So many of my friends and family have been directly affected by and battled cancer. While happily some have succeeded, far too many have not.
Both my father, Jack O'Handley, and my uncle, Joe McKeever, were taken from us by cancer at the age of 53.
Having turned 53 myself this year, I'm in awe of how young they both were when they passed away.
On May 26th, I am running the Spring Lake 5 to honor them , as well as to help support Stomp the Monster.
Stomp the Monster is a terrific local organization that provides financial and other support to families affected by cancer. www.stompthemonster.org
Please consider a tax deductible donation if you can.
Also, if there is anyone you would like to add in memory of, or pay tribute to please do so as each name will provide me with additional inspiration .
STOMP The Monster is a 501c3 Charitable Organization started by Seth Grumet, a man battling cancer. While training for his second Ironman Triathlon, Seth began to have unusual fatigue and shortness of breath. An hour after his first CT scan, the doctor’s office called and requested to see Seth immediately. On Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 at 11:48am, Seth called his beautiful wife Margie and asked her to drive him to see the doctor. After tests and surgeries to provide viable samples of the tumor growing in his chest, the diagnosis was in; Seth was battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Seth has been through the very difficult diagnosis of cancer, extensive tests, surgeries, chemotherapy and two stem cell transplants. He has been fortunate to have the support of family and friends during this crucial time. But while going through countless treatments and doctor appointments, he met many people in the same situation who unfortunately did not have the same type of support system. Seth quickly became motivated to make a difference in these people’s lives and founded STOMP The Monster. Over the past four years, Stomp the Monster has assisted over 1,500 families with financial needs such as rent, utilities, cable, phone, auto expenses, medical bills, insurance, & child care. They have provided gift cards for groceries and gas and have personally delivered groceries and gifts to patients and their families during the holidays. They are committed to helping patients fill in the gaps so they can focus on STOMPING Their Monster.