveable in my mind. I never thought I would ever be able to get to a physical healthy state where I could endure running (due to spinal problems) let alone run long distance. Slowly, I have started running and training myself to try and get to a healty state to be able to try and accomplish this dream of mine. I believe that if you set your mind to something you can accomplish what ever you want. So im pushing my fear aside and training for the LA Marathon but first I will run the Long Beach Half Maraton. Running a Marathon is a achievment on its own but recently I have wondered why not make this race about something bigger than just one little girl running a race. Why not make a change at the same time and help someone else in the process. That is where YOU come in. I have decided to run for a cure and not just any cure. I have chosen to run for The American Cancer Society.
Recently, My father was diagnosed with Colon Cancer and we were lucky that it was not serious and that he was able to remove the cancer and he is out of harms way. I dont know what I would do if my father or anyone in my family was diagnosed with terminal cancer. This made me realize that there are a lot of people that are affected by Cancer and are not as lucky as my father and my family. I started looking into all the different types of cancer and people affected by this growing disease. I was instantly shocked that Cancer is one of the number one growing diseases in the US. But the most shocking information was that Cancer is the number one disease that affects Hispanics since 2012. As a young Hispanic female, this is very frightening to learn. In 2105 there was about 20,000 new cases reported for Breast Cancer is females and about 13,000 cases for Male Prostate Cancer. That is just the leading type of cancer for female and male Hispanics there are many more types of cancers that affect Hispanics in the US. Cancer is not just a disease that affects one ethnicity, gender or age. Cancer can affect anyone in the world. We need to do our part and help researchers find a cure and aid them in discovering ways we can prevent Cancer altogether. Help make a change! Help us find a cure! Be Part of a change!