BENEFITING: Our Clubhouse
ORGANIZER: Our Clubhouse
EVENT: 2018 Pittsburgh Marathon
EVENT DATE: May 06, 2018
I will be running in honor of those who have been touched my cancer. This campaign is about my family's personal experience with cancer but it is also for all of those friends, coworkers, strangers, bloggers, and so many others who have been affected by cancer.
I INVITE YOU TO WRITE A COMMENT WITH YOUR DONATION INCLUDING A LOVED ONE'S NAME THAT YOU WOULD LIKE ME TO RUN IN HONOR OF OR MEMORY OF; SHE/HE'S NAME WILL BE INCLUDING ON THE BACK OF MY T-SHIRT DURING THE HALF-MARATHON.
Hospitals and even cancer centers DO NOT provide the full-range of care that cancer survivors and their family and friends need. Cancer is a disease that demands attention beyond just the medical arena; those touched by it require a support system to interact with other survivors and caregivers; they need a place to cry and not have others feel sorry for you; they need more help than what the current system offers. That's why I've chosen to donate to Our Clubhouse. They believe that NOBODYshould face cancer alone, that's why they provide FREE support to anybody touched by cancer, from diagnosis, through treatment, in the transition from life beyond cancer. And they realize that after a loved-one dies it doesn't end there, so they continue support with bereavement and grief groups.
My (very condensed) story:
My story starts roughly 3 years ago when I made my Dad eat a concoction of turmeric and yogurt, a cure that I'd Googled to stop his stomachache and inability to eat; he had lost 20 lbs in the last 4-5 months. I knew my Dad was really sick because it was the first time I'd ever seen him eat turmeric or yogurt, let alone together! It didn't help and anyways I could tell from the sunlight that my Dad face was tinted a light green. My Dad had gone to his PCP a few months ago and she had told him that "he should raise the head of his bed" since it appeared he had severe gastric reflex.
Days later my Dad went to the ER with my mom, he just couldn't take the nausea anymore; I stayed home with our 2 English setters. I got a call early in the morning, which didn't, in-fact, wake me, I had been up all night. My Dad had undergone a CT scan, they had found something on his pancreas. The tumor was blocking the bile duct and causing him to be jaundice and severely ill. He needed immediate an immediate endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, his first of many procedures .
PANCREAS...WHAT THE HELL DID THAT ORGAN DO AGAIN?
My Dad was a pancreatic cancer survivor for 2 long years. Years where he went through the emotional and physical ups and downs that every cancer survivor goes through. After one year of being denied surgery because of the placement of the tumor, my Dad was finally eligible for surgery at Johns Hopkins. We were beyond estactic. Getting to a point where they are willing to do surgery was a win, it meant maybe another 2 years or more of life.
After his 9-hour surgery and a week recovery in Baltimore, my Dad left the hospital with nearly no pancreas, part of his intestine, and part of his stomach removed. He would beat this. We had watched the videos on YouTube from all the top national hospitals of the pancreatic cancer survivors and after surgery, you could beat pancreatic cancer. My Dad said he just wanted to live two more years after surgery; that was his goal. He was happy with just two more years.
My Dad passed away in our home May 1st, one year after his surgery.
I will continue to fight for pancreatic cancer survivors and others diagnosed with cancer because it's what I promised my Dad and so they can continue to live; even if it means they will just live for one more year.
LOVE YOU DAD.
Our Clubhouse wrote -
ABOUT OUR CLUBHOUSE
At Our Clubhouse, we believe that NOBODYshould face cancer alone, that's why we provide FREE support to anybody touched by cancer, from diagnosis, through treatment and in the transition from life beyond cancer. Learn more about Our Clubhouse: www.ourclubhouse.org
"Words can hardly express my gratitude for all that you have done for us, and continue to do for my family through this journey. You have given us invaluable friendship, caring, support and love and I don’t know how we would have managed without all of your help." - Marci, Member
RUN WITH US
We invite you to run with us and celebrate our 10th anniversary as an official charity for the Pittsburgh Marathon. We provide weekly newsletters, a community of charity runners, and fundraising events to help us all reach our goals! Will you join us to ensure no one has to face cancer alone?
2018 Pittsburgh Marathon Miniumums
- $500 Marathon
- $350 Half Marathon
- $200 Marathon Relay ($200 per each of 5 team members)
- $200 5K
- $100 Kids Marathon
- $50 Pet Walk
Have questions about fundraising or Our Clubhouse? Contact Caily at email@example.com or Dani at firstname.lastname@example.org.