By Jonesa Rodriguez - October 02, 2020
Lisa Logan started participating in Miles for Moffitt in 2013, when her employer, AutoNation, became a sponsor. She never thought that one day, she would battle cancer.
In 2015, Logan found a lump in her breast and was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma, the most common type of breast cancer. It came as a shock—she was 41 and had no prior family history.
“Like most, I was scared and uncertain about where to begin,” said Logan. “The hospital suggested I start with choosing a surgeon.”
After finding her surgeon, Logan quickly started chemotherapy. While in the middle of her treatment, she ran and walked the Miles for Moffitt 5k race. But, that year the race was a little different than the ones she had completed in the past, it was her first one as a cancer patient.
As she struggled to get through the race, Logan found inspiration from a stranger.
“A woman who was running in front of me turned around and said, ‘I’m running for you. You are why I do this.’ I had never met this woman before and she had no idea who I was,” said Logan. “I was so moved and Miles for Moffitt took on a whole new meaning for me.”
After her chemotherapy treatment, Logan had a lumpectomy and her lymph nodes removed. She also received radiation, and today is cancer free. She credits her successful outcome to the advancement of cancer research, which is funded through events like Miles for Moffitt.
For the last seven years, AutoNation has been the presenting sponsor for Miles for Moffitt. It means a lot to employees like Logan.
“I am so proud to work for a company that not only supported me throughout my journey but also supports such a great cause,” said Logan. “AutoNation has become even more supportive of their associates who become affected by offering a cancer insurance policy.”
Even though she calls her experience traumatic, Logan says she is very fortunate to have had the resources and support available to her and hopes to inspire someone else the same way the runner inspired her.
Join Lisa and AutoNation in their pursuit to help contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer at this year’s first virtual Miles for Moffitt on Saturday, Oct. 24. At 10 a.m., everyone is welcomed to tune in for the livestreamed send-off, as our supporters move for what matters.