Today is the day I start by supporting Family Reach Foundation and making a difference in the life of a person fighting cancer. Thanks to a good friend, Kris Kaplan, I was introduced to the Family Reach Foundation and I am truly moved by what the Foundation does for families in need of support for some of life's most basic necessities; food, heat, electricity, gas, and travel for treatment just to name a few.
About four years ago I was fortunate enough to overcome my battle with chronic back pain that spanned a decade of my life. Upon turning 40 and with some encouragement from my neurologist I started swimming and biking to overcome my back pain. After six months of swimming and biking I decided to try something that I had not done in over a decade, run a mile. Fast forward four years and this past summer (2013) I was able to complete two Full Ironman Triathlons within 28 days of each other. The fight to get over chronic back issues does not compare to the fight against cancer. However, we can make a difference in the life of a person fighting cancer.
In 2014 I will be running the Boston Marathon to help a new friend, Shelbie. She is fighting to beat cancer and we can all help her with a little support from each of us. Please join me in helping Shelbie. Shelbie is a courageous 16 year old waging a tough battle with Ewings Sarcoma. Shelbie has had a bone marrow transplant and a subsequent relapse. Her parents are divorced, but both are actively engaged in caring for Shelbie during very challenging times. Shelbie currently lives with her mother & aunt, and her mom has had to leave work to care for Shelbie full time.
Please sponsor me while I train to run 26.2 miles in the 2014 Boston Marathon and help Shelbie and her family in her fight against cancer.
Stay strong - Charlie
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