Thursday, August 28, 2008

Race for the Cure

This is completely unrelated to books but because it is something that is dear to me I thought I would share my thoughts with you. A few years ago a friend invited me to join her in the Race for the Cure in Richmond, Virginia. On the day she ended up missing the race and I ran it on my own, but it turned out to be such rewarding event that I decided on that day, as my legs throbbed and my lungs burned, that I would do this every year unless I was bed bound with some ferocious illness. I ran again the following year and had the incredible privilage to run alongside a courageous lady who had been fighting breast cancer off and on for many years. As we ran the lady told me that this race was going to be her last. After years of fighting and of racing, "the sand in my hourglass is running out." I arrived at the finish line in tears - much to the distress of my husband and daughter. The day left me thoughtful and determined to keep on running in honor of that lady and others like her.

This year my family and I are going to drive north for five or so hours so that I can run in the Portland Race for the Cure on Septmeber 21st. I have a weak ankle and my back is in a mess but I will be there with bells on! If you live in Oregon or Washington please consider joining me. These races are extraordinary events and I would not miss one for the world. If you can't be there in person please consider making a donation to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Or you can sponsor me my run. I promise that I will give it my best, and I will tell you all how it went when I get home.

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