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A Cord of 7 Strands

We all know the phrase “a cord of 3 strands is not easily broken”, but 7 strands?  That is surely impossible to break! Team Green Ops, made up of seven Operation Managers from across the U.S., is as strong as that cord. The group first met back in 2012 at a leadership conference and has since met each year in various cities attending additional conventions. Over the years they have become close friends, and look forward to traveling to new parts of the U.S. together.

Last year, Green Ops member Dave Halperin found out his sister, Sarah Horn, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive type of breast cancer. He was instantly surrounded by these 6 teammates to support him. They realized their next meeting in San Francisco was the same weekend as the Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon. The 7 agreed to sign up and raise donations for The National Breast Cancer Foundation in honor of Sarah.

As the race grew closer, it wasn’t only the training that sped up. Donations were soaring in and the support Dave felt was unmeasurable. Sadly, in January of this year, Sarah lost her battle with breast cancer at the young age of 35.  Dave’s unwavering strength continued as he and the group continued to train and remain strong. On April 6th, with Sarah in mind, all 7 members ran the Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon and crossed the finish line. It was a proud moment for these 7 friends, as they were able to honor Sarah and accomplish their goal together. Green Ops raised a total of $9,220 for women in need!

In any tribulation, it is the people that you surround yourself with that help encourage and sustain your faith. Dave’s wonderful support cord of 7 friends was able to graciously honor the life of his sister, Sarah, and create a memory rooted in their brotherhood.

 To join this group in the fight against breast cancer and to honor the memory of Sarah Horn, please visit their fundraising page, or start your own fundraiser!  

To read Sarah’s blog about her journey, visit: http://www.hornlink.blogspot.com/

5-Year Breast Cancer Survivor Runs Half Marathon for NBCF
In 2007, Alison was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Hearing the words, you have cancer is super scary, your life changes in an instant. With the huge support from my family, friends, colleagues, and my rock of a husband – Sam, I got through the most challenging nine months of my life. I was fortunate enough to be able to continue work, which gave me some kind of normality. I lost my hair and eyebrows, which was an experience in itself.

This year, Alison celebrates her fifth year as a breast cancer survivor and being cancer-free.  And she decided to celebrate in an unusual way - she signed up for the Pennsylvania half-marathon on October 21st and raised funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
With her two best friends by her side, she completed the half marathon and was able to help raise awareness for breast cancer and exceeded her fundraising goal!  That’s a lot of accomplishments to celebrate!
Want to help?  Donate to Alison’s fundraiser or start your own fundraiser.

5-Year Breast Cancer Survivor Runs Half Marathon for NBCF

In 2007, Alison was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Hearing the words, you have cancer is super scary, your life changes in an instant. With the huge support from my family, friends, colleagues, and my rock of a husband – Sam, I got through the most challenging nine months of my life. I was fortunate enough to be able to continue work, which gave me some kind of normality. I lost my hair and eyebrows, which was an experience in itself.

This year, Alison celebrates her fifth year as a breast cancer survivor and being cancer-free.  And she decided to celebrate in an unusual way - she signed up for the Pennsylvania half-marathon on October 21st and raised funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

With her two best friends by her side, she completed the half marathon and was able to help raise awareness for breast cancer and exceeded her fundraising goal!  That’s a lot of accomplishments to celebrate!

Want to help?  Donate to Alison’s fundraiser or start your own fundraiser.

Run for Hollis

When Rawson Livezy’s sister, Hollis, was diagnosed with breast cancer, he made a pledge to run the October 2012 Atlanta half-marathon in her honor. He started a fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation to get friends and family involved in the Run for Hollis.

“I will never forget the feeling I got when I heard the news that my sister had been diagnosed with breast cancer. It is a helpless feeling and one that I wouldn’t wish upon anybody. My younger sister Rebecca and I have grown up having the best big sister anybody could ask for. Hollis is the nicest and most loving person that I know. I couldn’t think of anything I could do for my sister to fix this situation we have been forced to deal with so I decided to commit to running a race in Hollis’ name.”

- Rawson Livezy

Inspired by Hollis, Rawson and Rebecca, friends and family joined the fundraiser, even creating bracelets with “Holliboo Is My Hero” and “For K-Peasey” in honor of Hollis.

And Rawson won’t be running alone. The Run for Hollis team will have over 65 runners in the October 2012 Atlanta half-marathon.

Learn more about the Run for Hollis and get involved at http://breastcan.cr/RunforHollis