I recently ran a 5k for LIVESTRONG (Philly) - Lance Armstrong's bike/run/walk charity event promoting cancer awareness. I participated in support a friend who is successfully fighting liver cancer after being diagnosed a year ago. I was also informed recently that my aunt is undergoing a second bout with breast cancer - so I had even more motivation to run well with their conditions in my thoughts.
It is one thing to donate money to charities and pat yourself in the back, but its so much more gratifying to actively participate in a charity event attended by thousands of people. It was inspirational to see cancer survivors like my friend racing harder than anyone else and it was uplifting to unite with others in supporting the fight against cancer. This groundswell of positivity along with random people cheering you on from their porches and yards made the run feel like a walk in the park.


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