BENEFITING: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
EVENT DATE: Jun 01, 2013
As many of you know, one of our best friends, Joey Pietrantoni, was diagnosed with leukemia in December of 2012 and was quickly admitted to Duke Hospital for an intensive treatment process. Needless to say, the past 6 months have been a painful and trying experience for Joey and his wonderful parents. Thankfully, Joey is in a better place now than he was in December, and although the fight is not yet over, we are confident about his ability to beat this disease moving forward.
Shortly after his diagnosis, it occured to us that we needed to organize some sort of effort in Joey's honor. Considering Joey's athleticism and high level of activity, it seemed right that we push ourselves to run further than any of us has ever run before. Thus, here we are, some of us running a marathon, some a half marathon, and some a 10k, but all of us running longer and training harder than we have ever known we could...and we figured why not try to raise a little money for a good cause while we were at it!
100% of the donations to our race will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society - http://www.lls.org/ - so that they can continue to fund medical research and find new treatments for this disease that affects so many of our loved ones.
The race is on Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, 2013 just outside of Washington DC in Sterling, Virginia, along the Potomac River. More information can be found here.
Joey's motto throughout this whole process has been: "No Bad Days". He's lived by that motto since December and has fought this illness with tremendous courage and conviction. To say we admire him for the strength and poise he has shown throughout this ordeal would be an understatement.
Now it's up to us to push our minds and our bodies as we finish our training and follow through on our promise to him to run this race in his honor. The money we raise is meaningful to the LLS, and it is our privilege to dedicate our races to Joey and donate our money to this worthwhile charity. Please give what you can, and know that every donation is much appreciated!
Even as we come down the home stretch in these races, and think that our legs can carry us no further, we will be ever mindful of Joey's motto. If the sun is shining, and your legs are moving, then no matter the fight, if you're fighting the good fight, there are no bad days.
-Andy, Britt, Jenna, Jimmy, Leo, Matt and Michael