UPDATE: There’s still time to help Kevin reach his $500 fundraising goal before Sunday’s half marathon. Give just $10 and receive a “I Got Crabby at Cancer” bumper sticker. To make a contribution, click here.
We’ll be rooting for Kevin DePew as he takes on the Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon October 5 as part of Team Still Easier Than Chemo to benefit VCU Massey Cancer Center!
I’ll let him share with you his inspiration to make a difference in the fight against cancer. Take it away Kevin!
When I first saw Briana Kirby’s video about “Still Easier Than Chemo” I was inspired by both hers and her mom’s strength in the face of adversity. I saw the resolve it took to not passively accept fate and to work to make a difference. As a result, I immediately supported her cause with a modest donation. I am normally not moved to support a cause so easily.
Since then, I have been bugging Briana to create a technical t-shirt that I could wear during races. And once she did this, I bought one and wore it to a local 5K race. Although it was not one of my best races, I ended up placing as the third male masters runner–a pleasant welcome to getting older. Since I was wearing the shirt, I thought it would be fitting to donate my award to the cause.
A week later I learned that my very kind neighbor had just had cancer surgery and was going to have to begin chemo. I have had several conversations with her since she has started the process, and I admire her determination to stay strong while the drugs and the healthcare system take their toll.
More recently one of my favorite celebrities was asking to be sponsored for a mud race; she too was raising money to fight cancer. Thinking about my neighbor, I donated another modest amount. The celebrity wrote all of her donors name on a poster board, photographed it, and posted it Facebook. Although I only gave a little, I felt like I was making a difference. As I thought about this, I thought I could still do more. This is why I want to use my next race, The Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon to raise awareness to Briana’s cause.
I hope you will donate, whether it is as little as $5 or as much as $100. There are too many people out there who need our help and support. Thank you.
Kevin is honoring all who contribute toward his $500 goal by printing donors’ names on a special Still Easier Than Chemo jersey that he’ll wear during the race.
Please consider being recognized as one of the totally amazing people who are helping to save lives and end cancer! As always, we are so grateful for your support!