One of my favorite days of the year is the Avera Race Against Breast Cancer. In my previous life, I was fortunate enough to co-coordinate this event and this year, they celebrated their 30th anniversary. They have raised almost $6 million to offer programs and services for cancer survivors and all the proceeds stay local.

IMG_8360 croppedMy favorite part of the event is the warm-up, where more than 5,000 people are gathered around the stage, moving as one. I get goosebumps and tears in my eyes every time, even writing this! It is such a powerful moment knowing so many people are there supporting one cause. They are there to make a difference and encourage friends, family and even strangers during their cancer journey.

My dear friend and fellow Race coordinator who has lead the warm-up for the past 30 years

 My family and I have volunteered for this event the past eight years and love being part of such a special day. Every person at this event, whether runner, walker, volunteer or sideline supporter, is banded together to encourage cancer survivors.

One of the reasons I get so emotional about this event is because it all started when one woman shared her story. Her family and friends wanted to support her, so they started an event in her honor. They didn’t have a master plan in mind because they weren’t sure if it would be in her honor or her memory. They just knew they had to help their loved one. The history of this event is so inspiring. It is a reminder about the power of sharing our story and the desire to encourage other people when they need it most.

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