Thursday, October 25, 2007

Walking & Running vs. Cancer

There are two cancer-fighting events coming up that, if you're disposed to support such things, could use your participation or contribution.

The first I wrote about in August: an organization called the National Lung Cancer Partnership is holding four "Free to Breathe" walk-runs across the country this fall. This is their first year and it'd be great if it were successful enough to do a second one. Their first walk-run happened in September in Connecticut; future events are November 3 in Raleigh, N.C., November 4 in Philadelphia, and November 11 in Los Angeles. My sister Brenda ("Nurse Sis") is helping organize the L.A. event. Sign-up information is available at the link above. Brenda has also set up her own fundraising team called "Mom's Heroes." That's the link I'd click if I were you.

The National Lung Cancer Partnership is a non-profit lung cancer advocacy organization founded by physicians and researchers to increase understanding of how the disease affects women and men differently. Its mission is to decrease lung cancer deaths and help patients live longer and healthier lives through research, awareness and advocacy. Although I avoid endorsing anything, I can vouch for this group. They helped me help Mom.

The second event is a 5K run for Lindsay's Legacy in beautiful Tonawanda, New York on November 10. Lindsay MacIver died from alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma at the age of 21, and this run memorializes her life and struggle by raising money for childhood cancer research. Funds raised will be donated to the Rhabdomyosarcoma Research Laboratory of Dr. Frederic Barr at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and to Carly's Club, Roswell Park Cancer Institute's pediatric fundraising division. And there's a party afterward!

I learned of this effort through Lindsay's stepfather, Frank Mariani, a cartoonist, designer and illustrator I met through an online cartooning forum. This is the third year for Lindsay's Legacy, and I'm proud to vouch for Frank as well.

Through the generosity of Editor Charlie and my publisher, Harry N. Abrams, I was able to donate signed copies of Mom's Cancer to both events for them to use as their organizers see fit. These are all good people doing good work. I wish them perfect weather and great success.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for all of your contributions, Brian!
(A big thank-you to Charlie at Abram's too.)

I don't really know exactly HOW it happened that I said I would assist with recruiting & over- seeing ALL of the volunteers for the Los Angeles Event on Nov. 11th, but it is indeed true.

I am thrilled to be able to assist in bringing the Free To Breathe campaign here to Los Angeles, but in light of recent events in So. Cal., I am concerned about the possible lack of participation.

If anyone is in the L.A. area and looking for something to do on the early morning hours of Nov. 11th be sure to let me know! We could use just a few more volunteers as well as participants wanting to walk or run.

Nurse Sis (Brenda)

I am hoping to take a quick lap for Mom!

Anonymous said...

there is an online support group for parents who have lost children to cancer - if they are interested let me know and i'll connect them. my heart is with them - i know what it's like to lose your sweet girl...

mom to angel nikki
forever 18

Anonymous said...

I added a modest amount to "Mom's Heroes" yesterday and hope fellow lurkers will do the same.