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Happy Birthday Mom!

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Just wanted to take a brief moment to wish my mom a very happy birthday!

My favorite picture of my mom!

I already shared my thoughts on how my mom has inspired me over the years on Mother’s Day, so I won’t repeat myself here.  If you have been moved by my mom’s story, I would love it if you would help me celebrate her birthday by making a donation to the Susan G. Komen 3 Day for the Cure in her honor.  She is currently fighting a recurrence of breast cancer in her liver.  I plan to be celebrating her birthday for decades to come by helping to find a cure for breast cancer in any way that I can.  Please help me wish my mom a very happy birthday by donating to this important cause today!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Monday, May 10th, 2010

A belated but heartfelt wish for a the happiest of Mother’s Days to all of my Mom friends out there!

I especially want to take a minute to recognize my three favorite 3 Day walker Moms:  my Relentless Optimism teammates Mickey, Jen and Mel.  I am in awe of how you all balance your various commitments and I’m honored to walking with all of you this summer in Boston!


Mickey and her kids Jonah and Nina (L) and Jen and her kids Joey and Ryan (R)


Mel and her daughter Reese

 

Celebrating Earth Day the 3 Day Way!

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Happy Earth Day!  In honor of this important day, I thought I would throw out some ideas about how to celebrate Earth Day the 3 Day way.  Enjoy and be sure to hug a tree today and every day!

1.  Plan a training walk in a National Park!

In addition to being Earth Day, we are also in the middle of National Park Week.  Did you know that there are 392 national parks that never charge an entry fee?  That means you can plan your training walks for one of these gorgeous parks without it costing a dime.  Moreover, to encourage everyone to get out and explore the national park system during National Park Week, more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees are going fee free until April 25th.  In addition, many national park concessions are also offering their own discounts to make the fun even more affordable.  So what are you waiting for?  Head over to the National Park Service website and start planning a training walk in the park today!

2.  Recycle your old sneakers!

As a 3 Day walker, I go through a lot of sneakers.  With all the training that we do, we wear out our sneakers pretty quickly.  Most 3 Day walkers will burn through at least two pairs of sneakers per season.  So at the end of all that walking, you’re going to end up with some old sneakers.  Rather than tossing them in the trash, recycle them!  The website Run the Planet has compiled an extensive list of sneaker recycling programs from around the world to help you decide the best way to recycle your old kicks at the end of the 3 Day season.

(Thanks @PosingforPink for the great link!)

3.  Get outside and walk!

One of the best ways you can help out the planet is by walking as much as possible.  As 3 Day walkers, we’re pretty much already doing that (right?).  We walk a lot.  So rather than trying to walk more miles, how about making your training miles count for double by donating them to the BeeWell for Life program by Bumble Bee Foods.  The BeeWell program was started in 2009 to raise money for the Breast Cancer Network of Strength (formerly the Y-Me National Breast Cancer Organization) to help make a difference in the lives of those touched by breast cancer.  From now through the end of Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, Bumble Bee will make a $0.15 donation to the Breast Cancer Network of Strength for every mile that you log into your BeeWell for Life Account.  It’s free to set up and hey, we’re all walking the miles anyways!  So take five minutes, set up your account and make all those miles that you’re walking in the great outdoors count twice as much!

(Thanks Betties for Boobies for the great link!)

4.  Invest in reusable water bottles!

Did you know that Americans buy an estimated 29.8 billion disposable plastic water bottles every year?  Did you also know that 8 out of 10 of those water bottles will end up in a landfill where they can take up to 1000 years to degrade?  As 3 Day walkers, we need to drink a lot of water.  As Leanne reminded us in this post, proper hydration is critical to surviving training and the 3 Day event in good health.  Do something good for yourself and for the planet by investing in a reusable water bottle or two today.  There are a ton of options out there to suit all tastes.  Some popular brands include Nalgene and Camelbak plastic bottles and Sigg aluminum bottles.  Find what works for you and then use our handy Amazon search box to do your earth friendly shopping!

