BENEFITING: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
EVENT DATE: Nov 23, 2013
This is long overdue…
By now, most everyone reading this is aware that my mother (Ma for short), Diane, was diagnosed with leukemia in April of last year. As you can imagine, since receiving that fateful phone call over a year ago, it’s been a complete roller coaster; both mentally and emotionally. For those that are hearing this for the first time, I won’t get into grainy detail, but, as you can imagine, this disease has lived up to its reputation for obliterating lives and causing a huge ripple effect for massive hardship, in every sense.
The statistics are staggering: about 1,661,000 (47,150 leukemia) new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed by the end of 2013. That said, I can safely predict that most of you currently have or will be connect to the disease in your lifetimes. It’s essentially six degrees of Kevin Bacon for personal cancer connections. Unreal.
Even with the deck stacked, as of today, I’m ecstatic to report; Ma is virtually cancer free and adjusting incredibly well to the “after life.” Odds are she’ll always be battling, as only about only 40% of patients experience a total cure. However, thankfully, having her arrive at this monumental stage of treatment is simply miraculous. In a word, awesome.
Anyway, back to the main reason for the site - it’s officially payback time. Essentially, time to recognize and extend heartfelt gratitude to all the people that are part of Mom’s recovery. First and foremost, my family. Many of them have and are currently dealing with their own significant medical issues. But, in times like this, we band together for strength and resilience. One person in particular deserves a special recognition, my step-father Steve. He’s been an amazing source of support and I will be forever grateful.
This effort also seeks to acknowledge the many friends, from virtually everywhere, offering encouragement along the way; the medical staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for their countless hours of care; and lastly the organization that continues to fight tirelessly to eradicate this disease from the face of the earth, the leukemia and lymphoma Society (I refuse to capitalize cancer under any circumstances). I’m continuously inspired by the love, dedication, commitment and unwavering strength by everyone. You’re commitment has not gone unnoticed.
So, more on how to get involved and exactly what’s happening…
I’ll be participating in the JFK 50 mile ultra-marathon on November, 23. I concluded there’s no better way to attract a couple bucks for a cause than engage in complete annihilation of my body for a few hours. Good, clean family fun! The event distance acted as the baseline for the goal calculation - $20 a mile, which, you guessed it, equals $1000 for the non-mathletes out there. If you’re curious, you can find more info on the race here: http://www.jfk50mile.org/.
I recognize giving is difficult, even impossible for some, which is generally why I avoid asking. We all have far greater financial priorities; mortgage payments, credit cards, groceries, swimming lessons for the kids, adding to the vintage smurfs collection, whatever, margins are tight. What I’m really hoping for is volume; a wide range of people committing conservative, reasonable amounts that have the potential of making a big impact. To be honest, even if you can’t give, I’m asking you, at the very least, to get involved in some other way. Raise money for a charity closer to your heart, volunteer at an event, join me as a team member on Crowdrise to broaden the message, forward this effort, or even join a friend in training – it all counts. Whatever your "D" is that motivates you, give it a bit more awesomeness.
Many thanks for reading and considering.
Go the distance,