BENEFITING: GOLF FIGHTS CANCER
ORGANIZER: GOLF FIGHTS CANCER
EVENT: 2016 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 18, 2016
Friends and Family,
Please take 3 minutes out of your busy schedules to read this message. The excerpt below from a recipient of a life saving cancer treatment protocol that exists because of YOUR generosity is well worth the read!
I am again honored to run the Boston Marathon representing the Golf Fights Cancer Team. This is year is particularly special as I will run the marathon alongside my daughter Remy, a sophomore at Boston College, also a member of the Golf Fights Cancer Team. A true Blessing!
All of us have been impacted by this insidious disease and through your generosity the Golf Fights Cancer Team has raised over $500,000 running the Boston Marathon over the years, making an impactful difference in the battle against cancer.
I have the incredible privilege to run in honor of my good friend, Rick Browning and his family, supporting the Richard Browning Cancer Research Fund at Rhode Island Hospital. Although Rick valiantly lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2012 a group of his family, friends and “Good Guys" (and Girls) established the Richard Browning Cancer Research Fund to ensure Rick’s legacy of caring for others lives on. At Rick’s request, we established the RBCR Fund to support researchers and investigators in the critical early stages of their work to ensure cancer research was not inhibited by lack of funds to purchase the hardware, supplies and resources to launch these important clinical trials.
In a few short years, thanks to your generosity, the RBCR Fund has had a life saving positive impact on cancer patients that have been treated with a trial “medical cocktail” that was the result of research led by a Richard Browning Cancer Research Fund grant recipient. Lisa Browning received an incredibly powerful letter from one of the first patients to receive this cocktail thanking Rick, the family and all of you who helped make the RBCR Fund possible. I will spare you the long emotional read but humled to share this powerful excerpt from his letter:
When we first heard the diagnosis on February 19th of last year my wife Kathy made inquiries as to where best to go for care… By luck we were referred to Howard Safrin at Miriam and his study… Until recently did we know that those who loved Rick Browning were responsible for funding that study-protocol of Dr. Safrin.
I did not know Rick but I knew enough people who were his friend’s that he must have been quite a guy and his loss to you and your family immeasurable in pain… So I think it is important for you to know that his unfathomable loss gave energy to a study that produced one and I understand more survivors of pancreatic cancer.
I am so sorry for the pain you and your family have endured but in some way I hope my recovery and the others that Dr. Safrin, Dr.Kevin Charpentier, Dr. Dipettrello have achieved as a result of the love and effort by you and Rick’s friends providing for this study brings a moment of comfort to you… Rick’s legacy is the catalysis for many going forward to beat this death sentence of a cancer. His integrity lives on in my life and that of hopefully many others. Please know that I pray for him and you and I am sure he has a very special place in heaven.
The pain and suffering of training for and running a marathon certainly seem insignificant when you read that letter. Lisa Browning recently shared with me that the gentlemen who wrote this letter just received a clean CT Scan almost 2 years after his initial diagnosis. I am not being dramatic when I tell you that your support over the past few years funded the trial that is saving lives.
I have set a goal to raise $25,000 but with your support I hope to exceed that total. Every dollar I raise will go directly to the Richard Browning Cancer Research Fund and as you just read, have a positive impact on the lives of those afflicted with cancer and ensure the legacy of our great friend, Rick.
With respect, sincere appreciation and thanks for your generosity!