Married to her high school sweetheart for the past 11 years, Kathy is a mother to two wildly active little boys, a 6-year-old named Travis and a 4-year-old named Emmett. An avid distance runner for over 10 years, Kathy has recently taken her distance running to the next level by competing in ultra-marathon races. Kathy holds running close to her heart because it has given her hope even in her darkest moments, when she thought her son may not live to see another day.
Rosea ran with Theresa everyday. She was loyal and devoted to Theresa, always by her side, always waiting for her to get home. She came into Theresa’s life when she was two years old – before that she had been trained as a golden retriever leader dog. This training made it stressful for her to be without Theresa so she never left her side. In many ways Rosea was Theresa’s leader and therapy. On Theresa’s wedding day, she didn’t wear a veil but instead Rosea wore it for her and stood by her side as she always did.
One day after a run Rosea came home and threw up blood. Theresa immediately took her to the vet only to discover she had lymphoma and was told she had 3 weeks to live. But mothers don’t take no for an answer. Even in the darkest times, a mother does everything in her power to save her children. So that’s what Theresa did. She drove her to and from a holistic treatment center an hour or more away every week, she adhered to a strict and daily supplement and treatment regimen but Rosea was happy. The treatment was working and it was all worth it. In the midst of caring for Rosea, Theresa gave up running. She couldn’t possibly look at Rosea’s face as she left for a run, knowing her partner in crime wanted so badly to be there but couldn’t. So just like Rosea did, Theresa continued to remain right by her side, even if that meant giving up running.
Wondering what the SHE Rocks Virtual Run is all about? Never participated in a virtual run before? Don’t worry it’s actually pretty simple – a virtual run is just a race that can be ran at any location you choose! You run WHEN you want and WHERE you want. You can walk, use the treadmill, skip, run outside or participate in another race. For the SHE Rocks Virtual Run you have the option to complete a 5k, 10k or 15k on Mother’s Day (5/10/15). It’s up to you to run the distance you choose and complete your race sometime that weekend either by yourself or alongside friends or family!
The beauty of a virtual run is that it’s completely flexible and you can run your race at your pace wherever you like, remember at Fellow Flowers we believe – forward is a pace! All SHE Rocks Virtual Run participants will be emailed a race bib, optional supporter bibs and a kiddos certificate of completion (and a special Fellow Flowers Momosa cocktail recipe so you can cheers to you and your finish!) and will be mailed a finisher’s medal and limited edition race tank.
We are still in complete shock, awe and pure bliss to have been featured on the TODAY Show. We’re still sort of pinching ourselves – did that really just happen? Talk about a dream come true. More than anything, the opportunity to share the Fellow Flowers movement with women across the country has been both an honor and a true blessing. A big thank you and shout out to our Fellow Flowers community for making this a reality and for your continued support, passion and drive. We wake up every morning, motivated to make a difference because each of you has touched us profoundly and we know this is what we were meant to do. And to all of you who have decided to join the Fellow Flowers movement after the TODAY Show aired, welcome! We are so honored and excited to be part of your journey!
If you missed the TODAY Show segment or just want to watch it again, click on the image below or here to view it on Today.com.
It all started with a conversation between girlfriends (doesn’t everything?) and from there Declare It Day became a national movement – one founded on inclusivity and empowerment and one that celebrates the journey of chasing a goal, dream or aspiration.
It was January when we were boarding a flight to Phoenix. We were comparing our stack of magazines for the long cross-country flight, and couldn’t help but laugh at the covers. They were littered with resolution success secrets, weight-loss tricks and superficial ‘how-to’s’ – and we had to wonder, “Is this seriously all there is?”
Shouldn’t we have something a bit more realistic and inspiring for women who want to commit and work toward their goals?”
Make a statement this summer.