UPDATE: There’s still time to help Kevin reach his $500 fundraising goal before Sunday’s half marathon. Give just $10 and receive a “I Got Crabby at Cancer” bumper sticker. To make a contribution, click here.

We’ll be rooting for Kevin DePew as he takes on the Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon October 5 as part of Team Still Easier Than Chemo to benefit VCU Massey Cancer Center!

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I’ll let him share with you his inspiration to make a difference in the fight against cancer. Take it away Kevin!

When I first saw Briana Kirby’s video about “Still Easier Than Chemo” I was inspired by both hers and her mom’s strength in the face of adversity. I saw the resolve it took to not passively accept fate and to work to make a difference. As a result, I immediately supported her cause with a modest donation. I am normally not moved to support a cause so easily.

Since then, I have been bugging Briana to create a technical t-shirt that I could wear during races. And once she did this, I bought one and wore it to a local 5K race. Although it was not one of my best races, I ended up placing as the third male masters runner–a pleasant welcome to getting older. Since I was wearing the shirt, I thought it would be fitting to donate my award to the cause.

A week later I learned that my very kind neighbor had just had cancer surgery and was going to have to begin chemo. I have had several conversations with her since she has started the process, and I admire her determination to stay strong while the drugs and the healthcare system take their toll.

More recently one of my favorite celebrities was asking to be sponsored for a mud race; she too was raising money to fight cancer. Thinking about my neighbor, I donated another modest amount. The celebrity wrote all of her donors name on a poster board, photographed it, and posted it Facebook. Although I only gave a little, I felt like I was making a difference. As I thought about this, I thought I could still do more. This is why I want to use my next race, The Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon to raise awareness to Briana’s cause.

I hope you will donate, whether it is as little as $5 or as much as $100. There are too many people out there who need our help and support. Thank you.

Kevin is honoring all who contribute toward his $500 goal by printing donors’ names on a special Still Easier Than Chemo jersey that he’ll wear during the race.

Please consider being recognized as one of the totally amazing people who are helping to save lives and end cancer! As always, we are so grateful for your support!

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With only 60 days remaining till the Richmond Marathon I’m working on preventing an overuse issue from becoming a full-blown injury. After taking advantage of a recovery week, I am thrilled and relieved to have finished yesterday’s hilly 10-miler with minor discomfort.

I absolutely love the days I enjoy every bit of my long run. Those days when I think to myself,

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We got our first breath of fresh fall air here in RVA yesterday, and it was glorious. Yesterday was one of those beautiful runs that refreshes the spirit. It was one of those runs where you’re just so damn grateful to fill your lungs and marvel at your legs’ ability to carry you for miles and miles.

No matter the chaos going on in my life, I’m always amazed at how running can quiet my mind. It’s why I keep coming back.

c/o River City Runner

The 2014-2015 Massey Challenge is officially a go!

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What does that mean? Still Easier Than Chemo is kicking off another fundraising season as part of the Massey Challenge to raise more than $500,000 between now and March 28.

It’s a special year to get involved too as this is the 10th anniversary of the Massey Challenge! Team Still Easier Than Chemo continues to put cancer on the run, and we have lots of ways you can help. Here’s the rundown:

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Getting Crabby at Cancer:
We’re rooting for Kevin DePew as he takes on October 5’s Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon. Listen to Kevin below, and consider being one of the 40 rad people to donate just $10 toward his goal. (Click here if you’d like to make a contribution in support of his race.)

chc-logo-20142nd Annual 24-Hour Cancer Hater Challenge: We are so excited to team with Point 2 Running Company once again to put on another fun, prize-packed event in support of life-saving cancer research! Check out the video recap below of the inaugural Cancer Hater Challenge and consider joining us October 17-18 by registering (it’s FREE) here. Learn more on our Events page.

Miles for Mom: I am running the Richmond Marathon again this year, which happens to fall on my mother’s birthday, November 15. More on this later.

Massey Runs With Me: Together, Team Still Easier Than Chemo and the rest of Team Massey will participate in the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k March 28 to celebrate the culmination of the Massey Challenge.

If you’re interested in being a part of one of the most meaningful teams ever, join Still Easier Than Chemo in the fight against cancer. Whether you come out and run with us at one of the events above, make a donation in support of the research so many lives depend on, or accept your own challenge — whatever it may be — we’d love to have you on our team!

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Together, we can put cancer on the run!

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