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My 3-Day Fundraising Plea

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

The Atlanta 3-Day is less than five weeks away. Thanks to the incredible generosity of my friends and family, I have already hit my fundraising minimum. In fact, everyone was SO generous, I reached that important milestone within two weeks of sending out my fundraising letters (WOW!). Words cannot express how grateful I am to everyone who has donated to date. This is an important and personal cause for me, and it touches my heart to see everyone come together to support the great work of Susan G. Komen in the fight against breast cancer.

HOWEVER! The walk is still five weeks away. That means there is still more time to raise money, and I don’t intend to stop trying until the clock runs out. My current fundraising goal is $5000, as it has been every time I’ve done the 3-Day. I would LOVE to hit this goal for a fourth time. But I can’t do it alone. So, to that end, I’m sharing my fundraising request here as well. Please read this to see why this cause is so important to me, especially this year, and what you can do to help. And if you know of anyone else who might be interested, I would be forever grateful to you for passing this on.

Thanks!


Dear Reader,

Shortly before my mom died of breast cancer last year, she told me something that I didn’t know. Unbeknownst to me, back in 2010, she had planned to walk in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day with my friends and me when we walked in memory of our friend Marcia’s passing. Marcia was my best friend’s mom. Marcia had gone through her cancer treatment alongside my mom for two years, enduring all of the ups and downs together before she sadly passed away in April of 2009. We walked to honor her relentless optimism throughout her battle and my mom wanted to be a part of that.

Unfortunately, that plan was derailed before it even got started. Mom’s cancer came back early in 2010, just as we were all starting to train and fundraise. She traveled to Boston with us in July and cheered us all on as “team mom”, never letting on that she had once hoped to be walking with us. Even then, she held out hope that she would eventually be well enough to walk those long 60 miles herself someday soon. Like me, she wanted to opportunity to give back to the breast cancer community that had benefitted her so much over the years. She wanted to take some responsibility for her own fate by raising money for the cancer research that had already prolonged her own life by several years beyond what her doctors expected.

Mom never got the chance to walk with me. While her health ebbed and flowed over the next few years, life kept me away from the 3-Day. I didn’t know she hoped to walk with me and I didn’t make the time to take on the fundraising and training challenges. When she told me her secret wish just a few weeks before she died, I knew immediately that I had to walk again. Whether by her side, with her cheering me on from the sidelines, or in her memory, I was determined to walk the 3-Day again. And this October, with her spirit guiding my feet over the streets and hills of Atlanta, I will do just that.

For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, the Susan G. Komen 3-Day is a 60 mile walk over the course of three days that raises funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and breast cancer research. A Susan G. Komen for the Cure grant has impacted virtually every major advance in the fight against breast cancer in the last 32 years. The money that we raise through the 3-Day will truly help to save the lives of untold numbers of women. In order to participate in this event, I must raise at least $2300 and would love to raise $5000. This is a huge goal and I cannot reach it by myself. Please consider making a fully tax-deductible donation to help me reach my fundraising goal today.

If you would like to contribute, you can do so one of two ways. If you prefer to take the traditional route, you can mail a check to me at home (email me at kscincotta@gmail.com for my address). The check should be made out to “Susan G. Komen 3-Day” in the amount that is right for you and then I will do all the legwork to get your donation processed. If you prefer to donate online, please visit my personal fundraising page at www.the3day.org/goto/kscincotta to process your donation. Donations made online can be made as one time payments or in installments for up to four months. As you consider your donation, please keep in mind that many companies have matching gift programs, an easy way for you to double the size of your contribution!

The Atlanta 3-Day steps off in less than 60 days. That is not much time for me to reach my fundraising goals. But I am confident that together, we can get there. I am doing all of the walking. I just need your help with the fundraising. My mom never got the chance to do this walk. This year, I am walking for her. Please help me get there.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter. I hope that you will join me in taking part in this incredible adventure. Please share this information with anyone that you think might be interested. If I have learned one thing during my time with the 3-Day, it is that everyone, everywhere has been touched by breast cancer in some way. This is something that has affected all of us and together, we are working towards achieving the ultimate goal of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day: a world without breast cancer.

