Edith Sanford Breast Foundation announces Thad Beaty of Sugarland to be new goodwill ambassador

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Edith Sanford Breast Foundation today welcomed musician Thad Beaty as its newest goodwill ambassador in the fight to end breast cancer. Beaty, guitarist for the Grammy Award-winning band Sugarland and an accomplished athlete and fitness expert, will help promote health and wellness as part of Edith Sanford’s focus on breast cancer risk reduction.

As a triathlete, marathon competitor and certified running and triathlon coach, Beaty will play a key role in leading TeamEdith, the Foundation’s national fundraising team. He will engage with TeamEdith members online, sharing training and healthy lifestyle tips, and participate in TeamEdith events nationwide.

After years of struggling to make his own health a priority while touring as a musician, Beaty says his mother’s cancer diagnosis in 2009 was a wake-up call. Through exercise and diet changes, he lost 70 pounds during an 18-month period and found a calling to help others get and stay healthy while giving back.

“Living your full potential is about more than physical health; it’s emotional and spiritual. It’s finding balance and contributing to something bigger than yourself,” said Beaty. “I’m excited to lead TeamEdith in support of Edith Sanford, and help inspire and challenge others to see how much they can achieve for themselves, and for the fight against breast cancer.”

TeamEdith, which is free to join, allows women and men of all ages to support the Edith Sanford Breast Foundation while achieving their own health and fitness goals. Every dollar raised is directly invested in breast cancer research to help find the cures.

Beaty’s inaugural race with TeamEdith will be June 13, 2015, at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon and ½ Marathon in Seattle, Washington, where Edith Sanford will be featured as the event’s official charity partner. Registration is now open. To learn more about TeamEdith and view upcoming events, visit edithsanford.org/teamedith.

“The Edith Sanford Breast Foundation found its perfect match in Thad,” said Christine Dockter, the Foundation’s chief development officer. “Not only does he have the fitness expertise and experience to inspire others toward more healthy, risk-reducing lifestyle habits, his enthusiasm for raising awareness and funds for the cause is contagious.”

About the Edith Sanford Breast Foundation

The Edith Sanford Breast Foundation is pioneering a bold new comprehensive approach to breast cancer, with a mission to unlock each woman’s genetic code, advance today’s prevention and treatment, and end breast cancer for future generations. To learn more, please visit edithsanford.org.