BENEFITING: Allyson Whitney Foundation
ORGANIZER: Allyson Whitney Foundation
EVENT: 2013 Allyson Whitney 5k
EVENT DATE: May 11, 2013
Dear Family and Friends,
On Saturday, May 11, 2013 I will be participating in the 2nd Annual Allyson Whitney West Coast 5k Walk/Run along the scenic Pacifica coastline. If you would like to walk with me let me know (email, facebook, call etc.) We will meet at Linda Mar Beach at 10am and walk the trail to Rockaway and Vallemar.
I will also have a bone marrow swabbing station set up for those of you who would like to get swabbed. If you can’t make it the day of the walk and would like to be swabbed let me know and I can come to you for swabbing.
For those who do not know, Allyson was a wonderful young woman who went to St. John’s and was a good friend of my son William. I had the pleasure of meeting Allyson on several occasions when I went to New York. Allyson lost her fight with cancer on Thanksgiving 2011. She was only 25. She was a beautiful person and a joy to be around. She is missed and will forever be in my heart.
As she battled Small Cell Cervical Cancer, she expressed a wish to help aid other young adults fighting rare cancers when she was well. Allyson’s family continued to allow her legacy to live on and fulfill her wish by starting The Allyson Whitney Foundation to assist others in need in her honor.
The foundation has now given grants to 17 courageous young adults fighting in the last year. Last year, the race raised over $53,000. All proceeds have been donated to people fighting rare cancers and aids in the study of prevention against rare cancers.
The Allyson Whitney Foundation is a non-profit organization that empowers and fights for the interests of young adults with rare cancers. Their vision is to improve the quality of life, as well as provide emotional support for patients. The foundation primarily provides individuals with grants to ease their financial burden so that they can concentrate their energy on healing.
- Each year, over 70,000 young adults between the ages of 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer (These statistics have had little improvement in the past 2 decades according to the NCI).
- A rare cancer is one with a prevalence of fewer than 200,00 affected individuals in the United States.
- More than 50% of people diagnosed with cancer are diagnosed with a rare form of the disease (The rare cancers do not receive funding for research).
Unfortunately, we all know someone who has, had, or is battling cancer. The statistics of young adults who are suffering from a rare cancer are scary! Help me give those who are waging the war on cancer the ability to battle, without the fear of financial burdens. Please help me by making a financial donation to this honorable charity. If you would like to make a pledge on my behalf, please go to: http://www.crowdrise.com/allysonwhitney5k/fundraiser/kimberlyvogl, or if you would rather fill out the bottom of this letter and return it to me. I will deliver your sponsorship to the race directors at the race. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
To learn more about the Allyson Whitney Foundation, please visit and like their facebook page at www.Facebook.com/AllysonWhitneyFoundation. Support in numbers!
Kimberly A Vogl