I’m running 4 marathons in 4 months to help find a cure for blood cancers.
I keep thinking that cancer will go away. Every time I turn around a friend, a family member or a peer seems newly diagnosed. Humanity has made much progress in my lifetime. As global population has boomed over the past 40 years we have done much economically, technologically and philosophically to keep pace with our demands for resources and to expand the platform of growth and progress that over millennia the human race has been built upon. Yet there is still work to do and as technology advances I sometimes fear that we may be losing the focus necessary to continue to grow and prosper. Many afflictions still affect humanity and with each small step forward we continue to advance the human cause for millennia to come. One of these afflictions that we may be in near reach of curing is cancer. As science further explores the human genome and as research progresses each day we come closer to cures.
My hope is that within our life time we can do away with the C-word and extinguish this horrible disease. My hope is that we find a cure for cancer.
It is easy to make talk or to put words on paper but neither one pushes the boundaries that actions can. Advocacy is one form of help action is another. I want to do what I can to make the world a better place for my family, for my son’s future, for his future family and for people everywhere.
By being an advocate and initiating action I am only doing my small part. I may not be able to be on the front lines or have access to laboratory skills but I do have the ability to talk, write a little and I can run long distances at moderate speeds. I will use the skills I have to help make a positive difference in the world around me.
This spring I will be attempting to complete 4 marathons in 4 months to help make that possibility a reality. They will include The Groundhog’s Day Marathon in Grand Rapids, Michigan on February 2nd 2013 (yes February 2nd in Michigan!!), I’ll be celebrating my 40th birthday a few days after it by running the Umstead Trail Marathon on March 2nd, 2013 at the William B. Umstead state Park just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina, the Marato de Barcelona, Espana (si that is the Barcelona Marathon in Spain) only a few weeks later on March 17th, 2013 and my efforts will culminate with my benefit race on behalf of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society May 5th, 2013 when I go Piggly Wiggly in Cincinnati for the 15th Flying Pig Marathon.
By taking on these challenges I hope to prove that there is nothing to be afraid of. We can take on tough challenges and succeed. We can change the world one feat (or even one foot strike!) at a time. We can influence the future. We can make a difference. We can still push the boundaries of possibility. We can run marathons. We can climb mountains. We can find a cure for cancer.
We are making a difference. We are succeeding. A cure is out there we just need to go find it.
Help me make a difference. Become part of my team and let’s help fund a brighter tomorrow for our families, for families everywhere and especially for the families in need of HOPE TODAY.
Donate, cheer, be an advocate, help whichever way you can, every positive initiative helps.
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I look forward to this adventure together.
Peace and love all.