BENEFITING: HUMAN TOUCH INITIATIVE
EVENT DATE: Dec 31, 2013
2013 is the year of the Alex Tong Endurance Project. So far this year in races alone I have swum 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles, and run almost 100. And that's just the tip of the iceberg when you count all the miles of training!
Races completed this year include: Seneca 7, Flower City Duathlon, Flower City Half Marathon, Mendon Trail Madness, Oak Tree Half Marathon, Lake Placid Half Marathon, and the Lake Placid Ironman.
On October 12 I will be participating in the Canandaigua Ultra Marathon (a 50-mile run), and on November 17 I will cap off the race year with the Philadephia Marathon.
Training for the Ironman and this race year is physically, mentally and emotionally challenging, but it pales in comparison to the challenges faced every day by people living with cancer in our community. They are the true warriors; their desire to fight and live is truly inspiring.
I lost my mother and father to cancer. For them, and so many others, I hope to use this event as inspiration to continue to do something good for the Rochester cancer community.
This year I decided to focus all my efforts on raising money for Human Touch Initiative.
Human Touch Initiative (HTI) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that began in August 2008. The program was started by Kim Ross, a Rochester-area licensed massage therapist who is trained in oncology massage.
HTI’s mission is simple: To provide free or low-cost access to non-invasive therapies, known for the relief of the side effects of cancer and its treatments, to residents of Monroe and its bordering counties who have a current cancer diagnosis.
Since November 2009, HTI has provided over 1000 massages vouchers to our community.
Kim has been my deep tissue therapist since 2006. Without her, my body wouldn’t be able to participate in all these endurance events. So please: help me help her and all the cancer patients out there.I’m asking you to consider making a tax-deductible donation in support of Human Touch Initiative. No gift is too large or too small, and every gift matters!
For more info about HTI please visit