Hello family and friends! I am excited to say that I am officially running the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon next October with Team Bright Pink.
Why am I running for Team Bright Pink?
Breast cancer awareness has been very close to my heart ever since I started college at the University of Alabama. My head coach at the time, Sarah Patterson, had this inspiration to create the concept of a "Think Pink" gymnastics meet to spread the word and create the awareness that was needed for this cause. And while yes we still had to focus on the meet, that night was always something so much bigger than that. It was about celebrating these women who were the most incredible warriors.
I always think back to those moments and realize (in hindsight) how they've made the biggest impact on my life.
I think we can all admit that cancer is a scary word and as I've gotten older, I've realized that prevention and early detection are so important - especially knowing that my great grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer. And I've also seen the importance of that through the eyes of my dear friend, Karina. Now, Karina is the person who has inspired me to start this whole running thing to begin with - I literally signed up for my first half marathon as I was watching her run the 2015 Chicago Marathon. And my cheering buddy at that race was none other than her mom - who is currently fighting her second round of cancer. What I am so amazed by is her incredibly positive spirit and attitude towards the entire process. It's through her journey that I've realized (again) how incredibly strong these women are and that cancer doesn't discriminate.
So...I'm asking you, to help me raise and support women to be proactive against breast and ovarian cancer. I cannot wait to run for something that is bigger than all of us and be part of Team Bright Pink!