Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Marathon for Leukemia - in Alaska

Bro. Daniel Liu asked if he could post this appeal on the blog. Happy to help, Daniel.

Brothers,

I need your support! I am very excited to be part of a marathon team benefiting the Leukemia Lymphoma Society headed to Anchorage, AK on June 18, 2011. Our team is made up of cancer survivors, friends, and family who have been training for the last four months. I am about $3000 short of reaching my goal right now.

Training for this event has been grueling (especially trying to balance with tough work hours as a consultant), but I have learned from my teammates that strength and determination brings unimaginable hope. I feel training for this marathon has given me a new perspective of what "giving of your time and talents" can mean. There is nothing more challenging / inspiring than almost getting passed on a hill by a middle-aged woman who has survived cancer and share words of encouragement to help each other finish!

I would appreciate any support my brothers can offer to this worthwhile cause. Most people have been giving $25-50, but even $5 will help! To make a 100% tax-deductible donation, please click on this link: http://bit.ly/helpfightcancernow If 300 SigEp brothers give any amount, I will gladly run with a SigEp flag while I am in Alaska!

Thank you for your support as I train and run to bring awareness and help improve the lives of those affected by blood cancers.

In Phi,
Daniel Liu
Texas Upsilon '08

P.S.
I've included a personal story below to share:

My personal vendetta against cancer is a compilation of stories of friends who have suffered and those who continue to survive. I'd like to share one of them with you. 

Growing up, one of my best friends was Kelli. When we were in elementary school, her mother, Kimberly was diagnosed with leukemia. A few months later, Kelli was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Doctors pronounced both of them terminal with months to live. Miraculously, they both struggled and persevered for many years. 

I vividly remember the last time I spoke with Kelli's mother in a hospital room in Taiwan. She was full of joy despite her frail condition - she left her family so peacefully. 

Today, Kelli continues to defy all medical diagnosis - her cancer has wrecked her body and doctors struggle to treat her. 

I believe that the financial support I raise might one day result in better treatment for Kelli, a chance at a better life. This is just one of the many reasons why I train, why I run, and why I need your support.