This past weekend was amazing, overwhelming, emotional, and completely exceeded all my expections. I knew this weekend was going to be a HUGE part of my journey, but I was not prepared for response that I received.
I went up to Collingwood on Saturday afternoon to stay with the lovely Sarah and Bill Pain (of Team Insane Pain MetCon Blue fame). We had a great night chatting and catching up with dinner and drinks. And then we all turned in early to prepare for race day.
|The lovely Pain's - Sarah, Bill, + Betty|
I woke up on race day having raised a whopping
$1460 for Breast Cancer Research.Almost a full $500 more than my initial fundraising goal. To see friends, family, and even complete strangers rally around this cause and my journey was amazing. Your support and encouragement this year has given me the strength to face this year's challenges. And I cannot thank you all enough.
Standing in front of sea of pink on race day, really brought everything full circle me. I know all of the stastics. But to see the impact this disease has, staring back at you in the form of families, was startling. Everyone who raced on Sunday had been touched by this disease, and being chosen to speak about it's impact was an honour and huge responsibility.
I was shaking as I approached the stage to speak to the crowd. And my eyes were filled with tears before I even be got started. As I shared my story with the crowd I was greeted mid-speech with cheers and appaulse. And that where I really lost my cool. Here I was trying to thank them for making my beautiful life possible, and there they were continuing to support me. I walked off the stage into a sea of hugs, acceptance, and love.
If you have 3 minutes and you want to hear a bumbly, emotional, tear-filled Krysten fumble her way through her survivor address you can click the link below. (confession I was a bit of a hot mess)
Being able to give back to a cause that has given me and family so much, is probably one of the most important things that I have ever done. And I am so glad I had the chance to be a part this awesome event. I also want to thank Jen (and her whole team) for all of their hard work coordinating Sunday and for asking me to share in this experience.
This is not an experience I will soon forget!
Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,