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Bridge 2 Bridge Danville

Sat April 13, 2019
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Location: Danville, VA US 24541 Directions
Type: Run or Run/Walk, Run Only, Walk Only, Other

Good Morning Bridge2Bridge Participants!

Let me start by thanking our over 700 participants and 160 volunteers who came out yesterday on a gorgeous day to support the efforts of the Danville Pittsylvania Cancer Association and show support for friends, family and loved ones who are struggling with and/or have lost their lives to Cancer.

Your Bridge2Bridge Race Crew works hard to put on a quality race and each year we are rewarded immeasurably
by the smiles, tears and camaraderie that we see from our loyal and loving participants.This event brings great joy to our lives just as we hope it does to yours. We are all working together to make a positive impact on peoples’ lives in this community and it shows!
While we don’t have our exact totals just yet, we know for a fact, that we have raised over $60,000 just this year and more than $450,000 since our inception 9 years ago!

While we strive for excellence and are very proud of the race we put on, things don’t always go according to plan! We would be remiss in not acknowledging the errors that occurred with the timing of the race. While some of the results are correct, a large number of them are not and for that we are very sorry. We hired a large, well respected race management company to time our race after the organization we have utilized for years became a part of this larger entity. While we are making every attempt to correct these errors, we are, simply put, at the mercy of those hired to provide this service. We appreciate your understanding and patience in this matter as we do everything in our power to correct it.

We are looking forward to our 10 year milestone in 2019 and are already brainstorming about possible ways to make this event even better!
Look for some changes next year and mark your calendars for APRIL 13TH, 2019.
It promises to be a good time!

Thank you once again to our loyal fans, our dedicated volunteers, sponsors and supporters of this great event.

With love and gratitude-
Karen Johnston
B2B Race Director

 Hello and thank you for visiting our website! For those of you who are ready to sign up for one of our events, we hope you will find this site as user friendly as we do! Should you need any assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us. Below you will find Karen's' story, which we hope will inspire and motivate you to join us in our never ending quest to support the efforts of the Danville Pittsylvania Cancer Association. Thank you all for your generous support of this great event!


Karen's Story

I have always been a strong supporter of charities that help those afflicted with various diseases and disorders and those that seek a cure. After losing a number of friends and my beautiful sister Phyllis to cancer, I began making contributions to various cancer research groups and charities. I also decided to grow my hair longer and donate it to Locks of Love; the organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long time medical hair loss. It seemed like a way to give from the heart and I took comfort in knowing that I would be helping someone in a difficult situation. In 2009, I donated an 11-inch ponytail.

I also resolved to take care of myself and stay healthy and strong: bike riding, running, horseback riding, walking, reading, spending time with family. These seemed like good ways to enjoy life. Many of these activities I undertook with friends, none of us knowing what was ahead in my journey. In 2008, I was diagnosed with cancer and my own life’s course was changed forever. I was no longer on the sidelines witnessing the battle; I was on the battlefield.

A cancer patient spends a great deal of time in doctors’ offices and lab and that was true for me. At each visit, I noticed and appreciate the care and love from our local oncologists and their staffs. Without fail, they treated me as if I were the only patient ever to be diagnosed, as if I were the most important person in the world. Over time, I came to see that they treated every patient this way. The doctors, nurses technicians, receptionists—they were incredibly wonderful people. In the chemo lab especially, as I sat for hours connected to intravenous therapy. I watched and listened and felt awed at the kindness of the staff—their words of wisdom, their compassion, their gentleness. They even inspired me to consider becoming an oncology nurse, so great was my desire to help people suffering with this illness and so remarkable were the men and women committed to healing me.

During my treatments, I met some of the finest people I have ever encountered, including other patients. We were a team; we were there for the same purpose – trying to stay alive and I noticed that some patients never had family or friends visit like I did. I listened as patients tried to figure out how they were going to return for the next doctor or chemo appointment or how they were going to pay for their medications or their utilities. It was obvious that some patients didn’t have insurance, jobs, transportation, family, or the energy to get through the next day. Even as cancer medicine dripped into my veins, I felt I had to count my blessings and giving thanks to God for sparing my life. I realized I needed to do something to help those less fortunate.

Then, the light bulb came on while I was talking to a physician’s assistant at my doctor’s office. A 5K Run/Walk would be a great way to involve the community and raise money for the Danville Pittsylvania Cancer Association while simultaneously promoting good health habits for participants. What better way for our community to support the DPCA, which receives no funding from the American Cancer Society. Members of the DPCA don’t toot their own horns because they’re too busy helping others. Most people don’t know that last year the DPCA gave $82,197 in service to the people of Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Caswell County.

The Danville Pittsylvania Cancer Association focuses on patient-aid with over $200,000 spent for cancer-related prescriptions, travel assistance, medical supplies and equipment, wigs, prosthesis and other special needs. We do provide some educational materials and still present educational programs. The DPCA also has a support group that is held at 223 Riverview Dr, Suite H Danville, VA for any who are interested.

Nearly everyone’s life has been affected by cancer, either personally or through a family member or friend. Until there is a cure, there is no escaping it. I have witnessed and felt firsthand the warmth and caring of the people of Danville and Pittsylvania County. I work at Karen’s Hallmark Shop in Danville Mall and over the years I have met some of my best friends there. Such loving and giving people: parents, family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and customers. I am truly blessed to live in this wonderful community of such solid, good-natured people. Southside Virginia is truly a place where people care about each other. We each have talents or gifts that we’ve been given and we must use them in positive ways. When we all join together like my friends and family have done, there is nothing we can’t accomplish. Join us in helping the DPCA. Please keep an eye out for the information about the 8th annual Bridge-to-Bridge 5K & 10K in Danville, Virginia.           

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Danville Community Market
629 Craghead Street
Danville, VA US 24541
Event Time Price Details
1 Mile Fun Run - Kids 10 and under
8:45AM EDT
$12 $10
Registration ends April 12, 2019 at 11:59am EDT
5K Run
9:30AM EDT
$30 $25
Price increases after March 11, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT
5K Walk
9:30AM EDT
$30 $25
Price increases after March 11, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT
10K Run
9:30AM EDT
$30 $25
Price increases after March 11, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT
39 Mile Bike Ride
8:00AM EDT
$30 $25
Price increases after March 11, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT

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