BENEFITING: Marc Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Foundation
EVENT DATE: May 16, 2015
Last fall, I ran the Philadelphia Half Marathon. The day before the race, I was pumped and excited and a little bit terrified, but mostly ready to go. And then I received a text message from one of my best friends, telling me her father had lost his year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. I ran the race the next day and attended his funeral back in New York City the day after.
Before my friend's dad's diagnosis, I had heard of pancreatic cancer. But I didn't realize how severe it is and how limited the treatment options are. More importantly, I didn't know how little funding pancreatic cancer research receives, especially compared to other forms of cancer.
While I was running the race in Philly, I decided that if I ever ran another half marathon (which, during miles 8 through 11, was not by any means definite), I would do it for my friend's dad. Every early morning or late evening training run would be in his memory, and every step I took during the actual race would be in his honor. And that's what I've been doing. On May 16, 2015, I'm going to run 13.1 miles through Brooklyn for Harold Jupiter.
I'm asking you to give a gift to support my race and hopefully change what happens after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. The money I raise will be donated to The Lustgarten Foundation, an organization based in New York City that funds scientific and medical research of pancreatic cancer. 100% of every donation that The Lustgarten Center receives goes directly to pancreatic cancer research, including early detection methods, prevention, and treatment.
Hopefully, in a few years, the outcome for people like Harold will be different. But it can't change without your help. Please make a gift to support my race, to support my friend, and to support everyone who has ever lost a loved one to pancreatic cancer.
Thank you so much!