BENEFITING: WUNDERGLO FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Jun 16, 2013
About a year ago, I met Gloria Borges through a former law school classmate of hers. At the time, I thought I was just going to some fundraiser for a charity I'd never heard of because a friend had donated something to the silent auction (and, hey, free wine). Once everyone had that glass of wine in hand, however, Gloria got up and told her story. In 2010, Gloria was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. Instead of running up the white flag, she got mad, she got energized, she fought back, and she started the WunderGlo Foundation (www.wunderglofoundation.org).
The Foundation's mission statement: The WunderGlo Foundation will not rest until there is a cure for colon cancer. The Foundation strives to save lives and support cancer warriors everywhere by raising funds for colon cancer research, promoting awareness about prevention of and treatment for colon cancer, and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices. Through its efforts, the WunderGlo Foundation seeks to empower and inspire those fighting the disease and those finding ways to eradicate it.
Gloria is kicking colon cancer's butt 2.5 years later, and the WunderGlo Foundation has launched an initiatve called the Wunder Project (www.thewunderproject.org). Her goal is to raise $250 million to fund research that will lead to the cure for colon cancer and other types of cancer. It's one of the boldest initiatives ever in the fight to find a cure for cancer. 100% of donations go to research, which is also pretty bold.
As most of you know, I regularly haul myself out of bed before dawn and go running. Some of you have suggested this indicates I need psychiatric attention. Those people may be right, because a couple months ago the little voices in my head convinced me to sign up for the San Francisco Marathon. On Sunday, June 16, 2013, I will head off from the start line somewhere around 6:00 a.m., and will cross the finish line 26.2 miles (and about five hours) later. Immediately after signing up, it occurred to me I could do this crazy thing for more than just the smug feeling of personal accomplishment: I could run for a cause. So I'm running for Gloria and the WunderGlo Foundation, because I admire the heck out of her and what she's accomplised. I've always thought of myself as a tough broad, but I've got nothin' on her.
I want to raise at least $2,500 for WunderGlo Foundation. This is where you come in. No donation is too small (nor is any donation too big). It's a win-win for all donors: you get to help fund a very worthy cause (and brag about it at cocktail parties), and you get to do it without running a single mile (or even getting out of bed before noon on race day). I'll do that part for you; I just need you to do the donation part for me.
Thank you all so much. I'll see you at the finish line!
To learn more about The Wunder Project, head to their website, Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/thewunderproject), Twitter (twitter.com/wunderglo), and subscribe to the blog (http://www.wunderglo.com/). More importantly, spread this to everyone you know so they can get in on the fight to cure colon cancer!