Becky and Chris via Crowdrise
February 20, 2012
As part of the Million Mile March, Chris Hattich and Becky Bash will be walking, running, or hiking 100 miles during the month of March 2012 in support of Team Winter to raise funds for continued prostate cancer research. This month-long, nationwide effort aims to raise $100,000 through the Prostate Cancer Foundation, for the purpose of early detection, diagnostics, treatment, and to determine the aggressiveness of the cancer at an earlier stage.
Please help us in reaching this goal. No sum is too little to benefit this critical cause. Fellas, making this donation may someday save your life ! Ladies, it may save your father, husband, brother, grandfather or son.
Thank you in advance for your donation and support !
Why we walk ...
Our friend and co-worker, Julie Memmott, and her father, Mark Memmott, who is currently battling prostate cancer. More information about their story and how the disease has touched their family can be found here.
The facts about prostate cancer ...
Next to skin cancer, prostate cancer is the SECOND most diagnosed cancer among American men. In 2012, an estimated 241,740 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the United States. To put the prevalance of prostate cancer in perspective, think of six men that you know. ONE of them will diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lifetime.
Next to lung cancer, prostate cancer is also the SECOND deadliest form of cancer among American men. In 2012, an estimated 28,170 men will die from prostate cancer in the United States. 1 in 36 men in the United States die from prostate cancer.
The bright side ...
More than 90% of all prostate cancers are discovered in the local or regional stages, for which the 5-year relative survival rate approaches 100%.
Know the signs ...
Early prostate cancer usually has no symptoms. With more advanced disease, men may experience weak or interrupted urine flow; inability to urinate or difficulty starting or stopping the urine flow; the need to urinate frequently, especially at night; blood in the urine; or pain or burning with urination. Advanced prostate cancer commonly spreads to the bones, which can cause pain in the hips, spine, ribs, or other areas.
More about TEAM WINTER ...
Team Winter (www.teamwinter.org) Is non-profit organization started in 2008 by 9 y/o runner and triathlete, Winter Vinceki. After losing her 40 y/o dad to prostate cancer, Winter set a life-long goal to get as many blue ribbons out there as pink ribbons. 1 in 6 men are affected by prostate cancer, more common than breast cancer, yet there is so little awareness! Now at the age of 12, Winter shows no signs of slowing down. She has already helped raise over $300,000 for prostate cancer awareness and research. She has athletes around the world racing for Team Winter and is bringing up the next generation of triathletes as the IronKids Ambassador.
Winter did her first Olympic Distance Triathlon (1 mile swim, 25 mile bike, 6.2 mile run) at the incredible age of 9. Winter has now set her sites on a more global mission for prostate cancer awareness. Starting in 2012, Winter will set out to raise global awareness for prostate cancer. Over the next 2 years, she will be joined by prostate cancer survivors and other extraordinary individuals. Together they will tackle marathons around the world. Their first goal is "Pole to Pole" and hitting the equator in between via the continents of Antarctica, Africa and the Arctic Circle. Be a part of this journey either by fundraising for Team Winter or just by following along and sharing her amazing inspirational story with your friends and family. Winter will be making good on a promise that is engraved on the back of her dad's gravestone. "Cancer, I will chase you to the end of this world and stomp you out like you stomped my dad out!"
Team Winter will have captains from every state and many countries who will lead the effort in getting individuals around the world to take part in the Million Mile March. If a 12 y/o can endure 26.2 miles in a day, we surely can run or walk 100 miles in March 2012.