Komen Houston Race for the Cure®
This fall I will be participating in the Komen Houston Race for the Cure®. I am taking an extra step and raising additional funds in the fight against breast cancer. Will you join me in this fight?
Every 68 seconds, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from breast cancer - the most prevalent cancer among women today. The Komen Houston Race for the Cure® raises money to fund education, screening and treatment programs in our community and supports national cutting-edge research in hopes of finding the cures. In addition, the Race celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.
I am racing this year, because like the millions of women who came before me, I was diagnosed with Stage 2b breast cancer in 2014--just 2 months after the birth of my second son. At the time, I was only 32 years old. I also had a 3 year old little boy at home. The birth of our baby (and the months that followed) was supposed to be one of the happiest times of my family's life. Instead, Cancer threatened to ruin our fairy tale. As a family, we spent many months in prayer and uncertainty as I underwent 6 months chemo, a radical double mastectomy, 33 rounds of radiation, and a prophylactic hysterectomy. It was tough, to say the least. But, with the love, generousity, and support of our family, friends, and community, we made it through. Today, I am happy to report that I am NED. Yet, I know that I am at a high risk for a recurrence. So, I race. I race to help bring awareness to other young women (and especially young moms) that this isn't just an "older woman's disease." I race to give hope to others in my situation that there is life after breast cancer. I race so that my boys will see Mommy fighting every day. I race to celebrate my fellow survivors, Jamie Rhoads, Katie Ash Parker, Amy Stoll, Teauna Villinger, Amy Lumiere, Sherry Oradat, Amanda Toothman, my MOM and countless others. I race to honor my friend Tara Fancher, who left this world way too soon because of breast cancer. I race for a cure!!
Will you join me? It's pretty easy. First, you could consider joining my team. Then, you can come out on October 7th and run the race with me. Being at the race will give you a chance to connect with other survivors and see what the Komen Foundation is doing to help aid women in the Houston Community. You can run the 5K, or walk in the family walk. Feel free to bring spouses and kids. There is something for every one! In the alternative, please consider joining me in the fight by making a tax deductible contribution to our team, NOV. Even the smallest of donations helps and goes towards offering mammograms and screening to those who can't afford it. What a blessing you will be to others.
Thanks so much for all that you have done for me and my family. We love you all!