BENEFITING: GOLF FIGHTS CANCER
ORGANIZER: GOLF FIGHTS CANCER
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
OK, I'm not a runner. But I am running. The Boston Marathon.
Here's why: I got connected to a group of people who use the marathon as a platform to raise awareness and money for an organization that they have built - Golf Fights Cancer – and got excited about this opportunity to support them in the mission they are on.
Golf Fights Cancer has a loyal group of supporters that started in 2003, inspired by the passing of a friend. They have raised more than $5m to date, including more than $1m last year, and the money gets invested in equipment, services or amenities that can have an immediate impact on a patient and their family. Of the 53 grants made to date, they have helped fund chemotherapy and radiation technologies and research to overnight accommodations during outpatient treatment and financial relief programs. You can read more at http://golffightscancer.org/
Cancer has touched nearly everyone I know in some way, and the many statistics we hear don’t ever fully explain the depth of our personal experiences. Many of you contributed to the last one of these adventures I went on, on behalf of Leuka (http://www.leuka.org.uk/), and around that time I found a quote from Dr. Sidney Farber, who was a pioneer in oncology and head of the American Cancer Society. He wrote to Mary Lasker, who was the chief fund raiser for the cause in 50s and 60s, with a strong call to action because he felt the potential impact of funding research was so significant. His invocation was clear:
“The iron is hot and this is the time to pound without cessation.“
The opportunity is still in front of us, and with advancements in research and the growing need of families impacted by cancer, I am happy once again to try to make a small impact on one of them, and hope you’ll join me.
The Boston Marathon is a unique event, both in terms of its place in athletics and its place in history. It is an incredible opportunity to make Boston my first marathon, and I’m thankful to Jimmy and Brian for the opportunity.