I’ve been wanting to add a fitness component to this blog for a while now but couldn’t quite figure out when was a good time to start. And then I did the Purple Stride and decided that was as good a time as any to start.
Pancreatic Cancer has surpassed Breast Cancer as one of the top 3 causes of cancer-related death in the US. This disease has an 8% survival rate. My mother was not one of those 8%. I ran for her. And for every single person whose lives she touched.
The Opening Ceremonies for this run were honestly kind of difficult to witness. So many teams raising money. So many people who have been affected by this disease. So much that still needs to be done.
The goal of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is to raise funds to go directly to pancreatic cancer research. They strive to double the survival rate by 2020. It honestly seems like such a lofty goal, especially having watched someone go through it, but I believe that with the help of the right people and with enough commitment, we can totally do it.
I ran for my mom that day. And apparently that was the push I needed. I PR’d on this race! 5k, 11 minute mile, 35 minutes. Fitness junkies may scoff at this but for someone who honestly is really not a runner but trying so hard to be one, that was huge. My mindset the entire time was “If she can go through all that she did, the LEAST I can do is run this whole thing for her.” And so I did.
These photos aren’t the best. I’m definitely not at my prettiest. But that’s not the point of this run or this post. The point is awareness. Action. and Hope.
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