Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day, And A Special 5K

As I type, Rose and JoyDad are upstairs whipping up a breakfast for me that involves bacon and eggs, an unusual treat! I've heard Joy trying out several of her babbly-sounds, and one of them was the long-absent "ma-ma-ma"... now granted, it had rather an air of complaint about it, and was obviously not directed at me because I'm not even in the room. Still, it's in there. And a good day for me to hear it!

Another very cool Mother's Day tribute came from an unexpected source -- my sister-in-law Auntie Running-at-the-Mouth, who picked up a "running mom" meme and added some leisure-studies research findings and turned it into a lovely salute, both to her mother and to me. Thanks so much, RatM!

She mentions that I've got another 5K race coming up... I'd like to tell you about it, if I may.

On May 30, I'm going to be running in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. As you probably know from the amazing pink-ribbon movement, this is a fund-raiser for breast-cancer research. I know all too many people who have had to battle breast cancer themselves, some of them mom-related figures in my life but also friends, other in-laws, a college roommate, way too many. The latest astonishing figure is that the lifetime breast cancer risk is one in eight women.

I'd like to give my readers the chance to help this race count for as much as possible toward funds for breast cancer research and support...

Please consider a visit to my fundraising page for this race and making a donation. [Update: event is over, link removed. Thanks, all!] There's no such thing as "too small" and the page doesn't display who gave how much, only a lovely total. Making every step count for as much as possible!

All good thoughts and prayers happily accepted too. And even though my own mother's journey involved a different form of cancer (renal cell carcinoma), maybe this can be for her too in a way.

In other news, I'm told that I've won a special Mother of the Year award. You have to see this to believe it. (Thanks, Rhemashope!)

P.S. I broke the 10-minute mile barrier on my 5K run yesterday, first time ever. Hoping to do even better at the Race for the Cure!

3 comments:

AuntieS said...

I second the words of my little sister, ARatM!! You are a terrific running mom, in the many ways you "run" each day! And as I have told you, both of you are faster than me!!
How nice that you were awaiting the lovely breakfast from Rose and JoyDad, and heard the elusive words from Joy. Those are surely the most priceless gifts you could wish for today.
Happy Mom's Day!
-AuntieS/ARatK

Anonymous said...

Happy Mothers Day! Auntie M (breast cancer survivor) and I (Uncle Marathon) made a contribution for your Susan G Komen race. Good luck with breaking the 10 minute mile barrier at the race.

therextras said...

I just thanked Rhemashope for nominating you for that well-deserved award.

I could have been in that video tribute to you.

Hi, my name is Barbara and I am a JoyMama groupie.

Joy was just rehearsing for later "mama"s.

Congrats on your running prowess. 10 miles is only achieved by the work it takes to get there.

My Hubby made me some delicious gumbo today!

We have good mates in common, if not running (my sorry self just pushes the mower and hopes to get in the pool before Memorial Day).

Happy Mom's Day to all of the Joy-Extended-Family, too. BRatK