Why I’m Running The Gathering Place’s Race for the Place

UPDATE: Many thanks to everyone who helped me reach my fundraising goal for The Gathering Place’s Race for the Place 5K. It’s still not too late to donate.

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After packing my suitcases, I’m off for a 10 day drive around the Northeast. From New Jersey and Philly to Virginia, I can’t wait to catch up with friends and family all over the place.

The only thing that I’m a little sad to miss is Cleveland Marathon Weekend because I was hoping to run in the 5K tomorrow.

Fortunately, I don’t have to wait much longer for my next 5K:

Race for the place



On June 2, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and The Gathering Place will celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day with the 13th annual Race for the Place 5K and one mile walk.

Over its thirteen-year history, Race for the Place has raised over $1 million for the free services offered at The Gathering Place. This year’s goal is to net $350,000.

The funds raised will support programs and services for those touched by cancer in Cleveland’s local communities – support groups, children’s programming,  art therapy, nutrition classes, lectures, lending medical libraries, the new HairPeace Wig Salons and more.

All of these are designed to provide support, education and empowerment to those who are in treatment, coping with side effects, caring for someone with cancer or grieving the recent loss of a loved one.

My dad - the reason I'm running the Race for the Place

My dad rocking some swagger

I’m running for my dad, who is a 3-time cancer survivor – melanoma and two rounds of lymphoma.

I always thought my dad was awesome – smart, hilarious, outgoing, hardworking and caring – always there for my family.

But when I watched him go through treatments for lymphoma twice and keep a happy spirit the entire time, I saw him in an entirely new light. I don’t know how he perservered and accepted that whatever was going to happen would happen. He studied up on treatments and became friends with everyone at the hospital – still going back to visit a few years later.

When I’m feeling down about something minor, I look at what he’s gone through and think that if he could do all that with a smile still on his face, I can deal with whatever’s going on in my life.

It showed me how capital-AWESOME he is. As well as my mom and sister who supported him through and after all of it.

So, I don’t care that I’m a little out of practice and life’s a busy mess right now. After learning about the programs that The Gathering Place provides for people like my dad, there was no way I wasn’t going to run.

If you’d like to support me in the 5K, please make a donation at my Race for the Place donation page. I need to raise just another $65, so even a $5 or $10 donation is a HUGE help. [UPDATE: Although I’ve met my goal, you can still donate and help raise even more money for The Gathering Place. Thanks to everyone who’s donated so far!]

Help me cross my fundraising finish line for Race for the Place

Help me cross my fundraising finish line for Race for the Place

The race starts, rain or shine, at Beachwood Place at 9:00 a.m. (race day registration at 7:30). Registration rates vary from $10-$30 depending on date of registration, age and whether you’re running the chip-timed 5K run or 1-mile fun run/walk.

Not running? You should still come out and celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day. The Celebration Village opens at 8:00 am with family activities, music and more. And a ceremony featuring WKYC Sports Anchor Jim Donovan, this year’s honorary cancer survivor chair, starts at 8:45 a.m.

Learn more about Race for the Place at touchedbycancer.org/support-us/racefortheplace.

And come back next week for 2 great guest posts from Be a Little Weird and BiteBuff while I’m on vacation!

5 thoughts on “Why I’m Running The Gathering Place’s Race for the Place

  1. alithearchitect

    I’m running too for both my mom and dad and with my friend Anita’s team in honor of her mom! I’m hoping its easier after my 10k this weekend 😉 safe travels.

  2. Kristina Austin

    I work at The Gathering Place and want you to know how grateful we are for your support and so glad that you’re able to celebrate that your Dad is not only surviving his cancer but thriving!! Thanks so much for sharing his story and for spreading the word about our Race and our organization. The Gathering Place is blessed to have such wonderful community support. And you are blessed to have a Dad who is such a role model. My best to you both!!


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