BENEFITING: Colon Cancer Alliance
EVENT DATE: Oct 26, 2014
Since I was young, my father had been in the hospital a few times. Heart disease runs in the family, so he had his first heart attack at age 42. I was only 10 at the time. My dad is a strong man, never showing his pain, but he also knows when he needs to get medical attention. Almost every time he drove himself to the hospital.
This time changed everything. He went in because he became anemic, maybe from the medication he took to lower his cholesterol. They admitted him to "find the bleed," as they said, and instead found colon cancer.
This was one month before he was set to walk his baby girl down the aisle.
Later, they found some cancer in a lymph node, and in June, after my wedding, he started chemotherapy.
With two months left to go, he is staying strong, but this has been the hardest fight for his life. It is so hard to watch my father, who gave me life and made me into the strong journalist and wife I am today, struggle with much more than pain.
My father isn't the only one we know who was recently affected by colon cancer, and we no longer want this cancer, or any cancer, to damage families ever again.
Did you know colon cancer is the SECOND leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the U.S.? But also, there is a 90% five-year survival rate in cases when it was detected in the early stages.
So, in my fighting spirit, our team is raising money for the Colon Cancer Alliance.
My husband, Jamieson, and I are doing two 5K races, the Angel Amble Devil Dash on Oct. 26 (http://yorkhalloweenparade.com/assets/aadd-registration-140807.pdf) and the York YMCA Turkey Trot on Nov. 27 (http://www.yorkcoymca.org/Pages/Turkey-Trot.aspx).
Please help us reach our goal of donating $1,000 toward research and outreach about colon cancer. We can make a difference together.