BENEFITING: The V Foundation
EVENT DATE: Nov 05, 2017
I am proud and humbled to run the 2017 NYC Marathon as part of the WWE's Team V on November 5, 2017. I am dedicating the run to my son, Kamran, who will be turning 5 on race day. His bravery and perseverance in overcoming illness is my inspiration. I am also running to support the fight of so many other sick children through the backing of a wonderful charity, Connor's Cure.
In December 2015, my then 3-year-old son unexpectedly contracted a superbug infection that caused his body to send septic emboli into his brain, triggering a brain bleed and multiple strokes. In the acute stages of his life-threatening ordeal, Kam was unable to speak and was paralyzed on his right side, spending time on a life-supporting ventilator (on Christmas Eve, no less). As parents, my wife and I were beyond terrified as Kamran was subjected to painful daily testing and treatment, ultimately undergoing two separate craniotomies and spending three months in the hospital. While we barely hung on through our panic and terror, Kamran exhibited an unmatched bravery, will and fight that was so far beyond what any child should be expected to need.
Today, after months of hospitalization and countless ongoing hours of therapies, Kamran is happy at home and enjoying the life of any healthy soon-to-be 5-year-old. The support and expertise of scores of doctors, nurses and staff at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital and Blythedale Children's Hospital enabled Kam to overcome the rigors of his illness and recovery after enduring what the doctors called a "one in a billion" occurrence.
I humbly ask for your support and donation to Connor's Cure in affiliation with the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Our family knows firsthand the indescribable fear and sadness associated with the fight of any sick child. Through charity to Connor's Cure you can help create a happy ending for the many pediatric cancer patients afflicted throughout the world. Trust me, there is no better inspiration than seeing a sick child prevail! On behalf of Connor's Cure, the V Foundation, the WWE and Kamran.... THANK YOU!