6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Marathon for the Cure- High Five

As I put on my Marathon for the Cure tank top on race morning, I thought about all the AMAZING people who have given to Susan G. Komen in the hopes of finding a CURE for Breast Cancer. Once I deposit the Bloggy Carbo night constributions together we raised over $1,800!!! Wow oh wow! The Rock N Roll Marathon was my tribute to the CURE, to all of you who gave to the CURE and to.....
I can't say it enough. Thank you!! I was nervous going in to fundraising, I am generally pretty darn good at reaching Goals, but $1,500 seemed like a lot of money... URGH!!! Through Virtual races, Giveaways and generostiy for friends, family and bloggies my first adventure in Marathon fundraising was a PINK SUCCESS!!

Miles 20-25 were dedicated to those who donated. Ask Marlene, thinking about all of you during those miles made my giddy, hyper and even a bit crazed :) I was cheering on spectators, volunteers and anyone who passed by. I was in the Pink spirit.

Mile 20- For Hannah HERE, this amazing little lady packs a fundraising punch, she is a member of Team in Training making outstanding efforts in her purple and green. I was LUCKY enough to meet Hannah briefly at the start line and give her a TALL MOM HUG and cheer her on at mile 20ish. Thank you for your generous donation Hannah!! You will be getting a little surprise in the mail soon.

Mile 21- For Linda HERE, a cancer survivor full of life and pizzaz. While running mile 21 I saw a woman in a Survivor T-shirt with a strong stride and a smile. A wonderful reminder to live each day to the fullest and FIGHT!! I will be bugging you for your address soon.

Mile 22- This was my Erica/Erika mile, we have some generous Erica/Erika's. MCM Mamma, Erica @ I Have Run, Erica @ Run Mommy Run, and my Anonymous Angel Thank you! At mile 22 each quarter mile seems to take forever, so I had plenty of time to reflect and thank each of you.

Mile 23- 23 is of course 2 3's or 33 :). This mile I thought about my Mom & Dad and their support for my sports over the years, I cant wait until they get excited about running :) Then there were Bloggy buddies Jen at Setting Your Free who inspires others daily by her weight loss and amazing outlook on life, Micki who was in the middle of her FIRST Marathon for Team in Training read about it HERE, and Stephanie HERE who would run a Marathon in Kona Marathon the next day.
Mile 24- As my legs got heavy I thought about Ashley HERE who dedicated her donation to the memory of her Grandmother. Amanda who continues her journey toward weight loss and a healthier lifestyle including her FIRST Half Marathon in June, find her at Fat Wuz HERE. And all the WONDERFUL people who read Tall Mom and took the time to donate, Heather and Tammy, THANK YOU!!

Mile 25- This miles was for EVERYONE who gave even $1 to the cause. I was done, tired, ready to STOP, but the amazing part about running for a good cause is that it lifts you... Even a little, your heart is lighter and the burden is less to bear.

FINISH LINE: The photo above is dedicated to these amazing folks whose generosity made my dimples shine: Alinda, Marlene, Jill, Melissa, Caitlin, Khianna, Jessica, Tonia, Nancy, Melissa C., Lynne, Aron, Kathryn, Lacey, Beth, Lisa, Kera, Kim, Peter & Terri, Theresa and Michelle.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about Marathon for the Cure or raising money while running please email me :)



Emz said...

Comlpletely awesome.

Way to go.

AMAZING amount of money to raise. Congrats!!

Molly said...

You did a great job fundraising, and I love how you dedicated all those miles. Congrats to Melissa!

Erika Bradford said...

Great job. I am very much into running for a cause. What a great cause you are supporting. I have friends who are battling.

My main cause or reason for running is my son. He was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease called Juvenile Dermatomyositis. It gives me fuel to go go go because I am blessed with health and I can.

The foundation I support is in "running" for a grant. All's you have to do is vote.

Mel, I hope that is ok to post? I didn't intend to do that but you are so inspiring it just starting pouring out my fingers.

Unknown said...

Super job of fundraising. It's takes a lot of work and committment. I'm hoping to take the lead from you and other blogging buddies to help my little initiative grow over the next few years.

Melissa said...

I can't tell you how excited I am about this! I have to admit to blog stalking you to see who won this week!

RunningFromCancer said...

Thanks for dedicating mile 21 to me. Thanks Thanks Thanks

I am so impresses with the funds that you raised . . . that we all raised. I hope and pray that a cure will be found for all cancers - because CANCER SUCKS. To not lose a sister, mother, grandmother, daughter or friend to this disease would be a great day.

Have a great 4th of July.

MCM Mama said...

Glad to be part of the Erika/Erica mile. ;o)

Great job!

Marlene said...

Awesome post! Congrats again on your fundraising SUCCESS!

5 Miles Past Empty said...

Amazing job Mel! You have done and will continue to do great things!! Pretty sure I have never met anyone like you, with the ability to encourage, motivate and support so sincerely and genuinely. Your positive attitude is pretty much infectious....


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Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

That was a wonderful post. Nice to use that time to think of others. What a great cause!