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Two Local Girls Join Forces to Propel Charity

This was sent to us by Michael Gillette:

5-year-old Taylor Love from Ashburn, VA is battling neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer with no cure. 13-year-old musician Abby Miller from Sterling, VA is her friend and has been helping raise money for Taylor since the girls met a few years ago. Abby typically performs on the streets of DC or in front of shopping malls to raise money. On average, she raises a couple hundred dollars each time she goes out.

Abby and Taylor recently set their sights on a bigger prize when they teamed up to help generate votes for the Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer charity in the Pepsi Refresh contest. The New York-based charity was in 4th place but needed to move into 1st or 2nd place to win one of the $250,000 grants. (All of these funds would go toward neuroblastoma research which would directly benefit Taylor.)

Runner's Galore!

Being that it is now Fall, it's time for many communities and organizations holding Runs. There are quite a few going on in the next few months around the area and here are some links to them.

Get out there, get involved, get healthy and run for some fantastic causes!

http://www.active.com/running/haymarket-va/iron-aiden-5k-2010-kx305

http://www.active.com/running/reston-va/the-perfect-10-10-miler-and-10k-2010

http://www.susco8k.com/

http://www.heritagehalfmarathon.com/

http://www.active.com/running/stone-ridge-va/stone-ridge-5k-run-for-education-and-kids-fun-run-2010

How to save your breasts and your wallet by October 2nd!

Insurance companies state that they are willing to pay 100% of a "screening mammogram", but not for the “I think we found something”; what the @#!$ does that mean?  In my case, I felt a lump, and made the mistake of mentioning it to the technician during my mammogram.  Should I have mentioned the lump, or should have I played dumb?  Well, mentioning the lump cost me $600, and that is with my health insurance coverage (part of that was the “you need to come back because I think we found something” factor).  So two mammograms, $600 out of my pocket, two missed days of work, 4 weeks of no good sleep (because I could not get an appointment any earlier), and a potential ulcer from all the stress….it was normal!  Was it worth it?  Could I have done things differently? Well…. 

PR Running Store Holds All-Comer’s Group Run

The Potomac River Running Store holds group runs every Tuesday evening. This group run is lead by PR staff members and will begin at the PR store at 20630 Ashburn Road in Ashburn, VA. The all-comer’s group run is a social run lead by PR staff members.

It is free to participate and is a great way to add structure to your training schedule and meet some fellow runners! It is safe and social and open to all levels. Come out for this low-key run if you are a beginner and run a mile or too. If you are an experienced, competitive runner this is a great opportunity to do a fun, tempo run.

The run will be no longer than 50 minutes and will go from the store to the W&OD trail. The run will end back at the PR Running Store around 7:30 p.m. and occasionally some of the runners will go to a local eatery for some refueling! If you have any questions about the run you can call the PR Running Store in Ashburn at 703-729-0133.