My Fundraising Page

Help Me Work for a Cure
Jun 07, 2015

It's me—Mike McGuire. I am raising funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) as a participant in their Team In Training program, and I'm asking you to help by making a donation to my fundraising campaign.


My Reason. My Story.

We all have a story of cancer. It's touched every one of our lives without a doubt. Many of my closest family have died due to some form of cancer. My mother-in-law was cut down at the young age of 55 in less than six months time from an aggressive brain tumor. She went from line dancing and laughing one day to brain cancer the next—thrust into a losing battle, marked by surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and suffering. It was absolutely horrible—seeing her suffer, seeing my wife suffer as she watched her mother fight one day after the next until she couldn't any longer. My father-in-law suffered more slowly over several years from the prostate cancer that eventually took his life. I watched him transform from a jovial, red-cheeked, portly fellow who loved to indulge in the many pleasures of life into an emaciated, ashen man with desperation in his eyes. 

More recently, both of my own parents suffered and died within five months of one another from two different forms of cancer—my mother from breast cancer and my father from lung cancer. In both cases, the life was sucked from their bodies—slowly at first and then with increasing and relentless speed until there was nothing left. Well, we were left—with memories, pain, and the heart-breaking burden of trying to explain to my 8-year-old son why he would never see his grandma and grandpa again.

My story is not unique. I know this. My oldest friend recently lost his mother to lymphoma. She fought for years—successfully for a while, moving into remission, before it returned suddenly and claimed her life. I can see my friend's pain now, as he tries to sort through feelings of confusion, loss, grief, and rage with his young family—with his two young children.

Cancer in all forms sucks. It sucks the life from people and hope from far too many families. Nobody should have to suffer this way, especially when a cure is possible. We should not have to see our loved ones suffer. Our mothers and fathers, our brothers and sisters, our spouses, our children, our dear friends—nobody should suffer at the hands of this terrible disease, and yet it afflicts us all. You know someone who has suffered from this disease, who may now be suffering. 20.1 million people in this country have been diagnosed with some form of cancer. This is unacceptable. What's worse is that research suggests that one-third of all cancer deaths can be prevented if the necessary services and technologies are made available.

There is hope. While it's true that money can't buy everything, it can get us closer to a cure for cancer. That's why when a friend asked me to join him in running this year's Chicago Half Marathon to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) as a participant in their Team In Training program, I said yes. I can do a small part in curing this disease. My goal is to raise $1,500 to help stamp out blood cancers. I am asking you now to please help me meet this fundraising goal, so together we can find a cure to blood cancers and take a step toward ridding the world of all cancers.

Please Donate Now

You will receive a confirmation of your donation by e-mail, and I will be notified as soon as you make your donation. Each donation helps accelerate finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

On behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, thank you very much for your support. I greatly appreciate your generosity. 

Thank you, 

Michael McGuire 

P.S. I would appreciate it if you would forward this e-mail to as many people as you can to encourage them to donate as well. Thanks again.






Supporter Comments

    "Good Luck at the marathon Mike, wonderful cause!"

    Nina Shoman-Dajani

    Sat Aug 01 06:58:01 EDT 2015

    "Have fun running!"

    Anna Van Bonn

    Mon Sep 14 02:49:03 EDT 2015

    "In support of Mike McGuire�s effort to raise money in search of a cure for blood cancers"

    Joanna Goralczyk

    Sun Sep 13 11:09:53 EDT 2015

    "In support of Mike McGuire�s effort to raise money in search of a cure for blood cancers."

    Shannon Acevedo

    Sat Sep 12 10:27:42 EDT 2015

    "My father in law just got diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma last month and had just started chemo. Donating in his honor and all suffering through cancer."

    Jennifer Schmitz

    Sat Sep 12 05:52:16 EDT 2015

    "Thanks for doing good things!"

    Jennifer Menchaca

    Wed Aug 26 12:51:25 EDT 2015

    "Sorry for the delay in doing this!! The LLS has a special place in our heart! Joe was diagnosed with Leukemia and as a result became not only a patient hero but a participant in the cycling program. This is how we met! It was a blessing in disguise! Thanks for putting the hard work (fundraising and training) into the program to help save others lives!! The Pontoriero Family"

    The Pontoriero Family

    Sun Jun 28 08:00:24 EDT 2015

    "Good luck, Mike! Excellent work! "


    Fri Jun 19 11:02:34 EDT 2015

    "My dear brother-in-law"

    Diane Carroll

    Sat Jun 13 12:52:24 EDT 2015

    "Team Kane supports Team McGuire!"

    Jason Kane

    Fri Jun 12 09:25:21 EDT 2015

    "Best of luck in the marathon, Mike. You are an inspiration. You always say to me how you don't know how I do it all--but I think you are following that same crazy, busy path. This is a wonderful cause and thank you for asking me to be a part of it. Good Luck!!"

    Laura Gardner

    Mon Jun 08 12:58:31 EDT 2015

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $1,875.02 | Goal: $1,000.00
188 %

My Team

Team Total: $5,625.00 | Goal: $3,000.00

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My Thanks To

Jennifer Menchaca $150.00
Cindy Faillaci $140.00
Anna Van Bonn $100.00
Jennifer Schmitz $100.00
Janet Burns $100.00
Shannon D'Amico $75.00
Laura Fox $75.00
Carol Khoury $70.00
Joanna Goralczyk $70.00
Ajay Jain $69.00
Shannon Acevedo $69.00
Michelle Gerdy $69.00
Aimee Thoreson $69.00
The Pontoriero Family $50.00
Erika Deiters $50.00
Paul and Karyn Kudrna $50.00
Lee Swank $25.00
Nina Shoman-Dajani $25.00
The D'Amico Family $25.00
Laura Gardner $25.00
Tish Hayes  
Diane Carroll  
Jason Kane