BENEFITING: COLON CANCER CHALLENGE FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Oct 17, 2015
I'm running in my second series of Spartan Races this year & getting ready to conquer the 2nd ever OCR World Championships, an event that you have to qualify for which I have done so by taking 3rd place in my age group this year at the NJ Spartan Beast Race (a grueling 13+ miles & 40+ obstacles).! I am going to be tested mentally, physically & emotionally. It will take a whole lot of grit, training & guts to get me out there amongst the elite to run my heart out! I started this fundraiser last year in hopes at conquering a few Beasts in VT. I did not raise the money last time, but a way was found to get me to that starting line at the VT Beast & complete my trifecta for my father & to carry on his name & cause!! This year is nothing different other than location & event. I will be once again creating a team called Rebel's Angels, you may not understand why, so here it is & my reason for pushing myself passed my own limits, being stronger than I was yesterday & always remaining a fighter in this thing called life!
Growing up I had an amazing childhood filled with love, laughter, any normal childhood that is. Well in the summer of 2011 I was probably given the worst news any child (young adult) could ever muster. My father was to go in for a routine colonoscopy, but shortly afterwards, the doctor could not proceed. He called me and asked me to come pick him up (he couldn't drive due to medications given). I arrived and as he's walking to my car he shows the thumbs down sign & gets in. He said, "I've got bad news." I just look at him and say, "OK, what is it?" He proceeds to tell me that they could not do the procedure as they found a large tumor & he'd need to go in for further testing. We all remained hopeful, but sadly the news was not to get better. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer shortly after the next few weeks of testing.
My father went in for an "Expolrative Surgery" to see exactly what the doctors would be working with. While in the hospital, he went in for surgery and had a colostomy bag put on as he could not use the bathroom regularly due to the tumor. After his recovery period, he started chemotherapy within the next few weeks and taking an insane amount of medications. We had high hopes that things would turn around and his blood counts and numbers were increasing after his first few weeks of treatment. You may or may not know, but after certain time periods doing these treatments, they stop working and have to change them to get the process working again and fighting the disease. Well that's where things started to really go down hill. He started to lose weight more and more drastically, had trouble walking, eating was a chore due to the treatments and medications. And the day I never wished to see so soon came in July 2012 when my father lost his fight with this awful disease. He was a great man, with a lot of heart and fought hard till the end, always staying positive, never giving up hope that he could do it, he could beat it!
So I call us Rebel's Angels because we are Rebels who will not quit, who will not stop when faced with diversity, tough times and our strengths are tested to there limits & Angels because my father is now a guardian angel watching over us all as are many others who have fallen ill or lost the fight to colon cancer.
I will be dedicating all my races to my amazing Dad, Alan Malko, but I need a little help getting there! Please help me reach my goal of $2,000 for my OCR World Championships Entry Fee & Hotel Accomidations for 2 nights plus traveling costs as the event takes place in Ohio. Once my fundraising goals are achieved, any further donations will go to the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation to help raise awareness, promote early detection & further research to find a cure for this terrible disease!
Please consider donating to my cause & I will show you the fighter I am & the fighter I have become after overcoming this obstacle in life! Share with friends, family, co workers & spread the word. Thank you so very much for reading my story and for any & all donations!