Friday, July 17, 2009
Here's the text of the announcement published to Wheeling's Temple Shalom newsletter - HaKol. Thank you to the board and members of Temple Shalom for your support!
Monday, July 13, 2009
I posted my personal page on the American Cancer Society's Charity Runner site at http://main.acsevents.org/goto/philrosenberg . It's also where interested donors can help support my ACS fundraising efforts. Thanks for your generosity to help beat cancer!
I’m an American Cancer Society Charity Runner athlete!
My Father, Al Rosenberg is a two-time lung cancer survivor. I've learned that the survival rate of lung cancer is just 10%, so surviving twice shows incredible fight, spirit, and will to live. I decided to compete in the Chicago Triathlon to honor his personal fight against cancer, and raise donations for American Cancer Society, the charity who's research helped him beat cancer - twice.
I started this journey as a 48 year old, overweight hack, twice a week, 1.5 mile jogger and recreational cyclist. I hadn't swum a lap since high school. The Chicago Triathlon is the world's largest triathlon event, featuring a mile swim in Lake Michigan, a 26.2 mile bike race on Lake Shore Drive, and a 6.3 mile run along Chicago's lakefront. I'll be racing with 10,000 of my closest friends, many of them kicking me in the face as they jockey for swim positions.
Sounds like fun, huh? If Al has enough fight in him to beat cancer twice, I've got enough fight in me to endure this distance.
The race is August 30th. If it's like most Chicago August days, it'll be hot.
For me, participating in this race is a way to prove to myself that with the right amount of planning and effort, I can make a difficult goal achievable. At first, this was strictly a personal goal, which alone can carry many athletes long distances. But now, I’ve also dedicated my training and race efforts to support the American Cancer Society. Fighting cancer will make every mile more meaningful.
Together, we are making a difference.
Like endurance race aspirations, the American Cancer Society is also attacking difficult goals, including preventing cancer and diminishing suffering from the disease. Like me, the Society is putting in a great deal of effort to make these difficult goals possible and to save more lives. I am going to meet my goal of finishing this race to help them meet their goal to end cancer.
Please support me.
In addition to the finishing the race, I am striving to raise money in support of the American Cancer Society. I know that many of you already give to several organizations, maybe even the fight against cancer, so please know that any contribution would be greatly appreciated. Every dollar truly makes a difference. Donating online is easy, and you can donate now. Please help me honor Al Rosenberg and others who have been touched by cancer, and to bring hope to those currently facing the disease.
If you'd like to know more about me personally or professionally, see my profile on Linkedin (www.linkedin.com/in/philrosenberg) and Facebook (http://profile.to/philrosenberg/).
I'm running because my father can still walk! Help me help American Cancer Society BEAT CANCER!