All my best,

Kristen Sager Cincotta

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Clicking on the above image will also take you to my fundraising page. Thanks!

 

Race Recap Flashback: Running for the ROC at the Publix Georgia Half Marathon!

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon display at the Expo!

If you read my mid-year running recap, then you know that I’ve been doing a great job in my races thus far this year. However, I’ve done a terrible job about writing about my races here, even the big ones. So, I’ve declared this Race Recap Flashback week. This week, I’ll be recapping both the Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure and the Peachtree Road Race. But first up, my Run for the ROC at the Publix Georgia Half Marathon!

Throughout most of 2012, I had a little voice nagging at my brain and at my heart. It kept saying the same thing: “I want to run a half marathon. I KNOW I can run a half marathon. I need to run a half marathon.” As I got more involved with the Atlanta Track Club and the local running community, that voice got louder and more persistent. So, sometime in November, I decided to bite the bullet and register for the Publix Georgia Half Marathon, right here in Atlanta. This race course comes within blocks of my house. I’ve cheered for many friends over the years as they’ve conquered these miles. The race is almost always on my birthday weekend, which also happens to be St Patrick’s Day weekend. If any race was going to be my first half, it had to be this one.

So I was settled on the race. I also knew that I wanted to jump back into the fundraising game and raise some money for a breast cancer charity, something I’ve gotten away from more than I’d like over the last two years or so. After considering a few options, I ultimately decided to dedicate my efforts to a specific cause that was near and dear to my heart: the Give Hope a New Home capital campaign to build the new regional oncology center at Upstate Medical University (aka “The ROC”). For those who are new around here, the ROC is where my mom has gotten her breast cancer treatments since 2007. The team there has been fantastic and I was ecstatic to have this opportunity to support them in something this important. It took me a bit to figure out how I was going to run this fundraiser, but eventually, a great woman named Terry Shenfeld helped me set up a fundraising page on the campaign’s website and I was off and running (so to speak…)!

Pre-Race

I’m not going to go through all my training and fundraising leading up to the race. Suffice it to say, I ran a lot (including a course run two weeks before the race), and I pumped my fundraiser as much as I could, both through social media and fundraising emails. So let’s zip ahead to the weekend of the race…

The Saturday before the half was a big day for me – it was my birthday! I’m normally the type that wants to make a big deal out my birthday. However, with the half the next day, I opted to keep things quiet and running-focused. I spent the morning doing one of my favorite things – recruiting new members at the ATC booth at the race expo. It was really fun and motivating to talk to everyone about their race goals, especially knowing that unlike in previous years, I was part of this conversation. Once I was done with my shift, it was time to pick up my race packet and hit the rest of the expo. I’m always a bit “splurge-y” at expos, but this year, I was particularly indulgent; I mean, it WAS my birthday. All together, I left with some new socks, some new running tops, a race-themed t-shirt, Clif bloks for during the race… and lots more that I’m forgetting because it was months ago. It was a lot. I was feeling confident and very much like a “real runner”.

… And then I got home and I got NERVOUS. I wanted everything to go perfectly and I was suddenly worried about all of the details: would I make it to the start on time (because, hey, last year I mis-read our Peachtree wave start times and we got there late… )? Would I be too hot (what is this heat wave in March)? Would I be too cold (but wait, what are those pre-race temps doing in the upper 40s and low 50s)? Would I be able to find Mike along the course (because I had a problem with that at the Hot Chocolate 15k)? Serious pre-race jitters, I tell ya. I was also trying to make a shirt to wear during the race and the iron on transfer just would NOT work, which was really stressing me out (I ended up just printing the graphic below on paper and pinning it on). All in all, I was feeling super anxious about this whole thing. But here’s the great thing about running: the race starts whether you’re ready or not. And when it does, you either step over that starting line or you get left behind. And no matter how nervous I was, I was not getting left behind. So I headed to bed relatively early and did my best to sleep.

