Epstein, Lipsey & Clifford will participate for the third year in a row in the Sharon Sprint Triathalon to aid the Ellie Fund.
Epstein, Lipsey & Clifford is proud to sponsor a team in the Sharon Sprint Triathlon again this year on August 12 at Lake Massapoag in Sharon, Massachusetts.
Yes, I, Scott Clifford, am getting in the water again and will face my very real fear of drowning. This is no joke. As most of you will recall, in 2010 you heard the story on my
son asking "Mom, did Dad drown ?" because it took me nearly 32 minutes to finally finish the swim portion of the race. Well that is what you get when you swim 1/2 mile doing the "chicken, airplane, soldier" [this is the basic back stroke taught to kids].
Last year was better, however I realized I still have panic attacks in the water. Okay, I think we can agree that no one will ever confuse me for Michael Phelps but in the same breath no one will ever confuse me for someone that does not care.
In 2010, we raised money for the Scleroderma Foundation in memory of Karen Jenkins who courageously battled this wretched disease for nearly 14 years. Last year, we raised in excess of $12,500 for the Ellie Fund to help local families fight breast cancer. We became aware of the Ellie Fund when our good friend, Jennifer Gresham, was diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall of 2010. I am happy to report that Jennifer is doing awesome but our efforts to assist the Ellie Fund are not done.
It is in the spirit of caring that we are once again raising money for the Ellie Fund this year. The Ellie Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides transportation to medical appointments, childcare, housekeeping, groceries and nutritious meals free of charge to hundreds of breast cancer patients and their families across Massachusetts each year.
While I am sure a lot of us take these simple tasks for granted each and every day, these are not simple for breast cancer patients. Imagine coming home from Dana Farber after chemotherapy and trying to muster the energy through the waves of nausea to prepare a meal for three kids. Wouldn’t it be nice if a hot, nutritious meal was already made? This is just one example of what the Ellie Fund does to ease the effects of breast cancer on patients and families.
Last year our team of eight (Tim Jenkins, Dan Warsowick, Brian Jenkins, Dave Gresham, Brian Pfingston, Ralph Deberardinis, Jay McDonough and me) were able to raise in excess of $12,500. As Julie Nations, the executive director of the Ellie Fund told us after the triathlon last year, because they had not budgeted the money we raised, at least twelve families were going to benefit as a direct result of our efforts! I cannot even begin to explain the overwhelming pride that each and every one of us felt knowing that our efforts were going to make twelve families whose lives have been forever changed by breast cancer a little bit easier.
So here we are once again asking for your help. Our goal this year is to raise $25,000 for the Ellie Fund
so that we can help even more families as they continue their battles with breast cancer. With YOUR support, I know we will reach this important goal.
You can donate to this worthwhile cause right here on our page or you can send a check to Ellie Fund, 475 Hillside Avenue, Needham, MA 02494. Please check with your company to see if they will match your donation. It’s a great way to help us reach our goals.
Sincere thanks from everyone on the team: Tim Jenkins, Dan Warsowick, Brian Jenkins, Dave Gresham, Brian Pfingston, Ralph Deberardinis, Nancy Clifford, Tara McDonough, Elizabeth Riley, Steven Pavidis, Jay McDonough, Fiona Martin and me. We are thirteen members strong this year and welcome new members to join us in this most rewarding endeavor.
We greatly appreciate your generosity!