I am honored to be running the Boilermaker this year as part of the Joseph Michael Chubbuck Foundation Team. This is an amazing foundation set-up in memory of Joseph Michael Chubbuck for his courageous battle with such a horrible disease. After reading the Joey’s Story, I immediately knew that this was the organization that I wanted to be a part of. I was so touched and saddened that I wanted to do whatever I could to help.
This Foundation provides financial assistance to cancer patients and their families; it provides needed equipment to hospitals, Hospice, and cancer treatment centers. It also supports cancer research and advocates for patients and families in need of information and guidance. These services are extremely critical to patients and their families when living through the absolute nightmare that cancer is.
This Foundation and its many services are very near and dear to my heart. Over the years cancer has plagued my family as well. Six-years ago I lost my brother to cancer, he was a truly an amazing person and an inspiration to everyone he met. He had a way of putting a smile on everyone’s face even in the darkest of moments. A year ago I lost my dear Mother to cancer; she lived a long wonderful life and was truly a fighter to the end. My Mom amazed us all by saying things like “it could be worse” when we all knew that it couldn’t possibly be worse. On a happier note my sister-in-law has courageously fought this horrible disease the past two years and has come out of the battle victorious, she will be running the Boilermaker again this year after being sidelined last year from her illness; a true inspiration and proof that cancer can be defeated. She is truly a fighter and always maintained a positive optimistic attitude, which is not an easy thing to do. In keeping with the positive, this June will mark my 20-year anniversary of when I was diagnosed with cancer. I am very fortunate in that I am able to be here and running on behalf of this amazing foundation to raise money to help others that are stricken with this horrible disease. Thank you for allowing me to be part of Team Joseph Michael; I am truly honored.