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Happy 4th of July!

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

It was a little wet, but we successfully completed the Peachtree Road Race 10k today – the 4th time for Mike and I and the first time for my brother-in-law Matt! I’ll be back with a full recap later, but for now, I’m off to a soggy backyard party to eat picnic foods & pie!

Happy 4th of July everyone!!

Our little group before the race!

Our little group before the race!

PS – Even though the race is over, my Peachtree Road Race fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (aka my #Run4Research!) is still ongoing! You can make donations through the end of July. Click on the image below to visit my fundraising page today!

Clicking on the image will take you to my fundraising page too!

Monday Motivation

Monday, November 12th, 2012

“Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.”

~ Napoleon Hill

Thank you to all of our veterans (and those who love them) for acting selflessly and sacrificing greatly in order to preserve the freedoms that make our country great!

Happy Fourth of July!

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

May your Fourth of July be filled with fun, friends, family and fireworks!

Mike and I with my Mom and Dad at the Atlanta Symphony 4th of July Concert, 2009

Happy Independence Day!!

Happy Father’s Day!

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Just a short message to wish everyone a very Happy Father’s Day!

Dad and I at my wedding in 2005

Thank you for everything Dad!  You’ve inspired me so much over the years – I wouldn’t be the person that I am without you!  See you in Boston!

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

 

Some Thoughts on My Mom on this Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

If there is one thing that my mother always stressed to me growing up, it was the importance of education.  It is fitting, then, that the two things that I’ve learned that have most shaped who I am as an adult, I learned from watching my mom.

The first thing that I learned from my mom was how to be tough.  Mom doesn’t get enough credit for it, but she’s one tough lady.  She’s faced a lot in her life.  She was the second oldest of seven in a family that didn’t have a lot of money.  After graduating from SUNY Potsdam with a four year degree in English, Mom embarked on a winding career path that would ultimately include stints as a bank teller, computer programmer, FTZ administrator and finally, self-employed consultant.  At each step in her journey, Mom took advantage of every opportunity that was presented to her, always fighting for the next rung on the ladder of life.  She has started her own company not once, but twice.  When she felt that her original business partners weren’t acting in good faith, she stood up to them even when they brought a lawsuit against her.  Her current company, FTZ Consulting, has flourished as a result of her hard work and commitment to her clients.  You don’t get to be as successful as my mom without being tough and standing up for yourself when the situation calls for it.

Mom and I at Jen’s wedding in 2005

Mom isn’t just tough when it comes to her business.  Her strong convictions and determination are quintessential to her character outside of the office as well.  Nothing illustrates this better than how my Mom has conducted herself since first learning that she had an aggressive form of breast cancer in early 2007.  Over the course of the next 16 months, Mom battled through chemotherapy, surgery and radiation with a mental resiliency that is to be admired.  That July, we thought that her surgery was to be the end of her treatments.  When we learned that she would have to undergo almost another full year of chemo and radiation, Mom simply held her chin up high and did what had to be done.  Throughout her treatments, Mom was adamant that her “regular life” would not change.  She continued to work, often times alternating 20 minutes of work with 10 minutes of rest in her bed just to get through the day.  She also kept up her outside commitments, especially as a board member for the Center for the Arts in our hometown of Homer, New York.  Knowing what she dealt with over all those months, I am in awe of her strength.  She may not admit it, but Mom’s seriously tough.  Anyone that watched her over those endless months of treatments can attest to that.

The other thing that my mom has taught me is to get involved, especially with the causes that you really care about.  When I was younger, I was involved in everything.  I’m not kidding.  Girl scouts, softball, gymnastics, dance classes, school plays, marching band, choir… you name it, I was probably in it.  And if I wasn’t, my brother was.  My parents both felt that it was better to do things than to sit at home and I loved every minute of my busy life.  Alongside us at every turn were my parents.  I watched my mom volunteer for one thing after another, often in support of my interests and activities.  She coached my softball team, sorted marching band uniforms and served on various committees in our school district.  She worked at countless bake sales and concession stands during my gymnastics meets and marching band shows and she sewed too many dance costumes to count.  She is the only person I know that suffered a broken foot from over-enthusiastically pulling out our floor mat before a color guard competition.  Back then, most of Mom’s volunteer activities revolved around what my brother and I were doing.  Nowadays, Mom’s volunteer work is more focused on her own interests; namely, her work on the Board of Directors for the newly created Center for the Arts.  I can’t remember a time when my mom hasn’t been involved in some form of volunteer work, something that has had a huge impact on how I live my life today.

When my mom was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I knew I needed to do something.  I didn’t know what, but I knew I couldn’t just sit back and watch Mom fight this huge fight without doing something myself.  My childhood friend Mel, who had walked in the Boston 3 Day in 2006 had the answer almost instantly.  She called me up and without even asking me said “That’s it, I’m coming down there to Atlanta and we’re walking in the 3 Day together.  It will change your life and you need to do it.”  And I knew as soon as she said it that it was the right answer.  As I said before, volunteer work is something inherent to who I am as a result of watching my mom over the years.  To be able to advocate on behalf of cancer patients and the biomedical research community of which I am a part seemed like the perfect fit; a very real way for me to help not just my mom but countless men and women that would face cancer in the future as well.  Over the next few months, I followed Mom’s lead and learned a bit about just how tough I am.  I pushed through endless training walks by myself and raised over $8000 in that first year.  Along the way, I discovered my passion for scientific advocacy on behalf of scientists and patients everywhere, especially those undergoing treatment for cancer.  Conquering a challenge that requires mental and physical toughness while discovering a passion for volunteer work and philanthropy?  That first 3 Day walk truly proved to me that I am my mother’s daughter.

Mom and I at Opening Ceremonies for the 2007 Atlanta 3 Day

This year, my mom has once again had to dig deep into her reserves of toughness.  In January, we learned that my mom’s cancer had returned after less than two years in remission.  Pain in Mom’s hip led to a series of diagnostic scans and ultimately a biopsy that revealed cancerous lesions on her liver.  Chemotherapy started up again almost immediately.  The road since then has been up and down.  Throughout it all, Mom has remained strong in the face of uncertainty.  She is an inspiration for me about how one should respond to a truly difficult challenge.  When I am struggling to make it through that 57th mile, it will be thoughts of my mom’s strength in the face of something so much more daunting that will get me through.  This year, I am walking to honor the memory of Marcia, our team angel.  But it will be the lessons that I have learned from my mom that will truly carry me through those long 60 miles.

I love you Mom!  Thank you for everything you have done for me and for everything you have taught me, whether you were aware of it or not.  It has truly helped me to become the person that I am today!

Mom and I at the 2008 Atlanta 3 Day

If you would like to support me in honoring my Mom this year, I encourage you to donate to the Susan G. Komen 3 Day for the Cure in my name by visiting my personal fundraising page here.

(PS – I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that my propensity towards volunteerism and philanthropy has also been strongly inspired by my Dad.  But his story is for another day!) 

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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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

 

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