BENEFITING: Rutledge Foundation
EVENT DATE: Aug 30, 2015
Gold is the color to recognize pediatric cancer and September is the designated month for acknowledging these brave young people that fight to live everyday. I have been more aware of childhood cancer than I ever hoped to be as I’ve followed the journey of Sam Day. If you’ve been involved in my life the last several years, you already are very aware of the Day family, specifically Sam. (I AM SAM video where Sam was featured on The Rutledge Foundation website. Sam wrote the poem that is the narration: http://vimeo.com/83563203). This young man, now 13, has battled Ewing’s Sarcoma for five years now. His journey is so difficult to summarize. I won’t even try. I will say that hope is alive. There are amazing strides being made for finding a cure. You can help. I have been competing in triathlons for about 3 years now. For Ironman Coeur d’Alene last summer, with your generosity, I was able to gather about $5000 to support the Rutledge Foundation. The Rutledge Foundation supports cutting edge research for Ewing's Sarcoma. They help fund the development of new childhood cancer therapies and initiatives and bring us closer to cures. On August 30th I am going to Zell Am See, Austria to compete in the 1/2 Ironman World Championship. I will be swimming 1.2 miles, biking 56 miles and running 13.1 miles. I’ve had many grueling workouts. However, I often think of Sam when I need to dig deep because his journey gives me perspective of true pain and toughness. Besides that, I have a lot of time to pray during training. I tell you all of this because I’m hoping you will give the Rutledge Foundation, the Day family and me a psychological boost. Here is how you can help.
1)Wear Gold in September and tell people why you are wearing it.
2) Donate online to the Rutledge Foundation via my fundraising page
#3 and #4 are copied from the Day family Caringbridge Site:
3) Attend the Dragonslayer walk, Saturday, September 12, 2015. Register below with the first link. This is a family friendly walk through Cook Park in Tigard, OR. It starts at 9:30 AM so you will be home in time to watch the Ducks beat Michigan St. If you are a Beaver (you will need to tape the Michigan game) Dragonslayer could prove more meaningful anyway..... :) Team Sam has won largest team the last 3 years and most money raised 2 years in a row. Sam said that we are not about the competition but if we won "I wouldn't be mad". He is a featured speaker this year. Not sure the organizers thought that one through. It would be worth coming just to hear his 3-5 minute speech! By the way, no Day has stayed under 5 minutes when handed a mic and an audience, bring a chair! https://nwsarcoma.org/events/dragonslayer/portland/portland-registration
4) Attend the Sam Day Soiree' on Sunday, September 20, 2015. We are returning to Rock Creek golf course for another special night with friends. Last year we sold out at 300 participants and raised over $100,000. We donated that money directly to research that we hope will benefit Sam. In fact it was fully funded with our help and should be eligible for trial late this year or first of 2016! Come join us for another special evening of food, auction and joy. Yes, the money does make a difference but Lorna and I draw great strength from each of you and being together. Several auction items and a paddle raise make it easy and fun to give at any level. We do not take lightly our call to ask others to give. We truly believe it is one more opportunity to be part of something very special and would be honored if you would join us and feel free to bring a friend!! http://events.readysetauction.com/rutledgefoundation/sds2015
Other Links: About clinical trials at Mary Crowley research facility: http://www.nature.com/nature/videoarchive/cancer-immunotherapy/index.html
Sam’s CaringBridge site: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/samday
Ironman Live Coverage: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/coverage/live.aspx#axzz3i3689LoU
1/2 Ironman World Championship site: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman-70.3/world-championship.aspx#axzz3i3689LoU