31 Day Fitness Challenge for Childhood Cancer

31 Day Fitness Challenge for Childhood Cancer

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Alex’s Lemonade Stand . The opinions and text are all mine.

My oldest son graduates from high school in less than a year and has no memory of when we had a scare with Leukemia. He was about 18 month old, so tiny and vulnerable. I remember clearly when the doctors said the word L-E-U-K-E-M-I-A. It felt link my insides melted into my feet. My blood felt like it had turned ice cold and I held back the urge the cry. I refused to become emotional. Instead the warrior in me went into fight mode.31 Day Fitness Challenge for Childhood Cancer

I see that same fight in the efforts of the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Alex’s Million Mile. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and I want to encourage my Aprons And Stilletos families to join me in the fight for a cure. One of the scariest moments in my life was taking my son to the Oncologist and having him subjected to needle after needle as doctors tried to determine what was wrong with him. I didn’t know what the outcome would be. I didn’t know how much more time we had with him, but I stopped fighting the unknown future and decided to trust God knew what was best. A sense of peace washed over me and everything I was fearing didn’t seem scary anymore. My husband and I decided  we were going to make it through  this whatever the outcome.

My son was so sick and wasn’t getting well. Doctors determined his white blood cells weren’t normal and they were saying things like C-H-E-M-O therapy. More words no parent wants to hear in relation to their little baby.

Thank God that after months of testing the doctors told us that my sons blood counts were normal again. The doctors literally  could not explain it. We were so overjoyed but that experience left an imprint on us. During that time we learned that pediatric cancer is the least funded area of research and knew cancer research would be something we’d become passionate aboutAlex's Million Mile

This month I’m partnering with the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation in support of Alex’s Million Mile. Even though Junior’s story had a happy ending there are families out there who are in the fight and need support. Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004), the inspiration behind Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation  was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, before her first birthday. At the age of 4, Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Later, she set a very ambitious goal – $1 million dollars – and with the help of other kids and adults, she reached it!

I’m joining a team and want all of my fit chicks to join with me. If you walk, jog, bike or do marathons your miles can count toward the million mile goal. During the month of September (Childhood Cancer Awareness Month), ALSF has a goal to collectively run, walk and/or ride one million miles to raise $1 million to increase awareness of the need to support childhood cancer research. It’s easy to join in, all you have to do is register at AlexsMillionMile.org.

We start on September 1st and track miles through the 31st. You can join an existing team, start your own or donate to a team. Anyone at any fitness level can join. You can start at any time and the fundraising initiative is the entire month of September. If you’re already active – have it make a difference.

Learn more and join a team here.

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Alex’s Lemonade Stand . The opinions and text are all mine.


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  1. That must have been terrifying to have a son with Leukemia at just 18 months old. I’m glad that you guys got through it and you saw him grow up to be who he is now. That’s also awesome that you’re using your blog to help others in a similar situation.

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