Sunday, October 10, 2010

Race for the Cure!

I've been looking forward to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for months!  Though my family has yet to be directly affected by breast cancer, I know many families that have.  Years ago, Danny's grandmother had breast cancer (twice, actually) and beat it.  Danny's had another relative (Jasmin's great-grandmother) who lost her battle with breast cancer.  Then everyone from a sweet co-worker of mine who is a survivor, to a church member and a 34 year-old male Hoover teacher that I never knew who lost their lives to breast cancer.  With 200,000 people being diagnosed and 40,000 dying from breast cancer every year, I have to ask myself what took me so long to do this.

Pink dye in the fountain!  Way to go, city of Birmingham!

My mom!  She raised over $200!

My sister-in-law, Ashleigh, and cousin, Jasmin, also raced.  My mother-in-law did, too, but she isn't a big fan of taking pictures.  :)

My mom is so funny.  She was one of those people brave enough to talk on the big microphone.

The start line!

This was the last we saw of my mom until after the race.  She left us and finished 10 minutes before us.

Look at all these people.

Over 16,000 people raced.

Not sure what this was about, but I loved it.

The finish line is in sight!  The Hoover cheerleaders were there (on the left with the pink pom-poms) cheering on the racers, so I saw a few of my students.

 The finish line!  Way to go, girls!

Jasmin relaxing afterwards.

Ash sampling the bread pudding.  They had plenty of samples and snacks!

Mom and me after the race.

We technically did this race as individuals.  I registered a few months ago, then invited my mom, sister-in-law, mother-in-law, and cousin to race with me.  Next year we plan to do a team!  You gotta have 10 or more people, but I think we can handle that.  If you are a relative or friend interested in racing next year, please let me, my mom, Ash, Jas, or my mother-in-law know.  We're already looking forward to it!

In the meantime, if you want to join the fight against breast cancer, go here.   Your donation helps fund free mammograms for underserved women, fund vital breast health education classes, and supports innovative, ground-breaking research to find a CURE!

On another note, my little one turned 22 months this week.  What has she been up to?  She likes saying her alphabet, days of the week, and months (the 22 month-old version, that is).  Her months sound like this:  We'll say, "January, February..."  Then she'll come in and day, "March, Aper, May, June, 'Ly, Aug, Tember, Octer, Bember, Bember!"  Too funny!  We are so glad that her school works with them so much on things I had no idea kids her age could know.  I know it's cliche, but every day when I look at my child, my heart is just overwhelmed with love.  Sometimes I tear up and just thank Him for his love for us.

She's with my mom and grandmother since her school is closed tomorrow (and mine isn't).  I'm going to use this time to, maybe, do a little housework, but DEFINITELY curl up on the couch with my date, DVR!

Have a great week, everyone!


  1. cute pictures! I have never done Race for the Cure but I hope to next year! It always sneaks up on me.

  2. Yay for Race for the Cure! That is awesome that you did it. We haven't participated the last two years and I miss it. My sorority in college- this was our philanthropy, so I hold it dear to my heart. I love the pink fountain!

  3. So glad you did Race for the Cure! It looks like a lot of fun and helping a good cause makes it more memorable and special. Maybe next year, I'll race with you. :) Love, love the way Morgan talks. I saw her last Friday when I toured the day care. She stared at me for a few minutes and then she smiled a bit. I don't think she remembers me at all. :)


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