Love an Athlete – A PSA

Since tomorrow is the Fourth of July, my usual Friday post is getting pushed back to today instead. I figure everyone must be just sitting around work desperately waiting for their long holiday weekend anyways, so while you wait I thought I’d share a couple of things with you!

First, as many of you know, this is my kickass friend Cynthia from You Signed Up For What. She’s my fellow co-host for Tri Talk Tuesday and she’s a super genuine and awesome person. And that cute little squirt she’s standing with is her adorable daughter.


Her family and daughter have been frequent fliers through the NYC Ronald McDonald house for the last few years while her daughter underwent treatment for a rare hand tumor disorder. And now, after what is looking like a successful last round of treatment, Cynthia is giving back to the Ronald McDonald house by joining Team Ronald. She’s raising money to give back to the Ronald McDonald house and is racing the New York City Triathlon in August as a Team Ronald member. You can read more about her story and the Ronald McDonald house here, as well as make a donation should you feel so moved by her story.

Secondly, my buddy Les is in a similar position. He lost his uncle to cancer on June 17 of this year and the very next day turned around and registered for IRONMAN Wisconsin to race not only in his honor, but in honor of his grandfather also lost to cancer, and for everyone who’s lives have been touched by cancer.


He’s joined forces with Zero Prostate Cancer Endurance, an awesome organization who is all about raising awareness, bringing to light new research about prostate cancer, and to help raise funds for prostate cancer research and treatment. To read more about Les and his fundraising efforts, you can go here.

It’s important that we never take for granted our lives and our health. Be grateful for all that your amazing bodies are capable of, because it is incredible. Take a minute out of your day and celebrate your health by by helping other maintain theirs. Spread the love!

Have you ever fund raised? What cool way did you raise the money?
Ever raced in honor of honor of someone? Tell me about it!

6 Replies to “Love an Athlete – A PSA”

  1. Great post this morning Courtney! I especially loved this part…”It’s important that we never take for granted our lives and our health. Be grateful for all that your amazing bodies are capable of, because it is incredible”. I too feel that way 100% and it is a big reason that I signed up for my first Ironman. In the coming weeks, I will be sharing on the blog the story of who I race in honor of and how it has impacted me.
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  2. The reason I started running in the first place was to raise money for cancer. My dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and I ran my first marathon and raised money in his honor (he had already passed). It has inspired me to never take for granted what I have and what I have the ability to do. I want to be healthy, active, and inspire those around me to do the same. Great post Courtney.
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    1. It’s so motivating to have something personal to run for. I do remember your Father’s Day post, it was beautiful. And you are inspiring, so keep it up =)

  3. While I haven’t done a specific race for her, when I go out on runs, I always think of my mom who passed away in 2011 of a rare cancer. The emotions sometimes send me on roller coasters! I mostly have happy thoughts and memories that help make my runs go by faster, but sometimes I get a bit down about her missing my wedding or the birth of her granddaughter or how she’s not here to give me one of her great pep talks. And when I feel tired at the end of a run and want to just quit, I think about my mom lying in hospital beds all over Canada, seeing specialists, having major surgeries…doing anything she can to hang on just a little bit longer. And I keep running.
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