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May 10, 2012 5 comments

Since I haven’t written in a while, and I’m not sure when I will find time to fill you in on all that’s going on lately, I figured the least I could do was share Gretchen’s blog from the HERALD today that mentions the Race for Hope team.

In our fourth year, we raised nearly $10,000. Not too shabby! (If you want to help us get to $10K, it’s not too late!) Our team was once again in the top 50 in terms of fundraising.

I expected that each year it would get easier to do the race. Not physically, but emotionally. But for the fourth time, I was shocked when at random moments I was overwhelmed and on the verge of tears. …for many reasons.

For one, the race has grown SO much since the first year we started. We used to be the only team in sight at our meeting place. Now we share those steps with at least 6 or 7 other teams. Sure it’s great that so many more people are working to raise awareness and funds to fight brain cancer, but it’s also a sad sign that so many more people are being affected by it.

At the beginning of the race, survivors (dressed in yellow) release yellow balloons into the air. It’s certainly a sight to see. …but at the same time, it pisses me off that I don’t know any survivors. And I know too many that are gone.

It was a little shocking this year to walk behind a team carrying a sign “In memory of Mary Frances.” It reminded me of the time we went to a family cemetery and I saw a gravestone with my name on it. It shocks you. I nearly stopped right in the middle of the giant crowd of walkers.

But as I told Gretchen in the blog above, as emotional as the beginning of the race is for me, what I look forward to most is the end. I always watch for the first yellow shirt (survivor) to finish – usually a good 40 minutes ahead of me. I look forward to getting three miles into the race and seeing people in yellow shirts – sometimes struggling, but always excited – SO happy to finish the race with their family and friends.

I look forward to the day when our fundraising will make a difference. And I hope that some day, I might know someone in a yellow shirt.


Two Months to Go!

March 2, 2011 Leave a comment

We’re less than two months away from the Race for Hope!

I’m so proud of my team. We’re ranked number 14 out of nearly 300 teams and keep rising in the ranks each day.

But at the same time, I’m sad.

The first year I did the race, my father was recently diagnosed with cancer. That year, it was SO easy to raise funds for the brain cancer cause.

Each year after that, it’s become harder.

Why might my team be doing so well this year? My boyfriend’s friends are joining the team.

Their father passed away from a GBM yesterday.

I’m grateful that we’ve been able to raise so much money for a worthwhile cause. But…My greatest wish right now is that maybe, for just 6 or 8 months, no one that I know would lose their father.

Ready to Race?

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

First, I apologize. I’ve been a terrible blogger lately!

We’re preparing for a HUGE event at work, so hopfully after next week I’ll be better (although I’ve just taken on more responsibilities, so it sounds like maybe I’ll see you in May? No, there’s commencement. June?)

2010 Race for Hope Team

Anyway…Today, I finally took a few minutes for myself and recreated our Race for Hope team. My friend Kt and I started this team three years ago when my father was battling a GBM brain tumor (aka – the same kind Ted Kennedy had. Although Dad hated that reference. But he did sort of have Kennedy hair, didn’t he? Anyway…).

Kt’s step-father had died a few years earlier from the same cancer. Honestly, I’m not sure how I would have gotten through Dad’s illness in one piece without her. She taught me many important things.

1. Don’t google. You will find exactly the opposite of what you’re looking for.

2. Statistics are ridiculous and don’t mean a thing.

3. The worst thing you can do is take yourself too seriously.

4. But it’s ok to be angry.

Kt, Me, and Timmy the Tumor eating T-Rex.

It helped me feel less worthless and more like I was DOING something to have started this race team and raised money to fight tumors (Like a t-rex. T-rexes hate tumors).

It makes me sad that our team is growing because more people are being affected. But this year two of Charles’ friend (and a friend of theirs) will be joining us in honoring our fathers. I hope they can feel the same amount and type of love and support that I felt the first year I joined.

I’m so thankful for all the family and friends (and friends wo are like family) who have supported me and my family since Dad’s diagnosis in 2009.

