Miles for Monica

Miles for Monica

From Joanna Buchanico

275 miles. 100 days. I'll do the running, you do the donating. Please help my sister Monica Buchanico Church pay for her breast cancer treatment!

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Update #7

over 6 years ago

Hi everyone!
For all the non-Facebook people, this is a screenshot from video I shot today. I ran to Monica's last chemo session, officially cracking the 300 mile mark. Final total is 300.27. It been one heck of a summer. I never thought I could do this. I'm sure Monica at times didn't think she could do this. But she crushed this. I am so proud of her. And I am so grateful to all of you. Words can't express it. Thank you for your donations, your support....you are all amazing. Much love to y'all. My legs are taking a break tomorrow!
With much love and gratitude,
Joanna

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See that beautiful lady up there? That's my sister, Monica Buchanico Church.  Some of you already know her, her devoted husband Chris, and her awesome kids, Chris and Juliana.  

Earlier this year, Monica was let go from her job.  About a month or so after that, a cancerous lump was discovered in her breast.  She had a successful surgery (hooray!).  However, she still needs to get eight rounds of aggressive chemotherapy, then radiation, then hormone therapy.

Of course, we were all shocked by the news.  Grateful for the early detection, but somber at the notion of Monica having to go through the cancer treatment trifecta.  

Monica started chemotherapy this week.  She is staying positive, always the fighter, which is fantastic.  And everyone has been so supportive so far.  But I can't help feeling helpless watching the physical and emotional toll this takes on her.

Here's where I come in.  What can I do? How can I sacrifice time, energy and physical strength while she goes through this process? What can I do that exhausts me, pains me, challenges me mentally and physically?  The only solution was this - run.  Run farther and often, more than you ever have before.  The plan is 275 miles in 100 days - from Sunday June 12 (the day before Monica's first treatment) to September 19, the day of her last treatment.   

I know this is absolutely nothing compared to chemotherapy, but I wanted to share a challenge with her, and also help her in the process.  This is where YOU come in....

As some of you know, Chris is the fine proprietor of Christopher Charles Jewelry (148 Haddon Ave, Haddon Twp NJ - buy stuff!).  Due to the costs of being a small business owner, Monica handled the health insurance for herself, Chris and the kids.  Now that Monica lost her job, the family has to pay out of pocket for health insurance for the whole family...which includes all of her cancer treatment.

So if you're game, how about I run and you donate?  Donate by miles ran, a flat amount, whatever you can spare.  It is all greatly appreciated. 

Thank you so much for reading this.  I will be keeping tabs of my mileage on here, Instagram and Facebook.  #milesformonica #m4m. 10.68 miles already in the books. 264.32 to go.  Let's do this.

Joanna

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Joanna Buchanico posted a new update:
over 6 years ago

Update #9

Hi everyone!
For all the non-Facebook people, this is a screenshot from video I shot today. I ran to Monica's last chemo session, officially cracking the 300 mile mark. Final total is 300.27. It been one heck of a summer. I never thought I could do this. I'm sure Monica at times didn't think she could do this. But she crushed this. I am so proud of her. And I am so grateful to all of you. Words can't express it. Thank you for your donations, your support....you are all amazing. Much love to y'all. My legs are taking a break tomorrow!
With much love and gratitude,
Joanna

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Joanna Buchanico posted a new update:
over 6 years ago

Update #8

We did it! We made our goal! And well ahead of schedule. Thank you thank you SO much to everyone who donated and spread the word. Words can't express the gratitude. We still have 13 days left, and I have less than 30 miles left, so let's keep this going! Thank again and much love to all of you!

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Joanna Buchanico posted a new update:
over 6 years ago

Update #7

Hello everyone!
I'M UPPING THE ANTE.
Monica is doing great - only two chemo treatments to go! Unfortunately, we've hit a bit of a delay. Because of Labor Day, Monica's treatment has been pushed back a few days from Monday to Thursday. Which means her last day of treatment should be Sept. 22. What does that mean? I'M GOING TO 300. Since I'm going the extra mile (or 25) I hope that we can pass our original goal of $10,000. So thank you for your continued support, and please keep spreading the word! Love you all #milesformonica

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Joanna Buchanico posted a new update:
over 6 years ago

Update #6

Hello everyone,
This is the sweaty selfie of a girl who has passed the 200 mile mark. 203.21 miles in 67 days. 32 to go, and I'm planning on crushing it....just like Monica has been crushing it all summer.

We are soooo close to meeting our goal. Please keep spreading the word - at work, at the gym, at happy hour, wherever! Those $5 and $10 donations can really add up, so please keep telling folks about #milesformonica!

Thank you again for all of your support. Let's crush this together :)

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Joanna Buchanico posted a new update:
over 6 years ago

Update #5

Hi Miles for Monica Supporters!
Sorry if I have been slacking with the Salon Royale Court weekly raffle. This week's winner of a free haircut with William Alberto is Raffaella Procaccini! Congrats Raffaella!
47 days left. Total miles 160.42. And less than $1000 needed to meet our goal! Thanks again and spread the word! #milesformonica

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Joanna Buchanico posted a new update:
over 6 years ago

Update #3

Hi everyone!
As promised, this week's winner of a free haircut with William Alberto at Salon Royale Court is..... Cory Arcaroli!! Congrats Cory and thank you for your donation!

Just ran two miles (yes this late). Felt good since it wasn't sweltering outside. Total to date - 107.38 Let's keep the miles and donations coming!

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Joanna Buchanico posted a new update:
over 6 years ago

Update #2

Hello everyone!
We are in Week 3, and as you can see, Monica is being her ever fabulous self (along with the fabulous offspring!) and my legs are still treating me well. Again I want to thank you for all of your support and spreading the word. But we still have some more to go, so here's a little incentive. Thanks to the amazing William Alberto at Salon Royale Court, I will be randomly selecting one donor a week to win a free haircut with William. I can personally vouch for William that he is a master at his craft! So if you haven't donated, donate! If you have, spread the word! Thank you again and much love. -Joanna

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