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I'm running a marathon for prostate cancer research. This fundraiser is dedicated to my father who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2000. I hope to raise awareness and promote routine cancer screening. $25 a half mile, $50 for a full mile.

My goal is to raise $50 a mile, for prostate cancer research, promote prostate cancer screening, and dedicate this marathon to my father. I need your help.

I am looking for all my friends and colleagues to sponsor a 1/2 or a full mile during my October 17, 2010 Long Beach Marathon.

Donations:

$25.00= 1/2 mile

$50.00= 1 mile

 26.2 miles=  a full marathon

Miles Sold updated 7/29/10

Miles     Name
1             Becky Smith
2             Becky Smith
3             Jeff Austin
4             Judy Smith
5             Judy Smith
6             Judy Smith
7             Judy Smith
8             Amy and Brett Znider
9             Sarah Bosch and Tim Ross
10           Kristin Hazelip
11           Terry McCay / open
12           Mike Bailey
13           Richard Hassebrock and Valdo Rupay
14           A.J.
15           open
16           open
17           open
18           open
19           open
20           open
21           open
22           open
23           open
24           open
25           open
26.2        open

Personal Story:

Everyone can remember the range of emotions and feelings during our high school years.  My junior year was not different, except having my father diagnosed with prostate cancer.  The aggressive treatments and a lenghtly recovery left a life-long imprint on my life.  Without checks and screening, I would have lost my dad.  Today, he is alive and doing well while continuing with frequent cancer screening.  

According to the American Cancer Society, starting at age 50, talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of testing so you can decide if testing is the right choice for you. If you are African American or have a father or brother who had prostate cancer before age 65, you should have this talk with your doctor starting at age 40. If you decide to be tested, you should have the PSA blood test with or without a rectal exam.

Why a marathon? Well, I didn't start with a marathon, but a half marathon. My wife and I decided to get healthy for 2010 and joined AREC (A Running Experience Club) to train for the Long Beach half marathon. During the month long train-up for the club, she developed multiple stress fractures in her shins taking her out of the race. I was all alone. I had a decision to make, quit or go for broke. Like a typical testosterone driven male, I jumped into the deep end and started full marathon training. The furthest distance I had ever ran was 6 miles. Understanding that I need to run four times that distance, I knew I would need a deep down inspiration to accomplish a marathon. That's when I knew that giving would guide me during the pains and tribulations of marathon training.   When it came time to pick a charity, I knew prostate cancer research would be my charity of choice because of my dad.  Please help me obtain that goal!   

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