October was a busy, busy month!

pedalthecauseFirst, we Pedaled the Cause!

Pedal the CauseTM St. Louis, held Oct. 5-6, was a huge success!  I am so honored to have been a part of this amazing event and so grateful for the support of our incredible team. Powered by Hope/Team Teri (with 160 members) is the top Friends and Family Team fundraiser, raising over $130,000 for cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

We rode in honor of Darnell, a 5-year-old with leukemia.  Read about him and all the inspiring “Ride for a Child” children here.

You can help PTC and me celebrate our success.  I will be speaking at the check presentation on November 21, 5:30-7:00 PM, in the Center for Advanced Medicine Lobby.  Click here for all the details.

Whether you participated this year, or think it sounds like a fun and rewarding way to spend a weekend, I look forward to seeing you out there next year at Pedal the CauseTM St. Louis, September 27-28, 2014.


Next we got energized at the Colon Cancer Alliance National Convention

I had the pleasure of speaking at this wonderful event in sunny Miami, Florida, October 11-12!  I met lots of new colon cancer fighters and survivors, saw lots of blue (the color of colon cancer awareness), met the other dress in blue models, and recharged my battery to fight, spread awareness and inspire!


Then we took on Teri’s Challenge

For several months I, along with my partners through the Tom Hill InstituteDr. Michelle Robin and Sara Poor, encouraged you to get active and get healthy by training for and participating in a 5K (or longer) race in October.

Team Teri participated in the Run, Walk, Skip, Go St. Louis Halloween Run on October 13.

Did you take the challenge?  If so, I hope you found that it is not about a single race, or even about a single goal.  It is about choosing a lifestyle that will keep you healthy and strong for years to come – no matter what comes your way.  Perhaps running is not your thing.  Or maybe, like me, you prefer to mix it up.  The main thing is to stay active on a regular basis.  Finding something that is fun and enjoyable to you just makes it easier!

The Hellenic Spirit Athena Awards

Honoring outstanding women of St.Louis

Friday, November 15, 2013

Missouri Athletic Club * 405 Washington

11:30am Reception  * 12pm Luncheon

Where will you be running?

Running…or walking in October? Have you chosen your race for Teri’s Challenge yet? I have!

I will be running the Great GO! St. Louis Halloween Race on 10.13.13 at Soldier’s Memorial. I would love to have you join me! In addition to the 5K, this event features a 10K and half marathon. Find the details here.

My friends at eLumina Communications will be taking Teri’s Challenge at Run for Presley 5K Run/Walk on 10.12.13 at Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock, Colorado.

It is easy to find an event in your area. Go to Running in the USA — the largest online directory of races, results and clubs. Or simply search “5Ks in (your city/state).”

Don’t forget to laugh!
If you are new to running – or fitness of any kind – it can be difficult to get started and stay motivated. As my friend and Teri’s Challenge partner, Sara Poor, writes, it helps to have a sense of humor. Recently, she shared this story:

Sometimes I take my 10-year-old daughter to the gym with me because her brothers are farming with dad. It is hard to get any work done with three kids tagging along, and 4 people definitely do not fit into a tractor!

There is a room at the gym for kids. My daughter will play in that room, read a book, use my laptop, watch me workout, or even do some of the exercises with me (like running up and down the stairs).

On Monday, I was on the floor doing ab work. I was attempting to do “the bicycle”. I am not able to do this well (yet). My big belly gets in the way. I am not able to lift my head and shoulders off of the floor very much, and I am simply not that flexible or coordinated (yet).

My daughter began to giggle. She said that I looked like a turtle who was stuck on it’s back, trying to turn itself back over. We all laughed about that one! I imagine that is EXACTLY what I looked like! A few minutes later, I did this exercise again, but Laura (trainer) called it “the turtle.”

Don’t forget to enjoy yourself while you are working hard, or you will struggle to keep it up!!


Be sure to join Teri’s Challenge as the first (or next) step toward your healthy lifestyle!

How to Join Teri’s Challenge

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bigstock-Runner--running-shoes-closeup-36640585Having a life-threatening medical condition was never on my bucket list and I’m sure it is not on yours either. In the case of cancer, the treatment can be as debilitating as the disease itself. All together, it takes a toll on your physical and emotional well-being – there’s no doubt about that. Two factors have helped me get through it. First, having a powerful support system of family and friends. Second, being in good overall health – this is what I want to expand on today.

I am living proof of the importance of good health and exercise. I cannot imagine how I would have made it this far had I not started in good shape. Continuing to train throughout my treatment improved my outlook and kept me thinking positively – improving my overall quality of life even through an extremely difficult and scary time. Read More