My shirt back (click to enlarge)

My shirt back for the race (click to enlarge)!

The Race!

I’m sure my alarm clock went off at some godawful hour of the morning and I’m even more sure that I was wide awake long before it started bleating in my ear. I quickly got dressed and had my usual pre-race breakfast (whole grain english muffin with peanut butter and jelly and a glass of Nuun). I pinned my race bib on the front of my shirt and my “Run4ROC” information on the back, wrangled Mike into the car, and we were off. Because we had such a hard time with parking before the Hot Chocolate 15k, we had planned for Mike to just drop me off near the starting area (Centennial Olympic Park) and then he headed out to his first planned spectating spot where he napped in the car until the race got to him. Out of my paranoia, I got to the starting line REALLY early. I wandered around the area, checking out the finish line chutes, taking pictures, and warming up a little bit. I even had someone mention to me, upon seeing my shirt, that they had family that had been treated at the ROC in Syracuse, something that was completely unexpected down here in Atlanta. I took it as a good sign for the race to come. A little more stretching, a quick snack on a Clif bar, and it was time to line up with my start wave.

Ready to go!

Going into this race, I had two time goals in mind: my “I won’t be disappointed if I at least finish in… ” time was to run sub-2:30 and my “I THINK I can actually finish in… ” time was to run sub-2:20. My plan for the race was to get in front of the 2:30 pace group early on and just focus on staying in front of them. Since this was my first half marathon, I figured trying to focus too much more on pace other than that was probably a recipe for disappointment. So when I got to my start wave, I positioned myself alongside the 2:30 pacers and was ready to go. After a short walk up to the starting line, we were finally off!

The first half of this half wound through downtown Atlanta, and then up through Old Fourth Ward, Little Five Points, and Inman Park, one of my favorite neighborhoods.  Those first few miles felt EASY and I was able to get in front of the 2:30 pace group right out of the gate, just as I had planned. In fact, I was running so easily that the first time I saw Mike, I commented to him that I was worried I had gone out way too fast. The temps were perfect, the hills were manageable, and the vibe was, honestly, somewhat peaceful. At one point, we were running towards the sunrise and was struck with the thought that while I had seen plenty of sunrises on St Patrick’s Day from celebrating my birthday over night, this was probably the first one I’d seen from this side of morning. It was a beautiful morning for a run, that’s for sure.

Cruising along mid-race!

The second time I passed Mike was just after the six mile marker, at which point I ate some Clif bloks. I tried Gu on one of my long training runs and HATED it, but the bloks I could work with. Luckily, I was ready to fuel right when I saw Mike because I couldn’t get the package open and needed him to help me. Lesson learned for next time – open the package pre-race! After that, we headed up into the Virginia Highlands and Midtown, the area of town where I live and do the majority of my training runs. Between the bloks and the mental boost of running on my “home turf” I was feeling GREAT as I headed into Piedmont Park. Even better, I knew that after I left the park, there were only four miles left. Four miles? I can do that!

Yeah, I only thought those four miles would be easy. It turns out, those four miles were pretty much all uphill. Or at least, that’s how it felt. Juniper Street, you are NOT my friend. However, I knew that I had been trucking along at a solid pace and hadn’t really walked at all outside of the water stops (which was big deal for me mentally). I definitely didn’t want to blow my strong first eight miles by wussing out on the last four, so I kept pushing even as my legs grew tired. I focused on the people who I had chosen to dedicate each of my miles to and let them carry me up those hills. I also starting searching for this family of three little girls that were giving out high fives every half mile or so. Each time I’d see them, they were lined in height order so that I could just run along and high five all of them. I must’ve been running near whoever they were supporting because not long after I passed them each time, they’d hop on their bikes with their dad and scoot up the course. I must’ve high fived these girls seven or eight times in those last four miles. It was a great distraction!

