I’m running the New York City TCS Marathon on November 6th with Team-In-Training (TNT).
As a member of the team-in-training crew, I’m working to raise $2,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). This charity is especially important to me as my Grandpa Stan Dudley passed away from leukemia in 2012.
Grandpa Stan had a cruel and exhausting battle with leukemia. He was one of the most intelligent men I’ve ever known. It was frustrating to watch on the sidelines as his own blood was failing him.
LLS is committed to ending all cancers and invests funds in drugs that go on to fight leukemia, lymphoma, breast, brain, kidney, lung, prostate and liver cancers. Sadly, I lost my maternal grandparents to some of these other cancers. My Grandma Barbara died in 2009, a week before my college graduation, from lung cancer. Then, in 2011, my Grandpa Ray passed away after battling liver cancer in secrecy. It’s deeply saddening to know I will be getting married this year without having them there. Honoring my grandparents this way, and running the marathon (all 26 pain-staking miles) with their spirit in my heart is my way of keeping them with me.
I hope you will join me in remembrance of loved we’ve lost to cancer. Please consider making a gift of $50 to in honor of my grandparents or of someone you know who has battled cancer. Donations can be made at http://pages.teamintraining.org/nyc/nyc16/JDudley.
Together with LLS, we can end cancer in the 21st century.