About my event

Another “C” word — crazy.

Update 08-08:

I’m still crazy, only this year it’s to do a cycling event.

I will be participating in the el Tour de Tucson, a 109-mile loop around the perimeter of Tucson, Arizona.  Many of you have asked why I’d do it there in such heat.  Well, I’m not THAT crazy.  It will be held on November 22, 2008, so a much cooler time for riding on a bike than in the summer.

From 2007:

After years of volunteering for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as an honoree and speaker, I’ve signed up to be a participant/honoree and run a marathon to raise funds for research. On June 3, 2007, I will run the 26.3 miles of the San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon.

I know what you’re thinking, if you’ve known me — Gregg’s a lot of things, but not an endurance athlete. But having been an honoree and seeing the training and preparation the Team in Training program gives its participants, I know their coaching, advice and wisdom will give me the opportunity to finish the marathon. And I’m not planning on challenging the Kenyans who’ll likely win the event in under 3 hours, I only plan on finishing, no matter how long it takes.

You see, all I have to think about are some statistics:

  • Someone dies of a blood related cancers every ten minutes. How long have you been looking at this blog?
  • Someone is diagnosed with a blood related cancer about every five minutes. There may or may not be good treatments for their types of blood cancers, and their lives will never be the same.

And I’ve been one of those people who’ve been through the diagnosis and treatment of a form of leukemia. I know that running 26.3 miles will entail some pain, but it can’t be as bad as what I’ve already been through.

And like the successful treatment I had for my APML, I plan on finishing, no matter how long it takes.

Check the category “Why I run” to see more of the many reasons why I’m doing this event.

And, please, don’ t forget to make a donation.

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