This morning I tuned on the Today Show as I had heard that Hoda was doing something to raise awareness of the need to raise more money for pediatric cancer research. If you click on the link below and read Hoda’s words and then watch the you tube video, it speaks for itself. As mothers like me do our best to get our message out that we need to focus more of the research dollars allocated to cancer to pediatric cancer, we also realize that we have a limited audience. When the Today Show and a morning personality like Hoda do something – they have the ability to do it big. We are so thankful and so grateful.
With that said, that doesn’t mean parents like myself and so many others are going to sit back and see what happens. We are going to continue to march in Washington DC. We are going to continue to walk in the Kid’s Walk for Kids with Cancer. We are going to continue to cycle in Cycle for Survival and we are even going to run the marathon. That’s right, I am running the NYC Marathon on November 2 for Fred’s Team with all money raised going to The Scarlett Fund which benefits pediatric cancer research. I am not doing this alone! 7 team members make up TEAM ROAR including my work partner of 20 years, Steve Vecchione. Steve has run several marathons and competed in several Iron Mans. We have worked side by side for most of our careers and when I got that awful phone call that rocked my world last October, he was there. And he is still there. He has vowed to take every step with me throughout the 26.2 mile journey. He is lean, mean and able to carry me across the finish line if necessary! I am also joined by Dr. Diane Reidy who is not only an oncologist at MSK but also a very dear friend. We worked together on Kid’s Walk and I supported her last year during Cycle for Survival which was an incredibly moving day. Scarlett’s kindergarten assistant teacher, Brynn Scully, has joined TEAM ROAR as has Scarlett’s tutor’s sister, Katie Sherman and Scarlett’s tutor’s husband, Alex Chefetz. My dear friend of 10 years, Tracey Frost Rensky rounds out the group. She has been training downtown while I have been training in the park. While we have not run together yet, we are never more than a selfie away from each other on our long training runs.
Many of you know that my training has not been smooth. I have had a host of injuries. A few people have even questioned whether I will be able to get this done! I think it’s appropriate that I am struggling and I am having to overcome challenges that I didn’t anticipate. It think it makes me understand a little bit more of the daily struggle my own daughter goes through. If it were easy, it wouldn’t be the marathon. Although I have tossed all ideas of running the same time as I ran in my last marathon 15 years ago, I know that I will finish. It’s no longer a race against my best time. It’s a race to finish. It’s a race to raise awareness. It’s a race to raise money for pediatric cancer. The only thing that stands between cancer and a cure is time and money.
Please read Hoda’s words and watch the video of the collaboration between Cyndi Lauper and Sara Bareilles. Hoda said music helped her through her own battle with cancer and we would say the same thing. ROAR is the song that inspires us. It makes us smile. It makes us stronger. It makes us feel like we are going to beat this and we are.
Please join TEAM ROAR on November 2nd and come on out to cheer us on. We will all need you (especially me!) If you would like to make a donation to TEAM ROAR please know that 100% of your donation will go directly to pediatric cancer research currently taking place at Memorial Sloan Kettering. It’s a magical place. Their new slogan for MSK is LESS FEAR MORE SCIENCE. I have quoted the greatest wizard of all time, Albus Dumbledore, and I will do it again. Fear of the name increases fear of the thing itself. CANCER. Say it with me and join us November 2nd as we raise awareness and money for pediatric cancer research.