Jan's 5K Challenge:The “Why?” Factor

Published on August 5, 2010

Updated on November 4, 2019

This week I made my biggest commitment to the Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K yet.  I’m fundraising: asking friends, family and acquaintances to make a donation in support of my participation.

Why did I wait until now for this part of the commitment?  I wanted to feel confident my knees were good to go.  Last year I pushed too hard and ended up with stress fractures in both knees.  This not only knocked me out of the 5K completely but for months it made doing anything fun off limits. As hard as it is to admit, I’m not as young as I use to be. My knees are proof.  Ironically my stubbornness is consistent no matter how old I become.

Seriously, why am I doing this challenge at all? All joking aside, my life has been touched by so many wonderful people who have battled cancer.  Some lost the fight and it’s for them that I’m doing this. Especially beautiful Sarah, who after a 10 year battle with brain cancer lost her fight just after her 16th birthday. With all that she went through, she never lost the gift of laughter or of finding enjoyment in any situation.  She gave me life lessons I’ll never forget.

Why else?  This year I became one of thousands who heard a doctor say, “It’s cancer.” I always thought I knew how horrible that statement was to hear, but had no idea how devastating the impact was until I heard those words in relation to myself. Luckily my skin cancer was caught early.  Nevertheless, the warning shot was fired.

If you’re going to be in the Washington, DC area on Saturday, September 25th, register to join me – and a few hundred of my closest friends. Okay, they’re not all my friends, but they will be!

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