Saturday, December 04, 2010
Sorry for the brief interuptions in posting. A short period of the internet being down, the holidays with family visiting, the marathon event, and priorities of other tasks have taken precidence over time to blog. But hopefully now I can regularly update you and get back to the Kilimanjaro trip. I will pepper in a few things which have taken place back at home too. The first of which being our first snow of the season which hit us right before Thanksgiving and is now all melted. We had it just long enough for the holiday and then it melted in time to clear the streets for a safe half marathon run in Seattle for 3 of us from the Kili team on the 28th.
Merrie (my trainer at Gold's gym), her husband Pedro, and I all ran in support of the Help Stop NF2 foundation and to continue our fundraising campaign for the NF awareness movie project which will feature our Kilimanjaro expedition.
Here is my latest message about the status of the Kilimanjaro project and an update on how we did last weekend:
Help Stop NF2 Greetings
Tis the Season to Spread Hope
We all did it! - 13.1 miles in about 2 hours! We have been going nonstop for this cause to bring hope and inspire the world.
Last year after surgery I walked the Seattle half marathon and this year I ran it! It was not an easy run though. As soon as I crossed the finish line medics escorted me to their tent to take my vitals. I felt dizzy but apparently it appeared that I was near collapse. I am willing to go through such lengths however if it means convincing another patient to not give up, motivating others to seek their dreams and discover joy in their lives, and eventually improving the life of a child one day through a cure for NF.
I will struggle to climb a mountain and run miles through a grueling course or harsh weather.
This is what that I aim to accomplish within my lifetime and I need your help to get it started.
Our first phase in the Help Stop NF2's awareness campaign is a movie documentary which includes our climb of Kilimanjaro. Not only am I sharing my life story to familiarize people with Neurofibromastosis, but I have set out to share joy and perseverance with ANYONE who needs or craves it.
That said, I am still in need of $3,405 to achieve this phase of our mission.
Could you please lend a helping hand of $10 or more to inspire the world?
Donate online at www.killatumor.org
Mail a check to
Help Stop NF2
8201 164th Ave NE Suite 200
Redmond, WA 98052
May you all remember the importance of the season this month and strive maintain a healthy balance!
Blessings for happiness as you prepare for the holidays!
Help Stop NF2
Endurance Charity NF Athlete
Gold's Gym International Most Inspirational Finalist
Brain and Spinal Tumor Survivor of NF2
Hodgkin's Lymphoma Cancer Survivor
SPECIAL THANKS TO GOLD'S GYM NW FOR SUPPORTING ME WITH MY TRAINING, HOSTING A CLASSY KILIMANJARO SEND OFF PARTY, AND SPONSORING US IN THIS EVENT. YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT HAS ELEVATED US TOWARDS NEW HEIGHTS!
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THIS ENORMOUS PROJECT UNDERTAKING. WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL FOR YOUR CARE AND INTEREST.