4 States, 12 Days, 390.6 Miles,
1 Woman, $25K for BCRF
June 22nd - July 3rd, 2018
My name is Davina McNaney. In 2012, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I have always considered myself to be a resilient, strong, self-sufficient and focused person, but breast cancer packs a powerful blow to anyone in its path. Since that devastating experience that brought me to a low point in my life, it has been my determined mission to help others similarly impacted. I would not let breast cancer hold me in its grips for long, and will never let the diagnosis make me a victim.
Two years after undergoing a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, I knew how to make an impact against the horrible diagnosis that stunned my spirit. In 2015, with the support of my loving husband, Steve, I ran from Michigan to NY for BCRF. RunMI2NY spanned 15 days, across 4 states for 470 solo miles to raise $23,000 for breast cancer research. It was an amazing experience that I shared with my husband, 2 daughters, extended family, friends and numerous others whose lives were impacted by breast cancer.
In 2016/17, I continued my plight, raising an additional $5,000 for BCRF by completing several ultra races, the longest being a 100 mile trail race. My support of BCRF through blood, sweat, tears and oh-so-many miles has allowed me to live by example and inspire others to stand up and take risks. I love running but I love the positive impact it has allowed me to make even more.
Because they’re one-of-a-kind amazing!! The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is recognized as the highest rated breast cancer organization in the U.S. and one of the most financially efficient nonprofits in the country. They are the only breast cancer organization with an “A+” from CharityWatch and a 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator.
BCRF funds 275 scientists from top universities and medical institutions around the globe in their pursuit to prevent and cure breast cancer. Additionally, 91 cents of each dollar spent by BCRF goes directly to research and awareness programs.
“Our goal is to accelerate the breakthroughs bringing us closer to a cure to speed up the progress that will improve survivorship and quality of life for breast cancer patients today.” – Myra J. Biblowit, President & CEO
#BeTheEnd #TogetherWeCan #CancerDividesWeUnite
On June 22, 2018, the 4 state solo run began. I left form the arch of the Boston Harbor Hotel, ran along the iconic Boston Marathon course (finish to start), up into the lonely roads of New Hampshire, over Vermont’s Green Mountains, into NY state to stop by the Capitol Building in Albany & the Irish District in Syracuse; finishing at the shores of Lake Ontario in Sodus Point, NY. On July 3rd, I was so happy to end in my beloved hometown, just as I did when I ran from Michigan.
This run was 390.6 miles over 12 days, which is an average of 32.5 miles a day. I thought the 15,100 ft. elevation gain would be the most challenging part of Bostrun2NY, where the highest gain was a 2,500 ft. climb over Vermont's Green Mountains. That was easy compared to the heat wave of 2018!! With 5 days at or above 90 degrees, I was forced to start running as early as 3am with a headlamp to avoid temps that felt like 110. Sleep deprivation, dehydration & heat exhaustion made for very long & challenging days.
Thankfully, the support I received from my husband, daughters, family, friends & countless strangers pushed me through this massive physical feat. Bostrun2NY raised a total of $25,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation! So happy to support life saving research, spread cancer awareness & encourage find their strength!