Dear Family and Friends,
As we approach the 8th anniversary of my Dad’s passing, I would like to ask for your support in a project I am currently working on. As many of you know, my father, Kenny Umina battled Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia for 16 years. He was first diagnosed shortly after I was born. While his disease was not curable, he was able to prolong his life through many rounds of Chemo Therapy treatments. Even though my Dad knew his days were numbered, that did not stop him from living his life to the fullest. I had 16 wonderful years with him. Although these years were filled with times of heartache, there was a lot of joy, too.
I do not wish cancer on anyone and feel deeply saddened for all those whose lives have been cut short and the family members they have left behind. My family and I continue to live on in my dad’s memory and carry him with us in all that we do. Please join me in raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and awareness to all those who have fought the good fight but for reasons unknown to us, have had to leave us all too soon.
I will be competing in a Spartan Ultra Race in Hawaii this summer, in honor of my dad and his unwavering strength. This is a physically and mentally challenging obstacle course, a small feat compared to living with cancer and facing your own mortality. I am using my own money to pay for the expenses of the trip but I thought you might like to sponsor me and support this cause by making a direct donation of 10 dollars (or more) to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. If you’d like, I’ve also purchased bracelets with the inscription “Forever Young” written on them and would be happy to mail one to you (please email me at email@example.com with your information). You can wear this bracelet in honor of my dad, whose favorite song was Forever Young by Bob Dylan and/or all those whom lives ended all too soon. May we all stay "Forever Young."