Tuesday, February 8, 2011

C is the enemy

Last night I received some devastating news.  The daughter of a friend of mine was just diagnosed with leukemia.   Little Lola is only 3 yrs old.  This breaks my heart.  Life is a B... sometimes, little 3 yrs old girls should not have to fight the big C.  My friend just went through a nasty divorce (ex not a nice guy, she needs police escort to access her house to move her stuff out),  she now has to dig deep to go through this next fight.  

I started running because of another friend of mine.  Her name is Shana.  She is a fantastic human being.  The bravest person I know.  She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 at age 36.  She has 2 young children just like me.  She went through a double mastectomy.  She never complained.  She never said "why me?".  She was so strong and optimistic.  The best attitude ever.  A true warrior.  I did not know how to help her.  I was MAD as hell.  I said why her many times.  A good person like her should not have to fight the big C.  Since I am a horrible cook it would not have been the best thing to bring food over - trust me -.  So I decided to run the SUSAN G KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE in her honor.  I had no clue what I was doing as far as training.  I did not care.  I raised $860 and I ran my first 5k on March 14, 2010.  She was there with me, with no hair and no more boobs but smiling and alive.

Next month I am going back to Dodger Stadium to run this race again.  I know I will run it faster then last year but this one is not about time and PR and all that running stuff.  I am doing it in honor of Shana, who is on my team and will run/walk the 5k, and also in honor of Bill's stepmother Laura who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010.  I hate the big C.  If you are in the LA area and you want to join my team for this race please go here. 


If you know a survivor or someone who lost their fight and you want to support me you can use the same link to make a donation.

Today was XT, went to the gym and did 30 minutes on eliptical...so boring...and worked on my 6 packs...I mean my 2 packs and on my tooth picks aka my arms.
GIVEAWAYS for both MEN (see that Chris K?) and women:

1. Julie has a great giveaway: A Fuel Belt!!!!

2. Still time for this great Giveaway that I really hope I will win!!! : Mike over at 26.2ismycooldown.com is giving away a Tanita BC-1000



Chris K said...

What? No lavendar scented candles giveawy? No thanks. The story of Lola is heart braking. Words cannot describe.

BTW, yes, I did consume some EFS LS before the race.

XLMIC said...

Cancer is truly indiscriminate. I have lost a few very beloved family members to it (including my dad) and have watched numerous other family members and friends wage the battle. My heart truly goes out to Lola and her family. It is wonderful that you use your running to fight this fight with all who are battling this disease. Go, Caroline :)

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

That breaks my heart about the little girl!! Shana sounds amazing...what a strong woman and amazing inspiration!

middleagedrunner said...

Just lost my Grandmother to Cancer this summer and my Dad's mom to leukemia 15 years ago.
Very sad and unfair for your friends daughter.
Sending a prayer her way....

Pam said...

This is getting so scary. It seems these days that it's not a matter of IF a person will be diagnosed with cancer, but WHEN.

Christine said...

This post gave me goose bumps... I ran the Susan G Komen 5k in Washington DC and it was amazing! It's a great charity and I was glad to contribute,even though it was just a little.

Thomas Bussiere said...

Sorry to hear, and it tears me up when I hear of someone with their entire life ahead of them to be faced with such challenges. Keeping her in our prayers.