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Survivors face challenges everyday, so I chose to challenge myself

When Gabriela Morón lines up for the TCS New York City Marathon, it will be her fourth time taking on 26.2 miles. Having previously finished marathons in Chicago and Milwaukee, she is expecting this course to be the most difficult to run, but that hasn’t stopped her from tackling another challenge: fundraising for Bright Pink.

On November 6, Gabriela will represent Team Bright Pink with her run. Having a family history of ovarian cancer, she understands the importance of Bright Pink’s work.

“I, myself, carry the BRCA1 gene. It is important for me to educate and prepare myself for the unknown.”

Gabriela’s mother knew she was high-risk and underwent a preventive hysterectomy in 2009, and then a preventive mastectomy in 2011. It was through this journey that the hospital staff connected Gabriela’s family with Bright Pink.

“They said it would be a good opportunity for me to learn about [breast and ovarian health],” Gabriela explains, “and that I could better relate because it was coming from girls closer to my age. It is important for me to fundraise for Bright Pink so women can continue to be aware of what their options are and can choose to act on them.”

Gabriela has chosen to dedicate this marathon to her Aunt Pita, an ovarian cancer survivor who is determined to create a brighter future for the next generation.

“Survivors still face challenges every day, so I choose to challenge myself.”

This is not the first challenge Gabriela has taken on for Team Bright Pink. Last year, she ran the Chicago Half Marathon and raised over $1,800 for Bright Pink. This year, her goal for the NYC Marathon is $2,500. Reaching both goals would mean that Gabriela has personally empowered Bright Pink to teach over 1,730 women breast and ovarian cancer prevention!

To others who are fundraising for Bright Pink, Gabriela has a few words of advice, “Tell others why this charity is unique to you. And tell EVERYONE, you would be surprised how many people are willing to make a donation.”


Want to empower women’s breast & ovarian health with a run like Gabriela’s? Join Team Bright Pink to lock in your spot for the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

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