Miles for Migraine virtual walk and race dates 2017

miles for migraine swag

In June, I did a virtual challenge to raise money for Miles for Migraine.  “Miles for Migraine is a registered 501(c)(3) Non-Profit with the mission of improving the lives of migraine patients and their families, raising public awareness about headache disorders, and helping find a cure for migraine. Miles for Migraine produces fun walk/run events, typically 2 mile walk and 5k and 10k race to raise money for migraine research. We also host youth camps for kids and teens impacted by migraine or other headache disorders.”

I made the goal of raising $300 for the 3 years I’ve been blogging and I’m happy to announce we met that goal and exceeded it!  Thank you to those who donated!  Migraine is terribly underfunded and every dollar goes a long way towards fellowship programs for training new doctors as well as research. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

For those of you that missed the fundraiser and would like participate yourself, I have a few more opportunities for you.

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Philadelphia                October 7, 2017

Washington, DC             October 15, 2017

Virtual Race                       Anytime!

 

Keep moving!  I have more race dates coming for Runnin’ for Research in which I participated last year.  I hope you are motivated to take one step at a time and each day get a bit stronger.  As a chronic migraineur, I feel like one day I step forward, the next I’m knocked back down .  The most important thing is that I take that step forward again…..

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Runnin’ for Research: headache and migraine disorders 2016

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http://www.runnin4research.org/index.html

To improve the quality of life of those who suffer with headache and migraine disorders through fundraising for quality research and the promotion of patient empowerment, community awareness, and local and national advocacy.

Here it is….that time of year where the leaves are changing, the air is getting crisper and it’s time to donate.  During the Fall I participate in many charity walks and Runnin’ for Research is one that I added to my list last year. https://mymigrainelife.wordpress.com/2015/10/09/running-for-research-and-icing/

“Runnin’ for Research, Inc. (R4R), was founded in 2015 as a charitable organization dedicated to research, awareness, empowerment and advocacy in all areas of headache and migraine disorders. The primary mechanism to accomplish the missions is the organization and implementation of 5K runs and walks throughout the United States.

Prior to its founding as a 501(c)3 organization, R4R operated as an entity of the American Headache and Migraine Association (AHMA), starting in 2014, and completed two cycles of races. In total, over $25,000 was made available to AHMA to distribute as warranted. Contributions to R4R are used to recruit, support, market, and manage local race events with all proceeds from these events being used to support the missions of the organization. Examples include support of the American Migraine Foundation, the American Headache and Migraine Association, and the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy. Other entities may be supported upon request if they align with the mission of R4R.” http://www.runnin4research.org/about-r4r.html

Runnin’ for Research is now an independent 501(c)(3) organization.

How you can participate:

http://www.runnin4research.org/upcoming-races.html

Runnin’ for Research will be run in Kansas City, MO, Morgantown, WV, and Louisville, KY on October 8th.

Each location will offer:

5K run/1 mile walk to raise funding for headache and migraine research.

1 Mile walk non-competitive, untimed event.

“Virtual Runner” for anyone who wants to take part, support our event, but can’t actually be on site.  You can choose to run a 5K or walk a mile while the event occurs, or rest at home knowing you are supporting a great cause.  Of note, virtual runners will not be sent a race t-shirt.

Last year and this year I will participate as a virtual runner.  I am not a runner so I will be walking and donating to R4R on October 8th in my own location.  I encourage you to donate!  If you are unable to donate, I encourage you to go out and walk that day sending positive vibes to all those effected by Migraine and headache disorders. 

If you participate that day, please #mymigrainelife and tag @mymigrainelife on facebook, instagram, and twitter to spread the social media buzz about the event.  I look forward to seeing your pictures and reading your stories!

Thank You!!!

Running for Research and Icing with Migraine

runnin' for research. actually walking...

runnin’ for research. actually walking…

Last weekend my family moved for Migraine Research through American Headache Migraine Association.  We virtually ran for the Morgantown run but if you missed it, you can still participate in the run in Lousiville on October 17th.    My family are not runners but we chose to donate and move.  Here I am on the treadmill.  It was a cold and rainy day and I didn’t run, but I walked on the treadmill.

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My men doing some pull ups

downward dog for research

my kids doing downward dogs with my favorite dog in the background

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My in laws riding their bikes on vacation

Next run I will be wearing my Runnin' for Research AHMA 2015 tshirt

Next run I will be wearing my Runnin’ for Research AHMA 2015 tshirt

Having support and giving money for research felt great but working out doesn’t come without some sort of aches and pains.  Both my mother in law and husband have had knee surgery and need to ice after they have exercised.  I am a huge user of ice therapy for my head and ice helps my husband control swelling in his knee.

