We've all been affected by cancer. It's a statement so disheartening that it's easy to feel like there is very little we can do. That said, we are faced with two options: do nothing or fight like hell. I choose the latter. And I invite you to join me.
In 2008, I raised nearly $10,000 participating with Team In Training (TNT) in my first Ironman (and triathlon season) to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. An Ironman triathlon is comprised of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike and a 26.2 mile run. Here's a link to that original fundraising video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PhhkPUpZHE.
After that, I spent another 4 years as a coach, donating my time and knowledge with various teams. My 5 years with TNT taught me a lot. Most of all, that with a little gumption, not only can we incrementally improve the way people live with cancer - WE can help them thrive.
So here I am 11 years later, 5 weeks away from my 5th Ironman (my last for the foreseeable future), with... what some would call, an audacious goal.
Let's raise $5,000, in 5 weeks.
100% of the funds raised by the team go directly to help advanced-state cancer patients access treatment thanks to our amazing non-profit partner, the Lazarex Cancer Foundation. Also, don't forget about your company match!
In the weeks to come, I'll share my journey with you - in case you're interested in seeing what would drive a person to such insanity... :) Follow me on Instagram @douglasli.
Anyone can sign up for a race, set up a fundraising page and fly the Team Cancer Sucks flag. Learn more at Teamcancersucks.org.