It’s that time of year again! I am on a mission to help find cures and more effective treatments for blood cancers…and all cancers. To accomplish that mission, I’m running 3 special races this year in memory of 3 special people…as well as running for all of my Honorees…all 151 of them! Honorees2013
Our 3 special Honorees are Herb Landis, Marcia Housel, and Paula Massey who each lost their battle with cancer in the last few months. I knew each of them and they made a huge difference in my life and in the lives of many others. For them and all my Honorees, I am running the Glass City Marathon on April 28th (just a week away), the North Country 50 Miler on August 24th and the Oil Creek 100 on October 5th…yes, 176.2 race miles in all and another 1,500 training miles just to get ready! I’ve run each of these races in years past and my goal is to run each one faster than ever before!
And to top it all off on October 20th, I will be supporting other TNT volunteers and fundraisers as a Coach for TNT at the Detroit Free Press Marathon. My job will be to help and support other TNT runners as they make it to the finish line! Many of them will be first time marathoners as well as first time fundraisers…true heroes! Woohoo!
Through all of these races and many long training days over the next 5 months I will be carrying my Honoree list made up of friends and family with cancer and lost to cancer. The list includes Herb, Marcia, and Paula, as well as my friend Rodney Cundiff – brain tumor survivor, Judy Evanoff – lost to melanoma, my uncle Jack Connor – colon cancer survivor, my Mom – breast cancer survivor and many others…151 in all. It is my honor and privilege to run for all of my Honorees. When the miles get long and lonely, they keep me going!
I am participating in these sports endurance events as a member of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training. Like the other members of TNT, I will be raising funds to help find cures and better treatments for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma…and ultimately for all cancers. I’m improving the quality of my life by running and participating and with your support, we can help improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families as well as remember those we have lost.
We need your help to reach our $5,000 fundraising goal! Please make a donation in support of my efforts with Team In Training and help advance the research for cures for all! It won’t be easy…it never is…but it will be worth it!
You can donate online at: http://pages.teamintraining.org/noh/detroit13/ernestlewis
If you have a family member or friend with cancer or lost to cancer that I can run for, send me their name and their story. I would be honored to run for them!
Finally, I will be posting training and fundraising updates here on my blog. You can subscribe for email notices and please check out the donation page link above!
Run Steady, Run Strong!