What is the best thing a woman can do to battle cancer? Go running in the mud with dozens of enthusiastic supporters, of course.
That is exactly what my sister Brenda Farris did at my suggestion. Along with supplements, Brenda is fighting metastatic breast cancer with diet and exercise. She thought it would be an impressive display of her determination to beat it by participating in the Warrior Dash in Canby, a decision she made in January 2018.
In May of that year, along with 42 other runners wearing hot pink T-shirts, they ran the race and ended up covered in mud.
This bold, courageous plan attracted the attention of KGW’s Tracy Barry who produced a feature story for a Channel 8 news program that aired in March 2018. To view the story, visit HelpTeamBrenda.com/About me.
As Brenda was flying home to Mesa, Arizona after the Warrior Dash, I realized her story to stay alive had inspired others to fight their own fight, for their own reasons.
That’s why I formed HelpTeamBrenda, a business designed to promote cancer awareness, provide education on how to proactively prevent cancer, and raise funds for local warriors in the fight.
Brenda returned to Oregon later that summer for a Spartan race and held a fundraiser for a co-worker of mine who was also dealing with breast cancer. She came back again in October for another fundraiser to assist a family whose father had died of brain cancer.
Finally, in December 2018, HelpTeamBrenda partnered with MOD Pizza locations in Salem, Sherwood, Lake Oswego and Milwaukie to raise funds for Marissa Leigh in her struggle with breast cancer.
After the success of these fundraisers, I created “WeAreTheSolution — United to Prevent,” also known as the “Kickin’ Cancer” movement, a domestic nonprofit corporation in Oregon.
Our mission is to empower individuals to take control of their own bodies so that new cancer cases are significantly reduced through proactive prevention.
The Kickin’ Cancer movement is gaining momentum as more people believe there is a solution. Our goal is to fund services that are needed but are not being provided by other organization, those “gap” services, as we call them.
For example, Brenda spends $500 a month on supplements that are not covered by her insurance.
Will you join the movement by participating in one of the HelpTeamBrenda activity program events, come to an educational seminar or workshop to “take control of your life,” or visit Kicking-Cancer.org and donate toward our support programs?
For more inspiring stories of local warriors, visit the “stories” tab on HelpTeamBrenda.com, or visit Kicking-Cancer.org. If you would like to reach out to me, please send an email to HelpTeamBrenda@gmail.com.
(Baron Robison lives in Salem.)