My guest today is a woman that isn’t afraid to practice what she preaches.
Her day job is the Coordinator of Global Events for DKMS and is focused on helping the organization achieve it’s goal of eliminating blood cancer.
Charlee Crouse and I will go a few easy miles as she explains why everyone should consider combining running and making a difference through charity running.
An Unlikely Inspiration
Charlee never considered herself active as a child.
It was during her senior year of college that she took a swimming class on a whim.
Once the class ended, the swimming continued and she found herself in the pool 2 to 3 times per week.
Running entered the picture when Charlee began dating her now husband.
He was a runner and encouraged Charlee to try the sport as well.
Her runs gradually increased in distance and she found herself enjoying it.
Signing up for a triathlon made sense given her love for swimming and running.
Only recently has Charlee begun participating in races and took the plunge into becoming a charity runner.
This Episode Is Sponsored By: DKMS
Running For A Cause
DKMS first entered Charlee’s life as a career opportunity.
The company’s mission was a personal one for Charlee since she is a cancer survivor.
Her first experience with the charity racing team for DKMS was as a participant in the cheering squad for the charity runners.
The experience inspired her so much that she decided to sign up as a charity runner herself.
Being responsible to raise funds can intimidate many runners, but Charlee has some tips:
- Start early spreading the word by sending out emails and texts.
- Find out what companies might match donations. This is an easy way to encourage friends and family to donate.
- Most organizations, including DKMS, have a program where runners work with the organizastion to ensure that they are given all the tools they need to succeed.
Participating as a charity runner provides big benefits both to the runner themselves as well as the charity.
For more information on running for Team DKMS, please contact Michele McCaffrey: Michele@dkms.org
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