Curing Cancer With A Kiss
Mar 16, 2016
We (Andy Evans and Brad Parr) are the two guys who recently made history by being the first gay couple shown on Kiss Cam at an NHL game (and only the second shown at any sporting event), as told on People, Upworthy, Outsports, the CBC, Reddit, and other places. (Check our our radio interviews discussing our cancer-curing mission on Outfield and KISS FM Vancouver!). We want our ten seconds of viral fame to count for something beyond bragging rights when we're old.
We received an inspiring message and donation from someone who saw our kiss and said "My partner of 18 years was just diagnosed with CLL. Let's cure this by kissing." We agree--please help us cure cancer with a kiss.
We have been training with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training (TNT), having competed in 4 triathlons last year and getting ready for the 2016 Lavaman Triathlon in April 2016. As part of our TNT training, we've been raising funds for LLS - to fund research into revolutionary new treatments that will save lives, prolong others, and improve the lives of those with blood cancers - one of the leading causes of death of those with advanced HIV/AIDS.
We are asking you to support us in this training by making a donation to LLS - we'll do the running, swimming, sweating, grumbling, and getting up early (some pictures of all that below); all you need to do is make a 100% tax-deductible donation of any size - every dollar matters, whether it's $5 or $50 or $500. Fully 75% of all donations go straight to research and treatment (unlike many other charities that send only a small fraction of the donations to the causes they support).
This year, Brad is dedicating his race to his honored teammate Josh Boudreaux, a surviver who went through a long and difficult battle in his early 30s but is now doing well. His life was saved via a clinical trial which was funded in part from donations to LLS - which shows just how important your donation is. The attached picture shows him during treatment, after treatment, and also he and Brad having a fabulous afternoon together in Los Angeles. Please think about him when considering a donation.
Your donation will help fund treatments that save lives every day; like immunotherapies that use a person’s own immune system to kill cancer. You may not know it, but every single donation helps save a life with breakthrough therapies such as these.
Patients need these cures and they need your support. Please make a donation in support of my efforts with Team In Training and help get us all closer to a world without blood cancers.
Brad & Andy
Us just after Lavaman 2015:
A quick pre-bike kiss on a cold January training morning (okay, cold for Los Angeles):
Getting ready to bike:
Finishing a mock race - our "first" triathlon!
Andy and our awesome coach this season Simon:
Brad sprinting to the finish at the San Diego sprint:
Brad getting out of the Pacific after a 1 mile swim:
Brad starting the run at the 2015 Malibu Triathlon:
And our slightly-famous-for-a-second kiss at the Kings' game against the Leafs - the NHL's first and the second time ever that a gay couple has made it on kiss cam at a major league sporting event.