Monetary support is undoubtedly the driving force toward disease eradication, though a donation doesn't truly capture the hardship of those afflicted. Large inclusive events (ie walks, runs, parades) are always effective in supporting this effort while simultaneously honoring cancer patients/survivors, memorializing those who have succumbed, and fostering a greater sense of community.
As you may or may not know, my father Michael Richardson passed away on May 3rd 2013 after a 16 year battle with pancreatic cancer. To honor his life, including the unfathomable struggle that he endured for far longer than many afflicted with pancreatic NET, I'm looking to raise a sizable donation for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (http://www.pancan.org/
In order to pay tribute to my father's athletic prowess (and visible joy whenever either of his children showed interest in sports, as participants or spectators) as well as his hardship (his pain was something he kept as hidden as possible), I will be running 4 half marathons in 4 weeks! 13.1 miles each weekend, 52.4 miles total.
The half marathons are listed below. As this is also something that will aid in my own personal grieving process, I will be running alone at my own pace, with the (somewhat unlikely) goal of finishing at least one of them in less than two hours! However, I would LOVE to have spectators and would be even more thrilled if anyone decided to join me in any of the races :).
Paine to Pain Trail Half Marathon
Westchester County, NY
Octoberfest Half Marathon and 10kPeru, NY
Cortland YMCA Leaf Peeper Half Marathon
Cape Cod Marathon
While this may be an unconventional way to raise money and honor anyone afflicted with Pancreatic Cancer, it is the best I can do at this time and I am positive that my father would proudly approve were he still alive today. I greatly appreciate support in any amount, any variety, even if you just viewed this page! Feel free to share this link to whatever extent you'd like and definitely contact me with any questions/queries/concerns/ANYTHING! firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook.
(typical us--eyes closed the moment someone snaps a photo)
(with close friends--and a dog that was glued to his lap all evening--last Christmas Eve)