So this week I’m going to get a little off topic, in favor of some shameless self-promotion and begging for donations for my annual 5k walk Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. I’ll delve a little bit into the background of the race and talk about my team and such before I get to the part where I start begging for your hard earned cash.
For those of you who aren’t aware I lost my mom, Lisa, to breast cancer 4 years ago after she spent 3 years fighting. My mom was my best friend, we had a very Gilmore Girls-type relationship (which coincidentally was one of our favorite shows), except that my mom wasn’t 16 when she had me and I have a very present father and a younger brother. But I digress, my mom and I were very close and shared a lot of the same interests and passions. After my mom was diagnosed, she became a very big supporter of the American Cancer Society and naturally I followed suit. Whenever I’m presented with the opportunity to make a charitable donation to the foundation of my choosing, it’s always my first choice. Which is why I was really happy that the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. Breast cancer tends to get a lot of attention in the media, so I appreciate the fact that the ACS funds diverse research and aid for all kinds of cancer, not specifically breast cancer.
Chase, Dad, and me at the 2015 MSABC walk.
This is my 4th year participating in the Martin County walk with my team Lisa’s Lions and I’m proud to say that we’ve been among the top fundraising teams each year since we began. Each year around the start of September, our fearless leader Shaun Kelly rallies the troops together and manages to sign up a remarkable number of people, some who’ve never even met my mother, to raise money and walk 5k on a Saturday morning in October. Shaun is someone incredibly special in my life, she was one of my mom’s best friends for 36 years and has been a great inspiration to me. Shaun has become one of several women in my life to step into the surrogate mom role since my mom’s passing, and has always been there for me (even going back to being my confirmation sponsor at church). She has led this team to huge fundraising goals and numbers larger than we could have ever expected.
Chase and I with our fearless leader, Shaun!
Our first year, we had 15 people on the team and managed to beat our initial goal of $2500 substantially. Last year, our team had grown to 38 individuals who raised over $7000 for the American Cancer Society. Each year I’m joined by not only my family, but some of my best friends for an always entertaining 3.1 miles. 2 of my best friends, Will and Danielle, have been a part of the team each year since we began in 2013 and we don’t hesitate to dye our hair pink, drink the night before, and laugh our asses off while we reminisce about my mom and the shenanigans we got into. With such a big group, we naturally separate into smaller groups when we begin the actual walk but “the kids” (as Shaun so affectionately refers to us) tend to stick together and have a grand old time.
“The kids” at MSABC 2015, keep in mind all of us are old enough to drink.
Last year I was 4 months into my weight loss journey and had already lost 36 pounds and was incredibly proud of my progress. This year, I would love to be completely done with my weight loss goal but even if I’m not I’ll still walk along with my team and enjoy myself. Now is the time when I start to ask for your donations to my cause and/or for you to join our team and walk alongside the rest of Lisa’s Lions on October 22nd. Any donation is appreciated, no amount is too small and each dollar raised goes directly to the American Cancer Society and research to end breast cancer. Keep in mind, your donation is tax deductible! Thank you readers, for sticking with me through this week’s entry as I ply you for donations. Next week I’ll be getting back to the business and entries about my weight loss journey, I swear!
Here’s the link to my personal page, so you can donate directly to me. I’m competitive and would love to raise more than I did last year, any little bit counts!
For those who stuck it out, here’s another updated transformation picture. 90 pounds down!