However, it wasn't until this past July that I realized how different of a meaning these races would soon have. Unexpectedly, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. With no family history, you could say I was a bit shocked.
How could my mom, my best friend, a healthy woman be diagnosed with cancer?
Over the years, I often either have had one of two ways to cope with personal problems: 1.) Cry...a lot or 2.) Run...a lot. So after I found out about the diagnosis, I did just that. I cried...a lot. But then I went for a run. I can honestly say that I have never run that long so easily before. Each mile felt like the load I was bearing had become that much lighter. I kept thinking, "My mom was just diagnosed with breast cancer, I'm pretty sure another mile is nothing in comparison."
When I heard of the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure this fall, I knew I had to take part. While races in the past have been mostly for personal achievements, this time, I ran for my mom.
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I want to encourage you all to take part in a 5k walk/run for something you truly feel passionate about. Don't worry about your time. Don't worry about your placing. Simply engage yourself in doing something worthwhile for others.
Love you, mom!