Why Am I Running?
I am excited to be running the Chicago Marathon for the fourth time this year, and even more blessed to be running as part of the Weish4Ever Team! Having run four marathons (Chicago three times and Honolulu once), I decided it was time to put the next 26.2 miles toward a great cause. Anyone who knows my marathon journeys knows that I am not great at training and use a mind over matter approach, but this year I am making the commitment to train like crazy for this thing! If I could surpass both my running and fundraising goals, it would be a very happy day for me on October 11th!
What is The Andrew Weishar Foundation?
The Andrew Weishar Foundation (“Weish4Ever”) was created in 2013 as a 100% volunteer-led, Chicago-based 501(c)3 Non-Profit Charitable Organization. The charity was established to honor the memory of Andrew Weishar who, in 2012, passed away at the age of 21 after a three-year battle with cancer. In his final days, Andrew had one simple and selfless request: “Pay forward” the kindness and generosity shown to his family during that fight. Weish4Ever fulfills this wish by providing immediate support and direct financial assistance to families with adolescents or young adults battling cancer. It is simple - raise as much money as possible and give it directly to these deserving people. The organization is dedicated to offering acts of kindness and generosity, easing the financial burden, and offering a support system that understands the realities of the cancer journey. Since inception, just seven years ago, Weish4Ever has welcomed 225 beneficiary families to the Weish4Ever Community, granting out $1,200,000 in direct financial support. Check out http://www.weish4ever.org to learn more!
Why Your Contribution Matters!
You will be making a visible, immediate and significant impact in the lives of these patients and families going through the most difficult moments of their lives. Your gift will serve an under-served population of patients in the cancer community, facing unique challenges including hiatus from school and/or work, lack of insurance, social isolation, delay of diagnosis, fertility preservation, among many other obstacles. Many of our beneficiaries, while often diagnosed with pediatric cancers, are not afforded the same financial and support-based resources provided to pediatric cancer patients under the age of 18. The families assisted by this “Pay it Forward” mission include patients of single parents struggling to make ends meet, parents that have taken a leave of absence from work to care for their sick child, young adults without much family to lean on, and more difficult examples. All beneficiaries are in financial distress, facing the most difficult moments of their lives as they battle cancer. Your contribution is crucial in bringing joy and helping ensure these families know they are not alone in this fight.