If you’d like to join us on May 1, you can join our team online. Donations, thoughts, and prayers are also very appreciated 🙂

Another Weekend of Finishing

September 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Normally, I would have thought I had a pretty lazy weekend. But thanks to this blog and trying to think of something to add after this long weekend, man I look productive!

Finishing was again a theme for the weekend. I love finishing things! Being able to empty that tub of cream cheese in the fridge and throw it out before it’s done…using up those millions of bottles of hotel shampoo I’ve inherited…finishing a project that had been set aside for a while…all of these bring me odd satisfaction.

Friday night, I was meeting up with some friends from college I haven’t seen in a long time. The boyfriend and I decided to head out early and get dinner before we all met up. Sometimes it’s nice to always know someone everywhere we go…sometimes it’s dangerous!


Not 10 minutes after we sat down, we had not just one…but TWO beer samplers. Now I love sampling some beer…but I don’t usually order 2.5 glasses all at once! But yes, I managed to finish it! (and more…)

Saturday night I headed to Times for Tawana’s MS Walk fundraiser. I knew I’d be there early and be there for a while, so I took a book I’d started reading one night there while keeping Charles company. Guess what? I finished it!

Sunday I finally finished moving. Yes, it’s been almost a year…but I had a few bags of stuff (all that stuff that didn’t deserve a box because yeah. I didn’t really want any of it).

One garbage bag was set aside for Goodwill and 80% of the rest of it was listed to my inventory. But I’m sure Charles is more than thankful that I’ve finally finished moving out of his house!

I also finally managed to take Dad’s old laptop to Microcenter to be fixed since I failed at getting the OS reinstalled. I was SO on track to being a self-proclaimed genius! But it kept freezing. Oh well. One more “to do” off the list!

Yesterday after finishing my homework, I also finished all of the cross stitch on the baby quilt I uncovered last month. It only took me years! Now all I have left are the outlines and low and behold…I might actually finish a baby gift before the baby is born!

Now if I could only finish putting away the rest of the crap I brought home from Charles’ house…

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Have You Had Your Annual Check up? (Or haircut?)

August 16, 2010 Leave a comment

I consider myself to be a rather low maintenance, easy-going person. I keep my hair short so that I can just let it grow for months before having to deal with again. Normally, I cut it twice a year, around May or June, and again in September or October.

When given the chance to have the cost of my haircut ($42) donated to support research and awareness for ovarian cancer, I couldn’t turn it down.

I first heard about the promotion at Bang from the “Man about town” Bob Madigan (funny how I still can’t hear this man’s voice without remembering him falling through the rotting risers at a White House Tree lighting).

Several years ago, my father’s “favorite female first cousin” (of which he has one!) was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

She was by far the biggest support and motivator that Dad had while he was sick. She taught us three things about living with cancer:

  1. Surround yourself with happy people. If someone can’t do anything but cry and talk doom, they’re not worth spending your energy on.
  2. Don’t google! No one lives or dies by statistics.
  3. Never forget to laugh.

So for Joanie, and every other woman battling this disease, this haircut’s for you!

Although Dino and his scalp massage and blow dry were TOTALLY worth the donation!

And to every woman reading this blog, have you had your annual yet??

Support MS Research and Enter to Win Skins/Cowboys tickets

August 11, 2010 Leave a comment

The Boyfriend’s sister was diagnosed several years ago with multiple sclerosis. She has participated in the Capital Challenge walk every year since then.

One year, I was at her house when she returned from the walk…exhausted and sweaty…but so inspired by those who walked with her. She couldn’t have been more proud that she was still able to complete the walk when some around her were doing everything they could to take just one more step before returning to a wheel chair.

She and her husband both participate, and agree to raise a minimum of $1,500 each to do so.  Then they spend two days walking 50 kilometers to raise public awareness about the disease.

This year, she and her husband are raffling off tickets to the Redskins/Cowboys game on Sept. 12. If you’re interested in buying a chance, just let me know. The winner will be announced on Sept. 4 at Kelly’s Irish Times (winner need not be present). Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.

If you have no interest in football, but would still like to support a great cause, visit their team website and donate to Tawana or Rafael.

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