I am running the Warrior Dash (a 5 km off-road race with obstacles) for some true warriors: those who suffer from blood cancers including leukemia and lymphoma.
I am not a runner. Sometimes, though, a guy needs a challenge. Something to train for. A higher purpose. I'm 11 years removed from any running, so this couldn't be more different for me. For motivation (and that higher purpose) I enlisted the help of giveforward, so that this might be more than just another race. The charity I'm giving to is the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Since I'm running in the Warrior Dash, I decided to run for some true warriors. Here is the story of just one.
Let me introduce you all to Andrew. Little Andrew was born with Down Syndrome. Right around his first birthday he was also diagnosed with leukemia. When I decided to run the warrior dash, I knew that for it to have any meaning, I needed to raise money to help out some true warriors. When I think about the fight in store for Andrew and others like him, I know what it means to be a warrior.
Andrew is not alone. Nearly 150,000 cases of leukemia and other blood cancers were diagnosed last year in the US. Every 10 minutes someone dies from a blood cancer. But there is some cause for hope. From 1996-2005 the chance of dying from most blood cancers decreased. Hopefully, with your help, we can get those numbers to decrease even more. Every dollar helps!
Our group is a mix of veteran endurance athletes and rookies. The Warrior Dash takes place on September 11 and 12 at Horning's Hideout in North Plains, OR. Come cheer us on as we race for Andrew!