Superheroes come in many forms
  The Elevate Me Team 09:11 AM

We met Jennifer at a trade show on Vancouver Island. She told us the story of her and her sister and how they’re doing their part to raise money to help find a cure for cancer. We’ve made a small effort to help them with their goal and thought we’d share what they are doing. If you’d like to find out more about their journey, visit their website at

My sister may as well wear a cape because she’s Superwoman. She conquered cancer in 2009; it’s been five years, and we’re celebrating her remission in Superwoman style by raising awareness and funds for blood cancer research and support. We’ve volunteered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night event with our kick-butt Team KA-POW! every year since 2009. But this year, we’re upping the ante from a 5-kilometre walk to a 21-kilometre run.

Fitness is a part of our every day life. Weight lifting for strength, yoga for balance, and now running to honour and remember our family and friends who have fought and conquered cancer. Neither Stéphanie nor I are natural runners, but we’re learning how to be – and how to love it, too. What I like about long-distance running is the necessary patience and persistence required to succeed. Like life, it’s about pacing yourself for the long-haul, learning to slow down and take it one step at a time. Never has a sports analogy been more appropriate.

When Stéphanie was diagnosed, there were a lot of unknowns, and there was a lot of fear. Recently I ran my first 10-kilometre race, and I ran it alone. I was nervous about the experience, the pain my body would feel and whether or not I would be able to make the full 10 kilometres solo. To my surprise, in a sea of thousands of unfamiliar faces, I was reminded I’m not alone. I felt supported by the positivity and resolve of the volunteers and runners beside me, virtual strangers. I was reminded of why I’m running, why any pain I feel is worth it. I ran the whole 10 kilometres, slow but steady, and with a smile on my face the whole hour and nine minutes. I thought of my sister, her pain and her strength, and I thought of crossing the finish line with her in San Francisco in six months.

Sport isn’t always about your fastest time or your longest distance. Sometimes it’s about just finishing, and who you’re finishing with – or for.

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