On July 25, 2015 I will be participating in Lake Placid 's IRONMAN as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures.
The work ahead of me? Swim 2.4 miles, (3.8km) bike 112 miles (180km) , and run 26.2 miles (41.2km) and raise at least $5,000 for the MMRF. Training for this event is a big challenge, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients with multiple myeloma.
Why did I choose to participate with MMRF?
In 1999, my father passed away from Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a type of cancer originating from the white blood cells. The day he passed away, I was registered for my second sprint triathlon to raise funds for cancer. I completed the race and took the first flight out to be with my family. I will never forget that day and the feeling I had as I crossed the finish line in his honor. Now I have the chance to help other individuals who have the second most common form of blood cancer, Multiple Myeloma. Sadly, it has one of the lowest five-year relative survival rates of all cancers. But while there is no cure, great progress is being made.
The Goal: Raise $5,000 for the MMRF!
The MMRF is one of the most highly regarded cancer foundations in the world. An outstanding 90% of the total MMRF budget goes directly towards research and related programming. The MMRF is also in the top 1% of all charities, having earned Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating for the past eleven years in a row.
Please support my participation in the 2015 IRONMAN Lake Placid benefiting the MMRF. I have made a commitment to raise at least $5,000 and I need your help to get there. Please contribute whatever you can through my Personal Page
Any amount is greatly appreciated!
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. I love you Dad!