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Susan G. Komen - Race for the Cure














Dress: Asos ($34), also loving this and this dress
Blush Heels: Nordstrom (under $70)
Headband: Anthropologie
Sunglasses: c/o Zenni Optical

As someone who was diagnosed with breast cancer, I am always actively searching for organizations that are making strides to fight & cure breast cancer. One of the most prominent organizations is Susan G. Komen, and I firsthand experienced that their awareness & funding is why I am living right now. However, there is still a lot of work to do. Going through treatments, I can tell we are so close to finding a cure. The unfortunate part is that more funding is needed. Just one of my drugs easily gave me sticker shock. So just imagine the cost of curing cancer.  I know it in my heart that with more awareness and sufficient funding, we will have the cure.

Here is how you can help. As someone based in Chicago, on Mother's day, Susan G. Komen will host an annual race in Chicago called Race for the Cure. By participating in this race, you are helping Susan G. Komen achieve their vision - A World Without Breast Cancer. If you are a Chicagoan, 75% of the funds received from the race will stay within Chicago. I currently get my treatments in Chicago and this would mean so much to me and many other Chicagoans diagnosed with cancer. I live in fear every day that my cancer would metastasize. This can be prevented if we have the the technology to treat and prevent it.

This race also means a lot to me because almost 5 years ago I ran this race (this was before I was diagnosed with breast cancer). What most of you don't know is that I was an avid runner and I enjoyed running long distance. 5 years ago I signed up to run the 10K Race for the Cure. The morning of the race, I was hesitant to go. It was cold, windy, rainy, and recovering from an allergic reaction to cats. However, I dragged myself to the race. Right when the race started my bladder decided it was full and needed to release. Each stride made it more and more difficult to hold it in.  But I kept going and I kept pushing. The rain didn't help because it amplified the fact I had to go to the bathroom and for some reason I kept missing the porta-potty. I was in pain (and you all know how hard it is to hold your bladder when you have to go THAT bad). There were several times I considered quitting. But I kept pushing. Eventually I crossed the finish line. And you know what? I never felt so accomplished and I forgot I had to go to the bathroom. I ran my personal record and overall finished in 3rd place! Looking back and knowing what I went through with chemo and my current treatment regimen, the race resembled my cancer journey. Every pain and every suffering makes me want to give up but somehow I still strive to keep going on. I know in my mind there will be a finish line to cross and that finish line is finding a cure.

I hope that wherever you are that you consider participating in the Race for the Cure. You don't need to be a runner or a super athlete. Just being there and supporting a cause for a lot of women who are diagnosed can make such a difference.

xo RD

67 comments:

  1. Such a great cause! Thanks for sharing all the details and love that dress on you! xo
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

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  2. Thank you for sharing about the race, I wish I was in the are so I could participate. you look gorgeous !

    Camila,
    My Vogue Style | www.myvoguestyle.com

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    1. Hey girl, I think they are happening nationwide! Hopefully you will find one in a city near you!

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  3. You are amazing!!! Love the things you do

    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: PIQUE-NIQUE IN VICHY PRINT

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  4. You are such an inspiration! This is an amazing foundation and I know near and dear to your heart. And can I also say you look beyond gorgeous in this pink dress. Such an incredible find!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

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  5. Thanks for sharing this inspiring story! I hope you cross that finish line soon! Best wishes from Italy!

    Manu | MyCasualStyle

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  6. You're an inspiration for some many others who may be suffering through breast cancer. My cousin is currently fighting her battle and I am forwarding her your blog post. And I have to mention how darling that pink dress is and what luck in finding a pink arrow painted on a wall! xx Rox-Anne Celebrating This Life

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    1. Omg thank you so much for the kind words! Sending my positive vibes to your cousin! She will definitely get through this. I know what a happy coincident! I wish the arrow was pointing up :)

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  7. I loved reading about your race story from 5 years ago. You are certainly a fighter! And I love this girly, pink dress, which is so perfect for Susan G. Komen.

