Monday, September 19, 2011

Celebrating my mom; Race for the Cure video

This weekend was a celebration of my mom beating cancer.  I sometimes forget how amazing it is that she not only survived the mental anguish of a cancer diagnosis and the physical trauma of a double mastectomy, but she also recovered, kept a positive attitude, and built herself up to being able to run 3 miles all in the same 9 month span.  Her dedication to running has been so cool to witness.

We went to a Survivors' Banquet on Saturday night on the eve of the Race for the Cure.  It was a very nice event, but the real fun began on Sunday morning.

A few notes before you watch the video:  My friend Nancy graciously ran ahead of us at the end to capture the finish line, so there are a few seconds of shaky video while she was running, but you need to hear the audio of the announcer calling my mom's name.  The music is:  "Run for Life" by Melissa Etheridge and "Happy" by Natasha Bedingfield.

Enormous thanks to all of the following for making this so special for my mom:
Skyler, Suzanne, Jan, Ella, Maya, Doug, April, Lindsey, Andrew, Leah, Nancy, Alan, Madeline, Jamie, Jeremy, Lois, Bill, Susannah, Susan, and Jenn.  It was also so good to see so many other friends at the race.  What a gorgeous day and an impressive event.   We don't have an official time, but she ran her 5K in about 36 minutes.  How cool is that?

Lastly, many many times this spring and summer my mom would say to me:  "Running mostly just feels hard;  when do I get to feel the exhilaration?"  Check her out when she crossed the line.  I think she got her answer.

Race for the Cure from Emilie Manhart on Vimeo.


Elizabeth said...

Now I understand the exhilaration--
it's called the FINISH LINE!!! What a great moment. Thank you Emilie--without your encouragement it never would have happened. The glow lingers on.

Nitsirk said...

What an amazing experience. I got all teary-eyed watching (at work!). Congrats to you both. Your mom is an inspiration to us all.

Jen said...

Your video just plain ol' rocks! I believe I cried for the entire video. Wow!

Jen Hazard said...


What a lovely, moving video. My mom is also a breast cancer survivor, and I know she'll appreciate this post. The Susan G. Colman race is really an incredible event, isn't it? Congrats to you both.

Carver Fam said...

great job capturing the love. what a cool thing to be apart of. sign me up for next year! Beth love that you found your runner's high!!

Michelle said...

So cool!!!
Beth I'm so proud of you!!
You are an amazing Mommy and Omom.
Sending you love from MD!!

Willow said...
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Willow said...

Yup...I totally cried. There's so much love between you and your mom. It's so wonderful that you were able to run together and celebrate her success!

Sarah said...

Wow. She is SO LUCKY to have you for a daughter. What an absolutely inspirational story. XXOO

Emilie said...

I'm the lucky one. thanks everyone. xoxo

Elizabeth said...

Very nice. thank you for sharing.