“Three weeks after my 30th birthday, I heard 3 words that changed my life forever: YOU HAVE CANCER.” Melanoma struck Kristen during the prime of her life & for the next 2 years she struggled to feel normal and lost her workout routine.
That’s when Kristen got involved with StupidCancer.org and started meeting fellow survivors, many of them runners. “A new fire sparked within me and I realized I owed it to myself to get back out there and start living life!” So, in 2013 Kristen challenged herself to12 races. Kristen did all 12 and capped them off with her first half marathon. “Cancer may have interrupted my life and my health, but running gave me an outlet to feel like ME again.”
That’s when Kristen’s love for running erupted! In 2014 she accomplished her 14-race goal, including 7 more half marathons! She posted a facebook photo for every run, dedicating all her miles to important people in her life, often friends battling cancer or those she’d lost to cancer. “I decked out the back of my race shirts with my favorite cancer organization logos to honor my cancer family, spread awareness & celebrate my survivorship.”
Kristen sums up her experience, “Running has taught me I am strong and how to push myself physically, mentally & emotionally to reach my goals. Just like cancer, running has taught me that I am a survivor!”
• In all, Kristen ran 26 races to fight against cancer
• The mission of Stupidcancer is to build community, improve quality of life, and provide meaningful survivorship
• Check out Stupidcancer.org to empower those affected by young adult cancer