Kelcey Harrison Great Lung Run Blog Post 10/12/12:
I realize that I probably have not been as forthcoming about the challenges of this journey and I'm sure many of you have wondered what the most difficult moments have been. Side note: I don’t really like to talk about my feelings...scary! So, that’s why this has been so late in coming.
Let me put it out there: there have been break-downs. There have been days that I wanted to call it a quits a few miles early or moments when I felt pangs of homesickness, but those have been pretty few and far between. I know that there is an end date and a finish line, and those two things alone make it easy to get through each and every day of this adventure. Add to it the fact that I have met incredible people along the way, have my buddy and savior Sydney with me, and have Jill as my inspiration every day, and it’s even easier to keep my eyes on the prize. That said, there are moments that literally stop me, hands on my knees and tears in my eyes when I remember why, exactly, I am running across the country. When that young, beautiful, strong girl with clammy hands, forever stunted fingernails, and razor sharp teeth left this world, we lost someone incredibly special. She was special to so many in very unique ways and the pain of that loss can sometimes overwhelm me at an unexpected moment.
Especially over the last month, since Sydney's and my routine has become so consistent, (our routine outlined here, in case you missed that post) it has been easy to think less about the reason that I am doing this run: to honor my friend Jill and to beat lung cancer. It is in the moments when I have allowed myself to truly remember Jill and that I am far from being the only one who lost her, that I have become weak in the knees and shed a tear or two ten. These moments are sad, sure, but I'm not trying to elicit sympathy or make you feel sorry for me. Mostly, because I am not the only one who loved and lost her and what often pains me is thinking about how the rest of her loved ones— parents, family, and friends, also go through each day without her. When we lose someone we sometimes catch ourselves remembering that we are sad at inopportune times. That we miss that person immensely, and that we cannot figure out how or why they are simply, physically gone. In many ways I am grateful for these moments because they mean that I can still picture Jill vividly and that my memory of her is still so close to the surface; that while she may be gone, our collective memories of her keep her around—that giggly, curious, active girl we all grew to love so, so much.
In all other aspects, and throughout almost the entire run thus far, I have been pretty positive. I believed that it would all work out and it largely has. I believed that people would be supportive and they have. I believed that it would garner some new attention for lung cancer and it has. But, I have to admit, somewhere in Indiana a terrifying thought occurred to me. It is the only other thing, aside from those overwhelming memories of Jill and our combined loss, that has caused me to cry on the side of the road. Somewhere just before Louisville, KY, my mind was wandering as usual when I suddenly thought, “what if nothing changes after this run? What if no one really pays attention and this run has no impact whatsoever on the future of lung cancer? What if I fail Jill by not making people care enough?” I stopped in my tracks. It was the first time I really allowed myself to think that the Great Lung Run might not "succeed". Luckily, I have incredible people around me who buoyed me back from the bottom and reminded me that we were already reaching new people and providing great education about lung cancer. I have my parents and my extremely wise older sister to thank for quickly reestablishing my positive outlook.
The point is, difficult things happen in life. We lose people we love, we endure life's challenges, we go through tough times, and sometimes, we just have to cry or scream or whatever. The important thing is that we acknowledge these moments, take a deep breath, and then remember the bigger picture: to get the word out about lung cancer BIG TIME, and to beat lung cancer for everyone.
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VISIT THE JILL'S LEGACY WEBSITE
VISIT THE GREAT LUNG RUN WEBSITE
Originally posted at www.lungcancerfoundtion.org.
BLINDSIDED BY DIAGNOSIS, 42-YEAR-OLD SAN FRANCISCO ENTREPRENEUR RAISES NEARLY $70,000 TO TAKE DOWN LUNG CANCER
William Marble Kipp II and Friends Join the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation’s Army of Alliance Partners
SAN FRANCISCO (July 2, 2012) — Like many who rushed to Silicon Valley’s Internet gold rush, William Marble Kipp II found fame fast and furious. First as an innovator in the early 1990’s at Google, then launching his own renewable energy enterprise, nothing could stop this passionate 42-year-old trailblazer.
Until last summer in August of 2011 when the never smoker, avid athlete and father of two was diagnosed with metastatic Lung Cancer.
In the months that have followed, with the help of his sister Kassidee, 29, and other family members, Kipp is working non-stop to spread awareness and raise funding for the cancer that kills more than 1.3 million worldwide annually and 450 per day in the United States.
On May 19, 2012, The William Marble Kipp II Foundation www.WMK2.com raised nearly $70,000 for the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (BJALCF) to help efforts to find a cure for Lung Cancer, at its inaugural fundraiser. The event was held at Bluxome Street Winery in the bustling SoMa district of San Francisco. More than 180 friends and family joined the Kipps to show support for Kipp and to mobilize with the Foundation to end Lung Cancer
This pairing of the Kipp Foundation and the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation speaks volumes about the grassroots efforts and initiatives that are joining forces to lend their voice to help fight Lung Cancer. To date, and coast-to-coast, private foundations, independent fundraising initiatives, individuals, families and organizations have teamed up to build on the momentum of BJALCF. They include the Atlanta-based Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund which “Dances for Joan” each year, Grow For The Cure out of South Carolina which touts an innovative online adventure for men to grow beards in humorous shapes and names like “Zappa” and “Old Dutch” challenging support from friends online. Mae’s Breath in New York inhales hope and exhales the stigma, Minnesota-hosted dinner parties in honor of a loved one, galas in Los Angeles, and the Hank Baskett Classic Golf Tournament at Trump International gather thousands together to raise money for Lung Cancer research.
