I have been battling kidney cancer for 16 years, the last 11 with stage IV inoperable, incurable disease. When diagnosed there were no treatments for my illness. I prayed then to survive until my then 11-year-old son graduated from high school. I witnessed that same son graduate from Tufts University in Boston last May. I've walked my beloved veterinarian daughter down the aisle at her wedding to our physician son-in-heart and officiated at my attorney and eldest son's wedding to our lovely daugher-in-heart. My defiance of the odds has allowed me to continue to share the lives of my wife Debbie and our three (now 5 counting spouses) wonderful children, the wealth of friends I cherish and the island community of which I am a proud part.
My path has allowed me to meet and come to know many of the amazing cancer researchers, doctors and others whose quiet work saves lives and improves the quality of those lives for survivors. I am humbled by their efforts and feel driven to try to provide assistance through funds raised by my 8th marathon since being diagnosed in 1996. The American Cancer Society has provided my family with great support. They are literally life-savers.
I am a son, brother, husband, father, and work in progress, striving to become the person I believe I am capable of becoming. Through this effort and others I try to live my gratitude for these bonus years of life. Your assistance in this marathon fundraising effort, no matter the amount, will always be deeply appreciated.
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