Writings of a teachermom, choosing to stay home with her kids, while loathing all domestic responsibilities! In late Aug. 2008, I was diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer. After surgery, chemo and radiation, I was given theall clear. However, in the late summer of 2008, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which metasticized to other areas.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Wonderful Race...Wonderful Friends

I have some really good friends that I live far away from.
My best friend Lanette flew out here a couple weekends ago squeezing in a brief visit after she heard of my diagnosis. It was so nice to see her, even if it was for just a day and a half.
This past weekend, even though she was back at home on the East Coast, she did something else very special. She organized a team to run/walk the Women's 5K Classic Incorporated, which is a race for women's cancer awareness. About 8 or 9 people ran/walked in honor of me, including my sister Dana, my friend Lanette, her sister Jaye, her nieces Nia and Keiko, her cousin Gayle, and some other friends and family members..a couple people I don't even know!

I truly felt special and honored. Especially since they made shirts that said "Cari's Crusaders" that had a picture of me and my 3 kids. And although I was halfway across the country, Lanette kept me updated throughout the race, e-mailing me pictures with her iPhone. I felt like I was actually there, as Lanette captured all the silly stuff that would interest me.

The Start...awesome balloons

The very short bathroom lines...at an all girls' race...unthinkable!

The very cool uniforms of another team named Martini Mamas. I want those metallic tights and pink running skirts!

Everyone waiting to begin.
Part of the course...how beautiful!The Divas...Gayle and Keiko...looking fabulous as always.
Thanks so much Lanette. You are truly the best friend a girl can have...even 1000 miles away!


At 9:56 PM, Anonymous angela said...

Wow! They are amazing friends! You are one blessed girl...

At 7:14 AM, Anonymous Jaye said...

It was an honor doing it for you! I even ran a P.R. in a 5K! Someone commented on how much she liked our shirts right after the 1 mile marker, and we'd just passed your tribute marker (which was the first one on the course, btw!), and I just raved about you and how you ran/walked last week during your first week of chemo (which was more than I did last week!). It was a beautiful day, and there were so many people out there running, walking, even dancing (Nia danced a bit before she got to the finish line!), to celebrate the lives of wonderful, brave women like yourself and so many others! Once I get my pics developed (I'm not a digital camera person - I like the old fashioned film ones), I'll send them to you.

One of the girls that ran with us, Bethany, is a friend of Nia & Keiko's (and mine), who was so blessed to do this - she was one of our team members back in May, when we did the Revlon Run/Walk for Women's Cancer. She was the first one to respond to an email I sent out to that team! This was her first race, and she and I crossed the finish line together! We had a really great time. The course was great, too - I would definitely run there again (for that or any other race). See you at the next one!

At 7:22 AM, Anonymous Jaye said...

...oh, and yesterday, we went wine-tasting along the Bucks County Wine Trail - fun (even though I'm not supposed to indulge, I CAN taste and cook with wine!). See you at the next one of THESE, too!

At 7:26 AM, Anonymous kc said...

this made me cry a bit. what a nice tribute.

At 8:57 AM, Blogger Caro said...

What great friends. The last pic made me teary-eyed.

I have an issue with my legs, let's just say Rand McNally comes to mind. Those silver tights would be so cool for me. :)

At 9:16 AM, Anonymous dana said...

Cari...We do this because we love you!!


At 9:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cari -
I couldn't think of a better way to spend a birtdday! We love you!


At 12:52 PM, Blogger Undomestic said...

Gayle, I don't know, I think I could think of LOTS of better ways to spend a birthday...you know..something centered around some chocolate martinis!

Thanks for running for me on your special day. Are you even close to thirty yet?????

At 1:42 PM, Anonymous Gayle said...

I made up for it on Sunday at the wineries.

It's the 7th anniversary of my 21st birthday! I'm knocking at 30 and have the gray hair to prove it!

At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Jaye said...

Gayle and Cari,
Talk to me when you hit the fabulous forties! You both are still youngsters! ;-)

Love & hugs!

At 4:22 PM, Blogger mi said...

What a fabulous group of friends, and a great testament to what you inspire in others.

At 4:12 AM, Anonymous Kate said...

That is really awesome, it made me a little teary eyed.


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