BENEFITING: BRIGHT PINK
EVENT DATE: Oct 08, 2017
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page! In October, I have the privilege of running my third marathon for an organization called Bright Pink. This organization helps teach women about breast and ovarian cancer prevention and early detection. Bright Pink is the only national nonprofit organization focused on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.
Their aim is to reach the 52 million young women in the United States between the ages of 18 and 45 with innovative, life-saving breast and ovarian health programs, thereby empowering this and future generations of women to live healthier, happier, and longer lives.
Simply put, cancer sucks. Everything about cancer is painful, unfair and hard to understand. I am running in honor and in remembrance of someone near and dear to my heart! Julie Fillenwarth lost her battle with breast cancer on April 14, 2017.
In late 2014, Julie felt a lump in her right breast. She visited her physician and after testing and consults with many doctors, they determined she had Stage 2 breast cancer. After fighting this cancer for about two years – Julie found out her cancer spread. This time the cancer was metastatic triple negative breast cancer, which does not respond to treatment very well. This is a very aggressive, treatable but non-curable disease. Julie’s husband, Greg, delivered her eulogy at her memorial service and reminded us all of Julie’s journey. He said, “…they traveled tens of thousands of miles together in search of the elusive treatment that would prolong her life. From traditional chemotherapy and radiation and radical surgery in Minneapolis to genomic testing and immunotherapy in Sioux Falls to ten trips in and out of Cleveland in a clinical trial, they searched, and she fought.” Julie was so strong and selfless in her fight. She knew that if her fight ultimately did not prolong her own life – that it would benefit others fighting this disease in the future. She fought through the pain with a purpose and focus that is hard to understand, but if you knew Julie – this type of mindset should not surprise you. Julie’s life was centered around treating people fairly, always telling the truth, being a reliable public servant, working and playing hard with family and friends and laughing at something at least once a day.
My marathon training program is an 18-week program. My training will begin on June 5th (two days from my birthday on June 7th) and will conclude on October 8th (five days after what would have been Julie’s 64th birthday)! During this 18-week program I will remember everything Julie went through – and I will constantly remind myself that training for a marathon is a privilege. I read this quote on Julie’s Caring Bridge website that said, “Cancer took Julie's body but not her indomitable spirit.” With Julie’s spirit guiding me – here goes nothing! All of the money raised will go to Bright Pink – and will be donated in honor of Julie’s courageous fight! Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. Donations are also tax deductible.
Please donate to honor Julie and all of the lives lost to cancer.