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Kristen Cincotta
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Friends and Family –

Somewhere in the middle of my mom’s seemingly endless seven years of treatments for breast cancer, she told me if there was one good thing to come out of her disease, it was that I had finally figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up. At the time, I was struggling through the (also seemingly endless) final years of graduate school and knew that a life at the lab bench wasn’t for me. Through my involvement in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, and my subsequent volunteer work with the local Atlanta Komen affiliate, I had discovered a passion for breast cancer advocacy. I wasn’t sure how I was going to get there, but I knew that some day, I would work for a major breast cancer non-profit, helping them manage their scientific research investments. I wouldn’t be the one to discover “the cure”, but I would use my skills and my smarts to help others reach that ultimate goal.

Last December, I was thrilled to accept a job with Susan G. Komen doing exactly what I set out to do – helping them to evaluate and communicate about their research investments. It has been a fascinating, challenging, and affirming job since day one. Some day, I hope we can sit down and talk more about everything Komen is doing to make their vision of a world without breast cancer a reality. I have a lot to tell you.

But today is not that day. You see, I’ve been so busy following my passion and working for Komen that I have left my fundraising for this year’s Atlanta 3-Day walk until the very last minute. My walk steps off in 31 days. One month from today. I still have over $2000 to raise and I cannot fund it myself. And this year, not walking is NOT an option. For the first time, I have several family members from Mom’s side of the family walking with me. They’ve been doing the hard work all along to prepare for the walk. I cannot let them walk alone.

For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, the Susan G. Komen 3-Day is a 60 mile walk over the course of three days that raises funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and breast cancer research. The money that we raise through the 3-Day comprises a significant portion of the dollars that Komen invests in nearly every aspect of bringing breast cancer to end – community health grants for screening and treatment support, public health policy advocacy, global health programs, educational materials targeted to a diverse array of people, and yes, research. In order to participate in this event, I must raise at least $2300. I’ve gotten a bit of a head start but I cannot reach my ultimate goal by myself. Please consider making a fully tax-deductible donation to help me reach my fundraising goal today.

If you would like to contribute, you can do so by donating online via my personal fundraising page at www.the3day.org/goto/kscincotta. Donations made online can be made as one time payments or in installments for up to four months. If you have any questions about how the website works, or alternative ways of making donations, please let me know via email.

The Atlanta 3-Day steps off in one month. That is not much time for me to reach my fundraising goal. But I am confident that together, we can get there. I am doing all of the walking (and I promise, I’ve been training!). I just need your help with the fundraising. I would not ask you donate time and again if I didn’t believe in this organization. Through my job, I have gotten to know the heart of this organization for which I’ve been a long time supporter and volunteer. The more I learn, the deeper my admiration grows for the work they – WE – are doing.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter. I hope that you will join me in taking part in this incredible adventure. Please share this information with anyone that you think might be interested. If I have learned one thing during my time with Komen, and with the 3-Day in particular, it is that everyone, everywhere has been touched by breast cancer in some way. This is something that has affected all of us and together, we are working towards achieving the ultimate goal of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day: a world without breast cancer.

All my best,
Kristen Sager Cincotta

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Friends and Family!

Somehow, without my noticing, the calendar has flipped over to May. That means that the Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure is THIS SATURDAY.

And I haven't started fundraising yet.

Time to fix that.

Last year, with your support, I was able to raise over $300 in less than two days in order to make Pink Honor Roll as one of the Top 100 fundraisers. I would LOVE to do that again this year - and this time, I have four days to do it instead of just two. But I cannot do it alone. I need your support.

Please click through to my fundraising page and read my Race for the Cure story. And then donate. Komen Atlanta does AMAZING work here in the Atlanta area, providing breast health and breast cancer patient support programs for women and men in need. Help me help them by donating BEFORE FRIDAY.

And hey - if you live here in Atlanta, come out and run with us on Saturday too!

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Running for More: New Beginnings for 2016! Click through to read a bit more about what I've been up to and what's on tap for the new year!

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Running for More: A little gratitude on this Sunday. Please click through for an update on my ‪#‎ATL3Day‬ fundraising and some acknowledgments of all of my 2015 donors thus far!

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FINALLY posted my ‪#‎ATL3Day‬ fundraising letter to my Running for More blog and wanted to share it here as well. Please share widely. And of course, THANK YOU to everyone who has donated thus far. With your support, I'm more than halfway to my $5000 goal! ‪#‎the3day‬ ‪#‎dosomethinghuge‬

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New Running for More blog post! 

My road to the 2015 Atlanta 3 Day starts this week. Read more my training plans and my pitch for YOU to join me at the link!

#the3day   #ATL3Day   #DoSomethingHuge  

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Next Saturday, May 9th, will be my 10th Race for the Cure. I will be running to honor the memory of my mom, who passed away just nine days after last year's Race, and to celebrate the journey that my dear friend Laura Davis has taken since last fall. And I will again be guided by Marcia's spirit relentless optimism.

Despite getting started at the last minute, I would love, love, LOVE to be one of the top 100 fundraisers for this race. I have been volunteering for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta Affiliate for years now and can speak to the positive impact that their efforts have made in the fight against breast cancer here in the Atlanta area. I would be extremely grateful if you would consider donating to this great cause in my name by clicking through to my Race page and clicking "donate" today!

And as always, thank you for all of your support!

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Running for More: Pregnant and Running Part 2 - The Comeback!

Tonight, I'm sharing how "training" is going ahead of my first comeback race tomorrow morning!

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Running for More: Running While Pregnant and Injured, Part 1

The first of two planned running posts. This one covers my running journey from last fall through last week, including injuries, pregnancy, PT, racing, and ultimately, four DNSes!

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Running for More: Welcome to the World, Dash!
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