Marathon, Marines and My Personal connection via Prostate Cancer
I swore I'd never run another full marathon again. (Of course, I said this about Ironman distance before Challenge Roth last summer.)
However, in an emotional moment of weakness and a feeling of wanting to have a "Derrick Goal," I'm running the 2018 Marine CorpsMarathon with Team ZERO, because I want to help put an end to prostate cancer or at least a little help for those who will have to face it. As someone who has had to deal with prostate cancer and it's treatment at the ripe young age of 46, the cause is near to my heart and ZERO has been a reference source for me during the last 5 years.
The Marine Corp Marathon seemed fitting as I had the unfortunate experience to attend my cousin's funeral in April at the Miramar Marine cemetary. My cousin (Derrick) lost his life serving our country in the Marine Corp. During his funeral service; one of his Corp brothers challenged all of us on site to pick a "Derrick Goal" and go challenge ourselves; as he would have done. This is minor compared to what he faced, but to be able to run with his fellow Corp brothers will be an honor.
I've pledged to raise a modest amount of at least $1,000 for ZERO and need your help to reach my goal. Please support me by making a tax-deductible contribution today.
ZERO is a national non-profit with the mission to end prostate cancer. With your help, ZERO can support more prostate cancer patients and education more men about the risk of prostate cancer. To learn more about ZERO, visit https://zerocancer.org/why-zero/our-mission-impact/.
Thank you for helping make a difference for prostate cancer patients around the country!
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