Friends, on August 19, I will be running my first full marathon at Anchorage RunFest. When I work hard for something, I like it to benefit more than just myself. As such, I will be accepting pledges for the American Cancer Society, which will be delivered upon race completion.
Cancer affects everyone, not just its physical victims. Far too many times I've gotten the news that a family member or close friend has gotten cancer, and among them have been some of the most upstanding and generous people on the planet. It can happen to anyone; no matter what precautions we take. This is why the American Cancer Society is a cause that means much to me; your monetary support goes toward conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention. Each dollar could be the one that saves someone's life.
The goal of $262 is themed to the 26.2 miles of a full marathon. On May 21, I begin training and will send the cause off the catapult with my personal donation of $35.00. One dollar for each year that I have been fortunate enough to live without cancer, and a dollar each for those I've lost to it.
To my family and friends who've been affected, there are unfortunately far too many of you to mention by name, but with every mile covered know that you're on my mind and in my heart. Whether or not you contribute at this time, I give you my most genuine thank you. Your support, monetary and moral, means the world to me. We will beat this together. Off to the races!