This year in an effort to raise the bar further I have chosen tackle the Wildflower Triathlon Long Course. With a distance of 70.3 miles and an overall elevation gain 5,000 feet The Wildflower is arguably one of the hardest Half Ironman distance races in the country. In doing so am pushing my body further to the limit and here’s why.
August 2014 my father was diagnosed with cancer and has since been fighting this disease; luckily he still survives. Initially I struggled with the news and found triathlons as an avenue to vent my stress. Living in San Francisco but with all my family back in Ireland presented an added challenge, leaving me feeling often somewhat helpless. I have found raising money for those in similar situations has allowed me to make my contribution and provide a purpose.
Most if not all of us have been impacted by this disease whether or not we realize it...there may be a family member, friend or even a colleague fighting this horrible disease. Let this be your chance to make a difference; just like our Team statement, “IT IS BY ACTS AND NOT BY IDEAS THAT PEOPLE LIVE”
The Wildflower Triathlon takes place May 5, 2018 in central California. Please support me in my triathlon attempt with Team Cancer Sucks by donating here - https://www.crowdrise.com/teamcancersucks1/fundraiser/joemelia2018
Chris Douglas wrote -
TEAM CANCER SUCKS IS AN ENDURANCE SPORTS COMMUNITY ON A MISSION. WHILE TRAINING HARD FOR GROUP AND PERSONAL SUCCESS, WE ALSO RACE TO RAISE NEEDED FUNDS TO HELP CANCER PATIENTS ACCESS THE MEDICAL CARE THEY NEED TO LIVE.
ANYONE CAN SIGN UP FOR A RACE, SET UP A FUNDRAISING PAGE AND FLY THE CANCER SUCKS FLAG. 100% OF THE FUNDS RAISED BY TEAM CANCER SUCKS GO DIRECTLY TO HELP ADVANCED-STAGE CANCER PATIENTS ACCESS TREATMENT THANKS TO OUR AMAZING NON-PROFIT PARTNER, THE LAZAREX CANCER FOUNDATION.
LEARN MORE ABOUT TEAM CANCER SUCKS ON OUR WEBSITE.