WhiteyAfter a two-year hiatus from marathon training, I’ve decided to dust off my (multitude) of running shoes.

On October 4th, I’ll be running Wineglass Marathon and dedicating this race to my friend, Matt White (affectionately known here on out as Whitey). I’ve committed to raising $10,000 for cancer research during the course of my 12-week training, in solidarity of Whitey’s fight.

Whitey was recently diagnosed with liver cancer. This is his second battle against cancer, the first being kidney cancer when he was seven years old.

Now in his 30s, he’s recently undergone two TACE (transarterial chemoembolization) procedures to attack two different tumors in his liver. His most recent procedure was two days ago to address the larger (more stubborn) of the two. Ultimately, Whitey is waiting for a liver transplant to save his life.

When I lost my father in his late 70s to cancer last year, it was easier to comfort myself by saying he’d had a longer life than many are fortunate to have. When it’s a friend in his 30s who is diagnosed – husband, father of toddler twins – it makes you want to give cancer the middle finger x 100.

The outpouring of support for Whitey is incredible. Then again, he is a beautiful soul the world is lucky to have.

Follow my journey to the Wineglass Marathon finish line…as this race isn’t about a goal time, a Boston qualifier, or anything like that. This one’s a toast to life…Whitey’s, to be exact. And, if we help fund the research that will one day find a cure, then I only have one thing to ask of you: please donate as generously as your means and heart allow. 

We’ve already raised nearly $3,000 in nine days. Join me in making #WineglassForWhitey a success.

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