Dear friends and family,
I need your support! I have decided to run a marathon to raise money and awareness for esophageal cancer, one of the fastest growing and most under diagnosed cancers in the world.
My Dad, Rob Maggio, lost his battle with this disease on October 31, 2010 at the age of 61.He lived only one month after he was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. The terrible thing about this disease is that usually by the time it is diagnosed it is already at stage 3.
To honor him, I am going to run the Baton Rouge Beach Marathon just over one year from the anniversary of his passing on December 03, 2011. It is my hope that the work that I will put into the training and running this race will inspire people to support me and help raise money for the wonderful non-profit organization I am partnering with, the Esophageal Cancer Education Foundation (ECEF).
ECEF is doing amazing work through it's president Bart Frazzitta, a survivor of this disease himself who has dedicated his life to this cause. Their main 3 objectives are as follows:
1. Raise awareness and educate the public and medical community about this dreaded disease.
2. Walk the journey with patients who have this disease.
3. Support research projects in search of an early warning test for this disease.
ECEF is very active in helping both patients and caregivers alike with their information hotline and website offering practical helpful information. Additionally, one of ECEF's main missions is to fund esophageal cancer related research projects. ECEF has made $100,000.00 grant to a project that will lead to a blood test that would identify this disease at an early stage. The funds I raise will go towards this project.
Donating through this website is simple, fast, and totally secure. My goal is to raise $3000.00 and 100% of funds raised will go to ECEF.
My prayer is that every penny that is raised will have a direct impact on the lives of those affected by esophageal cancer. I know the pain of losing someone to this disease, and I want to do everything I can to help others facing it.
Join my progress as I train for my 1st marathon at my blog www.40yearsrunning.blogspot.com