In 2017 I was one of 25 participants of the 2000 people racing in the AC Ironman 70.3 Triathlon who were using that personal challenge to fund raise for Stomp the Monster. Stomp is an all-volunteer charity that provides financial support to people struggling through BOTH cancer treatment AND with meeting the basic daily financial needs for food, clothing, shelter and transportation while doing so. I found the experience so rewarding that I did it again on my own in the 2018 race. Now it has become my annual "thing." On September 15, 2019 I will again swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 and run 13.1 in the Atlantic City Ironman 70.3 for Stomp the Monster. I am so grateful at 53 years old to be able to do so. I am even more grateful to be able to use the sport I have grown to love to support people going through REAL LIFE challenges no one should have to.
I hope you will consider donating to this fundraiser. Your support will help propel and motivate me through the 15 – 20 hours a week of training and preparation races I will be doing between now and the race on September 15. Much more importantly, it will support a family going through such an unimaginably challenging situation (attached to the fundraiser is a video about Stomp with testimonals: makes me very emotional when I watch it). Some of you reading this will have donated one or both of the last two years. If so, THANK YOU! We raised $8430 for this amazingly worth cause thus far. I ask if your personal situation allows, you consider doing so again. Unfortunately, the need continues to be there. If you haven't in the past, I hope you consider joining the party this year (and there will be an actual party (the 3rd annual Donor Appreciation at our house on Saturday September 21, the last weekend of summer 😎)).Here is note from a person Stomp was able to support from the generous donations of people like you:
“I really want to say thank you. You were the light in my darkest hour. You so blessed me with your help. People don’t realize how much we struggle. Stomp the Monster is a saving grace and I thank you again for your help.”
Let’s be the light that helps another, and another, and another person through the darkness. Gratefully, Mikko