Saturday, October 21, 2017

8 Years Cancer Free

Celebrating my 8th year cancer free this weekend doing some high altitude training at over 10,600 ft in snowy Park City, Utah! There will always be another challenge to overcome, another uphill battle to climb, but with the people I have chosen to surround myself with it has made this journey totally worth it!!! It has been an honor and privilege to have been chosen to follow this path!!!  I am forever grateful for everyone that has been part of my life! 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Spokane Orthopedics

Shortly after my 303rd marathon this spring I had an accident which required surgery on one of my knees. Fast forward 5 months later and I finished my 304th marathon pain free!! As soon as that finisher medal was placed around my neck I knew it belonged to my amazing orthopedic surgeon. So today I presented that finisher medal to Dr Christopher Lang and his staff from Spokane Orthopedics to thank him for getting me back to 26.2 miles! No stopping me now!! 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Eastern Washington University Football Team

So honored to be invited by Coach Best to share an inspirational message with the Eastern Washington University football team today!!! What an outstanding group of young men!! Doing my best to inspire during Breast Cancer Awareness month!!!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

304th Marathon

Finished my 304th marathon today at the Long Beach Marathon on the beautiful Southern California coastline! This was my 70th marathon since being diagnosed with breast cancer and what a journey it has been! Can't think of a better way to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month then by putting another 26.2 miles between myself and cancer!! Unstoppable!!! #warriormarathonrunner

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Breast Cancer Awareness Mead School District

Attended the Mead vs Mt Spokane Girl's Volleyball game tonight and it was their Breast Cancer Awareness game! Warmed my heart to see all these amazing young people supporting the cause!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Awareness

Welcome to the month of October which is both Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness month. Please take the time this month to remember every one who has been affected by both breast cancer and domestic violence!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Eastern Football Practice

Having a great time with the Eastern Washington University football team today at their afternoon practice! Last preparation before their Cancer Awareness Believe game tomorrow against Sacramento State! Go Eags!

EWU Believe Game

Having an amazing time here at the Eastern Washington University Football "Believe" game for cancer awareness! Thank you Sheryl, Tracie, and Leslie for sharing this day with me!!! My heart is so full to see all this support for the cause!! #goeags

Thursday, September 28, 2017

YWCA Women of Achievement Luncheon

I was honored today to be an Usher at the YWCA Women of Achievement Luncheon! What an inspiring event with a room full of powerful women in this community!!!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Long Beach Marathon

Looking forward to my 304th marathon in 2 weeks, my first marathon in 5 months! Right after my last marathon earlier this spring, I had an accident and tore up my knee which required surgery. It was a humbling experience, but during this rehab journey I discovered something amazing. I got off the hard road surface and I discovered soft dirt trails and climbed to high elevations I never imagined possible and found a different strength was needed for this challenge. It has been a wonderful 5 months and I am ready to take on another 26.2 miles!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

30 years!!!

It has been 30 years ago today my mother passed away. I was so young and just trying to figure out life but it was plenty of time for her to plant the seeds to form me into the kind, caring, and compassionate woman I have become!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Boston Marathon Finishline

As we remember the tragedy that happened here in America 16 years ago today, I also paid a visit to the Boston Marathon finish line to honor those lost that day 4 years ago. Thank you to all our officers from the law enforcement and fire department agencies for all they do each day to keep us safe! 💙💙❤️❤️

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Fenway Park and Red Sox Game

30 years ago on September 13th, 1987 my mother passed away from this terrible disease we call cancer. She was from Boston and a huge Red Sox fan. So I could not think of a better way to honor or pay tribute to her on this significant anniversary then by traveling 3000 miles to Boston to attend a Red Sox game at Fenway Park! And the Red Sox organization even arranged for us to go down on the field prior to the game for photos to make this day even more special! Angels in the Outfield for sure!!!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Mt Rainier!!!

