BLOG: Running with Meaning. Running for MOCA.

BLOG: Running with Meaning. Running for MOCA.


Paul Johnson is a runner and MOCA supporter who is spending a month in Florida with his family. Paul has decided to take advantage of the warm Florida weather with a 30-day, 150 mile running challenge – all to benefit MOCA!

I am an enthusiastic amateur runner. I really got into running three years ago when I quit my job to become a stay-at-home dad. Running is a free and easy way to get out of the house and stay active and healthy.

But I’ve recently been thinking about how I can do more with my running. That led me to start a blog called Run with Meaning. The goal of my Run with Meaning effort is not only to run, but to mobilize the running community to raise money, support and awareness for worthwhile causes.

I’m launching Run with Meaning by dedicating a month of running to MOCA, a cause that is dear to my heart.  My aunt, Debbie Viktora, is an ovarian cancer survivor. I’m also related to Nancy Libbey, an active MOCA volunteer and the daughter of an ovarian cancer survivor, Cathy Morris.

Since Valentine’s Day, I’ve pledged 30 runs to MOCA by running every day and raising money for MOCA. I’ve handed out symptom cards and pins along the way, to raise awareness. My goal is to run 150 miles and raise $2,000 for MOCA. You can track my run – and see pictures – on my blog.

This challenge originally started with the idea to run for Aunt Deb, Nancy Libbey, and Cathy Morris. But it’s become so much more than that.

I’ve heard from many others who have been impacted by ovarian cancer. So now each mile I run is another mile to represent everyone affected by ovarian cancer – mothers, neighbors, co-workers, and friends – even you! My mission – to make a difference against ovarian cancer by lacing up my running shoes.