I am a cancer survivor, and I would like to sincerely thank you for participating, online, in my Seventh Annual Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) 24-Hour Fundraiser, which begins at 4:26 p.m., on Wednesday, February 10, and ends at 4:26 p.m., February 11, 2021, where I will ‘stand up to cancer’ for 24 hours, at Fire Works/Courthouse, in Arlington, Virginia.
I am an incredibly lucky man, so, I want to proverbially 'pay it forward', by trying to raise much-needed funds for Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), where almost 100 percent of all donations go directly to the frontlines of scientists, chemists, and pharmaceutical companies who are trying to find ways to eliminate cancer, forever.
A donation of $5, $10, $20, $100, $500, $1,000, or whatever you can give, will sincerely go to a great cause of the battle against cancer, a battle that we truly all need to win.
During my fundraiser, I will post SU2C pledge cards (like you have seen during Major League Baseball's All-Star and World Series games) in the street side windows at Fire Works, honoring many of my family, loved ones, and friends, all of whom either have passed away from cancer or who are fighting the fight, now.
On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, I had an extremely rare form of cancer, Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor (MPNST), removed from my upper right chest.
My surgery, which lasted seven hours, was led by Dr. Walter J. Faillace, performed by him, and the-best-of-the best most highly skilled surgeons of Dr. Craig Shriver’s medical staff of the Murtha Cancer Center (MCC), at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), in Bethesda, Maryland.
Within months of my surgery, I had 29 bouts of radiation, expertly monitored by Dr. Lester L. Greer, M.D., LTC, USA, and his dedicated team at the Radiation Oncology Clinic, at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital (FBCH).
Subsequently, I have been under the watchful care of Dr. Brett Theeler, M.D., LTC, USA, and Ellen Levy, a physical therapist who is one of our country's leading lymphedema specialists, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), who has helped me, tremendously, in my recovery.
If you are in Arlington, Alexandria, Northern Virginia, or the Washington, D.C., come by Fire Works (2350 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201) (www.fireworkspizza.com/arlington), and I will be following all COVID-19 safety protocols, being double-masked, and socially-distant, both Wednesday afternoon, through Thursday afternoon.
Thanks, again, for donating to SU2C, here, online, and passing this page along to as many of your friends who would like to donate, as well.
Patrick J. Malone
Retired Air Force Veteran
Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) supporter since February 11, 2015.