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Think Pink Rocks 2016 TCS NYC Marathon

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BENEFITING: THINK PINK ROCKS

ORGANIZER: THINK PINK ROCKS

EVENT: 2016 TCS NEW YORK CITY MARATHON

EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016

Tracy Lichten

THE STORY:

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:

 
My Mom on Time.com:http://healthland.time.com/2013/10/28/before-angelina-the-women-who-outplayed-cancer/photo/timewomen-20281/

Force:  http://www.facingourrisk.org/understanding-brca-and-hboc/information/hereditary-cancer/genetic-testing/basics/brca-1-and-brca-2-genetic-testing.php

NIH: http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/genetics/brca-fact-sheet

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 rich@thinkpinkrocks.com.

$3,215

MONEY RAISED
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  • Lauren Lichten

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Laurel

    $150

  • Melissa McCann

     

  • Jennie Pineiro

    $25

  • Jaimie

    $100

  • The Whalen's

     

  • Timothy Vafides

    $25

  • Jillian Sir

    $40

  • Erica and Ray Curiale

    $150

  • John & Anne Marie Trubinski

    $50

  • Zinman Family

    $150

  • Karen & Gordon Coyle

    $100

  • Steph

    $100

  • Jen Zinman

     

  • Aunt Debbie and Uncle Pat

    $100

  • Alyssa and Yael

    $50

  • Kerry McCarthy

    $25

  • Samantha Neubeck

    $25

  • AA

    $50

  • Troy, Kate, Joey and Oliviette

     

  • Valerie Dursi & Kyle Barbuti

    $100

  • Margaret

    $25

  • Larry & Susan Lichten

     

  • Eric Roberts

     

  • Christopher Selle

    $25

  • Tracy Lichten

    $25

  • Erin Norton

     

  • Angela Big

    $25

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107% Raised of$3,000 Goal

The Team: $89,822 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Rosa Roman

Amount Raised

$9,403

 

313% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

THINK PINK ROCKS

Amount Raised

$6,010

 

10% Raised of$60,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jane Hildebrandt

Amount Raised

$5,570

 

186% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

emeli cassell

Amount Raised

$4,513

 

113% Raised of$4,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Boris Janicek

Amount Raised

$4,225

 

141% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Sander Ejlenberg

Amount Raised

$3,730

 

124% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Patrick Fitzgerald

Amount Raised

$3,485

 

116% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Allison Cendali

Amount Raised

$3,395

 

113% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Angela Big

Angela Big

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Erin Norton

Erin Norton

For all those who fight everyday 2 years ago

Tracy Lichten

Tracy Lichten

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Christopher Selle

Christopher Selle

DONATION: $25

Good Luck !!!! 2 years ago

Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts

2 years ago

Larry & Susan Lichten

Larry & Susan Lichten

2 years ago

Margaret

Margaret

DONATION: $25

GOOD LUCK! 2 years ago

Valerie Dursi & Kyle Barbuti

Valerie Dursi & Kyle Barbuti

DONATION: $100

You are one inspiring woman Tray-Yay! Soo proud of you & can't wait to see you at mile 17! Lots of Love Always XoOx 2 years ago

Troy, Kate, Joey and Oliviette

Troy, Kate, Joey and Oliviette

We are all proud of you. Keep up the good work! 2 years ago

AA

AA

DONATION: $50

Very proud of you!! Love, the distant sister 2 years ago