We conquered Mt Rainier today on the high Skyland Trail on the most beautiful day ever! This was by far the most physically challenging thing I have ever attempted and accomplished!! Miles and miles and hours and hours of nothing but pure beauty, rock, ice and snow fields all at high elevation! It was such a surreal and peaceful feeling to be against such a massive natural wonder! It is days like this that make me so grateful and blessed to be healthy, fit, and cancer free!!!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Inland Imaging Billboards

I do my best to prove that there is life before, during, and after breast cancer! Mt Rainier is the next challenge this weekend! 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Quartz Mt

Last training hike today to the summit of Quartz Mt before our hike up to the glaciers on Mt Rainier next weekend. So excited for this challenge!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Coffee with a Cop

What a great event and opportunity to support the Spokane Police Department South Precinct Captain Tracie Meidl and all the other amazing officers! Thanks for all you do and thanks for the coffee!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Great Day on the Trails

It has been a great summer of discovering new trails and adventures. Looking forward to the challenge of hiking on Mt Rainer in 2 weeks!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Cancer Care Northwest Foundation Golf Tourney

Had a great time playing in the Cancer Care Northwest Foundation golf tournament today at Downriver Golf Course and was honored to be asked to share an inspirational message at the luncheon. Apparently since I had never swung a golf club in my life, they added me for the inspiration and entertainment value! I will do anything to support the cancer treatment center that saved my life! Very fun day!!!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Pink Glove Dance Alaska Airlines

Great time filming another video segment for the Pink Glove Dance for breast cancer awareness today with Alaska Airlines at Spokane International Airport! We filmed at both the ticket counter as well as outside on the tarmac!  First time the Pink Glove Dance has filmed with an airline at an airport! Thanks to all the great Alaska Airlines employees for their help in making this happen!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Natures Beauty

The beautiful sunflower fields north of Spokane! Absolutely breathtaking!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Inland NW Honor Flight Car Show

What an honor to be volunteering at the Spokane Eagles Classic Car Show to benefit Inland NW Honor Flight! I even got to be part of the judging for the top 3 cars!! Amazing veterans and beautiful cars! God Bless America!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

San Francisco

Great weekend here in San Francisco. Walked across the Golden Gate Bridge and found some awesome trails to hike in the Marin Headlands! We live in such a beautiful nation!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Pink Glove Dance

Had a great time filming the Pink Glove Dance video today with the amazing officers from the Spokane Police Department and the kids from their summer Police Activities League! Thanks to everyone for being part of this video to support breast cancer awareness. And thanks to KREM TV for being there to report for the evening news.  Look for the video to be released in October!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Spokane Indians Pitch for the Cure

The Spokane Indians Pitch for the Cure breast cancer awareness game was magical! I had the honor of throwing out the Ceremonial first pitch and shared some inspirational words with both the Spokane Indians and the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes at their pregame batting practice. Thanks to everyone who came out to support the cause!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Pitch for the Cure

I am honored to be selected to throw out the Ceremonial first pitch this Saturday July 15th at the Spokane Indians Pitch for the Cure breast cancer awareness game! Hope to see a lot of familiar faces!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Quartz Mt hike!

Had a great hike to the summit of Quartz Mt today. Life doesn't get any better than challenging yourself to reach such a beautiful view!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Amazing Secret Service Agent

Met the most amazing Secret Service agent on my visit to Washington DC over the weekend. She was assigned to the White House and was an absolute pleasure to visit with. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Washington DC Visit

Enjoying a great weekend here in Washington DC. Ran into a group of Honor Flight veterans from St Louis! Always a pleasure to visit our Nations Capital! 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Pride Parade

Great time at the Pride Parade today. Thanks to Captain Tracie Meidl from the Spokane Police Department for being there to represent the department! 

