On November 4, I'll be participating in the ING New York City Marathon. It's my first, and given the state of my knees, likely my only marathon, and I'm hoping to make it especially memorable by running it on behalf of children with cancer.
There are two organizations I'm simultnaeouly supporting that I hope that you'll consider donating to. One is MANITOS (Spanish for "little hands"), which helps fund the purchase of medicine and other equipment for young cancer patients in the desperately poor nation of Paraguay, and specifically its Instituto Nacional del Cancer. Manitos was founded by Richard and Claire Nalley of Brooklyn, who lost their four-year-old daughter, Emily, to complications of lymphoma in 2006. To read more about Manitos and the Nalleys' devotion to Paraguay, visit manitosparaguay.com and direct donate to Project for the People of Paraguay, projectpy.org. You can also donate via my Crowdrise page on Outrunning Pediatric Cancer, crowdrise.com/lorrainecademartori
The other organization is the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation, which funds research into pediatric cancers. Some of you may be familiar with Ty, who lost his two-year battle with an extrarenal rhabdoid tumor at the age of five, via the extraordinary blog, superty.org, or his Facebook page. I encourage you to visit either. You can donate to TLC at the link ABOVE.
Together, these two charities are a two-pronged attack on cancer: helping to treat those who need it the most, and helping to at last find a cure. Please help me honor the lives of these children by contributing what you can to destroy this damnable disease.