March 21, 2017
BENEFITING: Jack H Marston II Melanoma Fund
EVENT: Jacks Team NYC Marathon 2017
EVENT DATE: Nov 05, 2017
I've always been someone into being healthy and staying actively fit. I love yoga, running and CrossFit.
I've chosen Jack's Fund for a very personal reason. In 2012, my journey with Melanoma began and my focus on staying healthy went into overdrive. I was diagnosed with stage II desmoplastic melanoma on my chin. Luckily it was caught early and all I had to do was undergo a MOHS procedure to remove all the cancerous tissue. A few weeks later I was cleared and began living my life again. Then in March 2016, at the age of 31, I was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma, stage 4 cancer, in both my lungs, shoulder and abdominal area. That April, I began immunotherapy treatment. I was receiving two drugs through IV every three weeks. During this treatment, I found comfort in running. I would put my headset on and just run. It was my way of getting alone time and eliminating the stress of what was happening in my life. Overtime, 1 mile turned into 3 miles and pretty soon I would be gone for hours just running around the neighborhood. My husband was questioning what I was doing and I'd just explain how I couldn't stop, it was a relief to just be out there running. It was my outlet and I started to enjoy that alone time. It made me feel a sense of normalcy. Treatment has changed my body physically and having the ability to run was giving me the sense that my body is still capable of things. I began setting goals for myself as I ran and that summer I decided I wanted to run the 2017 NYC marathon. I want to push myself and do it for a cause that can help others in a similar struggle I'm living with.
I am happy to announce that in February 2017, I was told that all my tumors were gone. I am cancer free! They will not say I'm cured because there technically isn't a cure for cancer, but I'm in full remission. I've stopped immunotherapy treatments. I'm learning to live my life again. The reality of having cancer and it being gone is a shock. I am extremely happy that my body responded to this treatment. Unfortunately, many people do not have similar outcomes like mine. Not everyone responds to immunotherapy. Doctors and researchers are still looking for other ways to treat people. Jack's Fund is a great charity that supports research for these treatments. It's important for me to help give back to a charity that has the same goals I have. We want to help people and families struggling with melanoma.
I'm running this marathon not only for myself, but for all those people struggling with melanoma. There is hope out there and we will get through it together.
JACK'S MARATHON TEAM ...FIGHTING MELANOMA EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.
Join us in support of an incredible group of athletes who have chosen to make their marathon experience more meaningful by raising funds to fight the deadly disease melanoma. We invite you to help them reach their goals and join the fight.
Our Vision: "We envision a world where every adult and child is aware of the risks of melanoma and takes preventative measures; where those who suffer from melanoma receive comfort and healing; and ultimately, where every case of melanoma will be completely curable."
2017 Goal: Raise $100,000 for melanoma research and awareness programs.
Melanoma is the most underfunded of all cancers by federal and private agencies.
- Early detection makes melanoma highly curable, but it is the least screened cancer.
- People find their own melanoma more frequently than doctors do and melanoma detection is not a training requirement for most medical disciplines.
Jack’s Team: Established in 2005 when a group of athletes came together to join the fight against melanoma. Jack's Fund has been an official marathon charity for 12 years and disbursed over $300,000 to research. We invite athletes of varied experience from all stages of life to join Jack’s Team.
Our success stems from a unique Strength, Passion and Focus (S.P.F.) each member brings to the team.
Your fundraising efforts and dedication to raising awareness will truly make a difference. To learn more, please visit our website at Jacksfund.org.
If you prefer to donate by check, please indicate the runner you are supporting and the race name. Forward your check to:
- Jack’s Fund, PO Box 436, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 ATTN: Jack's Team
- Jack’s Team encourages and accepts corporate matching programs.
Please contact us with any questions at Info@jacksfund.org