Dear Family and Friends,
“Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That’s how he finds that he can bear anything”- William Faulkner
This September I will be testing my limits mentally and physically by competing in the Ironman 70.3 Princeton (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run) as a member of the STOMP the Monster Team. As most of you know, all my life I have been an athlete and competitor. I have competed at the Division 1 collegiate level in both soccer and lacrosse, run numerous races ranging from 5K’s to marathons, participated in Tough Mudders, the Police Unity Tour, and crossfit.
These challenges and accomplishments; however, are nothing compared to the battle my Nanny faced when she was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a form of cancer. For three years she endured brutal chemotherapy treatments, frequent hospital visits with courage and hope. She never complained or asking why her, but instead faced adversity head-on with a winning mentality. The relationship my Nanny and I had was something rare and special. She was like a second mom, best friend and role model to me. And although my Nanny lost her battle about 5 years ago after a three year struggle, the experience lives with me every day and it is where I draw inspiration.
The reason I chose to complete the Ironman 70.3 Princeton as a member of the STOMP the Monster Team is because STOMP the Monster is a Foundation that raises money to help provide financial and other support to cancer patients, families and caregivers. More specifically the support includes meals, transportation to doctors’ visits, phone bills and much more. I was able to see firsthand how cancer can take a toll on not only the patient, but also their family and friend. My family was fortunate enough to provide and be the support system my Nanny needed which included taking her to doctor’s appointments, cooking her meals, staying overnight with her and eventually having her move in with us. Unfortunately, not all families are able to do the same which makes battling the disease even more challenging. The reason I am competing in the Ironman 70.3, is to ultimately honor her memory. My Nanny was not only the one who taught me how to swim, but she also taught me the importance of giving back to others, to go after what you want and that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to.
So I ask you to please help support me and my fundraising efforts to STOMP the Monster and the fight against cancer.
PS- For anyone who prefers to donate by check, please mail your donation directly to the address below with my name on the check or envelop.
Stomp the Monster
PO Box 521
Marlboro, NJ 07746
Attn: Princeton 70.3
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