Rafael's 50 Miles Against Cancer!

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On June 15, 2018, Rafael Martin, a Special Education Teacher and Cancer Survivor, will walk 26.2 miles from the Subway Restaurant at 45489 Highway 27, Davenport, FL 33897 to Universal City Walk in Orlando, FL.  On May 28 he attempted a 50 mile walk from  the Lakeland Regional Health Hollis Cancer Center in Lakeland to Universal City Walk in Orlando in order to raise donations for the center.

About halfway through the first walk he passed out from dehydration, and he was found lying on the side of the road by two men Rafael did not know.  They took him to a nearby Subway restaurant so he could recover and call for help.  He pledged to finish his 50 mile walk with family and friends by his side. 

Rafael is currently receiving hormone and radiation treatment at the Lakeland Regional Health Hollis Cancer Center for prostate cancer.  He has been a patient at the center since March 2014, when he was first diagnosed with Prostate Cancer.  He has undergone 3 surgeries, hormone and radiation treatments previously.  His cancer returned, so his doctor told him he needed more hormone and radiation treatments.  It will cause him severe fatigue, but he's determined to complete the 50 mile anyway in the hopes of helping others.

According to the American Cancer Society, there were 1,688,780 new cases of cancer in America in and 600,920 Americans died from cancer in 2017. Across the world an estimated 7.6 million people die from cancer every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely. Rafael Martin believes that this number is far too high.

“There’s no reason that so many people are dying from cancer in America and across the world.  I want to know what is causing this abnormally high number. My mother, Ligia Martin, died from stomach cancer on January 18, 2005.  I almost died after contracting a MRSA infection from my first cancer surgery on April 24, 2014.  I had to return for an emergency surgery 3 weeks later.  I am sick and tired of seeing my family and friends die from this disease.  The root cause of these cancers needs to be found so we can create a cure.  I will do whatever it takes to help make that happen."

The donations will go directly to the Lakeland Regional Health Hollis Cancer Center where he is currently receiving treatment.  He is working directly with the center and they support his efforts.  The funds will be used to help patients at the center receives the treatments they need in order to survive cancer.  Rafael Martin is a Survivor, and he wants to help all of the other Survivors everywhere who fight Cancer every day.

Rafael has made previous walks and runs to raise donations and awareness of the cancer epidemic.  In 2014 he made a 250 mile run/walk to Tallahassee.  Please see the link below for the story of that journey:  http://www.wtsp.com/mobile/article/news/local/a-man-on-a-mission-to-fight-cancer/67-300417787

Rafael can be emailed at rajubalmar@gmail.com.
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