#MoveForStJude · Uncategorized

#MoveForStJude, move for you.

Grateful. Thankful. Blessed.

It is crazy to think that 2 months ago, I started this blog as a place where I could document all of the wonderful new experiences I was having since beginning of what I thought was a “health” journey.  I swam, biked and ran through my first triathlon and was so inspired by the amazing athletes who were out there with me. I didn’t talk to many people as we raced (because obviously I was sucking wind) so I didn’t get to know anyone, but I do vividly remember everyone. I remember their bodies: they came in different sizes, shapes and weight. Bodies that had been through a courageous battle and came back slightly altered but still beautiful and perhaps stronger. Bodies that were on a transformation journey. Bodies that were alive and working. And it was at that moment that I realized how grateful I was to be in such amazing company. How thankful I was to have decided to participate in that triathlon. How blessed I was for my own body.

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Photo Credit: Steven Janelli

Every day that I have worked out in a new class, cooked a new meal and written in the blog has made more even more aware of just how lucky I am, regardless of the challenges my body and I face. This isn’t just a health journey now. It is my path to be grateful and thankful for what my life has given me and even if things change along my path, to remember that I am blessed.

AND SO, I ask, will you join me in my next move?

My next race will be the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in D.C in March. I am running as St Jude Hero, meaning I am raising money for children who are facing a battle with cancer or another life-threatening disease. Now normally, when I go about raising money for a race, I send out my emails to friends and family who always support me and show lots of love (thanks everyone!) but this year, I want to do something different.

Not only do I want to raise money for St. Jude’s, but I want people to feel and understand their own blessings and dedicate them to these children who are fighting a very difficult fight every day. So  you can  help me 1 of 2 ways.

  1. You can donate here: http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/Heroes/Heroes?px=3413291&pg=personal&fr_id=47761
  2. You can #MoveForStJude.

What to do:
1) Decide to dedicate something you do to the children of St Jude. This might mean running, biking, singing, painting, yoga-ing, skiing…anything really!
2) Film a 5-10 second video or snap a picture of you doing your activity (it could be as simple as a picture of your feet running!)
3) Share on your video/photo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (or all 3!) and #MoveforStJude. Please share why you are doing this (I’ve included some sample copy below) and about this cause. Please also include this fundraising link: http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/Heroes/Heroes?px=3413291&pg=personal&fr_id=47761
4) Tag 2-3 friends and ask them “How do you #MoveForStJude?”
5) Optional: Donate $2 dollars (or more if you’d like) to my fundraising page and your video/picture will be featured on Just Tri It Once on a special page dedicated to this movement (listed in the menu).

You can use this post as an example:

” This is how I #MoveForStJude. I’m thankful to be able to  (run, walk,  bike, sing) today and want to dedicate this activity to the children of St Jude. My friend Sunnie is raising money and awareness for children fighting life-threatening illnesses as well as trying to get people to honor their own blessings and talents in life! (Tag 3 friends) How do you #MoveForStJude? If you donate $2, you will be featured in the Just Tri It Once blog! You can donate here: http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/Heroes/Heroes?px=3413291&pg=personal&fr_id=47761

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Thank you so much for your help and support!! Make sure you go out there and #MoveForStJude! I will posting to this page with new videos/pictures that are submitted until my race day in March!

Happy Thanksgiving:-)

 

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