BENEFITING: David P. Small Foundation
ORGANIZER: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION
EVENT: Your Journey Your Cause 2017
Friends and Family,
On October 21st, I will be competing in the longest and one of the most challenging triathlons I have ever signed up for. I have entered the Ironman 70.3 North Carolina which will be held in Wilmington, North Carolina. This will be my first Ironman event and will consist of a 1.2-mile swim course, a 56-mile bike course and a 13.1-mile run course. I am both nervous and excited about the event and I will keep you posted of my progress in training over the next 5 months.
Beyond the race, and the real purpose of this communication, is to tell you about one of the most exciting parts of these Ironman events. Ironman has an enormous commitment towards fundraising for charities throughout the world. Ironman has created the Ironman Foundation just for this reason and has helped raise over 50 million dollars to date. The program I am participating in is called “Your Journey, Your Cause”. In this program, competitors select a screened charity that they feel will be meaningful to raising money for.
The charity I have chosen is the David P. Small Foundation.
Many of you who know me, know one of my closest friends, Cara Read. Cara’s father, David (“Dave”) Small, is currently battling stage 4 stomach cancer and has been since July of 2016. Dave’s family has set up a foundation in his name that is meaningful, thoughtful and is directly giving back to the local community.
The purpose of the David P. Small Foundation is to offer an annual scholarship at Virginia Commonwealth University (“VCU”) to a high school senior from the Fredericksburg, Virginia area entering the VCU College of Nursing.
This designation criteria comes from Dave being a proud graduate of VCU in 1976, a Fredericksburg, VA resident since 1976 and a recent patient at the VCU Medical Center where he received excellent care from VCU nurses.
On so many levels, I felt this charity was the right one to support. For many of you reading this, you will be directly supporting the noble mission of one of your friends and her family. For the rest of you, you will be giving a new high school graduate a memorable and well needed positive first experience towards a career in nursing and medicine. And most importantly, you will help Dave see a vision come to fruition as he bravely fights the sickness that the efforts of his foundation may one day help cure.
So, I ask all of you who have the means, to support me, support Dave, and support Dave’s family on this journey and wonderful cause.