“I have always believed taking down Lung Cancer is going to take a village,” says Bonnie J. Addario, founder and 8-year Lung Cancer survivor. “I couldn’t be more thrilled that from SoHo to SoMa we’ve got an uprising and urgency in motion to collaborate in a celebratory way with courageous celebrity voices speaking up like Hank Baskett and Kendra Wilkinson. We’re fighting for the lives of people like William and Hank’s dad because what the world needs to know is that ANYONE CAN GET LUNG CANCER.”
“This is just the beginning of what we want to do for Bonnie and the foundation,” said Kassidee Kipp, organizer of the event. “When my brother was diagnosed he was blindsided. But we quickly decided that we wanted to do something to help others impacted by the disease and to help them know they are definitely not alone.”
At the fundraiser, William’s children, Katerina, 8, and William the III, who they call, “Mars,” 6, sold bracelets they made themselves raising almost $1,200 in support of their dad and his battle with Lung Cancer, said Kassidee.
“His kids feel they need to do something to help their dad,” she said. “They are going to fight to find a cure for their dad and others.”
What’s next? It’s called “Fun-Raising”
The list of ways you can get involved is growing in leaps and bounds. Please jump on one of the bandwagons below or come up with your own. The Foundation is here to partner with you in many ways…your imagination has no limits. Lung Cancer does not stand a chance because all monies raised go directly to cutting-edge Lung Cancer research.
TUNE IN TOMORROW NIGHT to “Kendra ON TOP” (WE tv) Tuesday, July 3
TUNE INTO THE LUNG CANCER LIVING ROOM® EVERY THIRD TUESDAY
BJALCF–Your Next Step is the Cure® 5ks across the country
Jill’s Legacy®–Jog for Jills 5ks on College Campuses
Jill’s Legacy®-Nick’s Crispy Tacos fundraising Party-San Francisco, CA July 26
1500 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94109
THE GREAT LUNG RUN NYC to SF July 29
Stride for Susie and Smita 5K Saratoga, CA August 26
Taking Lung Cancer By Storm, Seattle Storm Seattle, WA September 21
Cruise For Your Breath Baltimore, MD September 22
Fighting Barry 5K, Washington, DC September 23
Fry’s.com Open CordeValle Golf Course, CordeValle, CA October 8 -14
A Next Step For The Cure In Honor of Fred Spanton Ashville, NC October 21
Palisano/Benson Lung Cancer Barrel Race Santa Rosa, CA November 4
Simply the Best Dinner Gala 7 San Francisco, CA November 10
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To host an event in your town, contact Jennifer Hughes, Manager of Affiliates and Independent Fundraisers, at 650.333.6936 or email@example.com
About the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
BJALCF is one of the largest philanthropies (patient-founded, patient-focused, and patient-driven) devoted exclusively to eradicating Lung Cancer through research, early detection, education, and treatment. The Foundation works with a diverse group of physicians, organizations, industry partners, individuals, survivors, and their families to identify solutions and make timely and meaningful change. BJALCF was established on March 6, 2006 as a 501©(3) non-profit organization and has raised over nine million dollars for Lung Cancer research. www.lungcancerfoundation.org
About the William Marble Kipp II Foundation
The WMKII Foundation is dedicated to increasing awareness of Lung Cancer and funding research for advanced treatments for the disease. William was diagnosed with stage IV Lung Cancer in August of 2011 and is currently undergoing treatment. In 2012 his family and friends established the WMKII Foundation in his honor. www.wmk2.org.
Originally published on the Millbrae Patch by Gideon Rubin - May 30th, 2012
Proceeds from the Seventh Annual Lung Cancer: Drive It off the Earth Golf Tournament, will benefit the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. The event will be held on June 11 at Green Hills Country Club.
Two NFL players and an award winning Bay Area sports anchor will be among the special guests who will appear at a charity golf tournament in Millbrae next month.
Wide receiver Hank Baskett, linebacker Chris Draft and KGO-TV's Mike Shuman will participate in the Seventh Annual Lung Cancer: Drive It off the Earth Golf Tournament on June 11 at Green Hills Country Club.
Baskett has played for three teams in a six-year NFL career that includes an appearance in the 2010 Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts.
Baskett co-stars in the reality show "Kendra" with his supermodel wife, Kendra Wilkinson.
Draft played for Stanford and has been on seven teams in a 13-year NFL career including a stint with the 49ers in 1999.
Shumann, himself a former NFL player whose six-year career included two stints with the 49ers, has become a Bay Area radio and television broadcasting fixture whose distinguished career includes winning an Emmy for anchoring KGO-TV.
The event will also feature "Hooked on Golf" radio program creator Mitch Juricich.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation.
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