It is the first time I’ve ever participated in a Team In Training event. I decided to get involved because I am extremely passionate about assisting people in their journey to health and wellness. I have ran a few half marathons and one full. Running to me is a form of stress relief and brings so much enjoyment to me. I feel so fortunate for my health and that I am able to go for these runs. I am humbled by watching others achieve their health goals while facing so many other health challenges. When I was doing one of my runs (because you have a lot of time to think on your long runs) I just thought next time I do a race I want it to benefit someone else. I wanted to use my ability and enjoyment to bring awareness to something bigger than just me running a race. Why I specifically chose LLSC is because I have numerous friends and family members close to me who are affected directly or indirectly by cancer. I had a friend who lost her husband to Leukemia. My uncle a few years ago was diagnosed with Leukemia and although is in some type of remission, still has an uphill battle. Over Christmas my friends dad was diagnosed with stage 4 non-hodgkins lymphoma and I just broke down. He is such a strong and positive man, he is a retired fire fighter so he has always been fighting to save others. He is currently fighting and is so strong. I think that made my final push to choose LLSC, because seeing three great men who I know personally been affected. I have hope for the future because of my faith as a Christian, knowing to trust in Jesus and not ourselves. Because of this, I have hope in the future, for health and recovery, because I know first hand that a lot of things don’t make sense at first, but that everything happens for a reason. Research and treatment for cancer has come so far, I have to have hope greater growth in treatment and a future without cancer. Canadians should support the blood cancer community through the LLSC because they are actively working on finding a cure today. I like on the LLSC website that it says “someday is today”, so why not raise money, donate money, give support in anyway today, what are we waiting for? LLSC not only is focused on finding a cure but also offers so much support and improve the quality of lives for patients as well as their family and community. I think especially during this time as we are facing a pandemic, Canada has to stick together and support eachother. Remembering that not only is this one fight going on but many others, chemotherapy, stem cell surgeries, these things do not stop and many people are fighting so hard right now, so if able give and support. Blood donations is another way people can give if they cannot give financially during this time. My plan for the virtual run is going to be in Mid May but the date isTBD. I will plan out a route and track on Strava. I have had a few friends and family saying they want to know the route so they can stand out and cheer for me along the way from a distance which will be so great :) I think it’s going to be an emotional run just because it’s so much more to me this time. I’ve never been the fastest or strongest runner, but very competitive, so the time is always back in my head, but I think this time it’s not a for time race, it’s for all those fighting or have fought their battle with a blood cancer.