Running With Purpose

I AM RUNNING THE DISNEYLAND DUMBO DOUBLE DARE FOR THE TEAM FOR LIFE, AND I NEED YOUR HELP. At the end of August, I will spend two days at Disneyland in Anaheim running: on Saturday, August 31st I will run the inaugural DIsneyland 10K, and on Sunday, September 1st I will run the Disneyland Half Marathon. That’s a total of 19.3 miles over two days, and I’m doing it with the Team For Life and the Lazarex Cancer Foundation in memory of my grandfather, Michael Innello. This is where you come in, because I need your help to raise money for Lazarex.

Team For Life LCF

Lazarex has a very clear and simple mission: To provide resources for cancer patients who’ve been told they have no other options, but who are not yet done with their journey in life and refuse to give up now. They support people of all ages who who need help with clinical trials that could save their lives, if only they could find them and get into them. They help patients travel to facilities to explore additional treatment options when what is local is not enough. They’re the ones who are there when the insurance companies can’t see the person beyond the paperwork. Too often it’s the cost that prevents cancer patients from connecting with a treatment that could save their life, and that is something that we can fix now. You can read some of the stories from patients they have helped.

Let’s not bury the lede. I need you to go to my fundraising page and make a donation to support Lazarex. All of this money goes directly to Lazarex to support cancer patients. Their operating expenses are 17%, but that amount is paid by Lazarex’s founders so that 100% of donated funds go to patient program services. Any amount you can contribute will help, and you should know that many companies that have donation matching programs will double your donation as well. My company (Verisign) will do so, and you should check if yours will as well.

So why am I running this race for Lazarex? What do they mean to me? I don’t personally know any of the patients that Lazarex has helped (well, I don’t believe I do. You never know), but cancer has taken too many people I know. This winter my grandfather, Michael Innello, was taken by lung cancer. Due to a number of reasons that I won’t get into, I was not able to be there to see him one more time. I can be thankful, at least, that he was with family right up to when he decided he was ready to go. And make no mistake that Pa made the final decision himself. This was a man with a strong personality, and a strong will. Pa was always happy with family around, and he was always ready to go out and do something with them. He was never an “old man”. What I remember most about him is that he was always playing with his grandchildren, always taking us out for a walk, and whenver we were there he was always there with us 100%.

It’s so easy for cancer to overwhelm us, to drain hope away. That’s why organizations like Lazarex are so important, because they help people with cancer to say that the disease does not define who they are, and what their limitations are. They help patients to try every available option, regardless of the cost, and show that they are still fighting for themselves, that they will not wait around for someone to tell them how few options they have. Please help those patients by going to my fundraising page and making a donation. Any amount you can contribute will help.

If you have any questions, please send me an email. You can find out more about Lazarex Cancer Foundation at their website www.lazarex.org. To find out more about Team for Life, please visit the Team for Life website at www.teamforlifelcf.org.

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