Sunday, January 06, 2013
For whatever reason, I feel the need to sign up for 1 event each year that not only allows me to do some form of exercise, but also fundraise. Past events include a Half Marathon (with Team in Training) and the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure.
This year, I'm on the fence. I'm really interested in doing the Nike Women's Half Marathon in DC in May with Team in Training. I'm also trying to decide if I want to walk the 3-day again here in Atlanta, or maybe the Avon Breast Cancer Walk in either Charlotte or DC.
I've had personal connections with each of these organization. My Mother-in-Law died from Leukemia. My best friend had breast cancer. I'm glad I did these things. I'm just not certain if those are events I want to do again, or if I want to try to find another option.
There's the Tour de Cure for the American Diabetes Association. Many of my dad's health complications were caused by his diabetes. I may just add this as another event. The fundraising minimum is only $200. My bigger challenge would be my fear of riding with all those other people. For whatever reason, the idea falling off a bike in a crowd freaks me out.
I really wish there was more with the American Cancer Society. Their determiNation part of their website doesn't look current. There's always Relay For Life, but again, that's another I can just do. It doesn't have quite the same time or fundraising commitment that makes me feel like I'm really committed. (Sounds weird I know, but donation amounts are smaller.) This organization is more personal for me.
I was diagnosed with cancer when I was 25. I remember when I hit my 5 year mark, I was so excited. I'd gone quite a bit of time since then, but the past few months have run into a couple more scares. Starting in September, I had stuff going on in 3 different systems of my body. In October, I had precancerous polyps removed. Because of my lovely family medical history, I have some increased risk there. In November, my urologist, fortunately, ruled out bladder cancer after some concerns there. I go back to my other doctor in Feb for something else we're currently watching. Last time I went things weren't worse, but they weren't better. Because of everything else I had going on, he wanted to give my body a chance to rest. While I'm not freaked out, I'm a little concerned because of my past.
Anyway, I want to raise money for an organization that doesn't just focus on one type of cancer, or disease. I think all of them are worth causes -- I'm just trying to figure out which organization I'm going to commit to this year.