Jackie joined the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in 2009 as research assistant after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in fitness and nutrition. Jackie’s experience in technical and medical research has allowed her to assist in the development of medical content and outreach efforts, with specializations in alternative care, cancer support programs, and social media campaigns.
Steps For Life
We’ve all seen the Nike running ads. Resolute face, measured steps, running in rain or shine, determination to make it to the finish line no matter how much your lungs are burning or how much your legs progressively feel like concrete blocks. I’ve always wondered, just what makes these men and women keep going? What lies behind that set look in a runner’s eyes?
That was until I ran my first marathon for a charity the 2010 Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. I was running for a cause. Each step I made was a chance at life for someone who was running the marathon of his or her life against an incurable disease.
Each year, thousands of marathons are run for charity around the world, raising funds for different causes and illnesses. From the ING New York City Marathon to the Virgin London Marathon, the most successful fundraising marathon worldwide, to the Beijing Marathon runners across the globe are making steps for life!
Before each run comes the sometimes intimidating fundraising process. Asking friends, family and other individuals to ‘sponsor’ the run can be hard. But don’t be put off! Remind yourself why you are getting out there. Think of all the lives that can be saved. Each penny, each cent, each jiao counts, and the earlier you can get the fundraising taken care, the sooner you can start focusing on your training!
Perhaps the most moving participants of each race, those who personally inspire me, are those who are raising awareness about a condition they had recently never even heard of until they received their own diagnosis, and their friends and family, taking each heavy and measured step alongside them; others who have lost a mother, a father, a child, a friend, and are running/walking in their memory; each and every person out there who is walking/running for hope.
When I first learned that my closest friend from middle school had mesothelioma, I was stunned. The first thing I did was Google the term. Is there a treatment? Not yet. The second thing was to ask, what could I do? And that’s when I learned about the Miles for Meso races, presented by the Simmons Law Firm, which recently raised more than $55,000 for mesothelioma research in Illinois, Virginia and New York. The money would benefit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, a national non-profit dedicated to funding peer-reviewed research and patient support services for peopled diagnosed with mesothelioma.
It was inspiring to see the number of people who signed up on Facebook and who came from all over to run. It gives me hope, and I know it gives my friend hope for each step for life with mesothelioma.
Thanks Jackie for a fantastic post, for fundraising for a great cause and for sharing your story with my readers!!!
Do you run for charity?