Working as a nurse in the pediatric setting, I have seen the effects of cancer firsthand. I am always amazed by the strength, courage, and resilience of children and their families whose lives are turned upside down by an overwhelming new diagnosis. This has opened my eyes to all of the pressure and responsibilities placed on families, but it wasn’t until recently that the impact of cancer has especially struck home. Within the past year, the father of one of my closest friends has been suffering from pancreatic cancer. Seeing their extremely tightknit family go through every family’s worst nightmare with continued positivity, hope, and resiliency has been both inspiring and heartbreaking. This family that has treated me as one of their own, so it has lead me to search for ways to become personally involved in the fight.
It was through this search that I found STOMP The Monster and decided to participate in the Atlantic City Ironman as a part of their team. This amazing organization was founded by a cancer survivor who knows what it is like to be a father, husband, and a patient. The organization provides financial support including transportation, gas and food cards, assistance paying bills, and much more for cancer patients and their families. They work to promote a healthy lifestyle and promote support and funding for prevention and treatment. I am excited to be a part of this team to combine raising awareness of what families of people with cancer go through and raising financial support for this fantastic organization.
I’ll admit, although I’ve played sports throughout my life and participated in some races, this is my first Iron Man. I hope that you will consider donating to join me in the fight against cancer. Together, we can show our support for Mr. Carr and his family, as well as all of your friends and families who are leading fights of their own. Thank you!!
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