Just Keep Swimming...and Running: Joy Cimino's personal race page
On November 8, 2012, my journey began when I received a call from my doctor that I had breast cancer. Who knew that at the age of 42 and no family history of breast cancer, I would be diagnosed with the dreaded disease myself. Today, by the grace of God, along with the love and support of my family and friends and my wonderful team of doctors, I am a cancer survivor.
In 2013, I did the 1 mile walk for the Race for the Place with my husband's company's team. After my dear friend and sister in pink, Kris Stefanac, died from triple negative breast cancer in January 2014, I vowed to run the 5K in her memory that year. My other dear friend and "sister," Julie Duellman, died just a few short days before the race so I included her in my "memorial run." It was at that race that I fell in love with running and racing and I have been doing it ever since.
Since the Race for the Place is my "race-a-versary," I decided to continue running it in honor/memory of someone for inspiration. This helps me train harder leading up to the race and also pushes me to do my absolute best on race day. Sadly, in 2015, my dear sweet father, Papa D, was called home after his battle with lung cancer so he would be my inspiration for that year's race.
In 2016, there were a lot of races I wanted to do and decided with so many on my schedule, I would pick one to serve as my "goal" race meaning it would be the race I worked towards setting my 5K PR for that year. With all this race has become to me, it only made sense so 2016's race would be "for" me and I decided to make my goal to run the 5K in under 25:00. I also decided to branch off from the team we were with and team Just Keep Swimming…and Running was formed. Not only did I finish in 24:43, achieving my goal, I finished 3rd overall in the Female Cancer Survivor division.
This year, I am dedicating the race to a young man named Elijah whom I've had the honor and privilege to get to know through the Greater Lake County Young Marines, an organization I have been an adult volunteer for over 11 years. Elijah is currently undergoing very intense treatment at the Cleveland Clinic for AML, a very aggressive form of leukemia. Since Elijah had to spend his 18th birthday in the hospital, I made my fundraising goal $1,800. My goal for this year is to set a new PR of a sub 24:00 5K also in honor of him.
Join my team: Just Keep Swimming…and Running! Not a runner? No problem, you can walk the 5K or sign up for the 1 mile walk. If you aren't able to participate in the race in person and would like to make a donation to support our efforts, you can do so on this page using the "Give Now" button on the right.
To learn more about me, I invite you to visit my blog "Just Keep Swimming" at http://justkeepswimming120512.blogspot.com/
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