BENEFITING: THINK PINK ROCKS
ORGANIZER: THINK PINK ROCKS
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
I was never a runner, until three years ago when my sister ran the NYC Marathon. I jumped into the race in Brooklyn and ran with her for 8 miles through Manhattan. We were having so much fun that we ran past our parents standing on the sidelines. During those 8 miles, I learned that I actually enjoyed running. I also saw many people running for important causes and in memory of loved ones.
After the race, I started running and six months later I ran my first half marathon- the NYC half marathon.
After my first half marathon, I ran several more with the support of my family and friends. I always had the idea of doing a full marathon in the back of my mind, but I was nervous to sign up. A marathon is long, the training is intense, and I knew I would be in pain by the end. Was I ready for this?
When I learned that I could run the 2016 NYC marathon for Think Pink Rocks, I decided it was time to take on the challenge. The selection was an obvious one for me. NYC has been my home since College and this was the marathon that sparked my interest in running. Most importantly, by running for Think Pink Rocks, I am able to support a cause that is important to my family. 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. All money raised for Think Pink Rocks from the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon will benefit breast cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where Think Pink Rocks has established a dedicated breast cancer research fund.
For those of you that do not know, my mom carries the BRCA gene mutation, which is associated with an increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Because of these increased risks, BRCA mutation carriers should have more involved screening for breast and ovarian cancer. Some individuals elect to have a prophylactic mastectomy or oophorectomy to reduce their risk of developing cancer. My mom made the hard choice to go through both surgeries at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Throughout this process, she was an inspiration to all of us. Although this was a difficult experience for her, I never heard her complain. Despite the changes to her body, she continued to be the strong, confident woman that she was before learning about her BRCA gene mutation status.
Between 1 in 400 and 1 in 800 people in the United States have a BRCA mutation like my mother. Many other individuals, like myself, are at risk of having a BRCA mutation. Running 26.2 miles will be hard, but many of these women have been through a lot more. The funds raised for Think Pink Rocks will hopefully help researchers come up with better ways of detecting and eliminating breast and ovarian cancer for these women. Any amount, no matter how small, will help me reach this goal.
For More Information, check out:
Think Pink Rocks: http://www.thinkpinkrocks.com/
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 2016 TCS New York City Marathon unless you have corresponded with and received confirmation of your spot directly from our team captain. For more information on how to join our team for the race, please email rich at firstname.lastname@example.org.