Aussies just do it better! Well not always. Having moved to the States in October, 2000, I have had the good fortune to witness the philanthropic ways that are at the heart of American culture.
Those of us fortunate to have enjoyed good health and a happy family life have a great opportunity to help those less fortunate through various charities and fundraisers. While I realize that not all people have equal resources or skills in athletic endeavors or even time to participate in fund raising activities, it is the shared sense of giving back that distinguishes the US from most other wealthy countries.
Having succumbed to many of the indulgent temptations on offer in my new found home I have finally, at the prompting of a very persistent and truly motivational friend, set out to even up the balance sheet. In just a short three weeks time, I will be running the Boston Marathon, accomplishing a personal goal and simultaneously raising cash for the charity Golf Fights Cancer (www.golffightscancer.org).
Whilst my immediate family has been fortunate to escape the ravages of cancer, I do have a story to relate. A childhood friend of mine, Damien G, has been battling brain cancer for the better part of 15 years and unfortunately has recently experienced several setbacks. Damien is the father of three young children, who he cares for just as we all care and love our own kids. The difference is that each day Damien has with his kids is a bonus.
Even though I live but a block from the actual Boston Marathon route, running the race has been worlds away for me until now. In fact, I would much rather be playing golf than running a marathon, so please join me in making a difference in the fight against cancer. Golf Fights Cancer is committed to making a difference in the fight against cancer and the organization puts your donation directly to work in tangible ways. Our collective efforts will hopefully will one day lead to the cure for friends like Damien and his family.
Thanks for your consideration and support.
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