I have never written a letter like this, but for the first time I am reaching out to friends with every hope of helping to find a cure for breast cancer. Breast cancer impacts all of us and has now come home to the Benoit and Holden Families. On April 11, 2018, we lost Holly Benoit, my sister-in-law, after an 11-year run with this disease. Holly was truly the endurance athlete in the family and continues to inspire me and all of us who loved her. Her determination to find a cure to for breast cancer was selfless and tenacious.
Holly participated in the Tri for the Cure for the first ten years of the event and has now passed the baton onto a new team member on her team, Holden Hope, which would be me. On July 22, I will be participating in what promises to be my most meaningful and emotional 5K run to date by joining a relay that includes Holly's sister, Heidi and Lisa Smith, a longtime friend. Coincidentally, I started my running career at the same time as Holly and I played on the same teams at Cape Elizabeth High School in the early 1970's. Once a team member, always a team member!
Run, bike and swim on in good health.
P.S. Maine Cancer Foundation is committed to reducing cancer incidence and mortality rates in Maine, with 100% of funds raised by the Foundation used to benefit the people of Maine. They lead a state-wide effort to advance the most promising and effective cancer-fighting efforts available through a combination of grant-based financial support and coalition building. MCF's Challenge Cancer 2020 initiative is working to reduce cancer incidence and mortality in Maine 20% by 2020 through prevention, screening and early detection, and access to the highest quality care for every Mainer.
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