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Living Strong at the Y 2012

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Robert Parks Johnson via Crowdrise
March 21, 2012

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BENEFITING: YMCA Of Central Kentucky

EVENT DATE: May 06, 2012

Mileage Tracker: 404

Robert Parks Johnson

THE STORY:

In 2010, cancer challenged me to a battle to the death.

Cancer lost.

In 2011, I ran my first half-marathon to honor my loved ones who died fighting that battle.

In 2012, I'm running the Pittsburgh Marathon, my first full marathon to raise money for LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, for the cancer fighters coming after me.

Because just surviving just isn't enough.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a program for cancer fighters. It's for people who have looked cancer in the eye and said, "Oh, no you don't. You can kill me, but you can never beat me."

When I went to the North Lexington Family YMCA  for my intake interview, they asked me what my history was. I showed them the scar, the missing muscle from my right shoulder, told them about losing all my teeth and 90 pounds during treatment. I told them about the days I couldn't cross the street without stopping to rest.

They asked me what my goal was.

"I want to run a half-marathon."

They didn't laugh. They went to work. And with the help of  our trainers, Melissa, Carrie, and Chelsea, on Sunday, October 23, 2011, 18 months after the doctors gave me a 50% chance of survival, I finished the Iron Horse Half Marathon in Midway KY. I couldn't have done it without the strength and courage I found through LIVESTRONG at the YMCA.

And there are other stories. Pam was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, practically a death sentence. That was10 years ago. This December, I walked the Reindeer Ramble 5K with her. Ladonna had the same kind of cancer I did. That's her picture at the top of the page, finishing her first race, the Embrace Your City 5K in September. Some of us are cancer free, some are in remission, and some in our second or third relapse, but none of us is alone, and all of us are fighting. Together.

The program in Lexington started with a single group of eight cancer fighters, three trainers, and a pilot grant from the LIVESTRONG foundation. Today, there are more groups, and in February, I will become one of the trainers for the next team of cancer fighters at the Y. We meet, we laugh, we work out together, we support one another. We fight cancer. In 2012, the YMCA of Central Kentucky has plans to expand the program to every Y in the city.

I want you to help me make that happen with a contribution to Living Strong at the Y. Because every cancer patient deserves the chance to become a cancer fighter.

Cancer may kill us. But it can never beat us if we keep fighting.. if we keep living strong.

 

 

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To This Fundraiser

$3,685

MONEY RAISED
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  • Casey Hinds

    $10

  • The Spectors

    $100

  • Beth Hellebusch

    $50

  • Fibro Fighter

    $20

  • Verne Becker

    $50

  • Robert Parks Johnson

    $50

  • The Baggermans

    $50

  • John Davis

    $100

  • Mary Jane Amick

    $100

  • Gary & Sharon Stewart

    $50

  • Rebecca Epperson

    $20

  • Joe Gatton

    $25

  • Sidney Shaw

    $25

  • Glenn & Sarah Trail

    $15

  • Lynsey Sugarman

    $25

  • Danielle and Bill Brown

    $25

  • Marian Burns

    $25

  • The Rev. Sandy Stone

    $100

  • Kim Guodace

    $260

  • E House

    $15

  • Alan and Grace Perreiah

    $250

  • Lesley and Mark Gotlib

    $25

  • Beverly Johnson

    $25

  • William and Roberta Smith

    $50

  • Scherrer Weatherly

    $25

  • BAngle

    $50

  • Dr. Mark Dobbs

    $75

  • Pamela Young

    $20

  • Lynne Slone

    $50

  • westacre

    $50

  • Rose Ann S Zimmerman

    $50

  • Tiffany Jarboe

    $50

  • Robert and Mary Pringle

    $50

  • Rose Spenser

    $50

  • The Shaikun Family

     

  • Brian Buchanan

    $50

  • Susanne and Michael Arnold

    $50

  • Peter and Bernadette Wise-Tuteur

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Joellen Sikora Mikolaj and Debbie Nowak

    $50

  • Harper Toney & Family

    $25

  • Neil and Virginia Eklund

    $50

  • Angie Smith

    $15

  • Erin Dowling Middleton

     

  • Rebecca Lytle

    $100

  • Marianne Kehres

    $50

  • Linda Jackel

    $50

  • Julianne and Charles Pogue

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Robert and Brenda Ploch

    $26

  • Eric Seale

    $23

  • Karen and Skip Brown

    $25

  • Srikant

    $25

  • Alan Sisk

    $25

  • Scott, Jennifer and David

    $100

  • Ben & Nick Mudd and MJA

    $160

  • Charlie Colpaert

    $10

  • Binkauskas Family

    $50

  • Dave Rigsby

    $10

  • Beth Lyle

    $20

  • Katie McHugh

    $50

  • Bonnie and Pierce Jones

     

  • Anonymous

    $46

  • Gail Glasser

    $190

  • Strong 8

    $20

  • Dr Alice Mills

    $100

  • Beverly

    $25

  • Walter May

    $50

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28% Raised of $13,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $3,685 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Donor Comments

Walter May

Walter May

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Dr Alice Mills

Dr Alice Mills

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Beverly

Beverly

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Strong 8

Strong 8

DONATION: $20

5 years ago

Gail Glasser

Gail Glasser

DONATION: $190

Good run! 5 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $46

The Strong Eight 5 years ago

Bonnie and Pierce Jones

Bonnie and Pierce Jones

In celebration of Bob and in memory of Alan 5 years ago

Katie McHugh

Katie McHugh

DONATION: $50

So, so happy for you. I'll be thinking of you and wishing you well every step tomorrow! Congratulations! 5 years ago

Beth Lyle

Beth Lyle

DONATION: $20

5 years ago

Dave Rigsby

Dave Rigsby

DONATION: $10

5 years ago