BENEFITING: American Cancer Society
ORGANIZER: American Cancer Society
I request your help in achieving my fundraising goal for the American Cancer Society. Any amount you are able to contribute would be appreciated. Unlike prior years, in which I was asked by a charitable organization to raise funds and run the Pittsburgh Half Marathon on their behalf, this year I carefully selected the charity for which I wanted to raise funds. I chose the American Cancer Society because I felt there was no other organization among the sponsoring charities which could have an impact on the life of almost all people. The feeling that I am helping in the fight to defeat cancer and comfort those affected by it strengthens my resolve and energizes my training.
As I also prepare for the arrival of my first child, I have even greater motivation. I find myself reflecting upon the most significant absence felt in my heart as a result of cancer, my Dad’s. I know his spirit is present in my life today and at all the significant life events he has missed, as he is a part of me and all my family. Now more than ever, though, I find myself missing him and wishing I could have done more to comfort him as he was ailing, or that I could have even helped him to fight and beat his cancer. Though I cannot go back in time to do so, I can help others facing similar challenges. So can you.