Family and friends,
In 2013, my dad was unexpectedly diagnosed with stage IV Pancreatic Cancer just a week after visiting us in Texas. I immediately booked a flight to Michigan to be there with my dad and help develop a treatment plan. Unfortunately, he passed away two days later. Shocked and frustrated, I searched for a way to raise awareness about how difficult it is to diagnose, prevent, and treat the disease. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Pancreatic cancer typically spreads rapidly and is seldom detected in its early stages, which is a major reason why it's a leading cause of cancer death. Signs and symptoms may not appear until pancreatic cancer is quite advanced and complete surgical removal isn't possible.”
As an avid runner, my wife inspired me to pursue physical activity out of my comfort zone to accomplish this goal. Coincidentally, a friend described the sacrifice and dedication that went into training for and participating in an IRONMAN race. This struck me as the perfect opportunity to promote healthy living while raising money to help find a cure for Pancreatic Cancer.
A little about the event: an IRONMAN triathlon consists of a 2.4 mile open water swim, 112 mile bicycle ride, and 26.2 mile marathon run completed in under 17 hours without a break. It is arguably one of the more challenging one-day tests of physical and mental endurance. Having never done a triathlon before, I knew I had my work cut out for me. I committed to the 2015 IRONMAN FLORIDA in Panama City Beach on November 7th and began my second job of training 6 days a week.
I'm asking you to join us on this journey. I realize everyone cannot make it to the event, but your financial support will be by my side, fueling me with the motivation to finish the race. Also, my employer will match these funds $1 for $1 so anything, literally any amount you pledge, will help build momentum. 100% of your donations (aside from the fees that YOUCARING charges to process) will go to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the IRONMAN in honor of my dad, Ron Grundy.
At the risk of making my short-story long, I'll close with a simple but heartfelt thank you. We really appreciate your support towards this effort.
"The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have."
- Norman Vincent Peale