Before I really knew it, I found myself making the last turn onto Marietta Street and starting the last uphill climb towards the finish. My legs were exhausted by that point, but I knew I wanted to finish strong. Suddenly, I found myself behind a cop on a bike following someone pushing stroller – completely strange. Then I realized – this was the last “runner” from the 5K that had stepped off not long after the last start wave for the half! That was motivating – I really wanted to “lap” that last 5k-er. Just as I was passing the 5K caboose, I starting hearing sirens and the screaming at the finish line got noticeably louder – could this be for me? Yeah, definitely not. It was the FIRST finisher for the full marathon. As much as I wanted to pass that last 5k runner, I did NOT want to get passed by any of the full marathoners. So, I dug deep, gave it everything I had left and pushed across the finish line, approximately three strides ahead of the winner of the marathon. YES!

All in all, it was fantastic race. I ran well throughout, took in everything I could along the course, and really enjoyed myself. Even better, I KILLED my goal time. My final time was a 2:14.10 – almost six full minutes faster than my big goal. I was ECSTATIC and ready to celebrate!

My Results!

Fundraising Results

As excited as I was about my race results, I was even more thrilled with how well my fundraiser went for the ROC. When I kicked things off at the beginning of March, I set my goal for this fundraiser at $1000. I challenged my friends and family to donate in various amounts corresponding to mileage or my time goals and had hoped to reach my fundraising goal by the end of March, two weeks post-race. Well, everyone responded so generously that I didn’t even need that long. By the time I took my first steps in the half marathon, I had already raised $518 – and that was in just two weeks! Even better, within a week of my race, that amount had ballooned to $1218, well past my goal. At that point, with an eye towards my planned fundraisers for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the American Cancer Society later in the year, I chose to stop actively promoting this fundraiser. However, even that didn’t stop my phenomenal support system from donating. As of April 15th (the last update I received from Upstate), I had raised $1513 for the ROC’s Give Hope a New Home capital campaign.

I can honestly say that I was blown away by everyone’s generosity. The ROC and their staff are near and dear to my family but I wasn’t sure how broadly this cause would resonate with others outside of the Upstate NY area. As it turns out, I had nothing to worry about. Many people expressed to me that they were thrilled to have the opportunity to repay Upstate for the great care they’ve given to my mom, to Marcia, and to many, many others. I have no idea how far $1500 will go towards the new cancer center. I know it’s small potatoes compared to the donations from people who get whole wings named after them. But friends, together, we got Upstate $1500 closer to making the new oncology center a reality, which is more than most people can say. I believe strongly in paying it forward, especially when it comes to charitable endeavors. By helping to make the new ROC a reality, we are helping to give others a better chance at a cancer-free future.

As part of my fundraising challenge, I said that anyone who donated more than $100 would be able to dedicate one of my miles during the race to anyone they chose. I also said that I would wear their honorees name on my shirt during the race. While I received ten donations of $100 or more as part of this fundraiser, I received the majority of them after the race. Since I couldn’t recognize those donors and their honorees during the race (as you can see on my shirt image, above), I definitely wanted to give them a shout-out here. So, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to my $100+ donors:

