Running for Gilda’s Club

There are a few ways to get into the NY Marathon.  One is to have run it before and/or made at least three attempts to enter.  Another is to be selected in a lottery.  And finally you can be guaranteed a spot if you run for a charity.   This race being my first marathon I tried the lottery and didn’t get in so have decided to run for Gilda’s Club.


Our Mission is to create welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer – men, women, teens and children – along with their families and friends. Our innovative program is an essential complement to medical care, providing networking and support groups, workshops, education and social activities.


The Gilda’s Club philosophy of providing an emotional and social support community as an essential complement to medical treatment when cancer is in the family enables the organization to serve as a beacon for the provision of health care services in the 21st Century.

It is the vision of Gilda’s Club Worldwide to become the international leader for strengthening the global awareness of this philosophy, and to advance an understanding of the essential bond that emotional and social support brings to the cancer experience, not only for those living with cancer, but also for the families and friends who surround them.

At Gilda’s Club they provide support for the whole family, the whole time, no matter the outcome. I know people with cancer, some who have survived cancer and some who have died from cancer and feel that this organization is one that can use donated funds to further help those in need.  Lance Armstrong felt the same at this years dinner ceremony:


You’ll notice a donation link on the right of my marathon blog.  I have reached my goal but donations are still welcome.  Thanks in advance for your support.


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tacoma, wa 98406


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