Your donation will help support childhood cancer research. It will give so many families with children with cancer much needed hope.
Every day two classrooms of students, about 46 children, are diagnosed with cancer and most will spend the next three years in treatment. Pediatric cancer is different than adult cancer and is the number one disease killer of kids’ ages 0-20. Rally Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is dedicated to raising funds to support childhood cancer research which is under-funded up to $30 million a year. Please join me with your donation and be a Champion for Childhood Cancer Research!
I will never forget the day -- the first time I ever saw my dad cry. He walked my older brother and I out toward the barn and held my hand as he told us, with tears streaming down his face, that our younger brother David, had cancer. David was 5 at the time, so I was probably around 10. Dad talked with us about how serious this diagnosis was and that Mom would be spending a significant amount of time with David at the hospital in Portland, so we'd have to step up and be good kids. I don't remember what I did or didn't say, but I will never forget being so scared in my life -- if my dad was crying, this must be serious.
I knew David had been sick -- he was having frequent excruciating headaches, he was sick to his stomach a lot and his balance was way off. At first, because of the headaches, he was diagnosed with migraines. That diagnosis didn't last very long. At my mom's insistence, the doctor's finally did a CT scan. The results were shocking. A grapefruit-sized tumor was growing on David's brain. He was diagnosed with medulloblastoma and brain surgery was scheduled at Emmanuel Hospital within the next day or two.
David was in the hospital for approximately a month with that first surgery. The surgery was successful and the doctors and our family were hopeful. Over the next approximately 3 years, David endured another brain surgery after a recurrence of the cancer, in addition to more radiation and chemotherapy. Never once during those three years did David ever ask "why me?" He took it all in stride.
But there's only so much a little body can take. And on February 27, 1985, David's body could take no more. We lost our little guy.
I am running this half marathon in honor and memory of my little champion, David. I will also be running in memory of Rally Kid Coleman because he shares a similar story to David. During the 4 to 5 months of my training, another 5,000 - 7,000 kids will be diagnosed with some form of childhood cancer.
Please reach into your hearts and your wallets and donate whatever you can to help raise money for childhood cancer research, a cause very near and dear to my heart. It doesn't matter if you can give $5 or $500 -- anything will help find a cure so that other families don't lose their little kiddos like we did.
Updated May 3, 2012 -- I am now only a little over two weeks away from Race Day and have been diligently following my training schedule. So many days I have been tempted to not go out and run - especially with this soggy spring Northwest weather. And yet every time I think about not going, I remember that these kids are going through and have gone through so much worse than a little rain. They have endured and thrived through unimaginable pain and treatment. So I do it. I get up and I get out there and I run for David and all of the other Rally kids like him.
Please help support this amazing cause by donating whatever you can.
05/13/12 Update -- Happy Mother's Day to all the beautiful moms out there!
It's just one week from today that I'll be running my half marathon in support of childhood cancer research. I've been following the training plan to a "T" and yet still already feel nervous. But I know that there's a force bigger than me that will help me get through this. Running for a cause, and especially one so close to my heart makes me all the more determined to run a great race.
Today, on Mother's Day in particular, please imagine what it would be like to be a mom and find out your child has cancer. Imagine providing comfort to your child and feeling helpless to stop the cancer at the same time. And then imagine that there is a way that you can help - you can donate to Rally Northwest. Please give whatever you can - anything helps.
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