AVON Walk: Fundraising still going strong!

A BIG thank you to my wonderful friends and family who have already contributed to the 39 mile AVON Breast Cancer Walk I’m doing in October! Because of you, I am 35% of the way to my goal of $1800!!!

And… I got both a t-shirt and a water bottle! Note my sheer excitement. So there’s that😉

avon amy

If I raise another $340 in the next two weeks, I get a ‘fitness belt’. I’m pretty sure this is nothing more than a glorified fanny pack, which I am obviously vastly too cool for; but if you all help me reach this goal, I vow to squelch said coolness on the walk days and rock the fanny pack like no one has ever rocked a fanny pack before!

In all seriousness though, this really is an extremely important cause. Cancer has, and will, touch way too many of our lives. According to current statistics, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes. As a mother of 2 daughters, that number is not OK for me. Something must be done, and although an admittedly small gesture, at least this is a start! All money raised for the Avon walk will be managed and disbursed by the Avon Foundation. The dollars you pledge will put food on the table of a breast cancer patient and her family, enable access to mammograms and medicine, fuel research, and save lives!

Please consider donating today: http://info.avonfoundation.org/site/TR/Walk/NewYork?px=7858656&pg=personal&fr_id=2406

Do it for your mother, your daughter, your sister, your wife. Do it to Save our Racks! CT RACK PACK 2015.


FACTS ABOUT BREAST CANCER IN THE UNITED STATES from nationalbreastcancer.org

  • One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
  • Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
  • Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die each year.

A vegan, an atheist and a runner walked into a bar.

I only know because they told everyone within 2 minutes. 😉

For those of you who did not see my 97 gloating race related posts on Facebook, I figured I’d give a quick update. I am happy to report that ‘Project Broad Street Run’ was a resounding success! After training for 3 months, I was very proud to be able to run 10 straight miles, without stopping and/or peeing/pooping myself. (Life’s little victories.)

My goal was to finish in under 2 hours, but my final time was just over. (2 hours, 2 minutes.) I was a little bummed because my MapMyRun app had me at 1 hour, 59 minutes- so I thought I did it- but 2 minutes isn’t enough to get in a tizzy over. The bottom line is 3 months ago I could not have done this and, prior to training for this race, the last time I ran 10 miles was in 2008! So, I’m proud of me!

I’m motivated too! I’ve felt so good running that I signed up for a half marathon in the fall. This way I have to keep on running! (Because if I don’t, there is NO way I’ll be ale to do it!) I’ve never run more than 10 miles, so this will be a challenge, but I can do it. (Right?)

The race day was so fun. I headed up to Philly on Friday and spent the weekend hanging with my best gals! On Sunday, we got up early, metroed to the start line, waited in line to start running (with 40,000 other folks), and hoofed it down Broad Street. By late morning, we were all done and were sipping celebratory beers. By mid afternoon, we were all 5+ mojitos deep and VERY much enjoying the day. Sunday Funday at its best! Yay for running, (and mojitos)!

 

pre-race selfie

  

At the Start Line

  

Success Selfie

  

Time to celebrate

  

It’s a celebration, bitches!

 

How beautiful is this?

As a mother to daughters. As a daughter of a mother. And as a granddaughter of grandmothers. I love this! (Equally applicable to sons and their mothers too.)

Life is a circle. And it’s beautiful.

Letter from a Mother to her Daughter: 

My dear girl, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through.

If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”… Just listen, please.  Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story… night after night until you would fall asleep.

When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t be mad and don’t embarrass me.  Remember when I had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to take a shower when you were just a girl?

When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the time to learn and don’t look at me that way… remember, honey, I patiently taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair and dealing with life’s issues every day…

The day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through.

If I occasionally lose track of what we’re talking about, give me the time to remember, and if I can’t, don’t be nervous, impatient or arrogant.  Just know in your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you.

And when my old, tired legs don’t let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked.

When those days come, don’t feel sad… just be with me, and understand me while I get to the end of my life with love.  I’ll cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared. 

With a big smile and the huge love I’ve always had for you, I just want to say, I love you… my darling daughter.

Original Text in Spanish and Photo by Guillermo Peña.

Cancer Sucks!

Bad.

I’ve previously mentioned my former classmate who, in addition to being a kick ass person, is battling stage 4 breast cancer. Although I didn’t know her extremely well in school, over the past year I’ve had the unique privilege of being in a facebook fitness group with her. Her honesty blows me away and her dedication to being the healthiest version of herself is truly inspirational. (Even in the midst of her insane cancer battle (surgeries, seizures, harsh treatments), she is still a woman who wants to look and feel good about herself. The medications have made her gain weight and she hates it, so she’s dedicated herself to diet and exercise, on top of everything else! Seriously folks, we have NO excuse not to get our asses out there!) Because of FB, she is now in my everyday life, and I am touched everyday by the things she says, the world she lives in, and her beautiful perspective on life. Check out her blog if you have a sec. She really is amazing: Rachael’s Lady Lumps

Anyway, she mentioned yesterday that she is doing the Avon 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer and was looking for teammates. The second I saw it, I knew I had to do it! I’m not usually one for things like this, but this lady is so inspiring that it was a no-brainer. Not only will I be able to show support for her and see her in person (!), but I’ll be raising money for a great cause. Done and done!

I am now officially part of the CT Rack Pack! (So wish I could take credit for that name, it’s brilliant!) As part of the charity walk, I have to raise $1800, so if you are so inclined, please consider contributing. If I raise $100 in 10 days, I get a t-shirt, so there’s that😉

http://info.avonfoundation.org/site/TR/Walk/NewYork…

(As an aside- anything I raise over the $1800 will be donated to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston in memory of my buddy, Kevin. Although this Breast Cancer walk is an extremely noble cause, the fact that these walks and fundraisers do not happen as often for Lung Cancer is painfully obvious to me. Lung cancer remains the most under-funded and under-researched cancer out there. In doing a ‘cancer walk’, Kevin will never be far from my thoughts.)