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!!!!