BENEFITING: EMILY WHITEHEAD FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: Emily Whitehead
EVENT DATE: Nov 20, 2016
So why should you donate to my fundraising page for the Philadelphia Marathon, which will benefit the Emily Whitehead Foundation? Well, the easy answer is that you are not really donating to me, you’re donating to Ami as she is unable to run this year because she is pregnant with our first child. But the honest answer is that there are thousands of children out there, who like little Emily Whitehead, have been diagnosed with cancer. They spend their summers in hospital beds or going to chemo appointments, instead of playing in the backyard or taking trips with their families to the beach.
Children who are fighting cancer cannot run in half marathons. They do not have the strength or the stamina to run 13 miles through the streets of Philadelphia. But there is one thing they can do: hope. They can hope for treatment that gives them their health back. They can hope for a cure so that they and other children like them never have to suffer from cancer. That is why I am running. No child should spend their formative years in hospitals. They should be worried about finding the next Pokémon Go character or advancing to the next level in their favorite video game, not if they will live to see their next birthday.
So please, I ask that you dig a little into your wallet and make a donation to this charity that my wife and I support and to a cause that is working around the clock to fight pediatric cancer. Every dollar counts. Your donation could help fund a breakthrough. It will not be one person who cures cancer, it will be a collective effort made possible through donations on web pages like these. Will you help?
Thank you for your time and I appreciate whatever donation you can make. To learn more about the Emily Whitehead Foundation, please read the text below from the Foundation.
From the Emily Whitehead Foundation
Emily Whitehead is a 3-time leukemia survivor. She was the first child in the world to receive a breakthrough T-cell immunotherapy to finally beat her leukemia. Emily is alive today because of cancer research. We saw firsthand how cancer research is saving lives; however, there are still children losing their lives every day because of limited treatment options for high-risk patients like Emily. Children who have their cancer return are harder to treat because their cancer becomes resistant to standard therapies. Cutting edge treatments like the T-cell therapy are needed to help cure these children but funding is limited. Childhood cancer receives only 4% of the National Cancer Institute budget for research. Many researchers rely on grants from non-profit organizations and private donors who are dedicated to raising funds for childhood cancer research.
Please visit www.emilywhiteheadfoundation.org for more info on our efforts to find a cure for childhood cancer!