November 25, 2009

Let's talk turkey!

As the nation prepares to celebrate our national day of thanks tomorrow, I am preparing for my first ever participation in a 5K run. I challenged myself to participate in this run over the summer, when I was encouraging my daughter to train for her Cross Country team.

I would like to tell you my training has gone well. It hasn't. I lost my mojo after I hurt my foot sometime in August. I will be walking most of the 5K, but I'm hoping to find inspiration to run it by NEXT year.

That isn't as important as the reason I'm doing the 5K. It is a charity Turkey Dash for an organization near and dear to my heart. A few years ago, a young mother I knew succumbed to her valiant battle with breast cancer. She was my neighbor and friend. While she was ill, a concern that always weighed heavily on her was how people without insurance or good jobs could possibly afford to get so ill.

Her husband started the foundation the year she died to help women undergoing breast cancer treatment. The Nakon Foundation helps women meet the costs not covered by insurance. Their first recipient was a single mother who was struggling to pay her mortgage since she had to cut her work hours. The foundation paid her mortgage while she was being treated. They have helped dozens of families around Northeast Ohio.

If you would like to start your Thanksgiving morning with an invigorating run or walk for a good cause, the Turkey Trot starts at Avon High School at 9 AM. Registration sheets can be downloaded here.

Hope to see my local friends there! Have a blessed Thanksgiving.


  1. Thank you so much for this. We lost my sister-in-law to metasticized breast cancer a few years ago. She died shortly before Thanksgiving, leaving my brother and her two young daughters behind. Gestures like your 5K mean everything.

  2. My deepest sympathy for your loss. Let's hope that humanity continues to try.

    I think we can do it, how about you, sistah?

  3. Good of you to still participate, even if it means walking. Down here I'm participating in a fundraiser in 2 wks to help offset medical bills for a friend of a friend who didn't have insurance and got seriously ill. Having healthcare tied to a job is a terrible plan. Loose your job, and not only are you broke, but you can't get medical care.

  4. Just read your "honorable mention" article about why you became involved in the first place. Oy. Such a lovely piece, yet such ouch. Oy. Oy.

    I surely do hope we can do it!

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