My Generous Supporters!
Banks DeVivo Family
Helen and Eliza Sayward
Tim & Alex
Cynthia G. Ayers
Lori Nicholson and the Kuhlmann Family
Suse and Bear
Mr. Dale Johnson
Thank you for visiting my personal fundraising page! I have committed to running the NYC Half Marathon on March 17, as a part of Race Towards A Cure in memory of my brother-in-law Jody. The money I raise will benefit cutting-edge brain cancer research through Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure and will get us one step closer to a cure!
WHY I'M RUNNING
In late 2011 I ran the Marine Corps Marathon as part of the "Race for the Cure" team in honor of my brother-in-law Jody who was battling through the advanced stages of brain cancer at that time. He had many ups and downs in his 10 year bout with the disease, but ultimately passed away a few days before the race. With the help of many of my friends and families, I was able to reach my fundraising commitment, but the marathon had become in memory of Jody, instead of in honor of him.
At the same time all of this was going on, my wife had been pregnant with our first child, and Jody's first niece or nephew. It had been a tumultous journey for her, watching her brother's declining health, while caring for her growing child. As fate would have it, she went into labor on the day of her brother's funeral. The circle of life from mourning to celebration was closer than any of us had expected it would be. Sure that no one would be able to make it from CT down to the birth in DC, my wife had resigned herself to the fact that her family would be unable to attend the birth of our child, whose sex was still a mystery to us. But little did she now that she would be in labor on that first day, a Thursday...all day Friday...and finally deliver our daugher in the early morning of that Saturday, November 5th. Everyone made it down from the funeral in time for the birth. It was as if our daughter was waiting for everyone to make her grand entrance. Jody and our daughter would always be linked although they never met. We named our daughter Mina Joy - the Joy was for her Uncle Jody- for the joy that her life represented, when we were all in mourning. For the joy that she brought into the world to remind us to celebrate this life and the lives of those around us. And for the joy that her Uncle Jody brought to everyone around him.
I'm running the NYC Half Martathon again in memory of Jody. I can't do this without your help! Please consider supporting my efforts with a donation and join in the fight against brain cancer. To make a donation, click on the "Donate" button to the right.
Thanks in advance for your support!
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