Why I Am Returning
Nov 07, 2010
Well. I raised over $27,000 in 2010 for three races: Lavaman Triathlon, Cool Breeze Century Ride and the LA Half Marathon. I was the top fundraiser for LA and the #2 fundraiser for Lavaman. Wait, scratch this.
'We' raised over $27,000 in 2010 for I could not do any of this without the amazing support of friends and family, both the real and virtual kind. I always believe that people are good and that the world is good but never more so after the support shown to my family and to my fundraising efforts this past year. Yes 2010 saw my wife, Crea, fight cancer for the second time but there are so many tough stories out there. There are so many people raising money to rid the world of horrible things. To have so many of you give so much money to my efforts was humbling....truly humbling and thanks could never do justice to my gratitude.
Because of all the money we raised in 2010, there is a part of me that feels horrible for signing up to fundraise again. How can I ask for more money from the same people? I have a compelling story that most of you arriving here already know. I lost my father, lost my daughter and saw my wife get diagnosed with cancer while pregnant with my son....all within a short time period. (If you dont know my story you can go to the first entry of my GOOD PLUS ONE blog). There are many compelling stories out there. I coach for Team in Training and make a difference in my attempt to repay all the kindness shown to me but there are a lot of people volunteering for charities all around the world that need your help too (I actually try to give as much as I can to as many as I can myself).
So why fundraise again? Why ask again? I honestly did not have the answer clear in my head until today.......November 6, 2010. Today, I witnessed my wife, Crea, run her first marathon in Santa Barbara....the town she grew up in. Ask me her time........I could not tell you. Ask me where she placed in her age group or gender.......I could not tell you. What I can tell you is that after cancer came knocking on her door twice and after she shoved it to the curb twice............she was able to complete the very difficult task of running a hilly 26.2 miles at the Santa Barbara International Marathon. She was able to run through the town that held so many memories for her and teach the full marathon what she was capable of. She did it with a smile. She did it cancer free.
This is why I have to come back! This is why I have to ask for help yet again! I want other husbands to see their wives successfully survive cancer and run a marathon. I dont want to see children lose their parents from cancer and I dont want parents to lose their children from cancer and I want cancer to be moved from a disease of current times to a place in the history books when a cure is found. Today was an amazing day for my family. I want the world to have more amazing days.....so many more. If you have it within you to help me yet again, I would be grateful for your support. I do not have aspirations of being top fundraiser. I would like to raise $5,000 and make a dent in the longevity of cancer. If you do not have it in you to help........please know I understand and am very grateful for all the support I have received.