Running With a Purpose

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running with a purpose and remembering my dad

It has been almost six months since I last published a blog post! Life has been crazy (isn’t it always?) with highs and lows, but I won’t get into too many details today. Maybe that’s a post for another day, as I find a way to work blogging back into my life.

What have I been doing all this time? Among other things, I have been running with a purpose. I hope you’ll take a minute to read my story.

Losing My Dad and Learning To Run

For those who don’t know, I lost my dad to lung cancer in 2014. He fell ill in September and was gone by December. The fall months bring up difficult memories of doctor’s appointments, tests, worry, stress, my dad’s entrance into hospice care, and the grief of losing him to an awful disease. Blue Ridge Hospice (an organization local to me) provided care and comfort during this difficult time for my family.
Fall could be a very sad time of year for me, and depression could drag me down. Instead, I have decided to focus on the positive feelings that come with setting and achieving goals.

Motivated by running in memory of my dad, I completed my first ever 10K race in 2016. And thanks to my amazing friends and family I also raised $245 for Blue Ridge Hospice. $245 didn’t seem like much to me at the time, but at the end of the race they announced that I had raised the MOST money. That was awesome, but it left me with the feeling that I could (and should) do much more!
This year the Butterfly 10K is taking place on October 21st. I have been training hard and am ready to go! Once again, in memory of my dad I’m raising money to benefit Blue Ridge Hospice.


You can donate directly to my fundraiser here: Erin’s 2017 Butterfly 10K Race Fundraiser

Fueled by AdvoCare

My 10K training has been fueled by AdvoCare products. Yep! – starting a new business is one of the things that kept me busy and away from my blog over the last six months. In addition to direct donations, I am donating 10% of all my AdvoCare sales during the month of September directly to Blue Ridge Hospice. Reach out and let me help you find a product that is a fit for your current lifestyle and goals.
It’s a win-win. You improve your health and wellness, and a portion of the sale will assist patients needing end-of-life care. My store link is here if you want to take a peek, but reaching out to me personally would be even better so we can discuss your goals. 🙂

running with a purpose
I don’t normally share a lot about my business on social media (network marketing in a new adventure for me), but since this cause is so near and dear to my heart, I am have put myself out there more this month. Don’t worry, I haven’t gone crazy and overwhelmed the internet with spam. I have been sharing my favorite AdvoCare products weekly on my personal social media pages. Would you be interested in reading about them? If I can whip up a quick post, I’ll link it here.

I have also been regularly sharing updates on the progress I make towards my goal. I originally set a goal of raising $500 for Blue Ridge Hospice and asked my friends and family to please help me crush that goal! Well, within only a week I did! So I raised my goal to $1,000. Stay tuned to hear how much I raise in total – and perhaps you will even contribute to that final number!


With love, Erin

running with a purpose - running to raise money to help hospice

Previous Posts About My Dad & Hospice

A Parent In Hospice | How To Cope

Mad At Dad | Grief, Anger, and Losing a Parent

Previous Posts About Running

How To Be A Rockstar At Your First 10K Race

Sunday Funday + My First 10K Update

Have you ever run a race for a cause? How did it go?

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38 Comments

  1. I’m sorry for the loss of your father. It is nice to do something to remind ourselves of those we love.
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  2. I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. I’m sure he would be so proud of you for doing this in his honor.

  3. I think that is great that you were able to turn running into a healthy way of dealing with hard times. I like to listen to music or go for walks when I am going through something. It allows me to clear my head.

  4. I’m sorry to hear about your dad. Congrats on your first race and good luck on the upcoming race. I find running to be therapeutic.

  5. I’m so glad you’ve found a way to honor the memory of your Dad while also supporting a wonderful organization. Folks who work in hospice care are some of the most special people around. Speedy legs on race day!

  6. So sorry for your loss. Glad you have found an outlet for your emotions that is healthy and good for you.

  7. I’m glad that you were able to find a way to honor your father. Losing a parent is hard. I know. Keep running!

  8. I’m so sorry about the loss of your dad. It’s so great that you’re doing this and raising money. It’s a beautiful way to pay tribute to him, and I’m sure he would be so touched.

  9. So sorry to hear about your dad but so happy to hear you’re putting a positive spin on it.

  10. So very sorry for your loss. I cant imagine what that must be like but it’s nice to know that you found a special way to honor your father.

  11. I am so sorry for your loss! Best of luck as you run this race!

  12. So sorry to hear about your father. I’m sure you are making him proud!!

  13. I’m sorry about your dad. You fhave found a great way to honor him. Good luck with your training.

  14. What a great way to honor your father. My dad died of lung cancer in 2016. Running definitely is a way to show the clear difference of life and death.

  15. So sorry for your loss. Running in his memory is a great way to honor him. Good luck on your upcoming race!

  16. I’m sorry about your loss, cancer it’s a horrible, unforgiving illness, but good for you for not letting a difficult time take the best from you. I’m sure your dad would be very proud of you!

  17. There are so many great causes to run for! I have never been much of a runner, but I do enjoy walking for a good cause!

  18. So sorry for your loss. But, what a great way to honor your Dad. Sending prayers of strength and good vibes.

  19. sorry for your loss, but congratulations on your win!!!!!

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