Hi friends and family!
Thank you so much for checking out my fundraising page! As you all know by now, I have been through quite a whirl-wind over the past few months as I was diagnosed with Papillary Thyroid Cancer, scheduled thyroid removal surgery, and found out a few days later that it had spread to many lymph nodes in my neck and had attached to my trachea. The surgery went really well, all the cancer has been removed!!! ...and I only have some remaining radiation treatment in a few months.
The irony of the whole situation is that I had already signed up to run this relay from Mt. Hood to the Pacific Ocean to support Cancer treatment at Providence Cancer Center before I was diagnosed. And it was Providence where I had my surgery and stayed for 6 days and 5 lovely nights. The doctors and nursing staff were amazing, and I was really pleased with my level and quality of care. I am a great example, me personally, as to where and who your monetary donations support. Being diagnosed with cancer and having such a serious surgery in my neck was (and hopefully will be) the scariest and most difficult obstacle I have faced. This type of thyroid cancer is increasing by 4% in number of cases every year. Unfortunately there will be many more that will have to follow in my footsteps. So let's donate just a little, so they can have the best care and treatement while they are going through such a scary, and difficult time.
...AND your donations will also help push me mentally to overcome my own persoal battles. I hope continuing to train for this relay despite my health set-back will speed up my recovery and keep my mind off cancer...something to distract me! There will be 12 of us running on August 22nd from Mt. Hood to Pacific Ocean, almost 200 miles combined. We will each run 3 legs of 5-8 miles in 24 hours. I have never run in an organized event before, or more than 10 miles, so this will be a nice challenge for me.
Anything you are comfortable donating helps, $10, $20, $100 or more. My personal goal is to raise $1K, and $12K as a whole team.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
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