I’m running the Race for the Cure on Saturday with my best friends from college. We try to get together at least once per year. Now that we’re all runners, I thought running the Race for the Cure would be a fun reason to see each other. I’d be doing it without them if I had to, but it will be so much better with them around. They, along with my family and my friends Laila and Mary Pat, are the people who truly get me. They take me as I am…they get my sense of humor…they love and accept and support me no matter what comes. I can’t wait to see them.
The other day someone asked me why I’m running. Here is my attempt at explaining it.
I’m running for my friends, for the possibility that one of them, or even I could someday face a breast cancer diagnosis.
I’m running because college taught me the meaning of sisterhood, and the value of working toward improving life for all women, not just the ones who are my friends.
I’m running because when I was 29 I found a lump in my breast. It was just the first of many, many cysts, but it was very scary for me until I got the sonogram and mammogram that proved everything was ok.
I’m running because my high school boyfriend’s mom got breast cancer the summer before we started college. One day she found a lump. A week later, it was the size of a golf ball and she was getting a double mastectomy.
I’m running because of the accomplishment I feel when I finish a race. A year ago, I never would have thought I could run a 5k, but now I know I can. Even better, I know that running the Race for the Cure is not only an accomplishment for me, but for all the people who are helped by the Susan G. Komen Foundation research every year.
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