  • Nicole Anderson – One of my #3DayTweeps friends. Nicole asked me to dedicate mile 11 to her aunt, Marilyn Duncan.
  • Julie Brock – My #3DayTweeps bestie. Julie asked me to dedicate mile 4 to her grandfather, LTC Walter P. Schlagel, who passed away earlier this year. During that mile, as I was thinking of him, I noticed I was running near a man carrying an American flag. I lost him after that mile and didn’t see him again during the race. I took it as a sign from Julie’s grandfather to keep pushing forward.
  • Kathy and Mike Cincotta – My wonderful, supportive, endlessly generous in-laws.
  • Kate and Joel Jackson – Another of my #3DayTweeps friends and an Atlanta running buddy. She swears she’s going to get me to run a full marathon with her soon.
  • James Lee – A friend of mine from graduate school. James is getting married this fall!
  • Pam and Sean McCormick – My mom’s youngest sister and her husband. Sean has recently started running too!
  • David and Laura Ostheimer – David is a long time colleague of my mom and he and his wife have been some of Mom’s strongest supporters over the years!
  • Claudia Reeves – My aunt on my Mom’s side. Claudia made her donation in honor of her friends “The Big Ladies”.
  • JT Shoemaker – A graduate school friend who is one of our rocks here in Atlanta. JT made his donation in honor of his mother Janet, a breast cancer survivor who has been incredibly kind and supportive of me throughout Mom’s journey.
  • And finally, Dr. Jonathon Wright, my Mom’s and Marcia’s long time oncologist at the ROC. Dr. Wright also sent me a lovely email about how tough and inspiring my mom has been as a patient. He has given my mom phenomenal care over the years and I will keep that email always.

I also would be absolutely remiss if I didn’t acknowledge my other donors, all of whom helped me to far surpass my fundraising goals: Anne Marie DeSimone, Dom Gambardella, Marsha and Dean Griswold, Jeff Kostusiak, Dawn Mazzanti (who was my first donor!), Jim McKeever, Jennifer and Bill Rabbitt, Faren Shear, and Laura Scholz and her husband Tim Long. This group represents a hodge podge of friends and family from all the various corners of my life. I am strengthened and inspired to keep running for more because of all of you and the wonderful mash up that is my life.

Closing Thoughts

Ultimately, this race and this fundraiser were phenomenal successes for me and have given me huge motivation to keep going with this type of “charity racing”. I can’t wait to get out there again for the AllState 13.1 half marathon this October, when I will be running for the American Cancer Society!

Victory!

Note: If you would like to see all of my pictures from the Publix Georgia Half Marathon, please click here. Also, as far as I know, the link is still active on the ROC website if you would still like to make a donation to this worthy cause!

Running for the ROC!

Monday, March 4th, 2013

On March 17th, while the rest of the country is drinking green beer and celebrating whatever small percentage of Irish heritage they can claim, I will celebrate by running my first half marathon – the Georgia Publix Half Marathon – 13.10 miles in honor of my mother and her ongoing, inspiring fight against Stupid Cancer.

Since her breast cancer diagnosis in 2007 and recurrence of Stupid Cancer in early 2010, my mom has received the majority of her treatments from the phenomenal team at the Upstate Medical University Regional Oncology Center (ROC) in Syracuse, New York.

In appreciation for the wonderful care my mom has received, I am dedicating this half marathon to the Upstate ROC team and raising funds to support the Give Hope a New Home capital campaign to build a new Upstate Cancer Center. Opening in spring 2014, this state-of-the-art outpatient facility will expand and improve care and services to cancer patients like my mom, my best friend’s mom, Marcia, who passed away from breast cancer in 2009, and adults and children throughout upstate New York.

My goal is to raise at least $1,000 by the end of March. Here a few ways to support me:

  • Donate $100 or more (yourself or with others), and I will dedicate a mile of my race to whomever you would like. I will recognize them here on my personal website (www.kristencincotta.com/tag/Run4Roc) and wear their name on my race shirt. I am reserving the first mile for Marcia and the last mile for my mom. That means there are 11 miles up grabs!
  • Donate per mile: $13.10 ($1/mile), $26.20 ($2/mile), $52.40 ($4/mile), $104.80 ($8/mile – also lets you dedicate a mile!), or any other multiple of 13.1. I am going to finish!
  • Use your donation as motivation for me to run faster: donate a dollar amount for every minute I run under 2 hours and 30 minutes (my goal time.) For example, if you pledge $5 per minute under goal time and I finish in 2:18, you would come back to this site the week after the race (March 18th) and donate $60. If you want to go this route, let me know your pre-race pledge via email at kscincotta@gmail.com

