With each new month, we are delighted to honor the dedicated individuals that help drive this mission we share at Chelsea’s Light. This month, we celebrate Annie Adams of Oceanside, a Sports & Lifestyle Marketing & Sales Consultant. Annie is currently the Finish Chelsea’s Run Volunteer Coordinator. She is an active fundraiser and member of Team Fox which is the athletic division of the Michael J. Fox Foundation. After her mom was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2015, her family took an active role within the organization to close the gap on finding a cure. She promised her mom that she wouldn’t stop running marathons if it meant finding a cure and raising awareness for Parkinson’s disease. Distance running has been a love of hers since she was 6 years old when her and her dad ran her first 10k. Running is where she finds clarity, thoughts and freedom. She will be running her 11th marathon this spring. She also loves traveling, experimenting in the kitchen, and spending time with my family, friends and her boyfriend.
Here is more from Annie herself on some of our favorite questions:
CLF: How did you get involved with CLF?
AA: I was living in Los Angeles when we lost Chelsea. I remember hearing the story and feeling extremely shaken up the events that occurred. Without having met Chelsea, I felt like I knew her and that we shared a similar story. Having been a distance runner at UCLA, we not only shared a love of distance running, but a love of education and high goals. And the more I learned about who Chelsea was, the more I was rattled by losing someone so loved, so passionate and so driven.
It wasn’t until 2014 that I had the opportunity to participate in my first Finish Chelsea’s Run shortly after moving to San Diego. I was moved by the number of people that came out, especially children, Brent and Kelly’s speech, and the support of the community to keep Chelsea’s light alive. It was from that year forward that I have participated in FCR. Then in 2016, while working at GRACEDBYGRIT, I had the opportunity to meet Brent King at a charity trunk show that GRACEDBYGRIT put on. I walked away from my conversation feeling like I had to do more and had to get more involved with the Chelsea’s Light Foundation. I wanted to do my part to make sure this tragedy never happened again and to help carry on Chelsea’s light which is what led me to getting more active within the Chelsea’s Light Foundation.
CLF: How many years have you been involved with CLF?
AA: I ran my first FCR in 2014 with a close friend from ASICS. It wasn’t until 2016 that I took a more active role within the organization.
CLF: What do you like best about Chelsea/CLF?
AA: I love what the Chelsea’s Light Foundation stands for and its mission to protect children around the country.
CLF: What is your vision of CLF 5 years from now?
AA: In 5 years, I hope that Chelsea’s law is passed in all 50 states. I also hope that we grow Finish Chelsea’s Run to include additional races around the country. And, last but not least, I hope we can continue to educate and inform in order for such a tragedy to never happen again. This is what will keep Chelsea’s light alive.
We love your vision, Annie, for CLF and are so grateful for your efforts to help it become reality!