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. We are Tami and Ted Friedman, and to support this worthwhile non-profit organization, on September 22-23, 2018 we’ll be competing in the North Coast 24, a 24-hour endurance event in Cleveland. As many of you know, Ted has competed in various events to raise funds for TGP, but this is the first one we’ve done together.
May 31st, 2018 was the 18-year anniversary of Ted’s 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 Ted and his 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 Ted at several critical junctures in both his personal and professional life. We strive to emulate his values and his charitable spirit.
Having Watched Ted’s dad go through treatment for cancer, we see a number of parallels with ultra marathons, and particularly with our upcoming event. 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 running or walking, no matter how far or how difficult the conditions, is as intense or important as a battle with cancer. Running and walking for 24 hours is just a vehicle to raise visibility for a good cause, but we’re thinking of our 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. Unfortunately the system doesn't support per-mile donations, and only can take a flat amount. But you could base your donation on our estimated total mileage --Tami is hoping to walk around 50 miles and Ted hopes to approach 100.
Together we can help The Gathering Place continue to deliver assistance to individuals and families in need. Thanks for your time and interest!