 

Disclosure: “I have been given Flexi Kold as part of a product review. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.“

Fortunately, he was able to use Flexi Kold.  Flexi Kold was sent to me for a review and my husband is a perfect person to try it.  He likes the large surface that it covers and how you can conform it to the knee.  It is a polygel product with a money back guarantee.  There are many different types including the standard size, half size, neck contour, oversize and more.  He really likes that it is cold yet he is able to put it on his skin without a barrier in between.  While he enjoys that, he has found that it doesn’t stay cold that long and wishes it could be used for a lengthier amount of time.  On the picture on the right you can see that he had a towel under his knee and thrown up on the couch.  When he uses Flexi Kold, he wraps a towel around the ice pack and likes it’s flexibility to cover the entire knee.

So I encourage you all to move on Oct 17th runnin’ for research through AHMA or for whatever other reason you have.  Remember to take it at your own pace and in your own way.  Ice and take care of yourself!

Move for migraines. Donating for my own cause with American Headache and Migraine Association fundraiser

It’s that time of year. Fall crisp air, pumpkin, cinnamon, apples and of course charity walks. Every year I like to donate my time and money to support so many worthy causes. It seems like every weekend there are fundraisers for this or charity walks for that. It’s a feel good day to get bodies moving and spread awareness for a cause. I do them often and take my children to teach so many important lessons.  It’s about how many people need help and how we can help others. After all of these years I have never done a charity walk for my own cause, my mom’s cause, for my grandmother’s cause, or for my fellow sufferers. It has actually put a bit of a damper on some of my charitable days when I hear the statistics of how these foundations are funded and how incredibly underfunded the cause that I am fighting is.

So tomorrow is my chance to “move for migraines.” I am virtually going to be a runner/walker for the American Headache and Migraine Association. It is a 5k run/1mile walk to raise funding for headache and migraine research. This year it is being held in Morgantown, West Virginia and I will not be able to attend. I will, however, be a virtual runner. Anyone can be a virtual runner to support the event. This is why I am calling it “move for migraines” for anyone who wants to participate in my challenge.

Running is not my favorite thing. As a teenager, running was a punishment or conditioning for whatever sport I was playing for the season. I never felt the love of running but did it for the love of my sport. I do, however, workout in other ways and feel that it is so important for everyone to move to whatever extent they can best achieve. Chronic pain severely inhibits the ability to workout. I know at times, for me, working out helps and other times it intensifies my migraine to a much higher level. So here’s my challenge: Tomorrow I want you to move. Move and do something with thoughts of a headache and migraine sufferer. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t get out of bed, do some stretches. Do more than you normally would, for longer than you may normally do. Just move. I’m going to jog and walk with my family, even though it looks like it’s going to be chilly and I really dislike the cold! We are going to move tomorrow to honor all of those who suffer. And for once we are going to be doing it for me too! I give so much to so many people and I’m excited to support my own cause. I fight it every day, why not do something that makes me feel better about it?

Here is the link to become a virtual walk/runner.

http://www.iplayoutside.com/Events/2015/10/15669.html

If you are unable to donate, I’d still like you to “move for migraines” and tell me how you did. I’d love a picture in the comments of you moving and/or a note about who you moved for. The importance, to me, is not making you feel excluded for not wanting/being able to donate. The importance is to move and do something positive with and for migraines. I think it’s a step in a good direction. Even if it’s only a step, it’s a step! Remember that.

Thank you to anyone who donates but most of all any participates. It will fill my heart to know maybe a few more people moved a bit more thinking of helping our cause!

Manicures for Migraines

image3image1A friend and fellow migraine sufferer and I are throwing a Jamberry Nail Wrap party to raise money for Migraine Awareness.  100% of commission from the sales of Migraine Awareness wraps sold and 50% of the rest of the sales for the party will go to Migraine Research Foundation.  “The Migraine Research Foundation raises money to fund innovative migraine research to discover the causes, improve the treatments, and find a cure.   All operating costs are covered, so 100% of every donation goes to fund research.”  I personally will receive no money for the sales of the wraps.  My goal is to raise money and awareness.

To order any time go to: http://theresamillerjams93.jamberrynails.net/ and click shop

Theses wraps are $25 each.  If you would like to order one (or more) comment in the party and Theresa will give you ordering instructions.  Join the party and support Migraine Research Foundation and raise awareness with these pretty nails.  Feel free to pass along the information to anyone you feel may be interested in raising money for migraine awareness month.

So let’s party:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1458699294442687/. If you do order, I’d love pictures of your beautiful nails and how you are raising awareness!