Breast Cancer Awareness Month may technically be over, but we all know raising awareness and funds for the cause is 24/7/365 effort. One man who knows that very well is entrepreneur and reality TV star Bill Rancic, who some of us admittedly know better as the devoted husband of E! host and breast cancer survivor Giuliana Rancic and doting dad of their 1-year-old Duke. Together, Giuliana and Bill started Fab-U-Wish, a charity that "plays fairy godmother to women in need of a little refuge" by granting women with breast and ovarian cancer their most glamorous wishes.
In order to raise money for Fab-U-Wish, Bill got together with Timex to run the 2013 ING New York City Marathon tomorrow, November 3. But there's a catch: Bill will be the very last person to start the race and for every runner he passes, Timex will donate $1 to Fab-U-Wish.
We caught up with Bill about how he prepared for the marathon, what motivates him, Fab-U-Wish's latest work, and more ...
How did you come up with this idea of starting last?! How intimidated are you?
My friends at Timex were actually the ones who came up with the idea of me starting dead last! So we've got 48,000 runners, and I'm the last one to go off the starting block. It is intimidating, because [it kind of feels like] when you were a kid and you'd get picked last for the football or baseball team! It's never a good feeling going in, but the rewarding part is that for everyone I go by, the cash register will being going off! If I told you I wasn't nervous, I'd be lying. I'm getting pre-race jitters.
How have you prepared for the race?
I've been on the road a lot, so it's been more challenging for me. I have to do these runs and do them from the road. Giuliana and I were in Santa Barbara, and I said, "I'll see you in 2.5 hours honey!" and went for a 15-mile run. We've been taking the training very seriously. Now, I'm just trying to get good sleep. I came in from CA yesterday trying to get acclimated to the [east coast] time zone. I'm gonna do a short run, and [the day before the race], I'll be chilling out and relaxing.
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What has your diet been like while training?
The diet has been ... eat everything in sight! Now, I'm backing off all the calorie intake, but it has been fun! Because you can literally eat whatever you want, cuz you're burning so many calories. You go out on a run -- boom, 3,000 calories! It's pretty unique in that aspect, so you can put down a whole pizza. Giuliana loves it! I put our chefs at the restaurant [RPM in Chicago] to the test. They were sending things out left and right.
Who will be there cheering you on?
Giuliana is coming in, and my sister, my buddies ... My cousin is going to run with me and my buddy. We've been training together for the last four months. It's been a great way to bond!
What inspired you to do the race and start Fab-U-Wish as a couple?
Giuliana being a breast cancer survivor was my inspiration. A couple years ago, after she was going through this, she said she wanted to do something for women that was different from your typical charity. Fab-U-Wish grants fabulous wishes truly in Giuliana's honor -- things they wouldn't do themselves like buying amazing Christian Louboutin shoes or someone wanted to meet Kenny Chesney, so Giuliana got them backstage passes to the show. Things that are off the wall!
What's a particular wish you were moved to see granted?
There was one we did in Chicago recently. Two women who met online, who were both going through breast cancer at the same time, and both pregnant. They had never met and never had a baby shower, because they were going through chemo while pregnant, and so after they had their babies, Giuliana flew them each to Chicago where they met for first time. They had an amazing dinner at RPM, where Giuliana threw them a baby shower. They got strollers, Baby Bjorns, you name it, everything across the board! I was literally crying. It was so special.
Any last words before hitting the streets this Sunday?
If you're running the marathon, it's okay for me to you -- because it's for a good cause!
Check out the video below for more from Giuliana on Fab-U-Wish and Bill's race:
Image via TIMEX/YouTube