Running to Fight Cancer

Mom and Me
Lung Cancer took my mom away from my dad, my sister, my brother, and me 2 years ago.  My mom never smoked a cigarette in her life.  I am putting up a fight against lung cancer and all cancers the only way I know how and that is to run races and raise money for cancer research.  Please check out my current fundraiser below.  Thanks for looking!

I planned on 2012 to be my full marathon year.  I shopped around for marathons back in December 2011 and knew deep down my first marathon has to be Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC.  One of MCM's official charities is Lung Cancer Alliance, a non-profit based in DC.  The perfect match was a no brainer for me.  I signed up to be part of Lung Cancer Alliance's Team Lung Love right away, weeks before MCM opened up registration (which sold out in record time!). 

Since last year, I've met more people touched by lung cancer.  I still miss my mom everyday, and while I can never get my mom back, I want to continue helping give hope to those fighting lung cancer today.  Lung cancer research is STILL under-funded and statistics remain the same.  No one deserves lung cancer.

Please visit my FUNDRAISING PAGE, help me bring hope to lung cancer warriors and help me honor and remember my mom.  Thank you for your support!

Lots of love and hope,

UPDATE (December 2011):  Thanks to all my friends and readers, I was able to raise $1,223.50 and survived my first half marathon!  Thank you so much again for all your support!

This fundraiser is closest to my heart because the money I am raising will go towards research grants for early detection of lung cancer and lung cancer research.  In addition to raising at least $1,000, I committed to running 3 races this year:  The Dempsey Challenge 10K Race on October 8, 2011, Race for Breath 5K for lung cancer in November 4; and the Richmond Half Marathon in November 12.  I am dedicating the races to my mom, father-in-law, my aunt, my grandfather - family members whom I lost to lung cancer and to all lives touched by lung cancer.

Please visit my FUNDRAISING PAGE and help me honor my mom.  You can read about my fundraising story HERE.  Lung cancer is the least-funded cancer research program in the U.S., and yet it is the number one cancer that claims the most lives every year.  Please help us improve the odds of surviving lung cancer.

Thank you for your continued support!

UPDATE (04-03-2011):  Thank you all for your support!  I've surpassed my goal of $100- and raised $575-, thanks to all my friends who have donated.  The Massey Cancer Center raised over $450,000 this year and we couldn't do it without you!  Thank you so much again!

Currently, I am helping raise money for the Massy Cancer Center in Richmond, VA, where I will be running my first 10K race (Ukrop's Monument Av 10K) on April 2, 2011 with over 40,000 of my "closest" friends.

Why donate to the Massey Cancer Center?  Massey is a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center and is among the top four percent of all cancer centers in the U.S.  When you support Massey, you support its mission to help "lead and shape our nation's fight against cancer;" you support cancer patients everywhere, not just in Richmond or Virginia, by helping provide the latest treatments, access to clinical trials, and patient care.

Please check out my FUNDRAISING PAGE.  I will run for you in honor or in memory of someone you know who has been touched by cancer.  For just a $5- donation, I will carry the name of the person you would like to honor or remember.  You can even donate as little as $1- because every little bit helps.

Thanks for stopping by and thank you for your support!


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