My name is David Bruchu and I am originally from Minnesota. I’m representing One Summit Foundation, an official partner of John Hancock, for the 2018 Boston Marathon.
I first became aware of One Summit and their mission last year at the Boston Climb For Courage in June of 2017. I was partnered with a young boy named Yan Perez who was and currently is still battling cancer. It was amazing to see his fighting spirit and positive attitude toward his situation. One Summit has a mission of teaching pediatric cancer patients the importance of goal setting, resiliency, positive self talk, and a never quit attitude by pairing them up with a Navy SEAL and attacking life's challenges head on. The warrior is meant to inspire and mentor the child who is facing incredible hardship. What actually happens (at least to me) was that the kid become the teacher and gives us the inspiration and motivation to be better men. There is no doubt in my mind that Yan taught me more than I taught him. Most of these kids just need someone there to cover their six. That is what my role in the One Summit mission is all about. Just letting Yan and all the other kids know that we have their back, we will be there to help them up when they fall. When their time comes to put their helmet on, lace up their boots tight, and start the climb up what seems an impossible mountain, we can help them take the first step, and after that the second step. Eventually that mountain and their fight against cancer will become a a small hill and its all about taking one step at a time.
Running a marathon seems like a daunting task and a lot of work. When you compare it to fighting cancer at a young age, its easy to find the motivation.
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