You can make your donation in one of two ways. If you prefer the simplicity of donating online, simply click over to my fundraising page on the Foundation for  Upstate Medical University website, scroll to the bottom, and fill in your information. I promise, it’s all very legitimate and safe. However, ff you would prefer to mail in a check, please make your check payable to “Foundation for Upstate” and address it to:

Foundation for Upstate
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

If you go this route, please be sure to write “Run4ROC” in the message area of the check so that it is recognized as being a part of my fundraising efforts. Please note that all donations (online and via mail) are 100% tax deductible.

This fundraiser is different than the fundraisers I’ve done in the past. There are no fundraising minimums required for my race entry and I’m not trying to earn any awards or prizes. I simply want to raise some money for a local organization that deserves our support. I’m so grateful for the high quality care that my mom has received from Upstate’s ROC team during her 6+ year battle with Stupid Cancer and I want to return the favor in my own way. My mom won’t be the last woman diagnosed with breast cancer. I can only hope that every woman is able to receive the cutting edge treatments and care that my mom has received from the team at the ROC.

Please join me in honoring her caregivers and helping to make the new Upstate Cancer Center a reality for cancer patients across upstate New York!

Emory University Relay for Life

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

This past Friday, my husband Mike and I laced up our sneakers and headed over to Emory University for the Relay for Life benefitting the American Cancer Society.

Welcome to the Relay for Life!

Mike and I arrived at Relay site around 7pm on Friday, April 9th.  After checking in, we spent some time exploring the event site to get the lay of the land.

Me with the Relay for Life banner.

For each Relay event, the track is lined with Luminaria that serve as lanterns to light the way through the night.  Luminaria can be purchased in the name of survivors and as a way to honor those that have been lost to cancer.  Prior to this walk, I dedicated a special gold Luminaria in Marcia’s name and a regular white Luminaria in honor of my mom who is currently fighting cancer for the second time.  One of the first things we did upon arriving at the Relay for Life was to locate the Luminaria for Mom and Marcia.


Luminaria for Marcia and Mom

At the Emory Relay for Life, Luminaria were also used to spell out “HOPE” in the stands over the track where the event was held.

Hope for a cure!

Shortly after we arrived, the Relay for Life began.  The first lap was led by a number of survivors with the rest of the participants following behind.  We joined in the group after they passed us by and began our walk around the track.

The Survivor Lap, led by cancer survivors and the Emory Eagle!

Mike and I weren’t able to spend the entire night participating in the Relay for Life, as would normally be tradition.  However, we wanted to participate in a significant way, so we instead completed my eight mile training walk for the Susan G. Komen 3 Day for the Cure.  All together, that amounted to about 32 laps of the track and over two hours of walking, around and around and around…  Luckily, there were a lot of things to look at as we walked:


The track was surrounded by campsites (for those staying the whole night, L) and tables where groups were selling snacks to the Relayers to help raise additional money for the American Cancer Society (R)

There were also signs highlighting some of the work of the American Cancer Society.  This sign was particularly meaningful since Herceptin has been Mom’s wonder drug during her cancer treatments!

Just after sunset, a series of performers took to the stage at one end of the track to provide entertainment for all of the Relayers.  During this performance, three separate dance groups performed.


Dance groups performing at the Relay for Life.  Pardon the poor photo quality, it was pretty dark.

Finally, at around 9:30pm the lights on the track were lowered so that the only thing that we could see was the light of Luminarias all around the track.  All of the Relayers then walked a silent lap around the track to honor those that have been lost to cancer.  As it happened, this lap corresponded to the last lap of the eight miles that Mike and I walked.  As we walked that last lap, I couldn’t help but think of Marcia and how different this Friday night was then the awful night exactly one year ago when we learned of her passing.  It ended up being an incredibly meaningful moment that really made the night for me.


