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It’s Marathon Week! Pledgers Still Needed! Plus, The Network Will Be on TV Sunday!


ScoutScout, Ph.D.
Director, Network for LGBT Health Equity
A Project of The Fenway Institute

It’s Marathon Week

Many of you already know the Network for LGBT Health Equity and the National LGBT Cancer Network have collaboratively built the first ever LGBT Health NYC Marathon Charity Team, Solvitur Ambulando (“It is solved by walking”). You’ve read how this grew out of the long walks I started taking with my partner, Liz (the Executive Director of the National LGBT Cancer Network). We kept walking and talking, about LGBT health, all our many disparities, fitness, prevention, exercise, nutrition (yes, yes, she eats more greens than I do). As you know, we decided to lead by example, showing how even something as simple as walking can take you far. We’re hoping it’ll take us all 26.2 miles across the finish line of this marathon.

Well, it’s marathon week!! All those odd shoes I’ve been buying for months*, the toe socks, that lost toenail (I know I put it around here somewhere)… let’s hope it’s going to pay off, cause next Sunday Liz and I and three more great LGBT Sovitur Ambulando team mates will join 45,000 others in the New York City Marathon to go the distance!

Help, I Still Need More Pledgers

Thanks, so, so much to the many excellent folk who’ve already joined the team by pitching in. But I’ve still got more fundraising to do before I reach my goal. Remember, all the funds I raise will be used for a joint LGBT physical activity project with the Cancer Network, maybe the first ever nationwide. If you haven’t already, can you give even $20 to help me get to my goal of raising $2,500?? Remember, everyone giving over $100 will even get a commemorative LGBT Solvitur Ambulando marathon team tshirt! (Can’t see the hyperlink above? it’s here – http://www.crowdrise.com/lgbthealth/fundraiser/Scout) Thank you, thank you to every single teammate!

Raising Awareness: Network on TV Sunday

I’m happy to report that the people covering the NYC marathon liked the story of both the Cancer Network and our Network for LGBT Health Equity collaborating to raise awareness for LGBT fitness so much that Liz and I will be interviewed as a human interest story in the live TV coverage! We might even get covered on the national television highlights. So, if you’re in NY region, catch us sometime on NBC Sunday between 10 am to 2 pm. If you’re anywhere else, NBC national tv will be carrying a special NYC marathon highlight show from 2 pm to 4 pm your time. W00t, score one for raising awareness!

7 days and counting… gulp!

Stay tuned to Our Blog for team introductions, odd nutrition games, and even live NYC Marathon tweeting on Sunday. Not smoking, eating better, exercising more; hip hip hooray! (if you can’t see the hyperlink, blog is at https://lgbthealthlink.wordpress.com)

*they look so normal in the pic don’t they? But they’re actually oddly special and rare running shoes, one of the only barefoot shaped shoes, with zero drop, and full cushioning. Don’t ask, this whole foot thing’s been a struggle. Seems most shoes are good for the first 10 miles, but then it gets dicey.

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