Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Have you seen the Race?



I'm going to remind you again that it's October. That means breast cancer awareness month. Yes, I know. You're getting flooded with this message. Heck, you're probably rolling your eyes at the computer screen right now thinking, why are they talking about this on a sports blog? Yeah, I used to do that too. I won't lie, every now and then I still do it. Mostly because certain places focus on the wearing of the color pink, instead of actually doing something for the pink (aka donating or volunteering for the Susan G. Komen Foundation - for example).

I used to be one of them. I used to just wear the pink ribbon and think I was doing something. Then, my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer, in her eighties. Luckily she was able to go into remission, and because of people being a part of breast cancer awareness and giving money to fund research, that was able to happen. I figured out that just wearing pink wasn't going to cut it. But, it sure did help people recognize the good cause. NFL, hopefully you're donating money to research instead of just having your players wear pink; MLB and anyone else, same thing.

At the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, you see thousands of women wearing their survivor shirts. The smiles they have, participating in something that may have helped fund a medicine that put them into remission. The Race touches lives, and perhaps will one day help fund a cure for this terrible disease.

Want to know the craziest thing though? Every age, every weight, every gender (I say every gender, because I'm not really sure what gender you call a cross dresser, cause he/she was walking too, so I'm being vague and not judging - heck, his/her legs were smoking hot), and any other type of category you can associate with was there. Just to be a part of it and support someone they loved.

I honestly used to think I wasn't in enough shape to be a part of a 5k. Heck, running wise I'm not. I was going to the gym every day this summer, but then work go so busy I couldn't find the time. So, I watched people walk by during the Race and was so proud of them. Not just proud because of why they were there, but that they were getting up off their couch and walking or running this 5k. Yes, the fundraising part is awesome. But, the fact that they went and made the 3.2 mile distance is something to be proud of. And the best part is, you don't even need to train for it. Just get up and walk. You walk every day. You are in good enough shape, and if you're struggling, just count it as a work out. If you want to train to run it, train. Run it. I've seen walkers beat runners, but the fact that they finish running it is amazing. I hope those people are extra proud of themselves.

This is something you can be a part of. Do some good for breast cancer research, but also get out and do good for you. The Race for the Cure is beneficial to you, and everyone that will benefit from research the fundraising supports. Which in reality is everyone, because everyone is a risk (yes, even men). So be active and fight, and check yourself. It's worth it.

2 comments:

  1. I did the Race for the Cure this year for the first time. It was awesome to see so many people out there of all ages and fitness levels doing it.

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  2. My Husband and I volunteer for our Run for the Cure every year, and it never fails to bring tears to my eyes. Happy tears, sad tears, ugly tears. Seeing the strength of the survivors and the memories of the people we've lost is such a powerful motivator to keep supporting this cause.

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