It's hard to imagine that almost two years ago this was me.
I was trying to get a few laps around the "Y" with a walker, to recover from having half a lung removed, chemo, steroids, radiation, and oh yeah, cancer. After months of practice, I was able to make 5k around that flat terrain, climate controlled track.
That is one of the reasons I'm walking for HOC. To face cancer out in the open on 5K course. No walker, no smooth path, no climate control. Just me and and a few thousand of my closest friends: Those who are beginning the struggle, those in the midst of their struggle, those who have survived the struggle, those who have not survived the struggle and are here in spirit. And the friends and families of all of the above.
The other reason is to help increase awareness (and a little cash) for the Olcott Center as a way to say thanks. They won't blow a big chunk of your donation towards of unnecessary overhead, they aren't planning on moving to an expensive new state of the art headquarters. They don't host expensive galas to raise money, and they don't send out glossy brochures and booklets touting their services. Instead, they will use your donations towards the needs of those with cancer in very practical, unbiased ways: a library, a nurse navigator, group therapy, art therapy, gas money for travel for treatments, and many more.
What I found to be the most beneficial for me, was being a safe place, with many resources, no platitudes, and no prejudiced towards any particular direction. You want to know more about dying comfortably? They'll show you the resources available. You want to continue to fight even though your funeral is scheduled for next week? They'll show you the resources available.
In short, they are a safe haven in a very big storm, and they are happy to take you as you are, and show you ways to get where you want to go.