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2016 TCS NYC Marathon - Team Colon Cancer Challenge

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May 29, 2016

Training started officially a couple weeks ago, and today was my 5 mile run.  It's funny how something as simple as a run like this can bring  See more
Courtney Rheuban Ax

THE STORY:

As you all know, in March 2014 Rick was diagnosed with colon cancer.  After surgery to remove a huge mass and one third of his colon, he started chemotherapy because cancer cells were found in his lymph nodes.  In December 2014, they checked him again, once he finished his 12 rounds.  Unfortunately, the chemo didn't help.  Now they were finding tumors in his liver and the periotoneal lining of his abdomen.  Rick spent the entire year of 2015 in different treatments - two clinical trials, two different chemotherapies - and visiting five different hospitals, all with no luck.  Despite his refusal to give up, and the constant fight, by the end of 2015, his liver and adbomen were riddled with tumors, and there were new tumors growing in his colon again.

When he passed away in February 2016, many of you were shocked to hear he had even been sick.  Rick didn't want anyone to know.  He wanted to be a guy with a normal life who just happened to have cancer.  We traveled, went to concerts, and just loved each other as much as we did, all while his cancer was happening in the background of our everyday life.  To quote him, "All I can tell you is if I had the choice of seven years of Courtney or not having cancer, no question she’s worth every second", which is exactly how I feel about him.  I miss him every moment of every day.  It's like a limb has been removed from my body.

I've tried to get into the NY Marathon every year since we started dating, always with no luck.  It seems fitting that this is the year I get in, like he is still looking after me.  Because of this, I've decided to dedicate my run and fundraise for the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation.

The Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation has been working in New York City since 2003, raising awareness of colorectal cancer, funding screening programs for the uninsured, and providing much needed funds to young investigators who are committed to finding a cure for colorectal cancer.   

More than an estimated 51,000 Americans died from colon cancer this past year.  By joining Team Colon Cancer Challenge I'm joining the fight against colorectal cancer and helping spread the word that colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable with early screening.  

The Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation launched Team Colon Cancer Challenge in 2010 to:

  • Encourage colorectal cancer survivors to incorporate exercise into their everyday lives as a way to significantly reduce the rate of recurrence,
  • Provide a grassroots opportunity for colorectal cancer survivors and their family members to raise awareness and funds for colorectal cancer in their community,
  • Offer those who have lost a loved one to colorectal cancer a positive and effective channel for their rallying cry against colorectal cancer.

Team Colon Cancer Challenge has raised more than $445,000 in support of efforts to raise awareness of colorectal cancer and the importance of early screening, prevention, and research.  

Friends, pay close attention to something they say above - colon cancer can be preventable!!  With proper screening, you might prevent it from happening.  I wish Rick had gotten a colonoscopy years ago; he might not have gotten sick.  Unfortunately I'll never know if that might have been the case, but you all can take steps to keep yourselves healthy.  He said it before, and I'll keep repeating his words - get your yearly colonoscopies.  They may just save you life.

To Rick, my love, you will forever be my always.

$7,875

MONEY RAISED
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  • Courtney Rheuban Ax

    $100

  • Naomi Labin

    $25

  • Catherine & Tony

    $100

  • Brie C.

    $25

  • Jo

    $50

  • Danielle Cloutier

    $100

  • Mary Kirkpatrick

    $50

  • Cheryl Seaman

    $25

  • Meg Rose

    $50

  • Alicia Tarman

    $100

  • Jerry Garcia❤️

    $25

  • Ciara Meaney

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Dave Avery

    $100

  • Kim Tauber

    $50

  • Kay Family

    $50

  • Dia Hollenbeck

    $250

  • sasha abelson

    $25

  • Kevin and Dana Rubin

    $100

  • Tara Doran

    $100

  • The Eldridge Family

    $25

  • Connie Lew

    $50

  • Grace De Castro and Beau Bruderer

     

  • Josh and Jackie Pack

    $500

  • Carey Smith

    $25

  • Dara Gary

     

  • Kurt Fuller

    $100

  • Lesley Boone

    $100

  • ronna boone

    $15

  • Vanessa Poster

    $100

  • Cat Landry

    $25

  • Trina Lance

    $25

  • Morgan Healy

     

