What a Difference a Run Makes

The Sweet Run is our biggest fundraiser of the year and is definitely my favorite. This event is fun, gets many volunteers involved, and allows us an opportunity to share the Cupcake Girls’ mission with friends and family on a more personal level.  I love it because it combines two of my favorite things, this organization and running.


A few years ago you would not have recognized me. I was heavily drinking, involved in a variety of drugs, and smoking. The party lifestyle led me to a very dark place, and one of the things that changed all of that was running. My sister asked me to go for a run with her and I ran about two blocks and called it good. I could barely breathe and my whole body was killing me; that’s when I knew something had to change. When I was younger I participated in cross country, track and swimming. I was healthy and active, but all of that had been altered. I wanted to get that feeling of health, strength, and accomplishment I experienced when living a healthy lifestyle. So I began the painful process of detoxing my body and getting in better shape. I haven’t looked back since!

We will be running for the Sweet Run (through the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Portland) on May 17th, but if that distance is more than you’d like to tackle, there is a 10k option.  My goal is to raise $2,000 for the Cupcake Girls Portland. This fundraiser resonates with me because both things have changed me in a positive way. Running has humbled, challenged, and pushed me to be better. Through the Cupcake Girls I have met courageous, kind, brave, tenacious, hardworking, strong people. I have changed so much as a person and feel inspired thinking my daughter, my little running buddy, is growing up surrounded by people who care, and who fight for justice.

The ultimate goal for the Sweet Run event is to raise $50,000 for The Cupcake Girls Portland. This would allow us to move forward with our objective of opening a resource center where we can hold support groups, facilitate resource connections, and have a consistent presence in the community.

We would also be able to increase the number of clubs we visit per month, continue to fund all teams within the organization, and ultimately support more adult entertainers in Portland.  Please join us on this journey by running alongside supporters, donating and/or spreading our message.

 “Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public”

― Cornel West

 If you are interested in running and fundraising for us please email me at nathalie@thecupcakegirls.org

 To donate on my fundraising page, please click the following link: http://www.razoo.com/story/Sweet-Run-2015-2

Peace, Love & Cupcakes,