BENEFITING: *Stand Up To Cancer
ORGANIZER: *Stand Up To Cancer
Please support my Run!
It’s not easy for me to send a request in which I have to ask for support or help. For years I have been the person who has donated to causes when a request from a friend, co-worker or client has come my way. However, the reason behind my e-mailing you today is far more important to me than doing what might not be the most comfortable task, asking for your donation.
As most of you know, I have been touched by cancer.
I don't consider myself a survivor, I always think of myself as a fighter. I don't expect that I am owed anything but the opportunity to live another day, and I do so with the gratitude of God for blessing me.
This year I was given a very different perspective on this disease. One that shook me in an undeniable way. I felt a level of helplessness that I had not felt during my own condition. I spent this past Christmas in the hospital for 8 days with my dad who was diagnosed with stage 4. I listened as the doctor sat down on the bed beside me to tell my dad, there was nothing they could do for him. He said he should go home to live out the rest of his days saying good-bye to the people he loved. My dad spent the next 6 months doing just that. Saying good-bye, making amends and telling people he loved all the things he needed to say.
I spent Father's Day with my dad, it would be our last on this earth. I went back to visit one last time after that, a week before I got the phone call. He had passed in his sleep. It was a painful day, with an enormity of emptiness I did not expect to feel. We knew it was coming and that it was inevitable, yet I still had hope in my heart. My one sense of comfort was that until his last 6 months, before the disease made itself known, my dad had lived a healthy 79 years.
When my dad passed on June 29th, 2012. I decided that I wanted to do something in his memory, like the Guinness World Record my company set for #beatcancer over 3 years ago. I realized that this disease still exists and still requires unwavering awareness and support until a cure is found.
Cancer happens when you least expect it, and often times to people who do not have the blessing of 79+ years. 1 out of every 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer and 1 out of every 3 women. It's a disease that I know intimately, one that I do not want to forget. I understand its power, but I also know our power, I know the power of God and of being grateful for our blessings. I am blessed to be here, healthy enough to contribute and healthy enough to run this race for my dad and for all of the others who are touched by this disease daily. I want to beat it.
Please support me as I run the NYC Marathon for the first time for my dad, Barry Knechtel and all of the others who have fought a brave fight. Stand with me by contributing to an organization that has done amazing work in cancer research and support for those fighting. I have pledged to raise $5,000 and every dollar will help us come closer to the goal of beating this disease. Help me on November 4th to Stand Up 2 Cancer.
Stand Up To Cancer is a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. EIF meets all 20 BBB Charity Standards.
*All participants must provide their credit card upon sign-up. If the $5,000 is not raised by November 10, 2012, your credit card will be charged the remaining amount. All applications are subject to review by SU2C and the individual will receive confirmation of entry within 5 business days.