National Nurses Week

Yesterday marked the start of National Nurses Week where we celebrate nurses for the amazing and tireless work they do. The week kicks off each year on May 6 and ends by celebrating Florence Nightingale’s birthday on May 12.

As a former nurse and someone who directly benefits from the amazing care nurses provide, please join me in thanking nurses everywhere for their dedication and commitment. There are many ways you can get involved in Nurses Week, but I think the simplest and probably most meaningful way is by reaching out and thanking a nurse in your life. During my treatments I spend much time with the nurses, sometimes more time with the nurses than with the doctors. The work they do for me and for others undergoing treatment means so much.

To the nurses in my life, a heartfelt thank you for all that you do!

Read more about National Nurses Week, here.

 

Girls on the Run

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Earlier this year I was asked to serve as the honorary race chair for the upcoming Girls on the Run race happening May 10 at Soldiers’ Memorial in downtown St. Louis. It’s an honor to lend my voice to this wonderful organization that empowers young girls. What is even more exciting is my nieces (they are twins) are participating in the race and have asked me to run with them.

For those of you not familiar with the organization, Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a program for middle school and grade school girls that combines self-esteem boosting lessons and uplifting workouts with the goal of developing the girls physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. The girls in the program train and then race in a 5k, and they also participate in a service project each season. The girls get a sense of achievement while building their self-esteem and positive self-image.

Nearly 8,000 runners are expected to participate, 3,700 are girls who are in the GOTR program. It should be a great, family-friendly event. If you’d like to register or learn more about the organization, visit: girlsontherunstlouis.org.

St. Anthony’s Triathlon

This weekend I will be traveling to St. Petersburg, FL for the 2014 St. Anthony’s Triathlon. This is my first time competing in this race and I’m really excited about it. My goal, as always, is to cross the finish line safely. You know the saying and it holds true, slow and steady finishes the race!

St. Anthony's Triathlon

For those of you interested in triathlons, the St. Anthony’s Triathlon is known as the sport’s first major race of the season, and there are usually professional and amateur athletes including Olympic gold medalists, Ironman World Champions and celebrity athletes. A native St. Louisan and Olympian, Sarah Haskins (a professional) will be competing.

The race also serves as the USA Triathlon Florida Regional Championship, qualifying athletes for USAT Nationals, as well as the HyVee 5150 Championship, which I’m planning on competing in this August.

I’ll be sure to do a follow up post with some photos from the race. As always, thank you for your support!

GO! St. Louis Marathon

Congrats to everyone who completed the GO! St. Louis Marathon last weekend! It was a beautiful day and exciting to see so many people participate in the various racing events. The president of GO! St. Louis shared that there were around 7,500 half marathoners, 1,800 marathoners and more than 640 relay teams. That is a huge turnout! Plus there were 2,800 volunteers who helped make the race go smoothly and be a memorable experience for everyone involved.

Dave and I did the race together, which is always meaningful. As we usually do when running marathons together, when we crossed the finish line we held hands.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the day:

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If you’re interested in learning more about upcoming GO! St. Louis races, check out their site: gostlouis.org.

My next race is the St. Anthony Triathlon on April 27 in St. Petersburg, FL. Be sure to check back for updates from the race – it should be a great event!

Thank you! St. Louis Undy 5000 Biggest in the Country

I wanted to send a huge thank you to the more than 130 Powered by Hope team members who participated in the St. Louis Undy 5000 this weekend! You guys are awesome.  With your support we were one of the largest fundraisers with more than $6,000.

Also, thank you to anyone who participated in the race, whether you participated in person or through your generous donations. The St. Louis race was the largest in the country EVER with more than 2,400 participants raising $165,000! Your contributions will go to help save lives through research, education and prevention.

I couldn’t do what I do without your support.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the day:

Today is the last day of March, which means Colon Cancer Awareness Month is wrapping up. There are many ways you can stay informed and involved with this cause throughout the year. For more information about the Undy 5000 or the Colon Cancer Alliance, visit: www.ccalliance.org.