If it were possible to outrun cancer, Erin Stone would do it.
The Temecula resident and mother of three was recently selected as one of three women from across the United States to serve as part of Under Amour’s national Power in Pink promotion — a campaign that urges physical activity in the battle against cancer.
“I have always been about exercise and have been a runner since I was eight years old. And so I kept up with some type of running and used exercise to (help) me through my ordeal,” said Stone, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010.
Each year the sports apparel company Under Armour chooses three women who have fought their cancer and the debilitating treatments with exercise.
“There were many times where I couldn’t be active, physically,” said Stone of her experience with chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
“The second I felt strong, I would go out for a walk, get fresh air and move my body. It’s really about setting a healthy mindset. Whether it’s a brisk walk, jog or swim, exercise clears your head and makes you feel strong,” said Stone.
Stone said she was surprised to learn that she was chosen for the honor shortly after she began the submission process in June.
Since she received word, Stone has been in something of a whirlwind — filming ad and commercial spots for the company, fielding invitations to participate in company events, and sitting for interviews with Fox News to discuss the idea of staying fit for life.
Stone recently returned from Baltimore where she ran in the Under Armour a half marathon in two hours and nine minutes.
“I just learned that (Under Armour) plans to donate $5,000 on my behalf (to a charity of my choice), which I have decided to donate to Michelle’s Place,” Stone said.
Stone participated earlier this year the Reality Rally hosted by former “Survivor: Gabon” contestant Gillian Larson, where all proceeds benefited Michelle’s Place, a local breast cancer resource center.
Stone said: “This (experience) has definitely been life-changing. It was devastating to (get the diagnosis), and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. But, I also wouldn’t change anything because I have gained so much strength and motivation.”