I am aiming to raise $5,000 that will be put towards leukemia research at the Levine Cancer Institute, which is part of the Carolinas Healthcare System. Leukemia is a blood cancer and breakthroughs made with leukemia often lead to more breakthroughs in treating other forms of cancer.
Most all of us have been touched by cancer in some way -- be it through a family member or a close friend. In late 2014 I was diagnosed with chromophobe renal cell carcinoma, which is a rare type of kidney cancer. Fortunately, it is a slow-growing form of cancer and does not commonly metastasize. Thanks to Dr. Harrison Rhee and other folks within the Carolinas Healthcare System, the cancer was successfully removed (via laparoscopic surgery) from my left kidney. The cancer is still in my right kidney but is currently small enough that the plan is to monitor it for now until it will be removed down the road. The cause of my kidney cancer is a rare genetic mutation called Birt Hogg Dube Syndrome. Geneticists at Levine Cancer Institute helped me to discover this root cause.
Everyone I have encountered within the Carolinas Healthcare System and at Levine Cancer Institute -- from Dr. Rhee to the geneticists to the radiologists to the nurses -- have shown me genuine kindness and wonderful care throughout this process. Please help me thank them and, more importantly, please help me enable them to help other individuals like they've helped me.
, 11600 N. Community House Rd., Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28277. The check should be made out to Swim Across America but please include a note mentioning my name as the swimmer you are supporting. Any amount you can contribute will help me reach my goal!Swim Across America
The "reward" for me in this challenge is to swim a half-mile at the Charlotte Swim Across America event in September. For those of you who have seen me swim, you will know why I put the word "reward" in quotations. Luckily, I have an amazing girlfriend who is a kickass swimmer and is willing to train me to be able to complete the swim. Whether or not I will need to wear those little floaty wings come September is yet to be seen -- we'll see how the training goes. :)
Thanks so much! I really, really appreciate your support.