EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013
Unfortunately, CANCER has seemingly affected all of us in one way, shape, form, or another. My personal experience began when I was a senior in high school and my mom, Sharon Maria Romano Meadows, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Although I knew she was facing a difficult challenge, there was never a doubt in my mind that she would overcome this disease, and that WE would move forward as a family together. As ALL MOTHERS are the heart and soul of every family, my mom was no different. She loved and cared for everyone always before herself. As the chemotherapy treatments wore on for a year and a mastectomy later, doctors finally cleared my mom....she was in remission! What a relief, I thought...I knew her life had changed, as well as her body, but she was alive and that was enough. So, as the years went by we all lived our lives just like normal. My brother and I were in college together at Virginia Tech and my two older sisters had begun their own families and life was pretty good. I had just finished my junior year of college when the unthinkable happened....the CANCER came out of remission. As before, I didn't need HOPE, I knew she would overcome this yet again. Needless to say, the summer before my senior year, wasn't filled with long summer days with friends and beer, but instead late nights in the hospital holding my mother's hand HOPING things would turn around. My dad and I tried to make life as comfortable as we could for the woman who had made our lives so easy for so many years. And then one day, my dad called me and said it was time to come HOME. My heart dropped, as I knew that meant my mom only had a couple days at best.
On her last day, she had the strength and heart to ask each of her kids if they were okay, and she let us know that we had to talk through this for the rest of our lives. Even with her last breath she was more concerned about others. She would have turned 62 this November 6th.
In addition to my mom, I have lost my grandmother and other relatives to breast cancer and other forms of cancer. I also have many friends whose mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and daughters have been affected by this disease.
With the help and motivation of my sister (pictured), I began running this year. And when she signed up for the NYC Marathon (Fred's Team) I was determined to make the commitment and to cross the finish line. As my mother will forever be in my heart and in my mind, I am running this race for the future generations of women with the hope that one day soon, we WILL find a cure for Breast Cancer.
Please consider donating to the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, Inc. Any donation, big or small, will be much appreciated!
Thank you for all of your support!!
Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, Inc. wrote -
Team Baldwin is proud to be among the official charity partners for the 2012 ING New York City Marathon, to be held November 4, 2012. This is our first year being involved with ING Marathon, so please join us for a great cause and request an application @ TeamBaldwin@findacure.org or visit our website Findacure.org. The fundraising commitment is $3,000.00. You will receive a guaranteed entry, training support, and an official team uniform. I understand that if my fundraising requirement is not met, my credit card will be charged the remaining balance on or after November 4, 2012
The Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, Inc. will support both new and established researchers at University Hospital and Medical Center at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and other outstanding Academic Institutions, investigating the causes, prevention and treatment of breast cancer.This research will include-but not be limited to-studies of the genetic, molecular, cellular and environmental factors involved in the development and progression of breast cancer; application of the knowledge thus gained to educate medical professionals and increase public awareness for the prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer; and studies of the outcomes of breast cancer detection and treatment on the patient, their families and society.