I have a story to share about a special little girl named Summer.
Summer was the youngest guest at my wedding – she was negative 3 months when I said “I do”! She was born with a full head of hair and a beautiful smile to two of my very good friends, Bob and Gina Semerad. Summer, like most babies, loves all things Mickey Mouse, hanging with her mommy and playing with her dog, Daisy.
Last January, a group of us decided to go to Walt Disney World to race during Marathon Weekend. Summer was super excited to meet Mickey and company, and the adults were pretty happy to see her laugh and smile. However, what struck me the most was how well she handled being on an airplane for the first time – something that can turn the most seasoned adult into a mess didn’t even make Summer cry.
Summer would prove herself even braver in the months to come. In April 2015, Summer was diagnosed with pediatric liver cancer. Heartbreaking news. But Summer would never stop smiling. Summer is a fighter, and her prognosis has improved with each passing day. She is truly one of the bravest people I know.
That is why Val and I, along with Summer’s family and friends, have decided to run the Walt Disney Marathon in January 2016 and raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer. We will be running for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation – a non-profit dedicated to childhood cancer.
Summer is just one of an estimated 263,000 new cases of cancer that affect children under the age of 20 worldwide every year. And yet, childhood cancer is vastly and consistently underfunded. Less than 5% of the federal government’s total funding for cancer research is dedicated to childhood cancers each year. Let’s change that right now.
Wait you’re running a MARATHON!?
Yes, you heard me right. I, Robert F. Mulligan, all 200 lbs of me, have committed to running a FULL MARATHON to raise money for pediatric cancer, inspired by Summer. Trust me, the separation anxiety you might be feel when parting with your money will be NOTHING like what my feet (or my surgically repaired hip) feel like around mile marker 20.
Your gift could lead to a crucial discovery or even a cure for childhood cancer:
- Your gift of $50 will fund one hour of research
- A gift of $400 will fund one day of research
- A gift of $2,000 will fund a week of research
- A generous gift of $8,000 will pay for an entire month of research
ALSF also has a Travel Fund that helps families with travel expenses as they travel far from their home for their child’s treatments:
- $15 can provide a gas card to help a family drive to a hospital for treatment.
- $20 allows a family to park at the hospital where their child is receiving treatment.
- $100 enables a family to reside at a nearby hotel so they can stay close to their child receiving treatment
Any size helps ease a family’s financial burden so they can focus on their child’s treatment.
How to Donate
If you would like to help us in our fundraising goals, please click on the link below and select my name from the list of team members:
Your donation is tax deductible!
Does your job match?
Working in corporate America does come with a few perks – 401Ks, stock options etc.
But one of the most underutilized corporate benefit is the charity match. Please inquire with your company if they offer a matching donation to non-profits and charities. Some companies match every dollar of every donation, while some actually offer a 2:1 or 3:1 match.
If your company matches, please share the event ID E1158460 with your employer so it gets tracked towards our fund raising goal.
Thank you all for your time,
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