Let's start this out with a simple statement, "Cancer Sucks." It threatens to destroy every aspect of the life a person has built for themselves and their family. It is not this thing that just goes away on its own, that you know exactly how and when it will get better and you will be healthy again. The Spector of this disease is always lingering and never goes away. When it comes down to it, cancer is a nasty, unforgiving disease that eats away at a person until they are consumed with the disease both physically and mentally. The only way to combat this, is to fight fire with fire. As a result, the treatments themselves end up causing as much as or in some cases, more harm. Cancer is a mutation and is always evolving and becomes harder to fight it, which is why more research and more treatments are needed. The American Cancer Society works to fund and conduct research for new cancer treatments and cures as well as providing support for patients diagnosed with cancer.
We, along with the other members of our team "Mary's Mixed Bag of Nuts" are running the Rugged Maniac 5K in order to raise money for the American Cancer Society and help their mission to eliminate cancer. We do this in honor of someone very dear to us, our wife and mother, Mary. On November 11th, 2016 she was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroendocrine carcinoma with metastatic disease present in her liver and spine. In the past few weeks, she has also been diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma with neuroendocrine features in her breast. She is currently about to go into her 8th cycle of chemotherapy. Mary struggles not only with the physical limitations that come along with her treatment, but also with the mental side of this disease. Living with cancer calls into question one's future and the life they have built for themselves with their loved ones. But she embraces every day and continues to do what she enjoys with those she loves most in this world. She has to choose every day whether or not she will let cancer keep her down and that is not an easy feat. She is the embodiment of a fighter. Mary means the world to us and watching her fight inspires us to fight, not only for her, but for anyone else dealing with this horrendous disease. We hope that you will join us in this fight against cancer and consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society in support of their mission and of Mary. Thank you to those who have already donated and for those who do so in the future. Love, Paul and Caitlin Henry