What a busy weekend! I'm still recovering! Early Saturday morning, Hubby and I participated in our local Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k. I ran with his company to help raise money to fight this disease. They hand out pink sheets that you can write the names of survivors or those who are resting in the arms of God after their long hard fight. I started my list, and the names kept coming! It is amazing to see how this cancer touches the hearts and lives of so many people.
One of the most powerful parts of this race was the Survivor March. Last year, we got to the race so late--due to lack of parking!--that I missed this. Y'all, they had the women in groups with signs designating those who had been cancer free for a year, 1-4 years, 5-9 years, etc. It touched my heart so that I just cried! Then, I recognized a precious lady from my church in the march! I had no idea that she'd had breast cancer. Talking to her Sunday, she said that she's been cancer free for 6 years. Wow! The picture at the top of the post shows a darlin' lady with her flowers that she received at the Survivor Breakfast. I love the scripture under the picture. Think about this. She has fought the battle of cancer. She finished the race of the chemo and radiation--the loss of hair, weight loss, and nausea. She kept the faith throughout, and she persevered. She beat the disease!
The middle one is yours truly and Hubby! And the last one makes me laugh! A Book Club decided to take it a step further. They adorned themselves in pink sequined dresses, red wigs, tiaras and hot pink boots and were asking people what you could do to detect breast cancer early on--self examination and a mammogram. I got a cool prize for being smart!! Ladies, if you have NEVER had a mammogram talk to your doctor and schedule one. They are not bad at all!! I promise! And it could save your life! Do it for your family! Do it for Runner Mom ! Do it for YOU!
The race was a great one. The competitive runners were first--yes, me!, then the fun runners, walkers, and dogs!! The dogs wore cute pink bandannas! Hubby and I finished and needed to get back home to start on the next leg of our long weekend adventure, so we left before awards. I checked last night to see where I came in. In my age group, I came in 4th. Not bad...then I looked at the lady who came in 2nd. It was not a lady, but a business man that we know!!! Somehow, they put him in the women's group--I'm sure he was NOT happy about that! Hmmm...if you move him to the men's division where he belonged, then the lady in third would have placed 2nd, and I would have come in 3rd. Not bad for a tough and hilly 5k! Oh well, I'm sure this guy looked cute wearing my hot pink medal!!
If you have the opportunity to participate in a Race for the Cure, PLEASE do! It is an amazing race to be a part of--whether you run, walk, or volunteer. Get involved!!