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read it Cheryl! :)

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  8. I think that is so neat you ran it 5 years ago! Not to mention, yikes! I can barely sit when I have to go, let alone run a race!!! You are so strong and clearly continue to be. Keep racing and we all hope they find a cure! <3

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    1. Yea how crazy is that. It's as if my life was foreshadowing. Girl, I know you can do it! Thanks Kiki!

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  9. It sounds like an incredible event and I love the metaphor <3

    Jackie
    Something About That

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    1. Thanks Jackie! I didn't even realize the metaphor until I started typing out this post!

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  10. This dress it's so romantic, you look so femenine and chic ♥

    www.heresometimes.com

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  11. nice dress
    http://thestyleride.com/

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  12. Amazing and important event! And this dress looks stunning on you, what a beautiful color on a most gorgeous girl!

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  13. That's really awesome! The fact that you were able to keep pushing in order to finish the race just shows how strong and determined you are. I believe we can find a cure and advocates like you make it that much more possible!

    -M

    Violet Roots || Instagram

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    1. Thank you so much M! I believe we can find a cure too or that a cure is that and we just can't afford it!

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  14. You are such an inspiration!!! Love this gorgeous dress too:)

    Laura
    www.blackcoffeebeautiful.com

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  15. That's a very lovely dress :)

    xo
    Alyssa // STYLE VANITY // INSTAGRAM ❤️

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  16. I have done this race before, and it's so inspiring!! Love that it's for a good cause, too. Thinking of you, girl!

    xo Lacey

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    1. That is awesome Lacey! Thank you so much!

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  17. You are such a strong person and so motivating and inspiring! I have done races for different causes in the past but haven't done one for a while - so I think I'm definitely due for another one. I'm not in Chicago but I know we have some similar runs here in Toronto. Thank-you for sharing this heart felt post. (PS that pink dress is so pretty on you too!!)

    Ciara
    www.ciarasalloum.com

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    1. Thank you so much Ciara! That makes me so happy that you will do a similar run!

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  18. How cool that you ran in the race before you even had a personal journey. I think it is such a great cause! I love your dress!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  19. I name your dress as the most cool I have seen this season. Dot.
    I am heading on asos to get it :D

    Carmelatte

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    1. Thanks so much Carmelatte! Hope you like it!

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  20. I love your dress! What an amazing race and such a great cause.
    Julia・Little Miss Haute Couture

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  21. This is so amazing, lady- again, so proud of you and so happy that you are involved in this. It makes total sense, but it's also a testament of how strong of a character you have. :) And looking gorgeous in pleated pink!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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    1. Thank you so much Ashley! This means a lot!

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  22. So ladylike :)

    https://anaturellecraving.blogspot.my

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  23. In love with the pink shades in your blog. And that is one beautiful dress!

    xx, Cinthy Kwok

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  24. This is such an inspiring post! Well done! You look lovely in this pink dress!
    xo Yvonne
    www.aproposh.com

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  25. Amazing post, thank you for sharing.

    Your outfit looks super stylish! xx
    Patricia Stelmach

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  26. SUCH a pretty dress! Love the colours you're wearing and how you accessorised it!

    Asha

    http://www.ageofyouth.co.uk

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  27. your dress is adorable!
    love, Tiffany lea
    https://zimmylifestyle.com

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  28. So inspiring! And, that dress is very pretty, too :)

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  29. This is such a lovely dress dear! The perfect choice to twirl into this spring :)
    xx, Carmen - http://www.carmitive.com

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    1. I couldn't resist a twirl with these pleats haha!

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  30. This is such a wonderful cause, and thank you so much for sharing this post! Also gorgeous dress! :)

    http://roadesque.com
    http://ourruins.com

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  31. This dress looks really cute on you. Thank you for sharing the event too. I'll check it out!
    x,abril
    The Color Palette

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  32. Absolutely loving this dress! So, so, so lovely. That color is always one of my faves and I love the retro lace around the neck look. You look awesome!

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

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