Sunday 25 June 2017

Magazine makes fun of cancer patient running charity marathon

Photo: NBC
Photo: NBC

'Self' magazine in the US has been criticised for branding a cancer patient running a charity marathon as "lame".

Monika Allen ran the Los Angeles marathon while undergoing chemotherapy for brain cancer. She dressed as WonderWoman for the event, complete with red tutu, a product she sells as part of her 'Glam Runner' business, which raises funds for charity that empowers young girls and women.

'Self' magazine printed the photo in their magazine, placing the picture in a 'lame' column on their 'BS Meter' and writing:

"A racing tutu epidemic has struck NYC's Central Park, and it's all because people think these froufrou skirts make you run faster," the column reads. "Now, if you told us they made people run from you faster, maybe we would believe it."

Allen was asked for her permission to use the photo, which she gave, but she was not told how to photo was to be used or what caption was to accompany it. When she bought the magazine she was "shocked", as she posted on the Glam Running Facebook page.

The Los Angeles marathon was her first one since receiving her diagnosis.

Speaking to USA Today, Self magazine's Editor-in-chief Lucy Danziger said the magazine "shouldn't have run the item." "I am personally mortified...It was an error. It was a stupid mistake."

The Huffington Post reports that Glam Runner began in 2011 and has raised over $5,600 for 'Girls On The Run' - a non-profit with a training program for 8-13 year-old girls which prepares them for 5k races.

Lucy Danziger told USA Today that she would be "reaching out to Allen" to support her charity efforts.

Following the outrage over the incident, the Glam Running Facebook page thanks fans for thier "overwhelming support".

"While we were hurt by SELF Magazine's use of our photo in their magazine, instead of bashing them for their mistake we'd like to embody the Girls on the Run San Diego spirit and show our solidarity with our positive response. Do something awesome and dedicate it to Glam Runner - post an encouraging quote on Facebook, go for a run in your neighborhood, shout encouragement to runners on the street, or wear a tutu in your next race. Help us share why #tutusrock!"

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