She said, I think I’ll go to Boston
Think I’ll start a new life
I think I’ll start all over
where no one knows my name
– Augustana, Boston
So, it’s nearly here. The 2008 Race for the Cure is this Sunday. I leave for Boston in the morning. I have not started packing, and I may have to take more than I planned, what with remnants of Hurricane Hanna set to hit Boston Saturday and Sunday. But no matter: I’m ready.
When I joined Team GDT in March, this weekend seemed so very far away, and yet the five intervening months have kind of flown by. I really am so excited to meet all of the other women on the team; I’ve never met any of them in person, though I already count many of them among my friends – you might know Lydia, Julie, MB, and Jane from the comments, too. This weekend promises to be the culmination of lots of hard work by 50 or so dedicated women, nine of whom decided five years ago that they could make a difference in the lives of women and men with breast cancer and their families and started Team GDT. I’m so proud to be among them this year.
Money-wise, I met and exceeded both my initial goal of $500 and my increased goal of $750, thanks in part to many of you, and I am so grateful for your support in making my first year with Team GDT so successful. As of today, the Team as a whole has raised nearly $51,000, which is an astonishing amount of money for a cause that is very important to me and my family personally, as it is for so many (too many) of the women on the Team.
Sunday morning at 9, I’ll be running (hopefully) alongside women and men from all over, including breast cancer survivors and those who have lost friends and family to this disease, an experience which people tell me is profoundly moving. I’ll be thinking of my mother and wearing her name, eternally grateful that my family has been lucky and successful in its fight against breast cancer. I’ll be part of a group of women who have given so much, year after year, to help create a world where every woman and every family is as lucky and successful as my mother and my family. I’ll be among friends, amazing women who inspire me every day with their dedication, humor, spirit, and loyalty.
Wish us luck.