The beautiful lights of the Luminarias

Being able to do this event, on this night, was a great way for me to honor and remember Marcia in my own way.  Some day, I hope to be able to stay over night and experience the full event.  But for me, this event was everything that I needed it to be.

To see more pictures from the Emory University Relay for Life, please visit this album on my Picasa page.

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!

 

I’m back!

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

It’s been about six months since I last posted, but I’m back and ready to go!

After much thought and deliberation, I have decided that I WILL be walking in the Breast Cancer 3-Day again in 2010. And not only that, but I have recruited three of my very best friends to join me this time around for the Boston walk in July. We have a long way to go before we get there, but we’re getting a head start this year.

As many of you know, we lost my best friend Jen’s mom, Marcia, to breast cancer last April. Throughout her battle, Marcia was one of the most ardent supporters of my 3 Day efforts . She wrote me a note during the 2007 3 Day expressing her support, saying that it was “with great hope” that one day, she would be well enough to participate in the 3 Day herself. Sadly, she was never able to fulfill that goal. This year, our team, including Jen, will pick up that torch and walk in Marcia’s stead. This year, we are walking for Marcia.

One of the things that was so remarkable about Marcia was her relentless spirit of optimism throughout her ordeal. With that spirit as our inspiration, we have decided to name our 2010 3 Day team “Relentless Optimism” because it is with relentless optimism that we face our biggest challenge: to end breast cancer once and for all!

Please be sure to check back often – I am planning a whole series of posts throughout the next 8+ months, focusing on everything from my fundraising efforts and training to updates about what’s going on in breast cancer research and beyond. In addition, we have also started a team blog to help us in our fundraising efforts that can be found at:

http://relentlessoptimismfundraising.blogspot.com/

There, you will find the details of all of our team fundraising activities, training updates and even a link to our new sponsor, Diana’s Costume Closet. I have included a link to our team blog as well as a link to my personal fundraising page and more in the sidebar to help you out. Or if you prefer, you can add both of these blogs to your RSS reader of choice using the widget in the sidebar in order to get the most timely updates from me and my team!

Thanks so much for following along. It means so much to me to have so much support from all of my friends and family as I take on this huge challenge yet again!

Kristen

It’s Race for the Cure Season!

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Hi everyone!

It is now May and in my world, that can only mean one thing: Race for the Cure!

This Saturday, I will be walking (or maybe even running!) in the Atlanta Race for the Cure. The event kicks off at 7:30AM at Atlantic Station and I will be there with my pink shoelaces on! To help me reach my fundraising goals ($100 in five days!), please visit my personal fundraising page at http://race.komenatlanta.org/goto/kscincotta. I have added the link over in the sidebar to make things easier.

As I posted below, my friend and surrogate mother Marcia recently lost her long battle with breast cancer. This year, I am walking to honor her memory. Over the years, Marcia was a strong advocate for breast cancer awareness and she worked very hard to raise money for breast cancer research. This will be the first year in a long time that she won’t be doing her own Race for the Cure. She was also one of my strongest supporters in the Breast Cancer 3-Day. It is only fitting that we continue her hard work, especially on Mother’s Day Weekend.

In addition to my race here in Atlanta, a team has been formed in Marcia’s honor for the Central New York Race for the Cure. A link to the team page for “Marcia’s Memory” can be found in the sidebar. Both of my parents are walking as a part of that team, and I have linked to each of their pages as well.

Please, please think about making a fully tax-deductible donation to any of us taking part in the Race for the Cure. I know far too many people who have watched their mothers face this awful disease (including my own). It’s time to put an end to it once and for all.

In Memoriam

Monday, May 4th, 2009

On April 10th, my friend and surrogate mother Marcia lost her two year battle with breast cancer. Marcia battled breast cancer as she lived her life: courageously and with relentless optimism. She will be missed very, very much.