For the past 24 years I have been the race director for my Kiwanis Club's 5 & 10K runs. I received an e-mail from a person I did not know while planning this years race. Robert Zook was contacting me to ask if I would help him organize a new event in our community to raise money for brain tumor research, a topic that I knew nothing about. We met for lunch and I met a facinating man with a riveting story. Robert is 35 years old with a wife and a two year old son. Last fall he was diagnosed with stage 4 brian tumors and has been fightng an ongoing battle ever since. He is responding to chemotherapy but still has long road ahead. You can learn more about Robert on his blog at... I told Robert that we do not need another race in our area. Instead I approached the board of my Kiwanis Club and we agreed that the money raised by our upcoming 5 & 10K's will be partially donated to the Brain Tumor Foundation.
I have wanted to run the Ney York Marathon since I watched my wife June compete in 2008. I have witnessed many marathons, but never anything such as the grand scale of New York. The City, the number of participants, and the spectator support was incredible. June knew she would have a guranteed entry for this year's event so I also applied. When I didn't recieve an invitation I looked for other ways to qualify. I found Team Brain Tumor Foundation and felt it would be the perfect connection in my efforts to support Robert and our local race efforts.
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