BENEFITING: LAZAREX CANCER FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: LAZAREX CANCER FOUNDATION
EVENT: Team for Life | IRONMAN 2016
I started training for triathlons in 2013 to honor my cousin, Dave, a leukemia patient (at the time) and fundraise for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I have met amazing people along the way. Dave passed away at the end of 2013 and I have been continuing my triathlon journey with him in my thoughts. I have not fundraised since then, however my fundraising flame has been reignited this month.
A few weeks ago, a good friend, Julio, was diagnosed with Leukemia! :( It reminded me of Dave. A couple weeks after Julio was admitted to UCSF hospital for a long-term treatment, Dave's son, Anthony, was in the same hospital for surgery to remove cancer nodes in his body. Cancer really sucks!
Julio is receiving the best care possible right now thanks to Lazarex Cancer Foundation. Because of their mission and to honor Julio and Anthony, I have decided to join the Lazarex team's fundraiser for Ironman Santa Cruz 70.3, which is half the distance of each discipline - 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run, and Ragnar, a team event of 12 people running a total of about 200 miles from SF to Napa. Donations are tax deductible. :)
Julio participated in the relay event at Ironman Santa Cruz 70.3 last year and had a blast! I went to visit him at UCSF and it was hard to see him sedated with tubes everywhere. It was just last month that we were riding and laughing together and he was running around cheering us on in Windsor. It hurts to see that he couldn’t get out of bed to walk yet alone swim, bike or run. This is why I chose this event to honor the both of them.
After finishing Vineman, I wasn’t planning on another tri in 2016. I have been enjoying a workout free life, staying up late watching the Olympics a couple weeks ago, eating pizza, all types of sweets, desserts and ice creams, putting on a few pounds, hanging out with family and friends. It will hurt me a little to get through the event on 9/11 because of my lack of any training in August; however that pain is nothing compared to what cancer patients endure. Yes, it's in less than 2 weeks! Lol.. One day of pain is well worth the effort to try to raise awareness and funds for this wonderful organization. Please consider donating to this great cause!
Thank you in advance and wish me luck!
LAZAREX CANCER FOUNDATION wrote - When you join Team for Life you are giving today's cancer patients the chance to LIVE!
How are the donations you collect put to use?
Each month Lazarex Patients get a check so that they can access life-saving treatment. Patients with advanced-stage cancer often cannot pursue clinical trial treatments because of the financial costs to get to the research site and the strain of being away from their family’s support. These are treatments that could potentially extend a patient’s life and lead to cures for many others. Lazarex Cancer Foundation matches cancer patients with the right medical studies anywhere in the United States and helps pay for the cost of their participation including airfare, hotel and diagnostics. No other foundation helps patients and families affected by cancer in such a direct way. You can learn more about Lazarex at www.lazarex.org.
In 2015 alone, Lazarex provided financial support to over 400 patients with advanced-stage cancer. To date, Lazarex patients have cumulatively lived an additional 507 years through their participation in clinical trials AFTER they were told that there were no other options.
To put it simply, you're giving Lazarex patients the chance to LIVE!
Cheers to Life!