Haymakers For Hope via Crowdrise
September 17, 2012
Two months ago, I was asked to fight in a boxing match for charity. With a month to go until the main event, my mother is still not speaking with me and I've come to accept - particularly after my second trip to the doctor - that this is probably not my best idea (I should limit myself to sitting on host committees). That said, with or without a few teeth, I'll be stepping into the ring on Nov 8 against Jamie McDonald, and in front of a couple thousand people at Roseland Ballroom. Imagine fight night in Vegas -- red carpet, gourmet dinner, open bar, celebrities, and poker - but with really bad boxers. Even if you've never really liked me, you have a reason to come!
So Why Am I Doing This?
There is a reason behind this madness and that is to raise money to support the fight against cancer. As many of you know, I lost my father to cancer a few years ago, and the cause is one that I feel strongly about. One of the most gut-wrenching things we encountered during my dad's treatment was the number of struggling families that have to make the choice between providing medical care to their loved one or paying their past due mortgage or utility bill. It is the reason we created my family foundation's cancer assistance fund. Serving on the board of the foundation, I've read many of the applications to the fund, and each of them is heartbreaking. But, I have come to appreciate that even if we can't find a cure for cancer tomorrow, we can be an answer to a prayer for at least one family today. For this reason, I am using this fight as an opportunity to raise money in the name of one particular family.
Lori & Her Three Daughters
Lori lives in Colorado and is a 49 year old single mother of three young daughters - Keegan, Alexia, and Keici. Earlier this year, Lori learned that her ovarian cancer returned for a third time. On top of battling cancer, Lori works two jobs in an effort to make ends meet for her family, but, with all her medical expenses, she has fallen behind on their rent and car payments. Recently, Lori received tragic news - her cancer had metastasized and developed to Stage IV. In May, her doctors advised her that it is incurable, and that she should focus on palliative treatment. Now, in addition to worrying about the rent for next month and whether their car will be repossessed, Lori's young daughters must find ways to provide comfort to their mother in her final months (her insurance covers only a portion of her palliative care), and determine how they are going to live without her.
How You Can Help
I am asking that you join me in lending a helping hand to families like Lori's by attending the event on November 8 or making a financial donation (no matter how small, it'll make a difference to Lori and her daughters). With your support, my goal is to keep Lori's family from worrying about money in these final days, and instead focused on spending quality time with each other and on not giving up hope about beating this terrible disease.
Thank You and Hope to See You All Ringside!
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