I am running for you...
First off, thanks for taking the time to visit my page.
Mudmoiselle didn't run last year in my area so this is the first time in a bit that I've had a chance to run in this race and raise money for this cause. Since the last race, cancer has reared its ugly, stupid, no good head in my life again which is why I've made the decision to run again.
As many of you know, I lost my dad to cancer in November of 2016 even though he was declared cancer free in June of 2016. He was 67. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about him and wish for him to be here for even 10 minutes. I remember in summer of 2016, fresh off radiation and chemo him standing in the rain taking pictures of the people running this race, cheering everyone on. Dad, this race is for you.
One of my best friends is a cancer survivor. He was diagnosed with colon cancer and bravely fought this and won. And while I cannot fully empathize with what he went through, I do know the bravery and courage and strength it takes to take this disease head on. Paul, you are an inspiration and this race is for you.
Just recently, I attended a funeral of another friend who developed brain tumors, leaving behind a little girl who is not much older than my 10 year old twins. Chris, while you are no longer here with us, know that you left behind people who care. This race is for you.
Another good friend has been fighting cancer for years. He inspires all those around him with his tenacity. Goldie, this race is for you.
Finally, one of my co-workers had a battle with skin cancer and I want to respect her privacy so I won't say much more than that. But it's important for her to know that this race is for her also.
So why tell you this? Well, I think it's important because if cancer has touched my life in this capacity, it's probably touched yours as well, and that is not okay. You see, I don't hate a lot of things, but if there is one thing I do hate, it is cancer. I am not afraid to admit it. I hate cancer with every ounce of my being and I want to see it eradicated from this earth. It is all around us and has probably touched you in some capacity or another and if it hasn't, I envy you. Now, because I hate cancer so much I am running in the 2019 Mudmoiselle race to raise money because I believe that through human ingenuity and science, cancer can be beaten, I am running because it's not okay to have to go through loss and suffering at its hands, I am running because cancer affects us all and running because it's the right thing to do. I am running in the 2019 Mudmoiselle race for you.
About the Canadian Cancer Society
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. For more information, visit www.cancer.ca.
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