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Welcome to Team Proud Mary!
It's that time again!! For the 7th year, Team Proud Mary will hit the streets of DC (May 4) with thousands of others who will run for the hope of one day finding a cure for brain cancer. For those who have been my teammate and ran beside me in the past (or Jill's teammates in Bangkok), you know this is a fun yet moving tribute to both survivors and those who have passed away too soon. My family and I (especially) deeply appreciate your support. We had a great team last year and met a new fundraising record. Let's do it again this our seventh year--for my/our mom, for survivors, for families, and for others that have passed away far too soon.
As many of you know, my (our--sisters, too) beautiful mom, Mary Lawler, lost her battle with glioblastoma multiforme brain cancer June 25, 2008. Before her diagnosis, she -- like many others -- was a thriving wife, mother, sister and community advocate with dreams of retirement and grandchildren. Then came cancer without warning. Despite it all, she never lost her spirit, her grit, or her sense of humor. My sisters and I run in memory of a truly exceptional mother -- all that she was and continues to be in memory.
So, in tribute to my/our mom and to support many others actively fighting this cruel disease, strap on your tennies on May 4 and join me for a walk, skip or run in celebration of life!
Though the cause is serious, as many of you know, running with me isn't. If you elect to partake and finish the short 5k race in 15 minutes sans red face, be prepared for sarcastic commentary....when I eventually reach the finish line, that is. :0)
Like last year, we will have team t-shirts. Seven is a lucky or happy number for many--perhaps we'll wear green in tribute to the good fortune of participating another year, celebrating life, and toasting to all the joyful moments to come.
If you cannot partake, donations are welcomed and appreciated. This race is the leading fundraising event for brain cancer research and finances pivotal treatments many from which my mom benefitted. Any amount--small or large--matters. Together, we can and will make a difference.
Thank you in advance and fight fiercely (family motto).
Glad you are part of the team!
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