For those of you who know me, you probably know I love what I do and where I work, but you may not know how I made my way into the non-profit world and ultimately became the Team Fight Coordinator for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
My name is Katrina McGowan and I am a local gal. I graduated from Mount Hebron in 2002 and went on to play lacrosse at Penn State. In addition to enjoying many of the glorious things college had to offer, I was also very involved with an amazing event called THON. Thon raised money for cancer patients and their families. After getting involved with Thon, I knew that once my lacrosse career had ended I wanted to stay involved with the cancer world. I also knew I wanted to do a crazy thing called a triathlon…
Well fast forward a few years… I made my way into Iron Girl via a charity slot from the one and only Ulman Cancer Fund. In addition to the personal connections I have to the cause (which I will talk about later), this was a perfect fit for my post college goal. I trained and raced with Team Fight that year and successfully completed my first triathlon!
As some of you may have experienced, I got the triathlon bug! I continued to race and raise money for a couple of years with Team Fight. But, before I knew it my life was going to change drastically…and for the BETTER!
In April 2009 I was laid off from my job, yup a product of the recession! Because I am someone who has a hard time just sitting around, I filled my time by volunteering in the office at the UCF while going on interview after interview. I didn’t know it at the time, but the UCF was expanding and looking to bring on a person to run Team Fight. You can imagine my reaction when I was asked to come on staff as a full-time employee for a cause I was very passionate about and a team I knew well. It’s an understatement to say Iwas ECSTATIC!!! At that moment I realized that the last few months had happened for a reason and I was right where I was supposed to be.
Team Fight continues to be one of the largest programs of the Ulman Cancer Fund. Simply put, Team Fight is a motivated group of great people of all ages and athletic abilities training for endurance events to support young adults with cancer. And it’s my job to manage it.
I look forward to sharing the remarkable stories of Team Fight and the PEOPLE behind the cause! Thanks for reading and see you same time same place next Thursday!