This event is life changing, the camaraderie is unbelievable and the cause is so important.
This year I am participating to honor 3 special friends. Kieara Robinson, a nurse who works with me in the NICU at MMC who is a special person fighting a battle to cure a stage 3 astrocytoma (brain tumor) and two very special friends in Texas who have battled lung cancer and lymphoma in the last 12 months. All of these are very special and extremely important people to me. I am constantly amazed by their bravery and perseverance. Cancer touches everyone.
Hi everyone, this is a photo of my husband and his siblings: a wonderful family of 5 with 3 sisters and 2 brothers. This is one of the last photos taken of them all together. Four out of five have been diagnosed with cancer.
We lost Susan over 30 years ago, third from the bottom right, at the young age thirty-three from melanoma. She left behind a three year old son, a newborn daughter and loving husband.
Jessica Dunton will be one of a 1,000 athletes participating in the Maine Cancer Foundation’s Tri for a Cure. This will be her third Tri for a Cure. But in 2013, Jessica never imagined she would participate in the Tri, let alone any triathlon.
That was the year Jessica started a new job in Saco with Town & Country Federal Credit Union and became friends with her co-worker, Jennifer Owen. When the two met, Jennifer was in the midst of treatment for breast cancer. Jessica marveled at how strong and open Jennifer was in talking about her experiences and struggles living with cancer and her chemotherapy treatment.
When Cancer hits..it hits hard. It hits home.
Who knows anyone who hasn't been affected by it? My relationship to Cancer began when I was a toddler. My mom was given 6 months to live. Ovarian Cancer. She took one day at a time. She lived until the day I graduated from High School. She was a fighter, a volunteer, a beautiful model, a devoted mom.
Subsequently I lost my High School boyfriend to Lymphoma, a few years after my mom..and then my best friend Jane to Lung Cancer a few years ago. In between, too many more friends to list have been taken from me. Most of you know my story.
The 2016 Tri for a Cure will be my 4th TFAC.
I love this event for the amazing people I have met and become friends with. I love this event for the cause it is supporting - the fight against cancer.
In 2016 I will again dedicate my Tri to my dad, Wes Jordan, who I lost to pancreatic cancer in 2002. I also dedicate my Tri for mom, who is now a breast cancer survivor. I also dedicate this to all those fighting the disease - kick cancer's butt! To those that are survivors - way to go! And with a heavy heart, those we have lost to this horrible disease.
In 2009 I went from the couch to a half marathon in just about four months. I was inspired to try something new and chose to run with the DC Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. A family member just passed away from Leukemia, and I didn't know a whole lot about it. I finished the race and raised money for the group. It felt good and therapeutic every way around when I finished.
Since then, I've run quite a few half marathons, 10ks and 5ks. I got bored and lazy and always wanted another challenge... one that didn't involve 26.2 miles!
From Gisela Eubanks:
Two years ago on Mother's Day, I woke up with a sharp pain in my side.
We were pretty sure it was appendicitis and went to the ER. When the doctor came in with my CAT scan, he was joking about how big my appendix was. He asked if I wanted to see the image.
When he pulled it up, he was no longer laughing, then he told me a different surgeon would be removing my appendix. That is when I knew I had cancer, the new doctor had oncology next to his name. I was diagnosed with stage 3 Colon cancer.