Jacqui DiMarco via Crowdrise
October 16, 2013
Team Endure it! for Pam Is running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for Pam Kolnicki. A few are also going to participate in the IRONMAN Steelhead 70.3 triathlon, Naperville Half Marathon and the Allstate Half Marathon for Pam. She is the kindest, most loving person I have ever known. We are honoring her as she battles ovarian cancer. For every $500.00 we raise we will add one more to Team Endure It! for Pam. Our goal is 20 runners for the Marathon!
Bright Pink is an organization that educates girls on breast and ovarian cancers. This was fitting because Pam is a teacher and mother/grandmother of girls (boys too). Plus, she loves the color pink! It was a sign!
We are being coached by Endure It! owner Sara Fix.
Please donate to our team in honor of Pam.
B of A Chicago Marathon Runners:
Parker Wellington, Jr.
Jacqui Marchese DiMarco
Sara Fix - runner and coach
IRONMAN Steelhead 70.3 triathlon:
Jacqui Marchese DiMarco
Sara Fix - Coach
AllState Half Marathon:
Sara Fix, Endure It!
Some info about Pam:
Mrs. Illinois Pam Kolnicki
Just three years ago, she was nine months pregnant with her first child and lost her daughter just days before her due date because of a rare complication with the placenta. She and husband Ken were devastated. It took them a long time and a good counseling program to incorporate Kyra's life and death into their family history. To the Kolnicki's credit, they never gave up their hope of having children. One year later, they adopted a daughter, Kailey, now 22 months old. And just one month later, Pam Kolnicki became pregnant through a new procedure in invitro fertilization. Her pregnancy was not without complications, however she successfully delivered a healthy baby girl, Karsen, now one year old.
Late last year, the Kolnickis hoped to be able to have one more child. Through invitro fertilization, Pam became pregnant. But during her fifth month, she lost the baby, another girl.
"I know there are a lot of women out there today, who like myself, desperately want to have children, but for one reason or another, are unable to get pregnant," said Mrs. Kolnicki. "When you go through the process of invitro fertilization or adoption, you are making a personal commitment to procedures and outcomes that you have very little control over. As a couple, you just hope to receive a healthy baby to hold in your arms and love."
Despite the terrible recent loss, she will continue her plans to enter the Mrs. United States Pageant. "Creating our family has been marked by tremendous highs and lows," said Mrs. Kolnicki, who is also a stepmother to her husband's three grown children. "For me, there is no greater joy than holding a newborn baby in my arms and welcoming that child into our family. It makes no difference if the baby is adopted or biological.
"Conversely, there are no words to adequately express the depth of sorrow that a parent feels when a child dies. When tragedy strikes in life, I face it head on. Believe me, if I were writing the scripts for my life, bad things wouldn't happen. But I'm not. Tragedy happens. I believe it is best to deal with life experiences while continuing to move forward."
Mrs. Kolnicki's story has become well known throughout the pageant community. "We are really excited to have Pam representing Illinois," said Alissa DePue, Director of the Illinois Pageant and also a former beauty pageant winner. "I'm told there is a high level of quality contestants this year. I've been through many of these pageants and I have a strong feeling that with everything Pam has been through over the past three years, if she steps up on that stage, she has to be one of the favorites to win.
"She is a testament to the strength of women. She is not letting life experiences destroy her. Instead, she is doing all of the things she needs to do to get through it and move ahead with her life -- the same way she did it just a few years ago."
A national kickoff/fundraiser has been organized for Mrs. Kolnicki's entrance into the pageant. It will be held at the Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace on May 24, 2000.
The Mrs. United States Pageant was created to honor married women who often play many roles as wife, mother, homemaker and professional with a flair and resilience uncommonly found elsewhere.
The pageant recognizes the strength, beauty, intelligence and success of married women who know what they want in their family, career and appearance. They are women who have achieved a successful balance in their family and professional lives, as well as their personal involvement in charitable and civic concerns.
The Mrs. United States Pageant will be held on August 1 at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas.