Relief in Action

Posted on | July 22, 2013 | 5 Comments

I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Advil®, as a part of the Advil® Relief in Action campaign. I received compensation for this post. While all opinions stated are my own, I make no claims about Advil® as a product or its ffectiveness. 

Those of you who have been reading for a while may remember that I have a great love of, well, lots of things, one of the strongest these days being my love of running.  I get a lot of incredulous “Why would you DO that” from people (especially my dad) and my answer is always the same: Imagine a world where everyone is constantly needing something from you… and then imagine a place where you can go and no asks you for anything. Running is my escape from my everyday life. One of the best things about running, for me, has been the camaraderie that grows between other runners: friends who run along beside you and tell you their stories.

One of those friends instilled in me a deep rooted love for my local Ronald McDonald House.  That love of what they do, translated into a fundraising goal to raise money to support what they do.  That fundraising goal turned into a running goal and before I knew it, I was registered to run a half-marathon to raise money for my little Ronald McDonald House.  Me. Little old, herniated disc me. When I told my doctor, he started calling me his “non-compliant patient” but he said it with a grin, always, because he knew as well as I did that nothing was going to keep me from doing what I wanted to do, when I wanted to do it.  It never has.   And what I wanted to do was finish that half-marathon, get my medal, and know that I did something good for a good cause. image And I did.  I raised $1,750 for Ronald McDonald House.  I ran 13.1 miles.  And you know what? I’m doing it again in February, only this time to up the stakes, I’m running 19.3 over two days.  Because it’s bigger than me…. it’s about being bigger than just me and giving back to a great cause. So when Advil® started its Relief in Action campaign, I wanted to be a part of it. Because the campaign is FOR and about people like me: people who don’t let pain get in the way of helping others.

Advil® is honoring active volunteers who give back to help others: people who rebuild homes and businesses devastated by Sandy; people who build homes with Habitat for Humanity; people who serve in the armed forces.  The Advil® Relief in Action campaign is partnering with Habitat for Humanity and Wounded Warrior Project® to recognize volunteers’ hard work and relieve the tough pain that comes along with giving back.  And make no mistake… there is pain involved in giving back.  When you put it all out there, when you leave it all on the course or the field or the track, you learn the feeling of ecstatic pain… the numbing ache of finishing in spite of everything in you telling you not to finish.

I love that Advil® is honoring that feeling. And not only are they honoring volunteers, they’re actively giving back. As part of the Advil® Relief in Action program, a portion of the price of participating Advil bottles will go to Habitat for Humanity International and Wounded Warrior Project so their volunteers can get the relief they need and get back to giving back. Which is obviously more important. So what are YOU doing to give back?

Wanna see what others are up to and maybe get some ideas on how you can help? Follow @reliefinaction on Twitter and Instagram and share your own Relief in Action by posting pictures with the hash tag #reliefinaction on Twitter and Instagram. More questions? Visit to learn more.


5 Responses to “Relief in Action”

  1. Cathy S
    July 23rd, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

    Awesome! I love this post! And yes… to why you run and YES! to the necessity of Advil and YES! to Advil being so amazing and giving back! Can’t wait to hear about the journey in February!

  2. Law Momma
    July 24th, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

    I love what they’re doing… it’s really good to see companies giving back!

  3. Carol
    July 24th, 2013 @ 9:41 pm

    19.3 miles – WooHoo!! That’ll be a piece of cake for you, Karen!! You’ve soooo got this!! [Excellent post – you are so great with words.]

  4. Meredith
    August 26th, 2013 @ 6:01 pm

    Congrats and this is so awesome! The Ronald McDonald House is a wonderful thing to run for!

  5. Tahnya Kristina
    September 7th, 2013 @ 11:05 am

    The Ronald McDonald House is a great reason to run. My uncle stayed there for 2 months when my 8 year old cousin had a tragic accident. Congrats.

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