"I thought there had to be something where you could raise money for something to help research or help with patient lifestyle and care and their families that are hit with such a tragic thing to happen to them."
- Lenore Moskey
Name: Lenore Moskey
Position: Product Manager
Company: Medtronic Inc.
Basics: Moskey is raising money for the National Brain Tumor Foundation through her participation in marathons.
When it comes to contributing money to charitable causes, some people wait for their employer to encourage involvement through sign-up sheets posted in the break room or a mass e-mail to be sent recruiting them to volunteer for the next run/walk event.
Medtronic Inc.'s Lenore Moskey didn't wait for her employer to present an opportunity. Instead, upon hearing that friend and co-worker Katie Betzwieser had been diagnosed with brain cancer, Moskey, a product manager at Medtronic, did some research about the disease.
And she ended up contacting Jennifer Neale with the National Brain Tumor Foundation (NBTF) to find out how she could contribute to the organization's goal of increasing awareness about the disease and to fund research for possible cures.
As a result of that conversation, Moskey decided to take part in the Nike Women's Marathon, held Oct. 21 in San Francisco. She set a goal of raising $1,000, all of which would go to the NBTF. Moskey raised $500 - half of her goal - but it still is money that will go toward care of people who have been diagnosed with brain cancer. Plus, she was able to do something she enjoys while raising money for a cause.
"I finished it and it was a lot of fun," Moskey said of her recent endeavor, adding that she finished the half marathon (13.1 miles) in three hours.
Brain cancer is rarely talked about, Neal said. That's why she said she is glad to have Moskey partner with the organization to help fund research, but also to help generate some publicity for the organization.
"Five hundred children and adults every day in the U.S. are diagnosed with brain cancer," she said. "And there are over 120 types of brain cancer. But because it is very difficult to move the process forward, you see a lot more press on prostate cancer and breast cancer. It's a very complicated cancer, and unless there's a push, the dollars will not be directed there."
In light of her friend's diagnosis, Moskey said she had an interest in drawing attention to brain cancer.
"I know that there are a lot of grassroots organizations out there that are looking for ways to publicize themselves," Moskey said. "And usually when you have a brain tumor the diagnosis isn't very good. So I thought there had to be something where you could raise money for something to help research or help with patient lifestyle and care and their families that are hit with such a tragic thing to happen to them."
As far as Betzwieser is concerned, Moskey said she is doing well.
"She's had five MRIs so far and the tumor has not shown back up," Moskey said. "She had a really successful surgery and she's pretty much back to normal."
Ready for more
This won't be the last marathon event Moskey participates in to support NBTF. She said she plans to soon start training for the Walt Disney World Marathon, which will take place Jan. 13 in and around the theme park resort near Orlando, Fla.
When she runs the marathon, Moskey said she plans to complete the entire 26.2 miles. She again hopes to raise $1,000 for NBTF.
The recent Nike Women's Marathon wasn't Moskey's first time to compete in a marathon - she had participated in four prior to it - but it was her first time running to benefit a nonprofit organization like the brain tumor foundation.
"I've always been running," she said. "I've never really done it for a charity.
This is actually the first charity I've done this for and I was always waiting for the right one. And this one just kind of happened. ... (Betzwieser is) a really good friend of mine and it kind of struck me as something that I should do."
Moskey said she views the half marathon she completed in San Francisco as part of her training for the coming Walt Disney World Marathon.
As her training gears up, Moskey said she plans to spend weekends running at Shelby Farms.
"I'll do long runs on Saturday morning usually out at Shelby Farms, whatever I can fit in with my schedule," she said. "You know you taper up and then taper down and so I'll probably gradually get back into it. My longest run will probably be 22 miles; I'll be out for maybe five hours. And then
I'll taper back down to like 18, 12, 10 (miles)."