Fundraiser Nov 10: Kicking Blood Cancers To The Curb One Step At A Time

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The Following was written by Greg Mitchell

Life is full of challenges – for me it is simply getting up in the morning (I’m not a good morning person!). That’s a small challenge to deal with daily, but there are some challenges that we just don’t need in our lives, and fighting Cancer is one of those.

Cancer has affected all of us in some way. I’ve lost my grandfather, I’ve lost friends and family friends, and had more than enough experiences watching friends and family fight (and survive) this horrific disease. Cancer is one challenge that we could all do without. However, if and when we face challenges head on, such as fighting Cancer, while celebrating life and success, we can and will make a difference.

So, I am taking on a challenge of my own: completing the Lavaman Triathlon (an Olympic Distance Triathlon – 1.6 km swim, 40 km bike ride, and a 10 km ride), and I am asking for your support. I have never completed a Triathlon before and only just this year completed my first 10 km run on two bad knees (trust me, my physiotherapist loved me!), but I am determined to succeed (and to try and have fun doing so!) – and I have set up a website where you can follow my progress at ’Tri’ing For A Cause’.

It is also why I’ve joined Team in Training®, (the world’s largest endurance sports training program). Since its inception over 320,000 people have raised nearly 1 Billion Dollars for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma research (aka the ‘Blood Cancers’) and patient services. In exchange for the efforts in fundraising, participants get training, support and travel to the event of their choice. The event I have chosen to take on is on April 3, 2011, and I will be attempting my feat on the big Island of Hawaii.

I am dedicating my Triathlon to one of my very best friends – a survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – who is about to enter her 3rd year in remission. Melissa is one of my dearest friends and I am so very lucky that she fought Cancer and faced her challenge with such tenacity that she is living a healthy and happy life. She has always been one of my biggest supporters in everything I’ve done, and this is but one small way in which I can give back, to her and to others.

I am excited about this opportunity to help patients and families who are facing Cancer. And I will be proud to achieve my personal goal of completing a Triathlon. As I spend much of the winter months swimming, cycling and running through the brutal Vancouver rain, I will try to endure the fatigue, aches, and pains with gratitude for my health (though I’ll probably curse a few times under my breath!).

I have already been asked why I want to take this on and the answer is really quite simple – because I can, where so many cannot.

So, here’s where you come in, you see, I’m throwing a kick-ass fundraiser to stick it to Cancer and to raise funds so that anyone who gets it in the future benefits from the research that is required to beat Blood Cancers.

Who: You, me, all of our friends and the local rock band One Year Later
What: A kick ass fundraiser (or haven’t you been reading?)
Where: Library Square Pub (one of the Donnelly Pubs)
Why: To party, celebrate life and victory over Cancer with friends,
When: November 10, 2010, doors open at 8pm, the band starts between 9-10pm.
Tickets are only $20, which gets you in the door AND a drink, and ALL proceeds go to the Team in Training to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The Facebook Invitation is HERE.

There will be prizes for raffles, including hotel stays in Whistler, Gift Certificates from Earl’s and White Spot, and Gift Packs from the Flip Flop Shop and much more.

If you can’t make it, you can still support this incredible cause by making a secure online donation using your credit card by clicking HERE

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