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I am training to participate in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 13, 2013 to benefit the American Institute for Cancer Research. This is the second time that I am running this marathon, but I wanted to run it with a purpose this round. So, I am running the marathon in honor of all of those whose lives have been affected by cancer. It has taken loved ones away from me and I have watched friends and family fight and survive.

As I train over the next few months to complete this 26.2 mile endurance event, I dedicate the miles to those who are enduring or have endured something far more difficult, cancer. They are my inspiration. I hope to pass along their messages throughout my training and during the race. Messages like Zach Sobiech's, "you don't have to find out that you are dying to start living" and "just try and make people happy."

AICR funded research has shown that 30% to 40% of all cancers are directly linked to the foods we eat, the exercise we get and how well we watch our weight. With more than 1.2 million new cancer cases in the U.S. each year, and more than 500,000 cancer deaths annually, programs that can produce even a small reduction in cancer rates offer enormous savings in lives, suffering and medical expense. AICR is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt not-for-profit national cancer charity that has been at the forefront of providing education programs and materials to help. 

The moment one is diagnosed with cancer, they join ~14 million other survivors in the U.S. alone. Team AICR is working toward two important goals, to complete the 26.2-mile endurance event, and to raise money in support of vital research and education. Please join the fight against cancer by making a donation to Team AICR. No donation is too small for this great goal! Feel free to share stories or let me know if there is anyone who you would like me to run for and I will add their name to my shirt on race day. I would also be happy to run for your loved ones whether or not you choose to make a donation. I know that there are many great charities and fundraising opportunities out there (such as the group that my sister is running for), so please do not feel the need to support AICR, as I understand that many of you already have various financial commitments.  

Speaking of my sister, I also have one more motivation to make sure that I wake up early in the mornings and get my training miles in. We ran our first marathon together (I may/may not have waited a bit for her at the 13-mile mark) but she somehow managed to clock in one second faster than me. She is running for Athletes for Equality and her link is:

http://action.hrc.org/site/TR?px=5217115&fr_id=1080&pg=personal#.Uf7P_VNQ1Y4

Thank you so much for your support!

 

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I want to thank everyone for the amazing support that you all have given. I have already gotten back much more out of running for this great cause than I ever could have imagined. Not only has training been much easier with a purpose, but I have heard some inspiring stories along the way.
I have kept up with my training (including a couple 20 mile runs) and am feeling very good about race day. The weather is supposed to be great. I am excited and looking forward to the challenge.

Thank you again for your generosity and support!

by Cameron Gunderson on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 @ 8:40 AM

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I have never blogged before and probably will not write often, but check back for updates on some of the longer training runs and pre-race thoughts. I appreciate everyone supporting a great cause!

by Cameron Gunderson on Sun, Aug 04, 2013 @ 4:13 PM

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