100 Miles For Life

100 Miles For Life

THE GATHERING PLACE
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Welcome, and thanks for visiting 100 Miles For Life, a campaign to raise awareness and funds in support of an outstanding community services organization -- The Gathering Place, in Cleveland, Ohio. The mission of The Gathering Place is to provide assistance to those whose lives have been impacted by cancer. I'm Ted Friedman, and to support this worthwhile non-profit organization, I'll be competing in the 2016 Burning River 100-Mile Endurance Run on August 6th.

May 31st, 2016 is the 16-ye...

Welcome, and thanks for visiting 100 Miles For Life, a campaign to raise awareness and funds in support of an outstanding community services organization -- The Gathering Place, in Cleveland, Ohio. The mission of The Gathering Place is to provide assistance to those whose lives have been impacted by cancer. I'm Ted Friedman, and to support this worthwhile non-profit organization, I'll be competing in the 2016 Burning River 100-Mile Endurance Run on August 6th.

May 31st, 2016 is the 16-year anniversary of my dad's death from cancer. It's very sad to think about marking another year since his death, when he was a man who lived life to the fullest. He loved his career as a junior high and high school math teacher, and helped to impress upon me and my siblings the importance of a good education. For over 30 years he dedicated himself to helping students achieve their goals -- even after retirement from his public school role, he taught part-time at the college level and tutored students of all ages. He enjoyed travel, good food, and new experiences. He was a loyal friend and was always there to support people in need. "Make a difference" was the guidance he gave me at several critical junctures in both my personal and professional life. I strive to emulate his values and his charitable spirit.

Watching my dad go through treatments for cancer, I see a number of parallels with ultramarathons, and particularly with my upcoming 100-mile race. Both endeavors require endurance -- it's a long journey and progress often seems slow. Both have incredibly wonderful high points, but also extreme lows where you think about giving up. The highs and the lows happen in cycles throughout the journey and they come at unpredictable times. And both challenges are as much (if not more) about attitude and mental strength as they are about physical strength. Of course, it would be ridiculous to suggest that the physical and mental challenge of a foot race, no matter how long, is as intense or important as a battle with cancer. Running for 100 miles is just a vehicle to raise visibility for a good cause, but I am thinking of my upcoming effort as somehow symbolic of what recipients of The Gathering Place services experience every day.

If you believe in the importance of an organization like this, or perhaps have yourself been touched by cancer, please consider sponsoring us in this effort by making a donation. Together we can help The Gathering Place continue to deliver assistance to individuals and families in need. Thanks for your time and interest!

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