breast cancer

Running the Chicago Marathon in Pink!

My first marathon was the Chicago Marathon in 2011 and it made me realize 2 things.

1. I was even more in love with the city of Chicago than I had previously thought; and

2. I couldn’t wait to run another marathon.

Two and a half years later I have finally signed up for my second marathon, and I will be returning to the streets of Chicago (soon to be my new hometown) to run for one of my favorite non-profits, Bright Pink

For those readers who don’t know, I lost my mom to breast cancer almost 16 years ago and know far too many amazing women who have been affected by this disease.  This fall, I will run for them!  

Bright Pink is an amazing organization that offers education, support and is leading the charge for early detection and prevention for not only breast cancer, but ovarian cancer as well.  They really have an empowering message, and I couldn’t be more excited to run on their fund raising team.

I have 6 months to raise $1000, so please feel free to stop by my fundraising page: http://www.stayclassy.org/stephanieericson 

Have you been touched by breast cancer somehow? Share your story with me and I would love to add you or your loved one’s name to my list of reasons I am running.  

We are almost to spring, and I hope everyone is surviving the weather wherever you are!

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My mom, brother and me from back in the day (Dad got cropped for icon usage purposes… sorry, Dad ❤ !)

This morning I had the privilidge of going to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kick-off breakfast.  This is a cuase that is very close to my heart, and I am always so inspired when I go to events like this.

I love being surrounding by people who support and are passionate about something in the same way you are.  Hearing stories of survival, loss, and hope is amazing, and I feel so lucky to have outlets like this to be involved and help in any way I can.

I was shocked when they asked survivors to stand up and the room suddenly seemed full of people who have had breast cancer themselves.  And they were women of ALL ages!  Young and old.

I am so excited to be getting a team together for a second year for this event and hopefully raise some money!