In a couple of days, I’ll be out there on the trails of Oahu pushing myself over several ridges and streams with a smile. This year at the HURT 100 Mile Endurance Run, I running for the Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation. Teaming up with this non-profit has been very inspirational. Knowing that there will be cancer children waiting for me at the finish line has added extra incentive to move my butt around the 100 miles. I’ve been on this course the last 6 of 7 years, with only 2006 being an “off” year due to radiation therapy. With luck and training, I was able to finish the 100 miler twice and the 100 kilometer four times. This year, like all the others, I am going the distance.
The three years since cancer required me to change my approach. In 2007 The Comeback, I just run on anger and didn’t care about the outcome. I really wanted to vent, cry and get the cancer past me. Sure I paid a heavy price with pain, but managed a smile around the tears. It was worth it. By 2008, I was well trained and solid but fell short of the 100 miler with only 80 miles completed. My wife pulled me after I could no longer function due to a new experience of rhabdomyolosis which nearly stopped my kidney. I had to relearn how to manage my system since cancer since the previous 18 years of information was now not working. I had to switch hydration plans, increase potassium and sodium levels as well as consume more fats. This experiment through the rest of 2008 worked and I was ready to rock in 2009. By completing a 100 miler takes more than chutzpah! It takes some luck too. And in 2009, I felt the best ever for an endurance event. Legs were fresh, stomach solid, head clear, not sleepy at night – perfect…except for one problem. My feet suffered a new issue at mile 50 causing absolute pain with every flat or downhill step. I tried everything, but still had amazing pain. I could hardly walk. So at mile 60, I had no option but to almost crawl the 7.5 miles to the 100K option. I tossed those shoes that led to a damaged big toe bone on both feet and what turned out to be a blown left foot joint. It’s taken me over 10 months to overcome the damage done in Jan. 2009!
So here I am, feet feeling fine since around November and a smart balanced training plan. In a few days, I’ll be out there in a place that I find very spiritually healing ready to suffer with a smile knowing that I will go the distance no matter the outcome. And for the Hawaii Children Cancer Foundation, we have raised donations and community interests in a time when both are truly needed. Look for me out there and visit my webiste with information on the cause at http://www.CancerRunner.org.
This January 16-17 is the next running of the HURT 100 miler, and I’m working to create an event in conjunction with this epic endeavor. While running the 100 miles, I’m planning to don a shirt with the names of Hawaii children fighting their personal battle with cancer. I’m calling this effort of love Running for Hope after seeing Trevor’s cancer return. It makes me think that sometime HOPE is the strongest medicine one can take.
And I’m doing what I can to dish out some powerful HOPE. But I’m not doing this alone. The Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation has accepted my request to collaborate with them on this project, and we are in the process of gathering names. Also, a wonderful local designer, Tai Blechta, is making the shirt with signatures a reality. Thanks to both for their support.
As for me, I just need to keep training to make this run as special as I can. And when I recovery, I plan to bring a shirt to each of the children to show them that anything is possible … with HOPE.
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving !
Please meet the two newest members to the ” C- A Celebration of Life ” documentary that’s currently being filmed.
First let me introduce Josh Sundquist. He is a bone cancer survivor, that is only in his mid twenties, but has already accomplished a lifetimes worth of achievements. He is a paralympic skier, published author, and highly acclaimed motivational speaker. If you’ll click on his tab in the column to the right, you’ll be able to read more about him and get the link to his website.
Now, please meet Mack Dryden. Mack is an amazing double cancer survivor, that was born to make us laugh. He’s an award winning writer and comedian that has shown his talent on the Tonight Show, with both Johnny and Jay, numerous TV shows, and has been the funny man behind the funny man on the show Politically Incorrect. Please click on Mack’s tab on the right to read more about him and get his website link.
When you visit both Josh’s and Mack’s website, check out their videos, they’re great!
Happy Friday !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don anf I were very fortunate on Wednesday evening to attend a meeting put on by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. There were two terrific doctors that work primarily with clinical trials tied in with the Cancer Research Center, that spoke about the importance of participation in the trials. They covered the issues that concern patients that are considering the possibilities. As I’m sure most of you already know, these trials are the way new and more effective treatments come to to the forefront. What I wasn’t aware of, is that they can in many cases, be safer alternatives. The studies are so well controlled, the participants so closely monitored, and the results so important, that the patient is actually in very good hands. If you have any interest in more information, check out www.LLS.org/clinicaltrials/ .
On my trip home to Louisiana last week, I was fortunate to meet with Trevor and his family. Seeing the chemo pack on a 7 yr old is always tough. I gave him an ukulele to enjoy, and my son sat and played with him. He’s in for a long battle, and was very weak but managed to offer a smile. He had to leave quickly due to complications from the chemo, but I was very happy to have the chance to say hi.
Running for him these past couple of years feels real. I only hope that he can complete his second round of chemo and radiation, and make a full recovery in time. Keep going and LiveStrong little man!
Aloha All !
Probably most of you are familiar with the benefits of a blog. For me, I’m really excited to hear what’s going on in all of your exciting lives and to be able to banter back-and-forth on all sorts of subject matter, but especially on cancer-related topics. I feel very lucky to be associated with this group of inspirational people. Thank you Heather, for including me. Don
Well, the Mission Possible Films Blog is up and running. Our first piece of news is that our Lymphoma survivor, Leimomi, is now posted on the website. There should be some exciting developments coming up soon, so keep checking back.
Have a great week.