Jessica Dunton will be one of a 1,000 athletes participating in the Maine Cancer Foundation’s Tri for a Cure. This will be her third Tri for a Cure. But in 2013, Jessica never imagined she would participate in the Tri, let alone any triathlon.
When Cancer hits..it hits hard. It hits home.
Who knows anyone who hasn't been affected by it? My relationship to Cancer began when I was a toddler. My mom was given 6 months to live. Ovarian Cancer. She took one day at a time. She lived until the day I graduated from High School. She was a fighter, a volunteer, a beautiful model, a devoted mom.
The 2016 Tri for a Cure will be my 4th TFAC.
I love this event for the amazing people I have met and become friends with. I love this event for the cause it is supporting - the fight against cancer.
In 2016 I will again dedicate my Tri to my dad, Wes Jordan, who I lost to pancreatic cancer in 2002. I also dedicate my Tri for mom, who is now a breast cancer survivor. I also dedicate this to all those fighting the disease - kick cancer's butt! To those that are survivors - way to go! And with a heavy heart, those we have lost to this horrible disease.
In 2009 I went from the couch to a half marathon in just about four months. I was inspired to try something new and chose to run with the DC Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. A family member just passed away from Leukemia, and I didn't know a whole lot about it. I finished the race and raised money for the group. It felt good and therapeutic every way around when I finished.
Since then, I've run quite a few half marathons, 10ks and 5ks. I got bored and lazy and always wanted another challenge... one that didn't involve 26.2 miles!