Running the San Francisco Ultramarathon for Ty

As you are probably aware, on July 26, I’ll be running the San Francisco Ultramarathon! 52.4 miles. The race starts at midnight. You run the marathon course reverse finish to start. And then you run the San Francisco Marathon with all the other amazing runners. The beauty of this ultramarathon is you also get the chance to raise money for a charity of your choosing. I have chosen Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is committed to raising funds for research to develop new, improved treatments for pediatric cancer, the #1 disease killer of children in the U.S. They provide inspiration and support for individuals, businesses and organizations to raise funds by hosting grassroots bake sales and other fundraising events. While I ran for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer in February of 2014, this time around I was hoping to actually meet a tough cookie. I wanted to have something to really keep me going for all 52.4 miles. As tough a challenge as this race is, it is nothing compared to what the tough little cookies go through on a daily basis having to deal with cancer.

And behold Ty! He is actually from California (San Diego area) but he’s currently staying at the Ronald McDonald House in New York City for several weeks while he receives treatment. Ty was diagnosed in May 2008 with stage 4 neuroblastoma. He was only 16 months old at the time and has since endured seven rounds of high dose chemotherapy, an Autogolous Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant, 27 rounds of radiation and had surgery to have his tumor removed. In addition, he has countless blood and platelet transfusions, countless MIBG,CT, and x-rays, as well numerous bone marrow aspirates and biopsies. Ty is a fighter and has never shown any signs of slowing down, even throughout this entire ordeal. He is so strong and continues to “power through it” with a smile on his face. Ty is a wonderful, loving, and active little boy and know he will beat this cancer!

Ty is now 8 years old and had been receiving his treatment through Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California. However, due to the last part of his clinical study closing, he was referred to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York to receive an antibody called 3F8, which has shown promising results. The 3F8 antibody is an extremely painful treatment that Ty has to endure once a month, provided he is HAMA negative. While in New York, Ty also endures an experimental treatment on his lower left leg, which still showed active disease in February 2010. The procedure involved a small incision made in his left leg and then injecting liquid nitrogen in the area, to freeze the disease. This process is commonly used in bone cancers but not on neuroblastoma. Ty was the third neuroblastoma child at Sloan Kettering to receive this procedure which was successful!

So with that, Ty is who I am running 52.4 miles for. He is as tough a cookie as there is.

If you can donate any amount of money, I would be forever appreciative. This is my first ultramarathon, probably my last and I know as amazing a feeling it will be to cross the finish line, in real life, it is my goal to help children with cancer cross their own finish line. And with your help, any amount certainly goes a long way to make this happen.

Thanks in advance!
Gregg

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