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I am in the midst of training for the Lakefront Marathon which I will run in October in honor of melanoma angels and warriors; alongside a team of 50 runner’s on the Ann’s Hope team.  It will be a meaningful day for everyone as we are all motivated to run with purpose – this year it’s all about raising funds for research and education to stop the horrors of melanoma and the chaos it causes in the lives of many.  Did you know one person dies every hour as a result of melanoma?  Did you know melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults ages 25-29? Just in case you would like to support my fundraising goal, click over here to make a contribution: Team Ann’s Hope – Home.  Once you arrive at the website, click on “sponsor a participant” and enter my name (Debbie Schaefer).  Every dollar will support melanoma research initiatives and educational efforts.

Marathon runners represent an increased risk for malignant melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. This is our opportunity to educate others to reduce UV exposure during exercise by choosing training times with low sun exposure, wearing adequate clothing, and regularly using water-resistant sunscreen.

My most recent event was the Twin Cities marathon and my training partners and I all wore I Back Jack running shirts.  I used this photo to create a little memento for each of my friends shortly after the marathon.  I love this photo as it captures the essence of the memories of that day and the miles that we covered.   But I haven’t framed this photo at my own house… until today.  When I return to Wisconsin tonight, I will add this frame to a shelf for inspiration.  As it turns out, I love to run with purpose!

At the finish of the Twin Cities marathon…

The supplies… You know I am a total dork. I can’t simply insert the photo into the frame’s slot!