EVENT: NYC Half 2013
EVENT DATE: Mar 17, 2013
I can't explain what it was, but the end of last year I was feeling goal-deprived. I entered the NYC half marathon on a whim, and once I found out I was selected, I skeptically rose to a challenge my body had not endured for years. Given this opportunity, I'd like to dedicate my training and the race to two close warriors in my life - high school and college friend, Jill Costello, and my Uncle Peter. Both were victims of this terrible disease, and for them, I quit smoking and started running.
Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer, claiming more lives than breast, prostate, colon, liver, melanoma, and kidney cancer combined. Due to its stigma associated with smoking, the disease remains underfunded and the survival rate remains stagnant. 80 percent of newly diagnosed Lung Cancer patients either never smoked or quit
smoking decades ago. The underfunding of Lung Cancer research has kept its survival rate as low as it was in 1971, while breast cancer and lung cancer have reached an 89% and 99% survival rate, respectively. This disease needs our attention. PLEASE HELP ME BEAT LUNG CANCER.
And for those who aren't familiar with Jill Costello's story or cause, please watch this MSNBC interview on Jill's legacy and read the inspiring Sport's Illustrated article:
Her resilience and determination is saintly and continue to inspire me.