Fund the fight against cancer & the search for powerful innovations that save lives. I will match every dollar up to $5,000 and cut my hair to donate it to those that have lost theirs. Help me do it!
In the last 7 years Cancer has profoundly impacted some of my dear friends - extraordinary people. All of them had or are experiencing an extension of life because of miraculous medical tech. I feel deep gratitude for the extension of their lives and am helping, even in my small way, fund the extension of many more remarkable humans. Join me in doing so. Donations will go to Five for the Fight Foundation and my hair will go to Wigs for Kids, 100% of all donations (& hair) will go to supporting cutting-edge cancer research (or a cutting-edge wig ;) . Check out the stories of my friends below.
Denies Neish - 3 weeks ago we buried my good friend Denise, who had been battling cancer for the last 7 years. If you didn't know Denise, you should read a few of her blog posts here: https://deniseneish.com . Denise was a powerful force for good and the world is better because she was on it. The world would be better off if Denise were still here, however, technology in medicine allowed Denise to have many more years than her initial terminal diagnosis gave her, 7 years ago. During that time she beamed her greatness everywhere, raised her children and inspired many friends and strangers. Without that time, made possible by medical innovations, I may never have met my friend Denise and I am incredibly grateful for those innovations. They also allowed one of my daughters to be coached and influenced by Denise - an influence she will long carry through her running career. The value of those innovations is immeasurable when you consider how Denise used the extra time to inspire those around her.
Brandon Dewitt - 2 years ago, just weeks after his 32 birthday, my dear friend Brandon Dewitt was given 7 months to live. Brandon is incredibly bright and is admired and beloved by all who know him. The bleakness of the short time defined by doctors was shocking and unbelievable while an extension of Brandon's life felt more and more hopeless with each new doctor's confirmation of prognosis. Then, Brandon was admitted into a trial at the Fred Hutch center in Seattle Washington, specifically focused on Brandon's rare Cancer. The results of the medicine from the first 3 months of the trial were the first ray of hope, with spiking tumor growth waining for the first time. It has now been 2 years since diagnosis, Brandon is still alive and his tumors are so small they are nearly indiscernible in scans. He has converted his journey through the dark underworld of Cancer survival into a bright beacon of hope and courage for others. I thank God every day I see his face and feel profound gratitude for the medical tech that has made Brandon's extension of life possible.
Angie Weight - 4 months ago, my good friend Angie Weight awoke in the emergency room. Like a lightening bolt out of the blue, she had suffered a massive seizure in the middle of the night saved by her amazing husband who took immediate action, brought her back to life and got her to the hospital. There, she was given the devastating news that she had a brain tumor. Over the next 3 months the news of the tumor and its severity went from bad to worse, and the urgency to operate as quickly as possible escalated as well. Miraculously, Angie was able to have the surgery in one of the most cutting-edge facilities with an intra-operative MRI suite, where the MRI data is fed into the brainlab software which guides the operating entry point and aids surgeons in alignment to extract as much of the tumor as possible. The result of the surgery was a major success, with a full tumor extraction. Angie, just finished up her last chemo infusion treatment, and looks to have years ahead of her, where her amazingness as a human, and her incredible talent as an artist will make the world a better place.