I am excited to participate in the 2023 Bank of America Chicago Marathon to support the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Your donation towards my run funds world-class cancer research at prominent cancer centers nationwide.
My Dad's Story
I am raising money and running the 2023 Chicago Marathon for my dad, Robert. In March of 2022, my dad was rushed to the emergency room after experiencing multiple falls, loss of speech, and generally not being himself. After a few hours with dozens of tests being run, the doctor came back with the news no one ever wants to hear, diagnosing him with a Grade IV Glioblastoma; a rare and the most aggressive form of brain cancer.
Less than 24 hours after his diagnosis, my dad went into surgery to have the tumor removed and then began a long road to recovery which included radiation and chemotherapy. Through it all he has kept his spirits high, maintaining his well-known sense ofhumor and finding new ways to bring joy to others, which he has now found through painting. One of Robert's favorite activities prior to his diagnosis was cooking. He was always the cook for our family growing up, and it was something he was determined to be able to do again. Despite there being some trouble remembering the process for some things, my dad never gave up getting back to doing what he loves and is now enjoying cooking again on occasion!
While we know the prognosis and time left may be short, my dad has committed to fighting cancer and doing everything he can to make an impact on the world. To further his impact and truly never give up his fight, my dad has graciously donated his body to medical research in the state of Florida to help further brain cancer research. Your donation to the V Foundation will support this research as well and help to ensure that one day, no person or their loved ones will have to face a cancer diagnosis.
I have created some incentives and prizes for everyone that donates! Look at the options below and donate whatever feels appropriate to you!
$10 or more: You will receive a Team Bob wristband to show your support for Team V!
$50: In addition to the benefit above,I will dedicate a mile of my run in your name, with your name and the mile written on my shirt! [17/26 remaining]
$100 or more: You will receive the above benefits, as well a personalized handwritten note thanking you for your donation!
Millions of families are impacted by cancer every year. The statistics are staggering: 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. The V Foundation is committed to changing those numbers, and so am I! Will you join me in the fight against cancer by making a tax-deductible donation today?
About the V Foundation
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded by ESPN and legendary basketball coach Jim Valvano with one goal in mind: to achieve Victory Over Cancer®. The V Foundation has awarded over $310 million nationwide cancer research grants and has grown to become one of the premier supporters of cutting-edge cancer research.
Team V is managed by Don't Ever Give Up, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable supporting organization formed by and operated exclusively for the benefit of the V Foundation.