This August, beneath Mount Rainier, bald eagles, and an enormous orange banner, I'm joining thousands of people in Seattle to bike, run, walk, and raise money to obliterate cancer.
I'm doing this because I lost four friends to cancer in 2018:
Cori - My BFF since 7th grade, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. Anyone that crossed her path experienced her infectious smile, joy for life, and love of her family. I remember her recounting her conversation with her doctor . . . "I will beat cancer! I have young children that I want to see graduate, get married, and more!" She was determined and succeeded. She proudly watched Jake and Jordan graduate from high school, Jordan graduate from college and play college soccer (to Cori's delight), and Jake get married and give her two beautiful grandsons. After 12 years, Cori lost her fight with breast cancer, just two months short of her 50th birthday.
Jared - I met Jared in 2016. He was passionate about promoting the Yakima Valley and helped me raise awareness about the City of Sunnyside and its events. His committment was such that on his last night, he participated by conference call from his bed to advocate for funding Sunnyside's tourism plan. After battling cancer for five years, he lost his battle at the age of 35, leaving behind his beautiful wife and three year old daughter.
Joe - I met Joe in 2015, four years after his Prostate Cancer diagnosis, while working on Sunnyside community events with his daughter, Britt. He was at every event we organized, championing our efforts. When our community efforts earned us Grand Marshal in the Sunshine Days parade, he was there, flashing that Hollywood smile and so proud. He was deeply committed to his children and community and took pride in our efforts to support Sunnyside. I visited Joe a week before he passed and true to Joe, he smiled big and winked at me.
Loren - I met Loran in 2006. He was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukemia in 2017. He became one of my greatest supporters and champions during a period of political upheaval, reminding me and others that, "Deb has more integrity in her pinky than most have in their entire body." He frequently drew caricatures of the people he loved, me and our pup, Wilson, included. He loved my family and always enjoyed when our son Isaac would visit with him. Isaac's last visit was just a couple days before Loran passed. He loved that boy!
Four beautiful souls lost their battle with cancer. I'm ready for a world where no family has to fear this disease. We're making progress, but we have a long way to go: One in three people will still face cancer in their lifetime.
Every Obliteride-raised dollar goes to lifesaving research at Fred Hutch -- and the Hutch won't stop until they have cures for all cancers. Already, researchers there are advancing breakthrough treatments, ramping up prevention and diagnosis, and bringing together the best minds in science, tech, and business to save more lives, more quickly.
It's amazing! But bold research takes money -- and that's where we come in.
Please donate today and join me in putting cancer in its place: behind us!
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