Dear friends and family,
As many of you know, I have competed in several Ironman triathlons over the past decade. This year, I am racing in the inaugural Ironman Lake Tahoe on September 22, 2013. For the first time, I am also raising funds for the fight against cancer through Stand Up To Cancer.
Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) is an initiative to encourage collaboration among researchers and to build awareness and public support for the fight against cancer.
My family, as most of yours, has been affected by cancer. I lost one grandfather to lung cancer and one grandfather to melanoma. My wife, Wendy, lost her father, two uncles, and a cousin to colon cancer. Our dear friend left us too early after her valiant fight against pancreatic cancer. We are not unique; each of us has a friend, loved one, neighbor, or colleague who is currently fighting cancer or who has lost the battle.
Racing Ironman reminds me how grateful I am to be healthy and able to challenge my body. We competitors share the course with athletes who are currently battling cancer or who proudly declare at the finish line that cancer did not beat them! Witnessing this incredible accomplishment is humbling and inspirational. I’m moved to tears when I realize what they have endured and what obstacles they have overcome to reach the finish line. I am truly in awe.
My goal is to raise $2,500 to help fight cancer. I am asking for your support. Your tax-deductible contribution will help SU2C make a difference for those affected by cancer. Please consider contributing today by donating online.
Thank you in advance for your thoughtfulness and generosity!
In loving memory of Merle Jensen, Sam Barnes, Richard Theophilus, Owen David Theophilus, Tom Theophilus, Delbert Holm, and Sharon Olson-Hansen.
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