Crush Pulmonary Fibrosis
I didn’t free-fall from space and break the sound barrier on Sunday, October 14th, like ‘Fearless Felix’ did – incredible! And I didn’t complete the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon in less than 100 minutes, as was my goal. Try as I did, that was never my focus. For me, October 14th was about honouring my terminally ill dad and 30,000 Canadians who, like him, suffer from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, by raising awareness of their illness and raising funds for the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, toward finding a cure for their deadly disease. To that end, with the help of so many remarkably generous friends, we have succeeded beyond expectations.
I wish to express my sincere thanks to everyone who supported me in my mission. Thank you for your kind words of support and encouragement and your gracious gifts to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. I am forever grateful.
With days to go until fundraising closes, your donations total a remarkable $5,860.00!
Final donations in support Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation can be made at the following link, until this Friday, November 9th, I'm told:
If I can leave you with a good news story, I would encourage you to check out Hélène Campbell’s inspirational story of hope at: http://www.globaltoronto.com/pages/media.aspx?id=6442647473&mediaID=10
Hélène is the young Ottawa student who suffered from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and received a lot of media attention, earlier this year, when Justin Bieber and Ellen DeGeneres used their celebrity to amplify her urgent plight to the world. She has since received a life-saving double lung transplant and uses her own newfound celebrity to drive awareness for the terrific need for organ donations, at beadonor.ca
Finally, for the curious, I enjoyed the good health to run a personal best on October 14th and place in the top 9% of 9,689 runners. One year older and 03:11 faster than last year…I’ll take it! Regarding my 100 minutes or less goal: As we say in this sports town, “There’s always next year!!!”
I wish you all great health and good fortune.
For more information about Pulmonary Fibrosis visit: http://www.canadianpulmonaryfibrosis.ca/about-pulmonary-fibrosis/