It seems today that every time you turn around, another friend or love one is fighting the good fight against cancer. Whether it is parent, a dear friend or the child of someone close to you, my first reaction is always the same - why? Isn't life difficult enough for all of us already? Why do we need to add something like cancer on top of it all? But then I realize that that this is the world we live in, and supporting those who have cancer, as well as finding a cure for this disease, is the challenge of current generations. And that each of us, whether it effects us or not (though I find it hard to believe anyone today has not been touched by this affliction in some way) need to do our part to support those who have cancer.
As many of you know, I have taken up running marathons. I found that completing my first 26.2 mile race was truly a life altering event - yes, this can happen even in Scranton PA! I never thought that I could finish a race of this magnitude, let alone run continuously for the hours it took. Since my first, I have completed a total of 7 marathons, and I continue to run them, with the goal of completing one in every state. For my NY state marathon, I had penciled in the NY City Marathon, realizing that getting into the race, under current rules, was a long shot. However, the Lord must like marathons and seeing me run them, because He provided a path for me not only to run in this historical race, but also for me to do my small part in helping support those with cancer. During the expo at the Virginia Beach marathon, I had the pleasure of speaking with Alex Wright from the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. The organization raises funds so they can support, educate and empower young cancer survivors. Having just experienced the terrible loss of a young adult child of one close friend to cancer, and having another close friend battling the disease, this organziation and their reason for being instantly connected with me. They were looking for runners to participate in the NY City Marathon and raise funds for their efforts - a perfect match.
So here I am, looking forward to running in one of the most famouse marathons in the world on November 2nd. And I am asking my family and friends to support me by making a donation to the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Join me in helping those who are dealing with cancer and do our part to support them as they fight the good fight. I truly appreciate you visiting my page and for making a donation, no matter how small, to my fundraising effort.
I hope you can all tune in on Nov 2nd and watch the race. I can tell you right now I will not be towards the front, but you may catch a glimpse of me crossing the Verrazano Bridge! Thank you.
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, as they fight cancer and embrace survivorship.
With your support, The Ulman Cancer Fund is able to provide multiple support services and resources for the young adult cancer community, including:
Cancer to 5K - A free, progressive, 12-week run/walk program designed to reintroduce cancer survivors to physical activity.
Helping Others Fight - A volunteer program that provides basic services – such as transportation to and from treatment, yard work, home repairs, delivery of chemo care bags – to local cancer patients and their families so they can focus their energy on their battle with cancer and their well-being.
Patient Navigation - A free program - onsite at cancer centers and remote - that ensures no young adult ever faces cancer alone. We provide one-on-one personal support and resources to young adults and their families to help them manage the cancer experience and long-term cancer survival.
Scholarships - A financial assistance program to help young adults continue their education after being affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a loved one.
Thank you for making these programs and our mission possible.