Monday, June 5, 2017

National Cancer Survivors Day

Happy National Cancer Survivors Day! I am blessed to be a 7 year survivor! 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Remembering our Fallen

This weekend is the time to remember all the brave members of the military who gave their life for our freedom. It was the ultimate honor to be a Guardian 4 weeks ago on the Inland Northwest Honor Flight trip to Washington DC with our veterans. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

(Backup) Happy Summer

Looking forward to taking the summer off from marathons to focus on recharging my batteries and healing my body and soul. I will be doing some awesome hiking and traveling this great nation of ours! Marathon #304 will be the Long Beach Marathon in California on October 8th.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Armed Forces Torchlight Parade

Unbelievable experience to be with these amazing WWII, Korean, and Vietnam veterans of Inland Northwest Honor Flight finally getting to wave in a parade at the Armed Forces Torchlight Parade last night. I had tears in my eyes the entire time watching the smiles on their faces! God Bless America!🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷 

Monday, May 15, 2017

National Police Week

Thank you to all the members of the Spokane Police Department, Spokane County Sheriff's Department, and the Washington State Patrol for everything they do! 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to everyone today and to my mom in heaven. Even though it has been 30 years since she has been gone, I always feel today is still a day to celebrate my mom and thank her for inspiring me to become the person I am today. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bloomsday 12k

What a fun time at Bloomsday 2017! I haven't done this race in 5 years because of my marathon schedule and I forgot what an amazing sea of humanity it is. It was great to see so many familiar faces! 

Friday, May 5, 2017

(Backup) Centennial Trail Medallion

Every time I run past this medallion in Riverfront Park it inspires me to keep doing what I am doing!!! 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

303rd marathon finish

Finished my 303rd marathon today at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. This was more than a 26.2 mile was a Run to Remember the 168 lives that were lost on that tragic day back in 1995. It was a marathon like no other that I have been involved with, this day will last in my memory for awhile. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Love my Cancer Doctors

At the finish line yesterday of the Pink Ribbon Run with the two amazing doctors that saved my life! Dr Stephanie Moline and Dr Florance Gin are my angels and made me cry! 💕💕💕 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Pink Ribbon Run

Thank you to all my amazing friends and the Eastern Washington University Women's Basketball team who came out today to the Pink Ribbon Run in support of myself and all the other women who have battled breast cancer! I hold you all very close to my heart! What an emotional and inspiring day! Warrior Strong! 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Amazing Trip

It was such an honor to be a Guardian to escort these amazing heroes to Washington DC on Honor Flight. Everywhere we went they were treated like the heroes they are! I had a lump in my throat for the entire 36 hour trip. God Bless America! 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Inland Northwest Honor Flight

On Monday I depart to Washington DC as a Guardian on the Inland Northwest Honor Flight with an amazing group of veterans. Words cannot describe how honored I feel to be apart of this. Please attend our Homecoming at the Spokane International Airport on Tuesday at approx 6:30pm to welcome home these veterans! 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Pink Ribbon Run

Looking forward to the Pink Ribbon Run (Formerly Race for the Cure) here in Spokane in 2 weeks on Sunday April 23rd. I have a great group of friends joining me to support the cause! Come join us! 🎀 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Final Four Bound Gonzaga

What a great opportunity to be able to see the Final Four bound Gonzaga basketball team off to the airport and Phoenix this afternoon! It made me cry! 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Gonzaga Men's Basketball

So proud of the Gonzaga Men's basketball team who is heading to the Final Four! Spokane is so proud! 

Monday, March 20, 2017

EWU women's basketball

With the Eastern Washington University Women's Basketball team tonight for their WBI quarterfinal game against Idaho. So proud of these ladies! 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

New York's Finest

When Spokane goes to NYC! Love it! Thanks Carroll for checking in! 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Turnbull Wildlife Refuge

Great day on the trails at Turnbull Wildlife Refuge. I am getting recharged and ready for my next marathon and adventure! I am blessed! 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Beautiful New York City

Another great day in New York City! Bitter cold, but beautiful and sunny!