So the big news I’ve been talking about. It’s one of two big announcements other than the fact that I got a new pup named Rocky. More on him another time.
Brooke from LIVESTRONG gave me a buzz with an invite to do something. I love helping LIVESTRONG, they’ve been good to me. And beating cancer is what I’m set to do in this lifetime, so how could I say no?
Then she told me what the invite was.
"Would you like to run a Marathon for team LIVESTRONG?" she said.
"Which one?" I asked.
"The NYC Marathon"
"Is that THE NYC Marathon?" I asked.
"Ok." I said.
Yep. I’m running the NYC Marathon for team LIVESTRONG and for every person who has fought the battle against Cancer.
I don’t run, in fact, I left a company because they shifted to focusing on runners. I’m a geek. I don’t go outside. But you know what…life is about getting out of your comfort zone and doing things that you might not “want” to do. I want to do this though, because I can. I didn’t “want” cancer. I didn’t “want” chemo. But I beat both. And I’m going to beat this.
On November 7th, I’m going to complete the NYC Marathon. Walking, crawling, running, jogging, rolling…I’m going to finish. For me, and for everyone.
How can you help? Remember how you got me through cancer? I need you now more than ever. I’m hiring a personal trainer, I’m going to cut out the bad habits in my life and I’m going in full on training mode next week. I have time. November 7th is 4 days after my official remission date, and 2 days before my 31st birthday. You’re going to be there with me. And we’re going to do it…TOGETHER.
I’ll be chronicling the entire process all the way up to and including the marathon itself.
A little more info, a year ago almost exactly I came up with the idea for #BlameDrewsCancer - before I was even diagnosed officially with cancer on May 20th. I’ve since beat cancer and I’m trying to help others do the same.
You’re a tough guy, I saw that you performed with a hurt leg. I did a lot while hurting too. Chemo sucks ass. Lets work together.
For whatever reason, you haven’t responded to “The Challenge” so now “The Challenge” is a “Throwdown”. Same rules, same stakes. I’m just going to get more aggressive to get your attention. See, your fans love to help charity, they want to do good. I’m going to help them do good by getting to you and getting you involved with #BlameCancer and #EndMalaria
We missed this one last week. Springfield Oregon man, Aaron Jamison was diagnosed with colon cancer a year ago and has recently been given three months to live. As a means to cover the cost of his cremation and avoid leaving his wife with the bill, Jamison sold ad space on the three urns in which his ashes will be placed, joking, “I’m 400 pounds, so there’s enough ashes to go around.”
Sixteen companies have paid for space with PETA being the last. One PETA ad will read, “People who buy purebred dogs really burn me up. Always adopt.” Another from PETA will read, “I’ve kicked the bucket - have you? Boycott KFC.”
In addition to PETA, the full list of advertisers includes Terese’s Place, Cry Baby Ink, Harper Valley Photography, Frank Gibson Attorney at Law, a2b-Graphics.com, BurialInsurance.com, BlueLips.com, Brian McGee of Re/Max, Marty’s Plumbing Co., musicaldepreciationsociety.com, seoulidentity.com, Antique Peddler, mysoultokeep.net, Betse Green & Bill Cernasky, Bill Phillips, Springfield High School Millers (via an anonymous benefactor).
Jamison, a comedian and former graphic designer, will hand paint the messages on each urn. He’s also sharing his trip towards the end on his blog, Judas, Forgiven and on Twitter.
If true, this is wrong for 2 reasons:
- Companies should give to give, not to get
- Companies should give to give, not to get
I want to talk to PETA and whatever other company is involved with this, call me - 415 238 8428.
There’s a certain dignity and humanity line that has been crossed. If true, this man is doing something amazing and selfless for his wife and family and should NOT be taken advantage of.
I want answers.
UPDATE: I respect this man. I am in no way disrespecting what he is going through. I can’t begin to imagine what him and his family are going through. I would NEVER tell someone how to live their life. But I cannot sit by and let companies use this as an “example” of anything decent and good. I just can’t.