Okay Maybe One More. . .

It’s official: I am returning to Team LUNGevity for one last year. I plan to PR in marathon time and fundraising (should be easy right?) and then go back to running just for fun.

Each year that I have run for Team LUNGevity, I have been motivated by my amazing coordinators, volunteers, and co-workers who work hard to kick lung cancer’s butt. This year though is a little closer to my heart. One of my very first volunteer coordinators passed away recently and I plan to run the 2017 marathon in her honor. So here’s to one more year of sweat, early Friday nights and relentless fundraising! To donate: http://lungevity.donordrive.com/participant/heather

Also super cool stuff happening over here! As we head into Lung Cancer Awareness Month (oh hey November) we have events on events on events  (read: so much coffee and excitement)!

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Public Service Announcement: Super Cool Stuff Happening Over Here

Our Breathe Deep team is getting fired up over here! With a few spring events under our belts already and event season right around the corner, things are starting to get busy (read: so much excitement and even more coffee). A little recap:

In April I traveled to Breathe Deep Pittsburgh where it was 19 degrees as we set up. A little cold can’t stop us though!

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The week after, these goons joined me at Breathe Deep North Shore. The weather was amazing, the event went smoothly AND one of our survivors got engaged! And for those of you who don’t know, their event is SO CLOSE TO ONE MILLION DOLLARS! I’ll leave this here for anyone who would like to help us reach our goal!

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This weekend I’m heading to the fine city of Newark, OH for the 5th annual Breathe Deep Newark and I am so stinkin excited! A little sneak peak of our volunteer kisses!

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May is Lung Cancer Hope Month which is kind of a big deal (see photo below of our 10+ year survivors)! Talk about inspiring and hopeful! Learn more here!

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Oh and Lung Cancer Hope Month = cookies! Big shout out to this stud for helping me ice and package roughly one billion cookies.

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Okay so maybe we won’t be quitting our day jobs and opening a bakery anytime soon but they were totally made with love (and like 20 pounds of butter).

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So what better way to kick off event season then Lung Cancer Hope Month right?! Here’s what you can do to help: check out the list of events, register, fundraise and spread the word (via internets, word of mouth or white ribbon iced cookies). Or if you are super ambitious (read: crazy) (or are marking things off of your bucket list) you can totally run the Chicago Marathon for Team LUNGevity. . just saying (but seriously you can, email me: boachicago@lungevity.org)

Also this:

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P.S. While I’m just managing TEAM LUNGevity this year, Deanne is back again and will be our team mascot (don’t tell her I said that). So all of those folks who donated to me should definitely consider supporting her because she’s awesome and is totally going to beat Oprah’s time this year WHILE also simultaneously raising money for critical lung cancer research. Kind of a big deal.

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P.P.S. Diana had her baby and she is so precious and adorable and since I’m not sure what the protocol is about putting people’s babies on the world wide web I will just include this photo of her with a cupcake from our events meeting. Don’t worry though, Olivia is totally cuter than this cupcake.

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The Rumors are True

The rumors are true. I AM running the Chicago marathon again this year (gah) and I AM NOT running for Team LUNGevity and here is why:

  1. I’ve been hogging a spot. Yes, I have raised almost $7000 in the last 3 years but now I am opening a spot up for someone who has been impacted by lung cancer and can benefit from the support of LUNGevity Foundation. Our Breathe Deep and Team LUNGevity events are the front door to our organization and I’m hoping that just one more person can join us for the marathon and stick around as part of our LUNGevity family for life. Because as some of my past TL members can attest, I will bug you for FOREVER.
  2. Stealing is wrong in the real world, but in the fundraising world, it’s totally encouraged. Through researching charities to run for this year and signing up to run with one, I have been able to get a few ideas to implement with Team LUNGevity. I have also made some friends (phew, I know everyone was worried) and I have a little endurance event manager pow wow later this month. The more you know, the more you grow.

So while I may be running for another charity, you better believe I will continue to manage, fundraise, promote and host Team LUNGevity events between now and October 9 (you don’t get off that easy). You can totally direct your donations to my cohort Deanne Brandon who will be repping the team for the 4th year in a row.

For this year’s Chicago Marathon I will be running for Ronald McDonald House! As someone who cries out for her dad even as an adult (I’m using the term adult loosely) I truly support their mission in keeping families together. Examples from previous posts below.

