Congratulations to everyone involved and everyone impacted by the Tri for a Cure, now celebrating its fifth anniversary. We at Maine Women Magazine are so honored to have been a part of this incredible event for the last four years. Each year when I read the stories of the participants and their friends and families, I am so awed by their determination, as well as by the pure joy that they have for the event, and for each other. According to our feature story by Joanne Lannin (page 5), this year, 1,200 women are registered, among them 200 teams of women who will share the one-third-mile swim, the 15-mile bike ride, and the 5K run. In its first year, the race raised $250,000. This year’s goal is to exceed the 2011 total of $1.2 million.
We all have personal stories, triumphs and losses with cancer. Whether it is our own journey, that of a family member, close friend, co-worker, or neighbor, we cannot escape the affect of cancer in our lives. We know that funding cancer research is effective. This event is the Maine Cancer Foundation’s biggest fundraiser. The funds raised are used for research, education, and patient support. To learn more about the specific programs that are made possible by this funding, please see Amy Vigeant’s piece on page 10.
This year, as you read through these stories of commitment, hope, and love, we hope that you are inspired to support others around you who may now be battling cancer in one way or another. For all of you who are participating in the Tri for a Cure – whether it’s the first time or the fifth – you are awesome. Thank you.