This weekend, I was part of Miles for Migraine race in Cincinnati. It was a beautiful and warm day filled with love, support and a group of people fighting stigma and raising money for Migraine and headache disorders.
The race raised $3,550
Team My Migraine Life raised $567.37. Thank you to all those who donated.
We were the top team!!! I’m so proud of us 🙂
The day began with fighting a 3 day migraine that I had traveled with but had huge inspiration to make it to the event. When I got there, I was surrounded with some migraine advocate powerhouses.
Michelle Tracy, Migraine Warrior, represented the INVisible project with her smiling face and sharing her inspiring personal stories. She also spoke to the group about being a patient advocate and how we can all be one ourselves.
Not only is Michelle an amazing and strong advocate but she was brave enough to sing the National Anthem to begin our race. She has a strong voice as a patient and as a singer!
Katie Golden, GoldenGraine, brought sparkle to all of our days. She is the senior contributing writer to the INVisble Project and a fierce advocate. I can’t possibly list all of the things she is doing for the migraine and pain community but check her out and follow along. She was kind enough to run the race with my daughter and then touch up her sparkles…..because there is no such thing as too much glitter!
I once again gave my patient perspective. I was shaky and read my speech because I could not guarantee that I could string my words together and make sense. I felt so proud that I stood up to the pain and was able to put a face on what migraine disease really looks like.
We also heard from Dr. Andrew Hershey, the chair and director of the division of neurology at Cincinnati Children’s. He is a professor of pediatrics and neurology.
After that, we walked. At the Miles for Migraine events you are welcome to run and be a fierce competitor, walk and enjoy your team or stay at the tents to mingle or relax. It’s all about building community, moving how you can and raising funds so we all can live a healthier life.
The best part of the day was being with the ones that I love. Spending a morning for a good cause with good people is always a great way start to the day. I woke up in pain, shaky, sick and not sure if I could make it. Thanks to effective medication, endorphins and a bit of luck, I was able to enjoy the day. I walked with some of our best friends, my husband and our mini me’s. It was a day that we plan on turning into a tradition.
Wondering about the Brain Hat? The Brain Hat Society is for people with migraine, their caregivers, friends and family while recognizing their heroic efforts. If you raise $50 you can be a member. Purple is for migraine sufferers and pink is for the caregivers and loved ones.
Thank you to all that supported and continue to fight. We are fighting not just for ourselves but for future generations.
Also, a BIG thank you to the sponsors and these hard working ladies! Shirley Kessel is the Miles for Migraine president while Katie MacDonald oversees operations. They work tirelessly on bringing these events to more cities and raising funds to benefit so many.
Check to see if Miles for Migraine is coming to your city and how you can participate virtually!