Monday, May 13, 2013

Chicago Marathon with Team Bright Pink!

I'm so excited to announce that I've joined Team Bright Pink to run the 2013 Chicago Marathon!

As you know, I am passionate about health and fitness. I am also passionate about disease and cancer prevention through a healthy lifestyle, which is why I joined Team Bright Pink this year to run the Chicago Marathon. Bright Pink is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that empowers and educates young women to be proactive with their breast and ovarian health. The organization focuses on leading a healthy lifestyle to reduce risk of cancer, which makes it unique among other related nonprofits. I strongly believe that prevention, rather than finding a cure, is the key to "beating cancer." Everyone in this country has been affected by this disease in one way or another. It's time for us to educate society about lifestyle choices that affect your risk of cancer. I think Bright Pink is the start of a new generation of organizations that empower us to beat cancer!

I usually run 10K, 15K, and half-marathon races but this will be my second marathon (2010 Chicago Marathon was my first). Inspired by my runner father, I started running in middle school and continued Track and Cross Country as sports in high school in Florida. I took a hiatus from long-distance running in college at Purdue but picked up again in grad school. I'm still getting used to running in the cold winters but I love the Chicago running community and running along the lake reminds me of the beach back home in Florida. I'm running this marathon not only  to support Bright Pink, but also to inspire others to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. I'll be posting about my training journey with Team Bright Pink so be sure to follow the blog!

Please support me as I train with Team Bright Pink to run the 2013 Chicago Marathon. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of young women. The process is fast, easy, and secure. I truly appreciate any support you can provide. It will benefit a great cause!

If you can't make a donation at this point, help me reach my $1200 fundraising goal by sharing this post or my fundraising page on Facebook and Twitter. Or, even better, send an e-mail to friends you think might be interested in contributing and include a link to my page.

Thank you so much for your generosity!

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