BENEFITING: JOE ANDRUZZI FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: JOE ANDRUZZI FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Mar 20, 2015
A Half For Hudson - Update
Training and fundraising have both been going well. The race is March 20 starting in Central Park and finishing near Wall St joined by 20,000 runners. It will be televised on WABC - 7 in New York and on ESPN3 for the rest of the country. I will post my bib number so people can sign up to follow me if they choose. With a relatively mild winter, I was able to get my outdoor long runs on Saturdays in Boston with Charity Teams, an amazing group of runners and now friends representing 26 charitys. With one week to go before the United Airlines NYC Half and long runs of 16 and 17 miles, I will taper this week and go into the race with "fresh" legs. We have a team of 25 runners representing Team JAF and I am honored to be running for Hudson.
I am very pleased with our fundraising to date but just like my plan for the race I would like to finish strong. I have been getting the word out through emails, social media, two radio appearences, a blog story on the Joe Andruzzi Foundation website and front page articles in the Middletown Press and Needham Times. Here are the links to learn more information and please feel free to share this with others:
Hudson Solder the grandson of my high school classmates and lontime friends Chuck and Chris Allen and the son of my friends Lexi and Nate Solder was diagnosed with Wilms' tumors on both kidneys in October 2015 at the age of 3 months. Nate, a lineman with the New England Patriots and a testicular cancer survivor, and Lexi have asked that those wishing to support Hudson’s battle make a donation towards the Joe Andruzzi Foundation’s (JAF) Hudson Solder-Tough Like My Dad Fund.
Proceeds of the Fund will benefit JAF’s mission of providing financial assistance to cancer patients and their families – allowing them to focus on recovery, not mounting rent/mortgage, utility or other household bills. Lexi and Nate have been blessed with many advantages. But Nate’s battle with cancer last year, and Joe Andruzzi’s battle with cancer while he was in the NFL, reminded them that not every family experiencing cancer has the same advantages and support network.
The Joe Andruzzi Foundation has two signature mottos: One is UpBeat Cancer which means to maintain a positive attitude while battling cancer. I promise that I will keep the fundraising efforts “upbeat” and fun by offering challenges through the fundraising page. The other motto is Always Run To. Always Run For. Never Run From. The famous picture of Joe Andruzzi on Boylston St carrying a woman to safety during the Boston Marathon bombing speaks volumes.
If you can make a donation, great! If you can’t make a donation, offer a prayer for Hudson and a word of encouragement for Lexi and Nate, Chuck, Chris and Travis. Show them that they are in constantly in our thoughts. Please pass this along to friends of the Solders and Allens, Patriots fans, runners and anyone who might be interested. The fundraising site will be open until mid-April.
Thank you - Bill Donovan