|Bradenton, FL — Nature’s Academy co-founder and cancer survivor Dana Pounds competes in the 6th Annual Robinson’s Preserve Twilight 5K Run on Friday, March 28, at 6:45 p.m.
Pounds, after losing her right leg to desmoid cancer in 2008, dedicated her life to overcoming obstacles and finding inspiration in tough times. By then, she had already started Nature’s Academy, a non-profit outdoor science education classroom.
Pounds started the Pounding the Pavement Project to fulfill the dual missions of raising awareness for science literacy and inspiring others to reach for their goals, no matter the obstacles. Her goal was to walk or run in a 5K challenge.
“Sometimes it is just about showing up,” says Pounds, whose cancer prevented her from competing in several races this past fall. Her training was further complicated by unexpected side effects of treatment and an emergency trip to New Jersey to advocate for her father, who faces multiple myeloma.
“This race is about having the guts to try even though I have a pretty good chance of not making the finish line,” she says. “The finish line is an illusion, something we invent in our minds. This effort, for me, is to show that strength comes from the courage to try to be in the race—life is not about winning, but about participating in your dreams as best you can. I’m held back physically, but I’m not giving up.”
Money raised for the race goes to Nature’s Academy’s Science Literacy Project. The Pounding the Pavement Project is the first of two major science literacy fundraising events to help Nature’s Academy bring experiential outdoor education programs to the over 50% of 5th graders who are not science proficient in the state of Florida. The second event will be the Giving Challenge May 6-7, 2014.
For more information on Nature’s Academy, visit www.naturesacademy.org.