BENEFITING: SEATTLE CANCER CARE ALLIANCE
The 10-second version: Zan and Doug Balcom are going to walk the Missoula Marathon in July to raise money for cancer research & treatment, and we'd like your support.
The details: Zan and Doug would like to honor family and friends who have dealt with cancer -- including Doug's mother (and Zan's grandmother) Dorothy Balcom, and her father W. Vernon Macneal, both of whom lost their lives to it -- and the millions like them who have faced cancer in their lifetimes. We've chosen to honor them by pushing ourselves to achieve a difficult athletic challenge, while raising money for cancer research and treatment in the process.
The athletic challenge: Zan and Doug are going to walk a marathon (that's 26.22 miles). We've chosen the Missoula Marathon, on July 13, 2014 in Missoula, Montana -- one of the major annual marathons in the US that offer a long enough official time limit to cater to walking participants. We've been training for months, building up speed & endurance. Our mission is to complete the event in less than its 7.5-hour time limit (a challenging pace to begin with, especially in hot weather); our personal goal is to finish it substantially faster than that, perhaps in as little as 6.5 hours.
The fundraiser: We estimate that between the two of us, we will be taking at least 90,000 footsteps to complete this marathon. So we've dubbed our personal fundraiser "90,000 Steps Against Cancer." We are asking for your support in raising money for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, a consortium of the three top cancer research facilities in Seattle: Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, University of Washington Medical Center, and Seattle Children's Hospital. Our goal is to raise at least $1200 for SCCA.
Please use this web page to support our cause, and give what you can. You could symbolically honor Dorothy Balcom by giving $86, as she would be 86 years old now if cancer hadn't taken her in 1992. But any amount is appreciated, and will help tip the balance toward finding treatments and cures for the many cancers that continue to threaten your loved ones and ours.
Thanks in advance for your support,
--Zan and Doug Balcom