|Katherine Sutherland||11/05/2014||$30.00||Did you survive? Proud of you!||Edwin Haas||11/01/2014||$100.00||Foti, finish strong in honor of our favorite Aunt. Elaine, Ed, Alison, and Edwin.||Katherine Panagakos||10/31/2014||$100.00||Mom was so proud of you as am I! Now run like Pheidippides did. <3 Kath||Nicholas Panagakos||10/30/2014||$100.00||Good luck!||Timothy Duffy||10/28/2014||$50.00||Good Luck Foti||CJ and Jane Fraleigh||10/28/2014||$100.00||Patriceatri Pascual||10/27/2014||$100.00||May the wind be at your back!||Kristi Benz||10/25/2014||$20.00||Best Wishes Foti! Run Strong!!||Ken Mnich||10/08/2014||$25.00||Foti, good luck running for a great cause!||Anthony Volpe||10/03/2014||$300.00||Beth Truett||09/28/2014||$50.00||Go for it, Foti...and thanks for the opportunity to name people who have survived, but still suffer from the effects of cancer and its treatment. All the best! Beth Truett||Evie & Panos Papapanou||09/25/2014||$100.00||Great cause, Foti. Best of luck!||Mack Morrison||09/21/2014||$100.00||Mary Lee Conicella||09/11/2014||$50.00||Very impressive Foti! Good Luck!||Teresa Dolan||09/11/2014||$50.00||Go Foti!||Ann Battrell||09/08/2014||$500.00||Go Foti Panagakos!!||Michael Labson||09/07/2014||$100.00||Good luck Foti!||Rebecca Wilder||09/06/2014||$50.00||I hope you have a great race! Thanks for contributing your time to a great cause!||Lily Garcia||09/03/2014||$100.00||Run like you are shopping with the girls!!!||Rose Marie Ambrozio||09/02/2014||$100.00||Jodi Ryan||09/01/2014||$50.00||Good luck with the NYC Marathon!||Sakina Namazi||08/28/2014||$30.00||See you on the course, Foti! Good luck!||Bob Mnich||08/28/2014||$25.00||Good luck on your run Foti!||Colin Reusch||08/27/2014||$20.00||Rani Gereige||08/27/2014||$30.00||All the best!!!||Magda Feres||08/26/2014||$200.00||Running for life, Foti! Beautiful thing to do. I am glad to help you to help. Good luck!||Frank & Janet Mnich||08/26/2014||$100.00||Foti,run while you can. The NJ National Guard's Old Farts Club is hot on your heels! Good luck for a great cause.||Seb Ciancio||08/25/2014||$100.00||Happy to support a good cause!||James Ying-Kwei Tseng||08/24/2014||$100.00||Foti, great cause and good luck!||Jesley Ruff||08/23/2014||$20.00||Wishing you the best for a great cause||Therese Long||08/22/2014||$50.00||Onward & upward--thanks for your leadership, Foti!||Barbara Shearer||08/22/2014||$50.00||Matthew Jacob||08/21/2014||$200.00||Good luck, Foti -- such a great cause.||John Buckley||08/21/2014||$50.00||Great job Foti! Best of luck!||JoAnn Gurenlian||08/21/2014||$50.00||All the best!||Deb Fleming||08/21/2014||$50.00||Wishing you the best time of your life!||William DeVizio||08/20/2014||$250.00||Edwin Haas||08/20/2014||$100.00||GO FOTI! Best Wishes and Good Luck from Team Haas: Elaine, Ed, Alison, and Edwin.||Julia Wehkamp||08/20/2014||$25.00||Go get 'em, Tiger :)||Steve Kess||08/20/2014||$50.00||Great job Foti! Steve||Luciana Shaddox||08/20/2014||$100.00||Good luck on your run Foti! Just think you are running for a good cause and it will be a breeze! :)||Cesar Migliorati||08/20/2014||$100.00||Foti, great cause. Good luck, Cesar||Patricia Chaknis||08/20/2014||$50.00||Stephen Siegel||08/20/2014||$100.00||Good luck, Foti!||John Forbes||08/20/2014||$50.00||Enjoy the day.||Jeffrey Linfante||08/20/2014||$100.00||Joe Battaglia||08/20/2014||$100.00||Doniki Ibrahim||08/20/2014||$50.00||Go Foti! Best of luck for such a good cause!||Jill & Mike Rethman||08/20/2014||$100.00||You are a mensch. (But beware the knee-gremlins!)||Michael Economopoulos||08/20/2014||$100.00||Run, Forrest! Run!||Laura Lannin||08/20/2014||$50.00||Go, Foti!!!! Love the Stelzer gang||Mark Goddard||08/20/2014||$50.00||Way to go! Thanks for running.||Yiming Li||08/20/2014||$100.00||Be a great runner, Foti, you are already a winner!||Fotinos Panagakos||04/23/2014||$500.00||Fiona Sandom||04/17/2014||$50.00||Good luck with your challenge Foti, best wishes Fiona||Chris Monasmith||04/09/2014||$25.00||Good Luck Foti. I know you will kill this like every other race you do.||Marathon Training Academy||04/07/2014||$50.00||You're doing a great thing. God Bless!|