5.  Plant a garden!

Flowers and plants help to keep the planet healthy by taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen.  Growing your own fruits and veggies helps to cut down on the greenhouse gases that are generated during the production, packaging and transportation of commercially grown produce.  Plus, if you grow your own goods, you can be sure that they are pesticide free, which is good for your own health as well as for the planet.  And besides, we’ve done enough damage to planet.  We can certainly afford to add some natural beauty back into the world.  If you’re thinking about starting a garden, please consider purchasing some (or all) of your garden plants from our collaboration with Flower Power fundraising!

Image borrowed from this great Cafe Press shop.  Thanks!

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In My Heart Today and Always

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

One year ago today, we lost our Mag Mom Marcia to breast cancer after a lengthy battle.  She is in our hearts and minds today and every day.  It is with her spirit of relentless optimism that we pursue her goal of one day finding a cure for breast cancer.

We love you Marcia and we miss you everyday!

 

Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

The Shenanigans Bunny wishes everyone a very happy Easter holiday!

Also, Shenanigans wishes I would take these silly bunny ears off of her already before the other dogs in the neighborhood start laughing at her.  At least I didn’t make her wear them on our training walk on this beautiful spring day!

Happy Easter to everyone that celebrates it and Happy Opening Day of the baseball season to everyone!  Go Yankees!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Monday, February 15th, 2010

I hope that everyone has someone in their lives that is as supportive of their soaring goals as my husband is of mine!

 
 Me and my Valentine, Mike

Happy Valentines Day!
~ Kristen

 

World Cancer Day

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

In addition to being Facebook’s birthday, today is also World Cancer Day!

World Cancer Day is marked on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. It is led by the International Union Against Cancer (UICC), a global consortium of more than 280 cancer-fighting organizations in over 90 countries. World Cancer Day targets the public through global communications marking, and encourages policy makers and UICC member organizations to make cancer a political priority.  (from Wikipedia)

Across the internet and around the world, the members of the UICC, including the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, together with the World Health Organization have been asking how we will be marking World Cancer Day.

Today, I will be thinking of those I have lost to cancer, including Marcia who we lost last April:

 

I will be thinking of those that I am so grateful to still have with me, including my mom, a breast cancer survivor of two years:

 

And I am doing what I have always done – spreading the word about the need for more money for cancer research and encouraging everyone I know to get involved.  Back on the National Day of Service, I wrote about a few ways that you can get involved in the fight against breast cancer.  Today, I have another challenge for you:  learn something new about cancer.

Take some time, whether its today or a few days from now and become a little bit more educated about cancer.  And I’m not just talking about breast cancer, either.  Look up how often you should have a pap smear or a prostate exam and why.  Learn about the early warning signs of lymphoma, myeloma or other blood cancers.  Find out which freckles are the sketchy ones that you should have checked out.  Remind yourself what you’re looking for on a breast self exam.  Find out about why quitting smoking is the best thing that you can do for your health.

Learn the stats behind breast cancer or lung cancer or leukemia and use them in your fundraising endeavors or to motivate yourself to make a donation to an important cause.

Learn about your family history with all kinds of cancer.

The theme of World Cancer Day is “Cancer Can Be Prevented” and in my experience, the most effective tool we have to keep ourselves healthy and happy is to be educated.  So that’s my challenge for you today:  learn something new about cancer.

For more information about how cancer can be prevented please check out this information pamphlet and visit www.worldcancercampaign.org/.

 

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Wishing everyone the very happiest of holidays this Christmas Eve!  See you in the New Year when the real work for the 2010 Breast Cancer 3 Day begins!

Love always,
Kristen

The Pink Glove Dance!

Monday, December 7th, 2009

The employees of the Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon put together this video to increase breast cancer awareness. Check it out:

This video makes me think three things:

1. Scientists really shouldn’t dance.
2. I really want pink gloves to wear in my lab.
3. Increasing awareness is really important and new ways to spread that message are emerging all the time. Keep passing along this video to help spread the word!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday, surrounded by friends and family. This year, I am thankful for many things, but most of all, I am thankful for my incredibly supportive husband Mike who also happens to a fantastic cook. I would be lost without him.

Kristen

 

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