Swim – Bike – Run to Support Pediatric Brain Cancer Research

I’ll probably swim 50 miles, ride over a 1000 miles and run 100’s just to prepare for my 6th Ironman in Madison Wisconsin on Sept 9, 2018. At 56, I’m lucky I get to do this. Many kids who have cancer don’t even get a chance to grow up.

On race day, one thing is a certainty for me; 12 – 14 hours of physical challenges the mental fight to deal with levels of pain that would make most “normal” people quit. One of the things that allow me to overcome the urge to give up is the fact that my discomfort is nothing compared to the trials of these brave kids who are fighting for their lives. Mental fortitude helps, put these children need so much more.

Great progress has been made in fighting childhood brain cancer but so much more needs to be done. Lot’s of money is raised for cancer research but most of it does not go towards the very specific needs that exist for treatments and cures for pediatric cancer research and in this specific case, pediatric brain cancer research.

On Sept 9th I want to dedicate my race to:

1) raising awareness for the focused needs around pediatric cancer research and

2) to raise money to help in that effort.

I’ve chosen The Swifty Foundation for a variety of reasons. It’s a really worthy organization that has done some great work and I know that every dollar that is raised is not wasted. You can be sure that your gifts make a real difference.

Please join me to support this worthy organization…and send some good vibes my way on race day!

Rich Greene

 

Campaign Goal: $5,000

Amount Raised: $275

 

If you’re ready to be part of the movement to find a cure for pediatric brain cancer, please fill out the donate form below.

A Bit About The Swifty Foundation

The Swifty Foundation began with Michael Gustafson who was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 10. Shortly after his diagnosis, Michael began fundraising for cancer research and recruited his friends to help. At the end of Michael’s battle, with the help of his parents Patti and Al, he started the Swifty Foundation.

The Swifty Foundation now focuses on finding a cure for pediatric brain cancer in three ways:

  1. Promoting post-mortem tissue donation to improve research
  2. Improving collaboration among organizations and researchers working to cure pediatric cancer
  3. Funding research of recurrent medulloblastoma

When Michael was nearing his 15th birthday, his mom recorded this video in a restaurant parking lot. By this point, Michael already knew he wasn’t going to beat brain cancer for himself. But he could beat it for someone else. In the video, Michael lays out what he called his “Master Plan” — to become a tissue donor in hopes of finding a cure.

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