My Father, Doug Whaley, was an incredibly loving man who loved to make people laugh when he wasn't singing and playing his guitar. The first album he ever recorded was named One Horse Stranger, hence my team name. When I was 12 years old, he was diagnosed with cancer. I remember my parents sitting my sister and I down to tell us about the outcome of recent tests and feeling like the wind was knocked out of me. Being so young, I had no idea how much this would impact our lives. Throughout the next five years, the four of us spent more time in hospitals than I would have ever like to, and I watched my Dad go through seasons of feeling 'ok' and feeling 'not so ok.' No matter what his current season was, his good attitude never waivered. He continued to instill in me that health and wellness is a gift that we give our future selves. He also taught me (with my Mother's help of course) that we need to be grateful for every minute we have because this life of ours is fragile. He passed away when I was 17, and I have strived to live a healthy life since then.
This year, I am running 12 half-- marathons and one full marathon. I am doing this not just for myself, but for those who are unable to. My father would have wanted nothing more than to be able to live a long healthy life, but the diagnosis took that away from him. To honor him, I have partnered with American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) to raise awareness and funds for their organization. I have set a goal to raise $1,000 by the end of the year. I would appreciate any donation you can provide to help me reach that goal
In 1982, American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) was founded to advance the simple but then-radical idea that cancer could be prevented.AICR focused on the link between diet and cancer and immediately began supporting cutting-edge research in this area and educating the public about the results. Today, we continue to fund research in the field of nutrition, physical activity and cancer prevention, treatment and survival.We interpret the results of that research, along with findings from the global scientific community, to craft reliable, evidence-based recommendations for lower cancer risk.
Lastly, I would LOVE some company! If you are interested in joining me in this adventure and running a half marathon with me or the full marathon, I can be reached at 303.968.8504 or firstname.lastname@example.org