Thursday May 26, 2011
Not even the pain associated with Iliotibial band syndrome, or ITBS, a common knee joint injury among runners, stopped Erin Randall-Mullins from her marathon training. By joining DetermiNation, the American Cancer Society’s nation of athletes who are making their miles more meaningful by dedicating their training and endurance event participation to the fight against cancer, Erin received the support she needed to recover, finishing the Boston Marathon on April 18 at her personal best. She ran that race for herself, but on May 29, she’ll be running in the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon in Burlington to honor her father, Bill Randall, who has been fighting stage 4 lung cancer since August 2010. Cancer, like a marathon, requires the determination to overcome the challenges along the journey.
During visits to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, Bill Randall received American Cancer Society services which Randall-Mullins says made the experience bearable. The family was able to access cancer information 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the Society’s cancer resource network at 1.800.227.2345 and cancer.org. To support the free patient services and programs offered by the American Cancer Society, and help her father and other cancer patients get well, Randall-Mullins joined DetermiNation, committing to raise a minimum of $800.
“I immediately wanted to help my Dad in his fight against cancer,” said Randall-Mullins, a health and peer leadership teacher at South Burlington High School. “Pledging to run two marathons and raise money is my way of fighting back against a disease that has taken too much. I really enjoy doing things that will benefit others and running for American Cancer Society does just that.”
DetermiNation offers participants in the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon the opportunity for free team training and group runs, team support, access to social events, and race weekend amenities and festivities.
“We applaud and appreciate the efforts of DetermiNation athletes like Erin,” said Kate Kerrigan, staff partner for the American Cancer Society. “Every mile she runs, every dollar she raises, is helping to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.”
SB High School senior Ivy Lin joined the fundraising challenge with Randall-Mullins as a requirement of her Coalition for Community Service senior project. Lin collected nearly $300 at a school raffle and bake sale, pushing Randall-Mullins past her original fundraising goal to nearly $1,500.
To Randall-Mullins, a full-time working mother of two, running is personally rewarding and fulfilling. “It’s the way I start my day,” she said. “I feel so much better physically, yes, but mentally and emotionally. I enjoy that benefit more.”
Crossing the finish line of the 26.2 mile marathon will be a triumph—for Randall-Mullins, her father, and all those fighting cancer. “This one’s definitely for my dad,” she said.
To learn more about participation in American Cancer Society DetermiNation endurance events, visit http://determination.acsevents.org.
Source: American Cancer Society