Andrew Bevan via Crowdrise
October 02, 2012
BENEFITING: TUG MCGRAW FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: TUG MCGRAW FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012
In September of 1999 my dad, John Bevan, was diagnosed with a stage-four glioblastoma brain tumor. After a nearly two-year battle with the debilitating disease, which included multiple therapies and surgeries, in July of 2001, he lost the fight. It was an event that shook my family and me to the core. Even eleven years later I'm still trying to piece it all together and find solace in the grief.
Last year on the eve of my first New York City marathon, as my late-night nerves and emotions were quickly overtaking me, The Mamas and the Papas' "Dream a Little Dream of Me" (urlm.in/gqml) came on the radio—a song that is very special not only to me and my dad (he gave me an extensive '60s pop music education), but also to my grieving process. It was then that I knew my dad was with me and that I was going to be okay and have an amazing race day. In the end, running my first NYC marathon was one of the most difficult things I've accomplished, but it was also one of the best and proudest days of my life—an experience that is still giving me chills almost a year later.
This fall I join my sister-in-law, Katrina Bevan, for another moment of a lifetime, as we run in memory of our father and raise money in his honor for the Tug McGraw Foundation, a charity that works tirelessly to improve the lives of adults and children affected by brain cancer. The Tug McGraw Foundation was established in 2003 by country music star Tim McGraw to commemorate his father, Major League Baseball player Tug McGraw, who lost his life to brain cancer.
In hopes of shedding some light on our own devastating loss by directly helping other families who are struggling with the crippling effects of brain cancer, Katrina and I have set out to raise $6,000 for the foundation and, in turn, celebrate the life of our father—a man who was the calm, gentle backbone of our family, who always found a solution and reason to any problem, who had a biting sense of humor but also a wealth of humility and graciousness, and who will be forever missed but never stop inspiring us.
Thank you for your support, and see you at the finish line November 4th!