Hello Family and Friends,
It brings me great pleasure to share with you that I will be running the 2020 Boston Marathon for a second year with Golf Fights Cancer. However, this year I will be running it alongside my brother and together we will help as many people as possible battle cancer. Below is a story about why we are running the marathon this year and why we are seeking assistance from you to help us reach our fundraising goal
My brother Michael and I grew up in Medford, Massachusetts in the 1970s in a small two-family house. The house was just over 1,000 square feet sitting on a piece of property not much bigger. We were not poor but we were a long way from rich. To make ends meet, our father would work on lobster boats in good weather and bad. This was before the reality shows made the job seem fun and adventurous. When our father did it, the job was dangerous back breaking work. I never once heard him complain.
Fast forward to 2013. Life sometimes likes to take your plans and change them in a way you could never imagine. 2013 was one of those years. Our father was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma then later found out it had metastasized to nearly all his organs.
The doctor told him he had 6 months to live and that he should enjoy his last Christmas. The situation looked bleak. About 3 months later our father’s doctor gave him some hope. Immunotherapy was showing promise in melanoma patients. The only issue was the treatment would cost over $1 million dollars for 4 treatments. Adding up the house, retirement savings, their cars, and all their other worldly possessions would not get them the amount needed.
6 years later our father is alive, the cancer is shrinking, and they were able to keep their house. All of this was possible and continues to be possible because of the kindness of strangers. People who we do not know and likely never will meet. People who want the world to be a better place. Through a number of foundations and charities our father received and continues to receive the lifesaving treatment he so desperately needed.
Michael and I are running the Boston Marathon for Golf Fights Cancer because we want to say thank you. Thank you for keeping our father alive. By running we want to give another family the same opportunity to have their loved one around a little bit longer. Will you please consider a donation to a truly wonderful charity, Golf Fights Cancer? Thank you.