To write to you, in 500 short words, exactly what this race and your support means to me, is certainly a difficult task - but I will do my best.
I wish I needed to write a paragraph explaining what this disease called "cancer" is. I wish that I needed to include facts and statistics about its causes, its symptoms, its treatments. I wish I needed to share the story of cancer in my family so you could understand what this all means. But unfortunately, I don't have to do these things. The truth is, cancer is not a novel disease. It is not new, it is not rare. I don't need to share these things with you because we have all had our own personal experiences with cancer. We've all been affected in some way, and we all know these facts all too well.
Some of us have lost our grandparents, cousins, parents, siblings, or friends. Some of us have fought the disease ourselves. Whatever your connection to cancer may be, you already know of its devastating effects...and you also know the overwhelming triumph of the beautiful words "remission," "cancer-free," and "I beat it."
This November will mark my 15th official New York City Marathon. I've run on behalf of several charitable organizations before, but this year represents a very personal crusade. I'm running not only in hopes of hearing those words, "remission," "cancer-free," and "I beat it," more and more often; I'm running because I want to hear these elusive, incredible words: "We found a cure."
I am partnering with the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research, and it is my goal to raise $3,000 for its tremendous cause. Every dollar you donate helps us come one step closer to defeating cancer once and for all.
Thank you so much for your kind support to my team and my cause. Together, we CAN defeat this disease...and on our quest to doing so, I leave you with Jimmy V's famous words -
"Don't give up...don't ever give up!"
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