For two decades, Graca Pereira battled with ovarian cancer. On Saturday, March 14 - close to the three year anniversary of the day she died - we fought back.
The Full of Grace Run is a roughly 19.22 mile run that starts at MD Anderson in the medical center (where Graça got her chemotherapy treatments) and ends at the Memorial Oaks Funeral Home in West Houston. It is a remembrance, trial, celebration and statement:
A remembrance of the life of a superwoman
A trial to show a fraction of the toll chemotherapy and cancer takes on the human body
A celebration of life and the ability to move our bodies
A statement that Cancer Sucks and we are going to do something about it.
The route (see below) starts at MD Anderson Cancer center and ends at the grave where Graça is buried. It is an extremely safe route with runners running on sidewalks the entire time. The course it takes you through the city of Houston is an intentional one, filled with places of importance to Graça and her family:
So what can you do? You can join in on the run, sponsor the run, or a combination of the two:
Feel like running? Join in for all 19.22 miles, or any number of miles you feel comfortable with. The run is structured so that not everyone starts the race together, but everyone finishes together at the cemetery. So, for example, if you only want to run three miles, you would join in at mile 16 and finish the last three as a group.
Not a runner? Sponsor the run. Make a pledge to pay a certain amount for the entirety of the run. For example, if you pledge $10.00 a mile, you'd be making a donation of $192. All money raised will go directly to MD Anderson to further Ovarian Cancer research.
Interested in participating? Want more information? Type in your email address below, and we will be in touch soon.
For any additional information, inquiries, or requests for support, please contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All proceeds from this run go to MD Anderson Ovarian Cancer Research, to help smart people find a cure for ovarian cancer.
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