Book Signing Event

Thank you to everyone who came to my book signing event at Left Bank Books last week. It was a great event where many lives were touched.

There was a special moment during the book signing event that really moved me. A woman who is fighting cancer attended, and she recently received a Powered by Hope medal. She made sure to wear her medal to the book signing and shared that she received the medal while going through a very hard time in her treatment. I call that time frame when you’ve hit a wall in treatment and are not sure you can go on as “Mile 9.” The medal provided hope during her Mile 9 and made her feel part of a group. I am so grateful that she was able to come and share her story with me – it was truly inspiring.

Left Bank Books Event

Please be sure to visit my events page to see where I will be heading next, including the New York City Marathon on Nov. 2, where I’ll be racing in support of the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation (CCCF). The CCCF’s mission includes supporting research into the causes and cures for colorectal cancer; increasing public awareness; educating the public about the importance of early detection; and forming strategic partnerships in the fight against colorectal cancer.

Hope 5k and Give Cancer the Boot

I have a busy weekend ahead and hope you can join me this Saturday, Oct. 4 for either (or both!) the Hope 5k and Give Cancer the Boot luncheon at Christian Hospital.

Hope 5k

I’m grateful to serve as the honorary chair for the Hope 5k this Saturday at 7:30 a.m. in Kirkwood. You can read more and register for the race, here. The 5k is organized by Haiti Orphan Project, a charity that partners with the Global Orphan Project (or GO Project) and Haitian evangelical churches to build “villages” to care for orphaned and abandoned children. This care includes housing, food, clothing, education and clean drinking water as well as efforts to reunite these children with families (where possible) or find appropriate homes.

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After the Hope 5k, I’ll be a guest speaker at Christian Hospital for the Give Cancer the Boot event, a Women’s Cancer Awareness and Prevention Luncheon. Dr. Mackenzie Daly will share cancer prevention information, and Dr. Stephanie Bonne will discuss breast cancer and treatment advancements over the past few years. If you can, please join me! There will be informational booths, lunch and goody bags for attendees. The luncheon is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Christian Hospital on 11133 Dunne Road, we’ll be in the atrium of the Detrick Building ground floor.

Book Review and Left Bank Books Event

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This weekend, I was thrilled to see that the St. Louis Post-Dispatch featured a book review of Powered by Hope. You can read the full review, here. I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to share my story and that my book  is resonating with those battling addiction, facing a cancer diagnosis, embarking on major life changes or dealing with any of life’s challenges.

On that note, you’re invited to join me for a special Powered by Hope reading and book signing event at Left Bank Books in the Central West End on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. The address is: 399 North Euclid, St. Louis, Mo 63108.  I’ll have books available for purchase at the event as well. You can register for the event on the Left Bank Books website, here. It is free and open to the public, so please bring your friends and family.

I hope you can join me!

Pedal the Cause Weekend

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The Pedal the Cause weekend is here and it is supposed to be fantastic weather!  Thank you to everyone who has supported the Powered by Hope Team by donating or signing up to ride on the course, to spin or virtually participate.  We have nearly 190 members on our team and have raised nearly $115,000, which means we are the No. 1 Friends and Family Team this year. Wow.

In case you missed the special KSDK program about Pedal the Cause, our team co-captain, Renee, did a fantastic job representing our team and the cause.

There are so many reasons why Pedal the Cause is special, including that 100% of donations support cancer research locally and go to Siteman Cancer Center and Children’s Hospital. In its fifth year, Pedal the Cause continues to grow and this year there are more than 2,500 registrants.

Here’s the Pedal the Cause guide with details for the weekend. A new addition this year are team tents, you can find ours to the right of the Michelob Ultra stage. Please join the team for a group photo on the steps of Soldiers Memorial at 12:30 p.m., including all friends and family members there supporting the race.

Can’t wait to see you all!

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Triathlon Inspires

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The website Triathlon Inspires recently launched and I’m honored to be one of the featured athletes. The site currently highlights 20 extraordinary triathletes and shares their stories.

According the organization, Triathlon Inspires brings triathletes from all over the world together in one, easy-to-use online platform. Their mission is to unite the triathlete community and inspire others through the hard work and dedication it takes to compete in triathlons.

As part of the process, I was asked to share my story including why I’m passionate about competing in triathlons, how I stay motivated and why triathlons are special to me. Be sure to check out the video and visit the site to learn more.