September 9th, 2009 was just an ordinary Wednesday for Celeste Hardie as she prepared for the upcoming school year. Then she received a phone call that changed her life, she quickly realized that nothing would be ordinary about this day. Her father had passed away from a massive heart attack, only hours after Celeste had spoken to him.
Two years later, a good friend who worked for the American Heart Association sent her information on the Pittsburgh Heart Walk which raises money for heart disease and stroke research. Celeste knew this was the perfect opportunity to help honor her father's legacy, share knowledge about healthy eating and exercise, and hopes that other families will not have to endure a loss like this. Her father, Ron Krejocic was a kind and caring man who sported one heck of a mustache!
From that day on, Celeste and her faithful group of family and friends created Ron's Mustache Mafia and they have all walked in the Pittsburgh Heart Walk each year since 2011. To date, they have raised over $22,000 for this life saving research!
This past year, Celeste knew she could do more! She set out on a mission to engage her community and share the benefits of a healthy and balanced lifestyle. She started by organizing a Mustache Themed Spirit day at the Homer-Center School District, where she teaches. She put on a mustache themed luncheon to raise money, and created the Mustache Dash 5k run/walk, with all of these fun and healthy events directly benefiting the American Heart Association.
She's been overwhelmed to see the response of her community, people from all over the country are getting involved and helping to create these quirky events filled with fun, laughter, and memories that can change, and with time, mend her heart.
Celeste has partnered with 2 Teachers T-shirts and Gingerbread Man Running Co. for the Second Annual Mustache Dash 5k. Help us, by supporting her incredibly inspiring cause. All proceeds from this event benefit the American Heart Association. With your support, the Mustache Dash can change so many lives and will honor one that is greatly missed. Sign-up is right online, it's simple and secure, by pre-registering before September 21, 2014, you'll not only be registered for the big race, but you'll guarantee yourself an awesome t-shirt and of course a mustache! :) So what are you waiting for, it’s time to sign up to dash the mustache! We ask for you to help us share this incredible story, by sending this story to your family and friends!
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