I am sure you get 100 of these fundraising requests per year. So I will tell you a little story in hopes to make your day...and inspire you a little.
"She didn't teach me to run. Nor did she push it on me. She just let me learn to love running on my own. This taught me more than anything I’ve ever known." (My mom-1/11/51- 5/19/13 – Breast Cancer- which goes for everything she's taught me) --MaryBeth Moore
My mom is the reason I fell in love with swimming and running. She wasn't a side line clip board mom - she didn't push me to be into sports, she let me discover on my own. She let me learn to grow on my own in what each sport had to bring. This past christmas I went back to my old country club pool, where I joined the swim team. The pool is the same and it brought back memories of when she was still alive. Each year, starting at about age 4 - the head coach made me go from end to end of the pool to see if I was ready to join the team. My mom loved it! Finally at about age 5-6 I made it across strong enough to make the team...and the rest is history! Eventually I was able to swim across the long pool in under 30 seconds!
Not exactly the same story goes for running. In 5th grade we had to run the mile and I HATED it! But when I went on to middle school, my friends were trying out for the track team in the 6th grade, so I went along for the ride. Running was a little different, I wasn't that good at it right away. But it wound up being what I stuck with through all of high school through to adulthood; and I have not stopped since (with the exception of my lazy first year, post college graduation).
Two years post graduating college, running really became more of a passion. And it became something more than - a clocking in and out of sport- like you do when you're on adademic sports teams. It was my outlet. It was where I could feel myself. And it is where I went when I didn't feel at home; as it always brought me back to reality.
And to this day, Running has always given back as much as I gave to others and it completes me.
The day my mom passed away the first thing I did was go out on a run - and I saw her in the clouds.
And to this day, I see her during every run I go on.
So give back as much as running does, and Please donate to the charity that is based out of my home county in south florida - which supports a great cause for breast cancer genetic testing.
THINK PINK rocks brings me back to my childhood memories of how I got into sport, because they originated from the same area in south florida, and I will run in honor of those memories in this year's NEW YORK CITY HALF MARATHON IN MARCH.
THINK PINK ROCKS wrote -
Think Pink Rocks is a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness about early detection of and genetic testing for breast cancer and to provide funding for screening, treatment and research.
Watch the story about the founder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXtAeU6LQ6Q
Did you know:
• A woman's risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer is greatly increased if she carries the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation (Breast Cancer gene mutation).
• Men with these mutations also have an increased risk of breast and prostate cancer. Our team will raise money and awareness for breast cancer research.
The money raised for Think Pink Rocks from the NYC Half 2015 will benefit breast cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where Think Pink Rocks has establshed a dedicated breast cancer research fund, as well as at the Breast Oncology Center at the University of Michigan, in addiiton to providing funding for treatment.
Some members of our team have a direct connection to breast cancer, but we also have many team members who are running or walking simply because they want to support a great cause.
Think Pink Rocks is a 501 (c) (3) organization. Contributions to Think Pink Rocks are tax deductable to the extent allowable by law.
Please note - we encourage everyone to join our fundraising team for this great cause. Howevering, joining our fundraising team does not provide you a spot in the NYC Half 2016 unless you have corresponded with and received confirmation directly from our team captain. For more information on how to join our team for the race, please email rich at email@example.com. Thanks for your support!