Gaile Force


Wow.  What a day yesterday!  It started early.  The Gaile’s were up at 6:30 a.m. (which is rare!) and out the door by 7:15 a.m.  We were running late but somehow made it to Atlantic Station for the Komen Race for the Cure by 7:30 a.m.

Thanks to all of you that got up early and joined us for the walk/run.  It was amazing.  I was told there were 18,000 plus people in attendance for the race.  It felt like it.  There was a sea of pink in support of breast cancer awareness/research. The Gaile Force team raised $4,000.  Way to go!  The team looked awesome in specially designed t-shirts (thank you!) that read “Gaile Force” on the front, and “We go the Distance…Team Meehan’s” on the back.  Some members walked the one mile, others ran or walked the 3 mile.  We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful morning.  The weather was perfect.

Honestly, it was an overwhelming experience for me.  For years I volunteered for the American Cancer Society (ACS) and coordinated or attended events or races to raise money for ACS.  But yesterday was different.  I now have breast cancer and was one of the many in the “sea of pink” that has been personally affected by cancer.  Our friends and family were there to support me.  We were there to raise money for breast cancer research, hoping to find a cure for what I now have.  Wow.

Let's Do This

I was told by definition I am considered a survivor, although I am still in the midst of treatment.  I didn’t know that.  I figured I would be classified as a survivor once I was cancer free.  So, at the end of the race I went across the finish line as a “survivor.”  It was an emotional moment for me but I kept it together.  They handed me a medal on a pink ribbon and a pink rose.  I finished the race with Ed and a group of friends.  One friend in particular flew into town specifically to be with us this weekend and crossed the finish line with me.  Although slightly different, she too has been affected by breast cancer.  Unfortunately, her mom fought hard but did not win the battle.  Thinking of Suzanne and JoAnn today.  Thanks for being here with us and for all of your love and support.

After the race, we headed to Meehan’s Vinings where we were joined by a ton of friends and family for a post race celebration.  A very special thanks to Gregg, Catherine, and Becky for pulling all of this together; to Meehan’s for hosting; and to Scott and Tony for the amazing necklace.  You guys are wonderful.  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

Ed and I were so overwhelmed with the show of support.  We seriously could not do this without being surrounded by our family and such a great group of friends.

Check out the pictures from yesterday’s race in the Photo Gallery.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing moms!  Enjoy your day!




  1. Just in case anyone asks: YOU ARE MY HERO! Happy Mother’s Day. MOM

  2. Mark Hope says:

    Hi Gaille:

    What a fabulous day we had with you on Saturday!

    Just wanted to pass along this link Pam’s Aunt sent us…
    Here’s an explanation of what they do:

    Cleaning for a reason
    “If you know any woman currently undergoing chemotherapy, please pass the word to her that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning – once per month for 4 months while she is in treatment. All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment. Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service. This organization serves the entire USA and currently has 547 partners to help these women. It’s our job to pass the word and let them know that there are people out there that care. Be a blessing to someone and pass this information along. “

  3. Mary Johnson says:

    What an awesome day, and we were honored to walk in celebration of you!!! You continue to amaze and inspire me, Meredith Gaile!!! Constantly saying prayers that this thing will all be behind you soon!!! Almost halfway there!!!!


  4. Lauriel, Craig and Mabel says:

    I cant believe i was out of town and missed this 🙁 but, am so happy there was such a great turnout for the event !!! Gaile Force rocks on….

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