Earlier this year, I decided I wanted to train for an Ironman triathlon. The Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride, and finishes with runnning a marathon (26.2 miles). Originally, I wasn't going to raise money because there was no pressing cause which really motivated me, but in light of some recent events, I decided I would raise money for the American Cancer Society in the name of my neighbor Diane Altevers.
Diane's fight started multiple years ago when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. This put her through a lot including a double mastectomy and many rounds of chemotherapy. However, she was able to battle through it and eventually recovered, but this was not the end. Last year we learned that she had developed leukemia from the chemotherapy recieved during her breast cancer treatment. This meant many more days in the hospital for her and her family, but the fight still continues. Within the last year alone, she has undergone a bone marrow transplant and even more chemotherapy.
Diane is an inspiration to me because of how much she has gone through. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong, but she is still fighting and we are hoping she is able to come out of it a survivor. She has motivated me to raise this money and her story motivates me everyday during my training.
The fundraising goal I decided on was $3,500. I chose this number because the total number of miles covered in an Ironman is 140. This means that, should I reach the goal, each mile covered would be worth $25 to cancer research and assistance. I think this goal is definitely achievable and I'm excited to see how much we can raise!
Any amount helps and is very much appreciated!
Thank you for your generosity!