In honor of Father’s Day coming up tomorrow, I climb for my dad. My dad has lived his life with intensity, loyalty, and passion, and has generously donated to a lot of good causes, too. He also built his own business, never losing sight of building something greater: his family. Family is a really big deal to him. So, this is a shoutout to one of the strongest men I know; thanks for teaching me to be strong, too, Dad. I’ll need it when I’m heading up Kilimanjaro. Every day, I climb for you.
Today I climb for my mom’s family, the MacCoys. June 6, 2012 would have been my grandfather’s (we lovingly called him “Pop Pop”) 100th birthday, and while I didn’t have too long to meet him (he passed away when I was a toddler), I’m thinking of him and his amazing sense of humor today. And according to my Aunt Jean, he really loved watching All in the Family—who can’t laugh at least a little bit watching that clip? And my Uncle Steve says this CCR song was one of his favorites, too.
So from my mom, to my late Uncle Tom, to all those crazy partiers over at Reed’s Beach who have kindly donated to my cause, today I climb for you. I’ll be heading to Kilimanjaro in a few weeks, but I hope to see you guys again soon. Love and miss you all!
Ana, 37, is a caregiver for her father, who has been diagnosed with lung cancer. “Dealing with my father’s diagnosis was tough,” she writes. “I needed to talk with people who were going through the same thing I was experiencing. A friend suggested I contact LIVESTRONG because her coworker had received tremendous support. LIVESTRONG’s emotional support services helped ease my stress, and I got facts about cancer from a nurse. I also found out there was professional emotional support for my son. Too many people are afraid of even saying the word ‘cancer.’ LIVESTRONG helps people come together to share our experiences and knowledge.”
I’m proud to be raising money for such a worthy cause, so that people like Ana, her father, and her son can all have access to the support they need in their family’s fight against cancer.
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