Support Race 4 Kids and affiliate coach Rich Pady

Almost one year ago my wife Heather wrote on Elizabeth’s (our daughter) Blog……..

THE DAISY BEAD…..(signifying end of treatment)

2 years, 3 months, 16 days ago we heard the words “she has cancer”.
Today we heard the words “congratulations on completing treatment!”
118 weeks of continuous chemotherapy
6 Bone marrow aspirations
18 Lumbar punctures
3 port surgeries
22 procedures under anaesthetic
6 blood transfusions
45 port accesses
42 days spent inpatient
27 times going “NPO” (no food or water for >12 hrs)
11 emergency trips for fever
Countless pokes for bloodwork x-rays, ultrasounds, bone scans, echocardiograms, bone density tests, nose swabs, throat swabs,
371 bravery beads
1 daisy bead
1 blue eyed, blond haired, happy little 4 year old girl
PRICELESS

Elizabeth was diagnosed with leukemia in February 2006. She responded well to treatment and finished chemotherapy just over one year ago. Due to great advances in treatment in recent years, she has an excellent chance for staying cancer free. Sadly we now know firsthand that the road traveled by children affected by cancer and their families is long, painful, and frightening. I created Race 4 Kids in 2007 as a fundraiser for the Paediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) in honour of Elizabeth. Money raised through Race 4 Kids plays a pivotal role in supporting POGO’s key initiatives which include providing much needed subsidies to families fighting childhood cancers. This financial assistance is designed to off-set some of the critical out-of-pocket costs associated with the cancer diagnosis and treatment of a child. It will also help to fund innovative research programs designed to fill gaps in conventional paediatric cancer research. These findings will help to inform policy and program planning, and lead to improvements in key aspects of cancer treatment and long-term patient care. A 100% of the money raised through Race 4 Kids goes directly to POGO. (www.pogo.ca)

On July 26th, 2009 myself and 19 Race 4 Kids athletes will toe the line with 2500 athlete from around the world at Ironman Lake Placid (www.ironmanusa.com). With only 10 days to go I am asking for your support as we as a group drive towards our goal of raising over $300,000.00 in just 3 years. This year I will be race for not only Elizabeth but for all the kids who have finished treatment, are still fighting, or have left us too early.

Please take a few minutes from your day to watch this amazing video done by Lisa Hascal. Lisa’s son David started treatment around the same time as Elizabeth, and we just celebrated David’s end of treatment a few days ago. Lisa has done an amazing job to show a clear picture of life with a child who has cancer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQYp5pGOuFA

I hope you join me as we fight towards making the road to a cure a little less bumpy.

Please make a donation and help kids like David and Elizabeth.

Thank you for your support.

Richard Pady


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