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Paulo has always been a big supporter of Komen Oregon and SW Washington. He ran in multiple Race for the Cure events in the past because he loves running and supporting a good cause. However, the 2018 Portland Race for the Cure was the most important to him because his mom, Dinorá R de Jesus, was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. Paulo and his family were shocked when they found out since Dinorá is known by family and friends to be a mother and woman who is extremely healthy.
She has a good diet, exercises regularly, and is even a runner herself. In fact, she is the person who fueled Paulo’s passion for running. Paulo was originally into sports such as volleyball and basketball, but Dinorá encouraged him to give running a try and he hasn’t looked back since. Dinorá currently resides in Brazil while Paulo is here in Oregon, but he is thankful that his brother and the rest of their family members are in Brazil by her side.
Ever since discovering his mom’s breast cancer, Paulo has learned two things: It can happen to anybody regardless of how healthy they are, and you need to try to keep a good spirit regardless of the situation. Paulo says, “Never give up. Trust God, because you can win when you believe it. It’s just one more obstacle in your life that you face. You can really conquer anything. Breast cancer is not going to beat you. You can beat it.” Paulo keeps in touch with his mom very frequently through Skype and hopes to one day bring her to the US to run in a Komen Race for the Cure.
Paulo says that Dinorá is scared, but she has a lot of faith that she can fight through and win. After Paulo finishes each Portland for the Cure Race, he likes to send his mom the t-shirt and she’s started a collection. Paulo says, “This is my favorite run in Portland. I send her the t-shirts, she wears them in Brazil. It’s going to be an amazing, meaningful race for me this year. I’ll be running for my best friend and my champion, who is my mom.”