  • Aastha & Anurag

     

  • Lisa Pepper Smelkinson

    $100

  • Melissa Glickman

    $50

  • Sasha Lukyanets and Michael Colonno

    $100

  • Cat Still

    $50

  • Genie, Harper and Timothy (our rescue dog)

     

  • Mike Heimowitz

    $100

  • Laurie Woodrow

    $50

  • Nicole Gelbard

    $50

  • Tracy & Brett Bondi

    $50

  • Cathy Sandrich Gelfond

    $100

  • The Teta Family

    $25

  • Arlene and Richard

     

  • Susan and Lee Lewis

    $50

  • Leslie Schuster

    $100

  • Sina Cox

     

  • Sue Horn

    $50

  • The Simentals

    $50

  • Tracey Fields

     

  • Mike Hagerty

     

  • James & Ilona

    $50

  • Victoria Burrows

    $100

  • Drea & David

     

  • Cudlitz

    $500

  • Kim & Jeremy Lappen

     

  • Arielle Morrison

    $25

  • Harris and Jennifer Soifer

    $100

  • RewindCon

     

  • Marika Cahn & Andy Berman

    $150

  • Stephanie & Muchael Sourapas

     

  • Shawna, Paul & Blue

     

  • allison bonds

    $50

  • Gary & Julia Schoen

    $50

  • Marge & Dad

     

  • Lisa and Stan Getz

    $50

  • Jason & Jamie

    $50

  • Helene Kennedy

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Mom & Dan

    $500

  • Nancy & Leo McStroul

    $100

  • Ali & Remi Garfinkle

    $100

  • Giles Steinberg

    $100

  • Meredith Kaplan Nelson

    $150

  • Steve Oberman

    $50

  • Mary Vernieu

     

  • Amy and Jon Stevenson

     

  • Lisa and Mitch Smelkinson

    $100

  • Radha

    $250

  • Radha Mitchell

    $100

  • Ronnie Ax

     

  • Betty Mae

     

  • Dan, Elissa, Lila & Emmy Goodkin

    $25

  • Ellen Blair

     

  • susan mcginley

    $25

  • Matthew Kearns

    $100

  • Angela Chen

    $25

  • Kirstyn Rawlings

    $50

  • Mark Madnick

    $25

  • Mary Bellofatto

    $100

  • Samantha Lewis

    $25

  • Danna Vivian Moos

    $25

  • Gregory Stern

    $50

  • Sue Ann and Pat Rawlings

    $25

  • Brian Weaver

    $100

  • Allison Ax

     

  • Eryn & Jimmy

     

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79% Raised of$10,000 Goal

The Team: $76,466 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Anthony Gollan

Amount Raised

$8,000

Fundraiser Title

Courtney Rheuban Ax

Amount Raised

$7,875

 

79% Raised of$10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Michael Hicks

Amount Raised

$7,500

Fundraiser Title

Anthony Sandeen

Amount Raised

$7,500

Fundraiser Title

Paul Watts

Amount Raised

$7,500

Fundraiser Title

pat lynch

Amount Raised

$4,070

 

136% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Steve Swinfield

Amount Raised

$3,919

 

98% Raised of$4,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Teresa Killion

Amount Raised

$3,625

 

121% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Eryn & Jimmy

Eryn & Jimmy

2 years ago

Allison Ax

Allison Ax

In memory of Rick and support of Courtney!!! 2 years ago

Brian Weaver

Brian Weaver

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Sue Ann and Pat Rawlings

Sue Ann and Pat Rawlings

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Gregory Stern

Gregory Stern

DONATION: $50

Go Courtney! 2 years ago

Danna Vivian Moos

Danna Vivian Moos

DONATION: $25

Rick Ax 2 years ago

Samantha Lewis

Samantha Lewis

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Mary Bellofatto

Mary Bellofatto

DONATION: $100

Good luck, Courtney! My fiancé passed away almost a year ago from colon cancer so I understand your heartbreak. I would love to talk with you sometime. 2 years ago

Mark Madnick

Mark Madnick

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Kirstyn Rawlings

Kirstyn Rawlings

DONATION: $50

What a lovely quote. Very special. Go get it, girl! 2 years ago