It dawned on me the other day, that fantasmo had not had a design change since August of '06. That was record breaking because normally fantasmo gets a facelift every four months when I get bored of my own design. It was way overdue for some change.
However, some sad news reached me these past couple of weeks. Not one, but two people dear to our family were given only months by their doctors because of cancer. Cancer has also taken other family members and friends. It is a sad fact that soon I will have to use more than two hands to count the people close to me who have had to deal with and fight cancer. For so long I have felt helpless while at the same time wishing there was something more that I could do other than offer support and condolences. Hearing that sad news prompted me once and for all to find a solution to act upon.
Everyone has seen the yellow wristbands for the Lance Armstrong Foundation that raises money for cancer research and patient programs. 80% of all the money raised goes specifically to those programs which is a fantastic percentage compared to other non-profit organizations. The LAF is a very recognizable and reputable organization and it didn't take me very long to figure out that I wanted to be a part of it, so I applied to run a marathon. In turn for a guaranteed race entry I have pledged to raise $3,500. Considering I can barely save enough cash to buy anything beyond groceries, this task seems a little daunting. That and I'm terrible about putting myself out there and asking strangers for money.
BUT, this is a very worthwhile cause and I have made promises to those two very special people that I will run this for them. I will set my insecurities aside and do everything I can to do my part in fighting cancer. Because every dollar raised, every step ran is one step closer to a cure!
So please bear with me these next few months as I train for a whopping 26.2 miles. I can't guarantee there won't be a little whining about sour muscles, but I'll do my best to keep it to a minimum. However, I can guarantee I'll be asking for your help with donations. So spread the word and don't hesitate to hit that yellow donation button to your left over there!