April 12th & 13th, 315 Seas It supporters, grant recipients, and cancer survivors took to the roads, trails, seas, or yoga studios to support people fighting cancer and their caregivers.
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Participating in the first national Seas It event created a major source of pride, accomplishment and satisfaction. Look at what we just did! It’s truly incredible and lasting. Looking at all the Instagrams from around the country and knowing the amount of people that are now involved in Seas It’s mission is stunning. And the money we raised this year to help those in need is inspiring.
-Brett & Erika N., NY Spartan Challenge athletes
Coast to coast, on 21 Seas It teams, Cancer. Run With It! athletes spread the news of Seas It’s work and raised funds for the inspirational cancer community Seas It proudly serves. And nationwide, hundreds remembered and celebrated Seas It co-founder Todd “Gov” McGovern’s determination, joy, and hope.
Congratulations to our Cancer. Run With It! participants AND thank you for embodying Todd McGovern’s motto of living a little each day.
Todd McGovern changed the way I looked at the fight against cancer, and bringing Todd’s message nationwide is an accomplishment for Seas It. I was glad to be part of Cancer. Run With It! It was the first Seas It Event for me, and I am proud of the turnout and sponsorships from the Jersey Shore Team.
– Amy M., Jersey Shore Captain
Each of our 21 teams had 1-2 captains who recruited and organized participants, and hit the ground running on race day. Seas It salutes these leaders for all their energy and commitment to Seas It’s mission:
Congratulations to Captain Lindsay McConnel for recruiting the largest Seas It team of 55 participants!
Running for Seas It was a great experience. It was a wonderful celebration of health and a striking tribute to Todd’s memory. And it was fun! The weather was beautiful and I had the chance to run & talk with old friends.
– Anne B., Boston runner
Thank you to our sponsors for helping Seas It recognize its vision for the first National Seas It Weekend!
When I was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, it was Gov who guided and inspired me to keep my head up and fight. Gov taught me that cancer cannot break your spirit, hope, confidence and courage. Living a little each day is how I live – cancer set me back a little but it’s not breaking my spirit and my way of life. I’m now in remission – enjoying each day and living an active lifestyle on my terms! And I thank Gov for that.
– Rob C., Jersey Shore runner
And we applaud all of our Cancer. Run With It! fundraisers. Seas It grant recipients will benefit from your efforts for years to come. A special thank you to those on our fundraising leaderboard:
Brett and Erika Nardini
Lara & Bill Riley
Colby Men’s Ice Hockey
Timoney Merck Dunlap
A thank you from Seas It Founder & Director Amanda McGovern:
To help plan, execute, and participate in Seas It’s first National Event, ‘Cancer. Run With It!’ was an incredibly humbling and moving experience. While my husband, Todd, was alive we would often brainstorm about Seas It. During one of our better brainstorming sessions on the beach, Todd asked me if I could imagine a Nationwide Seas It event. At the time, I couldn’t. But, Todd did a great job of painting the picture for me. He said, ‘Just imagine, the Seas It Blue shirt worn by hundreds of people who want to Seas the Day and live a little…all coming together for a common goal.’ Although he never got to see his idea come to fruition, I think all of us that knew Todd felt his spirit and energy around us as we competed in our various events last weekend.
As Todd’s wife, I was extremely touched by the enthusiasm that people brought to this event. I think the images from race day speak volumes about the experiences people had during this event. For me, rowing with my brother, Eric, who was Todd’s medical advisor and confidant for 8 and ½ years, on a beautiful, sunny day was an extraordinary experience. Eric and I talked about many things on that 5.5-mile row. But, what we talked about most was Todd’s uniqueness, determination, and tremendous strength of character. As someone who hadn’t rowed on the open water in nearly 15 years, thinking about Todd and all that he endured time and time again, certainly got me through the race. I am most appreciative of all the participants, donors, and sponsors that made our first Nationwide Event such a success.