This morning I ran (OK, jogged … OK, jogged with a soft “j”) with The Breast Team Ever in the 18th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event in Newport Beach, Calif. I’m always amazed at the thousands of people that show up for this event. This year, there were more than 30,000 people there, and it raised more than $2.5 million. (Read more about today’s race here from The Orange County Register — where Mr. Man also just happens to work.)
And speaking of fundraising, even though this is my first year as a team captain, I was so proud and pleased that we were able to raise almost $450! In addition to hitting up friends and family for some donations, we also had a lemonade stand yesterday that brought in about $300.
To be honest, I didn’t think we would make more than $50, but I was so pleased to be proven wrong and grateful that we had so many generous patrons.
So, a huge thank you to everyone who donated and helped us!
One of the reasons I think our lemonade stand was so successful is because we had a breast cancer survivor helping us. Our friend’s parents, Donna and John Minor, were visiting/vacationing here in San Clemente for the week, and Donna just recently celebrated being free of breast cancer for two years now. The Minors were also at the race this morning to cheer us on to the finish line. We ran our 5K in celebration of her and Mr. Man’s grandmother, Alice Bougher.
Even though I won’t make my goal of running the Turkey Trot this year, I completed another goal of being a successful team captain and am looking forward to doing it again and making the Race for the Cure event a yearly goal.
I also didn’t make the goal of having a 10-person team (We had eight, three of whom “Slept in for the Cure.”) or raising $1,500, but those were lofty goals for a first-timer. Next year, I know we can achieve those goals.
And I didn’t beat my race time from last year of less than 35 minutes. (I walk/ran it in about 48 minutes, as the race is self-timed.) However, this year, I had more friends with me and was happy to motivate others to do a little running with me. Plus, I have a bum left-knee and had to take it a little easy. (I get an MRI on Tuesday to see what’s going on under there. More on that later.)
Remember: Keep your eyes open to goals you may be hitting when you’re “not achieving” others.
Enjoy some more photos below from our lemonade stand fundraiser yesterday and the Race for the Cure today…
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