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Come along with me and my friends and watch as I continue to come back from cancer, learn how to run again and train for the Champions 5K Run on August 6th, 2011 in Chicago.

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The 5K Project is an accidental journey with a magic of its own making that effortlessly drew in a group of people to raise some hope, a challenge and a new way of living.

This all started because I was trying to learn how to tweet by starting small conversations with the stream of comments flowing by me on Tweet Deck. First, I mentioned wanting to run a 5K because last year I was learning how to walk again after surgery from cancer that took a slice of my left leg.

Then, I saw something about skydiving and chimed in about what jumping out of a plane had done for me. I landed and walked away wondering why I was still doing anything that no longer served me. Every stale idea that just wasn’t working got shut down and I learned how to focus and trust more.

Both are still an ongoing project.

Before I knew it, I was sponsored by PROskydiving to run a 5K and then jump out of a plane to celebrate the victory of believing in the possibilities. They wanted to be a part of the journey.

Then, Dave Smith, who’s sponsored by PROskydiving and is a Chi runner got excited and wanted to help spread the word to other athletes to get a skin check and save your own life. He brought in Mo Wills a Chi coach with Infinity Multisport and things just kind of sprouted from there.

Tweeting also brought us the Barefoot Runner, Thomas Hollowell and Rachelle Kuramoto with Kigo Footwear who mentioned making this a regular thing to really raise some money and find the first chemotherapy for melanoma.

Friends got involved and shared their memories of helping me through every part of the voyage. Some are joining us in the run & jump!

Now, we want to invite you to join us and follow along with Mo and myself and all the others who were drawn into the 5K Project as we keep saying yes to the adventure that is still being created around us. I am learning so much more about myself than I ever expected.

Are you in the middle of an adventure?

Do you want to be a part of our adventure?

Martha Carr and Jenn Gibbons with an update on the 5K Project, running and recovery. Runners from Infinity Training and PROskydiving are going to run and then skydive at Chicagoland Skydiving Center on August 6th in celebration of life. Money will be raised for the Northwestern Dermatology Research on Melanoma fund.

Q: What are you doing this summer to move outside of your comfort levels?

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Louie Carr talks about helping his Mom, Martha Carr recover from melanoma and the removal of part of her leg, to learn to walk and to live again and about the 5k Project. Runners from Infinity Training and PROskydiving are going to run and then skydive at Chicagoland Skydiving Center on the same day in celebration of life. Money will be raised for the Northwestern Dermatology Research on Melanoma fund.

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Mo Wills of Infinity Multisport @InfinityTri talks about Chi Running. Mo is teaching Martha Carr how to walk and run again after her recovery from surgery for melanoma and he’s the coach for the 5K Project. More videos will follow with Mo and Martha as well as upcoming events so you can learn how to walk and run more easily regardless of injury, out of shape or training for a triathlon. Stay tuned.

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Tracy Thompson talks about helping Martha Carr recover from melanoma and the removal of part of her leg, to learn to walk and to live again and about the 5k Project. Runners from Infinity Training and PROskydiving are going to run and then skydive at Chicagoland Skydiving Center on the same day in celebration of life. Money will be raised for the Northwestern Dermatology Research on Melanoma fund. More information can be found at www.marthacarr.com.

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Cindy Biggs talks about helping Martha Carr recover from melanoma and the removal of part of her leg, to learn to walk and to live again and about the 5k Project. Runners from Infinity Training and ProSkydiving are going to run and then skydive at Chicagoland Skydiving Center on the same day in celebration of life. Money will be raised for the Northwestern Dermatology Research on Melanoma fund. More information can be found at www.marthacarr.com.

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Dr. Pedram Gerami, a leading researcher on melanoma, talks about helping Martha Carr recover from melanoma and the removal of part of her leg, to learn to walk and to live again and about the 5k Project. Runners from Infinity Training and PROskydiving are going to run and then skydive at Chicagoland Skydiving Center on the same day in celebration of life. Money will be raised for the Northwestern Dermatology Research on Melanoma fund. More information can be found at www.marthacarr.com

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Mimi Fron talks about helping Martha Carr recover from melanoma and the removal of part of her leg, to learn to walk and to live again and about the 5k Project. Runners from Infinity Training and PROskydiving are going to run and then skydive at Chicagoland Skydiving Center on the same day in celebration of life. Money will be raised for the Northwestern Dermatology Research on Melanoma fund. More information can be found at www.marthacarr.com.

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Matt Koontz talks about helping Martha Carr recover from melanoma and the removal of part of her leg, to learn to walk and to live again and about the 5k Project. Runners from Infinity Training and PROskydiving are going to run and then skydive at Chicagoland Skydiving Center on the same day in celebration of life. Money will be raised for the Northwestern Dermatology Research on Melanoma fund. More information can be found at www.marthacarr.com.

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The Chi Running 5k Project to celebrate life and overcome melanoma cancer has begun! Video updates from friends, family and Mo Wills, the trainer will be posted every other week to show author and melanoma survivor, Martha Carr’s progress as she learns to run again after having part of her left leg removed at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago in 2009. In 2010 she learned to walk again and in 2011 she’s going to learn how to run! Come join PROskydiving, Mo Wills with Infinityeffect.com and author and melanoma survivor, Martha Carr for the August 6th Champion 5k in the morning and skydiving at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in the afternoon.

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