Over the weekend I had mom take me to Lutheran’s 2017 Heroes of Hope Run/Walk event to help celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day. Sam here. This was our 3rd time pawticipating in this event (you can read about our previous races here and here). And just like always, we signed up for the 1 mile Fun Walk, but since it was such a gorgeous day and I’m in such good shape, we decided to do the 5K course instead. People of all ages trotted along side my lean physique and we all were cheered by race spectators along the tree-lined hospital campus and surrounding neighborhood. I really wanted to stop and have some of them pet me but mom said we shouldn’t dally. Sheesh, she’s such a buzz kill. I mean, come on woman…don’t you know I’m a real lady-killer? You know I always attract a group of fans at these events and this year was no exception. I even got to meet Miss Colorado, Shannon Patilla! Don’t we make a great-looking couple? Miss Shannon was really sweet and gave me the best ear rubs. S.W.O.O.N. She’s getting ready to graduate with a master’s degree in healthcare administration soon and is ready to take on the world after almost a year of attending events like this one. We wished her loads of success and happiness and thanked her for supporting cancer survivors.
This was the 10th anniversary of the event which celebrates courage, resilience and strength, just some of the characteristics that describe the over 14 million cancer survivors across America. Not only do these words describe those who have won their fight against cancer, but also those who fought courageously and with dignity. It was incredible to see 20, 25, and even 30 year survivors being recognized. A 10K, 5K, 1 mile Fun Walk and the kids walk make for a fun experience and although we didn’t hear what the final total figure raised was, we expect the proceeds will provide plenty of support at the Cancer Centers of Colorado at Lutheran Medical Center and will help inspire those who are recently diagnosed, support the families who have lost their loved ones to cancer and be a Hero of Hope in our local community.
51 thoughts on “Heroes of Hope”
What a wonderful cause, and good for you and your Mom for participating again, Sam! ♥
What a fabulous Sunday indeed.
We so love good causes and good weather. 😉
On behalf of both of my parents (breast and lung cancer victims), many, many thanks to all of you who walked for this cause! Cancer is a horrible disease in any form. I’d like to see it eradicated in my lifetime – right now, as Jodi said – and anything we can do to support the science behind that goal is okay with me!
So sorry you lost both your parents to such a hideous disease. Can’t even begin to fathom. With events like this, hopefully we’ll all live to see it eradicated in humans and our pets. ❤︎
Not just my parents, either. Both grandfathers, two aunts, my godfather, and a cousin; not to mention a few childhood friends. So, yes, hopefully we’ll live to see it eradicated. In ALL species.
Hope springs eternal especially this case. Stay well. 😍
You too my friend!!!!
Good for you, Sam! You make fundraising look effortlessly handsome!
It’s easy when you have a good looking and nice person on the end of your paw. 😇
What a great way to spend a lovely Sunday! You did look great with Ms. Colorado. Cancer is a horrible disease. I do a lot of volunteer work for the American Cancer Society. Our local Relay For Life event is Friday! There, we will also celebrate those is our community who are fighting cancer and remember those who have lost their fight.
Kudos to you for your advocacy with ACS. They do amazing work. Have fun at your relay event!
Thank you! Tippy my get to stop by for a visit. If she does, I’ll try to take some pictures and post about it.
Would love to see some pics and a post!
What a wonderful event!!!
Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel
Thanks. It’s a great cause.
3 bum swings! 3 more!
Yes! You both look pawsome in purple Sam💜
Oooh, Sammie’s got an eye for the ladies!
I know the ladies were loving watching you strut your stuff! My 28-year-old niece is currently battling colon cancer. Her sister is training to run the NYC marathon this fall in her honor. I will be posting a blog about it in hopes to help her raise some money to get there. #CancerSucks
Oh no…so very sorry to hear this news. Sending oodles of poodles healing energy for your niece.
Yay for taking that walk to celebrate victories and aid those still fighting.
So many inspiring survivors. It made our heart swell to see them. Such great stories.
What a wonderful event! Did you and Miss Colorado coordinate your outfits?
Murphy & Stanley
I know…how lucky was THAT?
Looks like you had a beautiful day and what a great cause too!! You and Miss Colorado look very dashing together!!
She gives the best ear rubs!
Look at you and Miss Colorado, Sam. I’m guessing you’re the most dazzling accessory she’s ever had. And about your mom and her need for speed during the 5K: She probably had visions of herself on the winner’s podium getting her gold medal. Sometimes we just have to humor the humans. 😉 Congrats to you and your mom for all the support you both give to the medical center and its programs!
Gold medal indeed. Mom has a bad bone spur thee days and was just hoping to limp across the finish line! Then I realized we do a 5K twice a day on our daily walks. But since I have twice as many feet, maybe I should think of it as double the distance? 🙂 Ms. Shannon was a real sweetie. We are very lucky to find folks like her crossing our paths.
It’s such an insipid and hideous disease. One I hope gets eradicated right now!
BTW, you look very handsome next to Miss Colorado.
Thanks, us athletes gotta have a nice posse to stay hip and phat. And you’re right…the big c is horrid!
Yay Sam! Glad to hear you participated in such a great charity event! You look very happy and handsome with Miss Shannon and your pet therapy pals! <3
Thank you! It’s always fun to see tons of people. You never know where an ear rub or treat may find you! 😉
Sounds like plenty of fun. Glad you enjoyed it.
This event is counter-productive. I believe that exercise causes cancer.
Sounds like you had a wonderful time – for a wonderful cause. Every bit counts!
We live in the hope that even the smallest moments matter to someone else.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that even the smallest kindnesses can be the difference in someone else’s life … most of the time, we never know our impact on those around us. You, Sam and Elsa frequently make me laugh and brighten my day – yet I’ve never properly thanked you. THANK YOU!
Blush, blush. I’m thrilled to hear our silly drivel entertains you. Mike drop. Guess our job is done. 😍
Great cause and looks like a great time. If we spent 1/2 as much $ on research as we do on making bombs we’d have that C word eradicated in short order.
Absolutely! Making life better than trying to eradicate it seems so intuitive. I wonder why some never see it that way?
Sam, you and Miss Colorado do complement each other. Good for you going 5k with your Mama, and good for Mama too. Our Mama used to do that but can’t anymore with the bad knees. We’re lucky we can just run without her.
Thanks! I semi-sprinted, the mum walked. It’s easy on the knees and you actually can enjoy the sights. Like beautiful people dressed in purple. 😉
Kudos to both of you! Definitely a great cause!
What a great post. Thank you for doing your part to support people!
Well done and such a great day raising funds for a great cause. We will be running the Presbyterian Ladies Brunch on the 17th to raise funds for the local hospital Cancer Support. My Favourite Day with an abundance of Scones. Walking is something different, but for some reason I have never been able to reconcile the words fun and run. Must be me… Oh and yes, you and Miss Colorado go well together in purple.
Like you, fun and run are completely opposite concepts. I’ve never seen a smiling runner. Kudos to you on your cancer support efforts. Have a scone for us!
I’m glad you were there and a lot of people came to support the survivors of the evil big c. they deserve our support in any way, that’s such a hard battle and to win makes you to a hero… absolutely. the bff of the mama celebrated too…. with a trip to her beloved place on the beach… she is grateful that she can see it again and again now …and we hope for many many years…
A very inspiring event to see so many who have conquered the big c. We’re happy your mama’s friend is able to visit her special place. 😍
Wow, you look dashingly handsome there with the missus. 5k is not for the weak of heart. Well done Sam. Benji