Fourteen years ago, I came home to see my mother feeling ill. Even then I knew she was as tough as nails, so when I saw her laying sick in bed, I knew something was wrong, but I had no idea just how bad things were going to get. A few days later, my father sat my siblings and me down and told us that our mother had leukemia. How had nausea turned into a cancer diagnosis? What did this mean for our family? Was she going to die?
For the next few years, my mother battled Leukemia. Witnessing first-hand the effect the illness had on her, our family and friends, and standing beside her during her struggle, led me to truly understand the suffering caused by cancer. When she passed, it ignited a passion in me to eradicate the disease.
I know the effects that losing a mother prematurely can have on children, and every time I think of a child losing his mother to cancer, my heart truly aches. For the patients and families that brave this disease every day, we must find a cure.
I have taken a step to get us closer to a cure for blood cancers by joining Team in Training. I’m raising funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society while training for an Olympic-distance triathlon. My goal is to raise $3,000 by August 15th. Would you please consider supporting me in my fundraising goal by donating the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society? A gift of whatever you can afford would help support life-saving research and services to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Checks can be made out to LLS, or you can donate by credit card on my web site, http://bit.ly/jWGGjy. Of course, your donation is tax deductible.
On September 11, 2011 (a decade after 9/11), I’ll cover about 35 miles – swimming .93, biking 28, and running 6.2- in the Nation’s Triathlon in Washington D. C. My first 14 miles will be in memory of my mother and her battle with Leukemia, but those remaining 18 miles are up for grabs. Please share your stories with me and I’ll do a mile in honor or memory of your loved one who has been affected by cancer.
With the support of generous people like you, we can continue to make strides toward the ultimate finish line – a cure. And when we do, you can say, “I did my part. I helped cure cancer.”
Thank you for your consideration,