Running has been my passion since childhood. I started as a miler on the Middle School track team and although I was not always consistent with it, I’ve always found running to be an outlet for me. A way of clearing my head first thing in the morning. It didn’t hurt that it also helped me lose weight – 25 pounds in the past year!
As I got older running took on a new meaning – I started running for a cause. I did my first organized half marathon in honor of my wife, Lisa, who lives with Crohn’s Disease. I raised $25,000 at that race and was the third highest fundraiser in the country for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. I ran several other half marathons for the CCFA and raised thousands more for them over the years. Which leads us to present day. Now I’m running the NYC Marathon for Fred’s Team with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Longer course, different cause.
On May 19, 2017 Lisa was diagnosed with invasive lobular breast cancer. This type of breast cancer effects 10% of the breast cancer population. She’s never been one to take the common path, even with a breast cancer diagnosis. We went through a grueling year of mastectomies, chemotherapy, radiation and reconstruction. We’ve dealt with pain, vomiting, and hair loss. As sick as the chemo made her, she didn’t miss or delay a single dose. She needed 5 blood transfusions to get through chemo – including one on our anniversary – and never hesitated. Cancer picked the wrong woman to pick a fight with! Lisa dealt with all this with style, grace and humor – like the true warrior she is. Click for Lisa’s reflections on chemo. While the “heavy” lifting of treatment is in the rear view mirror, she’ll be on anti-hormone treatments for at least another 10 years.
No more half measures!
Just as Lisa’s treatment required aggressive therapy, I’m fulfilling a dream of mine – to run a full Marathon. So far, the longest I’ve run is 18 miles, and in 2 months I’ll be running 26.2 miles – hopefully under 4 hours. Please consider supporting me and this cause – while great strides have been made in this fight, there is so much more to do. 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer – making it almost impossible for anyone reading this not to know someone affected.