Race For the Cure

Today is the Portland Race for the Cure. It is the largest on the West coast and the third largest in the country.

The first time I heard Melissa Etheridge’s I Run For Life it was a version with cancer survivors interspersed telling their stories. I sat in the car and cried it was so emotional. Then about a year ago I saw Melissa in concert and she sang this song. Many people in the audience got teary eyed, myself included.

This is my annual tribute to my friends who have fought the battle, some won and  some who lost the fight.

Artist: Melissa Etheridge
Title: I Run For Life

It’s been years since they told her about it
The darkness her body possessed
And the scars are still there in the mirror
Everyday that she gets herself dressed
Though the pain is miles and miles behind her
And the fear is now a docile beast
If you ask her why she is still running
She’ll tell you it makes her complete

(Chorus)

I run for hope
I run to feel
I run for the truth, for all that is real
I run for your mother, your sister, your wife
I run for you and me my friend
I run for life

It’s a blur since they told me about it
How the darkness had taken its toll
And they cut into my skin
And they cut into my body
But they will never get a piece of my soul
And now I’m still learning the lesson
To awake when I hear the call
And if you ask me why I am still running
I’ll tell you I run for us all

Chorus

And someday if they tell you about it
If the darkness knocks on your door
Remember her
Remember me
We will be running as we have before
Running for answers
Running for more

Chorus

I run for hope
I run to feel
I run for the truth, for all that is real
I run for your mother, your sister, your daughter, your wife
For you and me my friend
I run for life

I run for your mother, your sister, your wife
I run for you and me my friend
I run for life

Race for the Cure, Portland, OR

Sunday was the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Portland. An estimated 45,000 people turned out for Sunday’s Race for the Cure in downtown Portland. I don’t know how many participants there are in other cities but I have heard the Portland race is one of the larger ones. Local radio stations not only have teams they ask local businesses to sponsor their teams. In return the sponsors get exposure on the air, on the radio stations web stream, in the radio emails, and on team T-shirts. I like this additional way to raise money – Can’t make it to the Race? You can Sleep In for the Cure!

I went to Safeway to buy groceries on Sunday and they were playing Melissa Etheridge’s song “I Run”. When the CD was first released Safeway sold it with some of the money going to the Susan G. Komen foundation.

Thankfully my family has no history of cancer of any kind but I do have friends and co-workers who have had breast cancer. Some have won the battle and others have lost the battle.

This is my tribute to those brave women who have fought the battle and WON! You go girlfriends!!!!

Dinner out and Melissa Etheridge concert

Last night dinner at Kincaid’s formerly the Portland Steak and Chophouse was great. We each had something very different. I had ahi prepared with chili sauce; Erika had Seafood Louie with grilled salmon, Dungeness crab, bay shrimp, deviled egg, and Tara had the petite filet mignon. Everything was perfect including the service.

The concert was at the Schnitzer Concert Hall which is a pretty small venue. Although I purchased tickets the second they were available online we were in the 17th row off to the far right. I took my binoculars with me but we were close enough that they were not needed.
Melissa was fantastic! She has so much energy and her personality shows that she really appreciates her fans. About an hour and forty-five minutes into the show she talked about being told that she had cancer. She said that at 43 she thought she had experienced most everything in life but then she was told she had cancer. She said that rock stars don’t have time for cancer.

It’s been years since they told her about it

The darkness her body possessed

And the scars are still there in the mirror

Everyday that she gets herself dressed

Though the pain is miles and miles behind her

And the fear is now a docile beast

If you ask her why she is still running

She’ll tell you it makes her complete

[Chorus:]I run for hopeI run to feel

I run for the truth

For all that is real

I run for your mother, your sister, your wife

I run for you and me, my friend

I run for life

It’s a blur since they told me about it

How the darkness had taken its toll

And they cut into my skin and they cut into my body

But they will never get a piece of my soul

And now I’m still learning the lesson

To awake when I hear the call

And if you ask me why I am still running
I’ll tell you I run for us all

[Chorus:]I run for hope

I run to feelI run for the truth

For all that is real

I run for your mother your sister your wife

I run for you and me my friend

I run for life

And someday if they tell you about it

If the darkness knocks on your door

Remember her remember me

We will be running as we have before

Running for answers

Running for more

I run for hope

I run to feel

I run for the truth

For all that is real

I run for your mother, your sister, your wife

I run for you and me my friend

I run for hope
I run to feel

I run for the truth

For all that is real

I run for your mother your sister, your daughter, your wife

For you and me my friend

I run for life

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I run for your mother your sister your wife

I run for you and me my friend
I run for life

Saturday night dinner out and a concert

Tara, my nice Erika and I are going out to dinner tonight then to the Melissa Etheridge concert. The three of saw her last time she was in Portland maybe 5 years ago and the concert was awesome. This concert hall is even a smaller venue so it should be even better yet.
Melissa is a fantastic musician, writer and vocalist and a cancer survivor. On November 15, 2005, Etheridge appeared on the Tonight Show to perform her song “I Run For Life”, which references her own fight with breast cancer and her determination to overcome it, as well as encourages other breast cancer survivors and their families. After her performance, Jay Leno told her, “Thanks for being a fighter, kiddo.”