A long time ago, I put together a team of friends when we were 13 to participate in the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay for Life in London, ON. Between 10 kids we raised $1,200, pulled an all-nighter fueled by candy and laughter, and supported a family impacted by cancer.
Now, many years, relays and road races later, I am about to attempt my first marathon and am once again looking to fundraise for a cause very close to my heart.
Getting outside for long training runs is nothing compared to what cancer patients and their caregivers must endure. This is something I think about often when I want to quit, give up, and go home - not everyone has that option.
I'm running to support someone in my life who is knee deep in their battle with cancer, and who deserves nothing but the absolute best odds to win this fight. I see cancer as a full-contact, team sport that requires a whole team of support. Donating to the BC Cancer Foundation which funds advancements in cancer research is one way I’m trying to help.
I'm also running to remember my dear friend Simona, and channel her relentless determination and vivacity. She taught me many things, but one of the most important was how to be fierce in the face of adversity. And also how to fabulously rock any and all colours under the sun – bonus points if your lipstick matches the fluorescent colour of your hair.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and considering donating to this cause. Small or large, any amount is greatly appreciated.