Exhibit A

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Exhibit B (of roughly one million)

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Volunteering over the past year or so for Ronald McDonald House has helped me to see the direct positive impact that fundraising has on children and their families during such a tough time in their lives. Ronald McDonald works to keep families together providing a home away from home. Not having to worry about hotels, gas, dinner and so many other small things allows parents more time to spend with their sick child and that is absolutely something that I can get behind. So my goal for RMHC is $2000 and thanks to my amazing friends and family I am almost at the $1000 mark!

 

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You can donate to my page HERE 

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P.S. For any of our local Chicagoans, Breathe Deep North Shore is coming up on April 17th and in it’s 5th year their goal is to hit ONE MILLION DOLLARS! To help them knock that out of the park you can totally sign up and join us that Sunday! (This is me peer pressuring you).

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Running Around

The last couple of weeks have been pretty packed and it seems like it just keeps getting busier! A few months ago when I was at home I asked my dad when life gets less crazy and he just laughed and said ‘good one’ so I guess this is it! Thankfully my schedule is packed with things and people I love (mostly) so I can’t complain!

Monday was cross train day which is supposed to mean 45 minutes to an hour of any aerobic exercise other than running. According to that definition, I failed this week. I thought when marathon training started that I had lucked out with intramurals being the same day as my cross training but I don’t think it’s going to cut it anymore. After work, Deanne and I headed over to the Bank of America Marathon Charity Reception at Park Grill in Millenium Park where we ate, learned about other charity endurance programs and found a potential suitor (or so my grandma would call it). While at the reception we both decided that we want to make an effort to attend more networking events like this one (and working on our people skills). It’s a great way to learn more about other charities fundraising and endurance programs and what we can bring back to LUNGevity’s.

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We had a great conversation over wine and apps about a charity that has been part of the Bank of America Marathon since 2001 and has grown over the years from 30 to over 200 runners!

So after we did this

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and this

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I went straight to dodgeball (indoors) and of course got caught in the monsoon on the way there. After a couple glasses of wine dodgeball gets a little more fun (or maybe just I do) but unfortunately wasn’t exactly the 45-60 minutes of cardio that I was supposed to get. . whoops. I am considering breaking out the old roller blades next week to fulfill the requirement so anyone on the streets of Chicago (or lake front) should definitely watch themselves.

Tuesday I woke up early to get my 3 miles in and my phone was almost dead. So I left it to charge and did my run without music or my Nike App. If it’s not recorded by technology in some way, does that mean the run didn’t happen?

Around 1PM yesterday I took an hour lunch break to work outside on Cosi’s patio! The weather was perfect and I actually got a lot of work done. . . oh yeah and I ate this (I couldn’t even wait to take a bite before a photo):

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After work I had about a billion (give or take) errands to run so I skipped the movie in the park and instead took this cutie with me:

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Tonight I’m going to a comedy show and Deanne and I decided that waking up early and running 6 miles before work is for suckers (today at least) so we’re going to run home from work. For anyone who is wondering why I look like a slob today (I know, not much different than other days), it’s because I am multi-tasking marathon training, commuting and hanging out with Deanne.

Also, I JUST hit $1500 on my fundraising page so THANK YOU to everyone who listened to my last plea and helped me get there! Only $500 to go until I get to $2000!

Join Team LUNGevity — All The Cool Kids Are Doing It (sorry Dad)

My friends will be the first to tell you that I don’t cave to peer pressure. Growing up my Dad taught us that we were too cool to do what everyone else was doing and to be a leader. Looking back, it turns out that I wasn’t so cool after all. . . BUT it did keep me from drugs, teen pregnancy and jumping off a cliff.

That being said, this is the “good” kind of peer pressure! Check out all of the great things that go along with becoming part of our team!

  • Guaranteed entry
  • FREE CARA training (a $210 value)
  • Team gear
  • Fun runs
  • Personal fundraising page
  • One-on-one fundraising support
  • Pre-race team dinner

Not to mention the opportunity to raise funds for critical lung cancer research and support and to do your part in stopping lung cancer now!

So do it! Join Team LUNGevity and receive your guaranteed spot now! Sign up here www.lungevity.org/boachicago2014 or email Samantha at skellgren@lungevity.org.

P.S. Our shirts are in!

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