BENEFITING: Voices Against Brain Cancer
ORGANIZER: Voices Against Brain Cancer
Dear Friends and Family,
As many of you know, three years ago this past July I underwent a twelve hour surgery that changed my life forever. The process leading up to and recovery afterwards has been the most life altering and influential experience my family and I have ever been through. I say life altering not only because the experience forced me to realize how precious life is but also because I learned the power of love and the importance of a strong support team.
Many of you have helped me fight my way back in your own unique way. There was our family friend and personal hero, Dr. Bruce Mintz who was the first to help calm our nerves and who without hesitation helped us plot our every move. There were the neighbors who showed up outside my house on the day of the surgery to tell me how much they loved me. There were the neurosurgeons, Dr. Michael Sisti and Dr. Anthony D'Ambrosio of Columbia University, who blessed me with their education, expertise, precision and care, and who filled me and my family with hope and confidence. Afterward, some of you visited me at home; while others called and texted with words of support. There were my teammates and friends who pushed me to return to Trinity College for my junior year and helped me to get back on the athletic field. Without each and every one of you, there is no way that my family and I could have gotten through.
The reason I am reaching out is because this year I have the privilege to try and share what you have taught me with those whom are currently going through a similar trying time in their life. I, along with my girlfriend and running partner Midge Daniel, will be running in the New York City Marathon this coming fall. I am running the marathon to show that a diagnosis such as the one I faced or one even worse is not something to be afraid of. It is not as lonely or as ominous as it feels. I am running in remembrance of those loved ones, including fellow Mountain Laker, Jeff Sweeney, who bravely battled this disease. I am running to join the support team of anyone struggling with a challenging diagnosis.
I will be running on behalf of the The Voices Against Brian Cancer foundation, which helps connect those fighting brain cancer strongest support network there is.
My goal is to raise $10,000 by race day. Please consider making a contribution through my online fundraising page https://www.crowdrise.com/againstbraincancernyc2016/fundraiser/willnaughton1
All donations are 100% tax-deductible and all funds raised through Voices Against Brain Cancer will go directly towards brain cancer research.