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About 2 months ago, I posted information about the Damon Runyon 5K in Yankee Stadium. (Sorry if some of this is repetitive from that post!)

2009 was the first year this race was held, but at the time, I was in the throes of ACL surgery rehab.

My knee's in pretty good shape considering I never actually did any of the rehab, meh, but it's not giving out from under me anymore, which is really all the reason I need to throw my hat in the Yankee Stadium 5K.

(Side point: When my mom heard the surgery was being done with a cadaver's ACL ligament, her comment was an excited, "Ooooh wouldn't that be something if you had someone like Goose Gossage's ACL?? Or a SERIAL KILLER?" What?)

Anyways, so with the race just a month away, I'm asking for your support in this incredibly worthy cause.

Me, Dad, and Lauren outside of the old stadium.
Sometimes when you hear "supporting cancer research" it seems like something too abstract to understand the implications. But I've seen them, and they're profound.

I work on a cancer drug at my job, and when I started on the account, I had no idea that it was the same drug that my dad took when he had cancer 7 years ago.

My dad wasn't poster child for healthy living, so we expected his battle with lymphoma to be tortuous. But it wasn't. It wasn't easy, but after 7 months of treatment, it was gone.

And now every day I go into work, I can't help but be incalculably grateful for the researchers and scientists who developed this treatment.
I don't know many people whose life hasn't been affected by cancer in one way or another, and I can't think of any better way to help further important research than by getting some exercise on the same grass that greatness plays on.

I'm really looking forward to doing this next month (even though my cousin has warned me it's one of the more difficult races she's ever run, courtesy the whole ramp-running thing). I think I'll be ok, seeing as I've probably run up and down the ramps in the old stadium more times than I've run to catch the bus.

My personal runner support page is here, and I am incredibly grateful for any support!

Thank you so much--it's pretty cool that we'll be able to add "cancer" to the list of things that get beat at Yankee Stadium.

There's still 400 open spots left if anyone would like to join me!

Details can be found here and below:

One East 161st Street, Bronx, New York
9:30am - 2:00pm (staggered start)

Entry Fee
: $40 through July 11
$50 from July 12 through July 31 (or until capacity is reached)
Minimum Fundraising Requirement
: $60 for all participants (This is in addition to the entry fee.)
Minimum Fundraising Requirement Deadline
: July 31*
Registration Deadline
: July 31 or when capacity is reached
Minimum Age to Participate
: 5 years old

*Please note that if the minimum fundraising requirement is not met by this deadline, participants’ credit cards will automatically be charged $60 or the difference, should a portion of the $60 minimum be raised.
100% of all donations you raise in support of your run/walk will go to innovative cancer research by today’s best young scientists, funded by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

Entry is limited to the first 4,000 registrants. You can participate as an individual or get friends, family members and colleagues together to form a team. 

Start times will be staggered. Runners will start first according to pace, beginning at 9:30am. Walkers will start after the last heat of runners is launched, at approximately 12:00pm.


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