Some of you know that I have been part of David’s Dream and Believe Foundation (DDBCF), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization started by David Caldarella, a dear friend of mine, who battled and beat cancer after his diagnosis just three years ago. Through the foundation, we provide much needed financial assistance to offset the costs associated with cancer treatments and lost income. David also provides a personal touch with the dollars given by personally connecting with patients and their families to inspire them to “Dream and Believe” that there is purpose and hope behind all the pain – that the battle is worth fighting will the full force of faith.
Attached is a summary of what DDBCF accomplished in 2012. On top if this, we have already helped 45 families in 2013. DDBCF is rooted in New Jersey on the coast; consequently, many of the families recently helped were dealing with both cancer diagnosis and the impact of hurricane Sandy on their homes. Here in Kentucky, we have been raising funds since the inception of the foundation and we have assisted 3 cancer patients in the Lexington area who fell on hard financial times.
To raise funds in KY again this year, I am asking that you join me in a challenge. I am going to run the Derby Festival Marathon (26.2 miles) on April 27, 2013. This race is special to both David and me as we ran the half marathon together prior to David’s diagnosis, and again last year as David’s first race since his recovery. The challenge for me this year is twofold: 1) go 26.2 miles as opposed to 13.1, and 2) achieve a time that qualifies for the Boston Marathon – better thaan 3hrs 25min. I am asking that you join in the challenge and make a tax deductible donation to David’s Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation (checks payable to DDBCF and mailed to my attention at 3124 Blenheim Way, Lexington, KY 40503). If you are unsure of an amount to contribute, please consider aligning a contribution with part “1” of the challenge, $26.20 for the 26.2 miles. If you want to join in on part “2” of my challenge, I suggest you consider doubling that amount and make it $52.40. Of course, if you want to take it to the third level and give more, well . . . you win! I make no commitments beyond the two noted above – part “2” is going to be a very big stretch!
Please join me in this challenge to “Fight Cancer Together” – http://www.