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Tour of Champions – Day 15

Up until today I’d never walked on a golf course (which is funny since today set quite a high bar for any future times I will walk on the green)!

I’ve been in Tucson the past two days with Fight Colorectal Cancer to help launch us into March – which is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Ever since I started this job 5 years ago, there’s been several moments that feel larger than life. Today followed suit – being around players on the PGA Tour of Champions, watching the NASDAQ bell ceremony, seeing Packers fans follow Aaron Rodgers all over a golf course – what a day!

As I thought about what to say about all of this and give an update on my sugar fast (which – by the way I held strong despite the amazing dessert tables!) what stood out to me was this:  I am a champion.

I’ve been around a lot of people the past day who are considered champions – they are amazing at hitting a golf ball and throwing a football. I’ve been with a group of fellow colorectal cancer survivors and advocates who are also champions. I think we call people this not because they’ve won (although often – they have!) but because of the spirit they embody.  A spirit that doesn’t give up. A heart that faces challenge and decides to fight.

And that’s what I am doing too!

It’s uncomfortable for me to write this, but I’m learning that unless I can celebrate the successes of my life and be proud and thankful for what God’s doing in it – I’m not fully embracing the champion He’s made me to be!

So today I leave the Tour of Champions as a champion! I’m a PR professional/social media guru who just got to cover an amazing event. A cancer survivor who is healthy and surviving today. A daughter of God who knows my worth. A writer who’s putting words together to tell the story. And a sugar-free warrior who’s resisted all temptation to feast on brownies and decadent parfaits the past few days. Now THAT is a victory!

Enjoy some pics!

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Our president Anjee and I kick off our time in Tucson with a #StrongArmSelfie!

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I got all fancy for the pairing party last night where golfers learned what pro they would get to play golf with (not what wines went with cheese which is what I thought it was).

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Feel so fortunate to be in the presence of so many inspiring colorectal cancer survivors and advocates!

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The Nasdaq bell ringing was remote from the golf course today & these guys at Exact Sciences helped make that magic happen.

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I call this the “oscar of businesses.” Also – if you happen to find yourself traveling with one, heads up – it will flag the TSA and they’ll need to check your carry-on.

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Our board member Steve (second from the right) got to play golf with golf pro Jerry Kelly and quarterback Aaron Rodgers today. It was pretty awesome to watch.

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This woman is inspiring on so many levels – Teri Griege is a stage IV survivor, Ironman, Fight CRC board member AND heads up Powered by Hope!

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Grateful for this group who helped bring the colorectal cancer survivor voice to the golf course this week! Awareness month here we go! There’s a lot more to come!

 



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COMMENTS1

  1. Great pictures! You ARE a champion, divinely hand-picked to use your experience and voice for so much good & for so many. Nice going, you! ❤️


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