The following is a guest post by Alexandre Desemery.
Some time ago, a very close member of my family passed away due to Leukemia. It was sudden, it was brutal…
I wasn’t able to do anything at that time. I was clueless, I didn’t know what to say, what to do… It was even difficult to find the words to describe what I was feeling.
This person was strong, honest and proud. He always tried to live his life on the bright side, with a good sense of humor and some sense of “joie de vivre”.
I keep a very good memory of him and I always think of him when I cross a finish line.
Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the blood and the bone marrow. The disease develops when blood cells produced in the bone marrow grow out of control.
After diagnosis and treatment, many people with Leukemia live many good, quality years. Unfortunately, some of them don’t.
Today, I am fortunate enough to tackle a big challenge: Ironman Lake Placid. For those unfamiliar with an Ironman, it’s a triathlon consisting of 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and finishes with a marathon. All in less than 17 hours for a total of 140.6 miles. It is typically regarded as one of the most challenging endurance events in the world.
I want to make this day special, I want to help people who can’t do things like that. I want to raise money to help fighting against this disease. I want to give them hope they will heal.
Help me to raise money, help me to try to find a solution for this problem.
I want to donate $10 for every mile I will endure during this day.
Funds collected will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.
You can help me with this!
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