(Hi all, Dan Benoit here, Matt's dad. It's 2017 and we are back raising funds in support of cancer research and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Matt passed on April 24th,2016 of Ewings Sarcoma. He started this team with a goal to raise funds for the place that helped him, his mother and countless other people fight cancer every day.
Last year in our first year we did just that and had an amazing day doing it. Matt loved to swim and we will be swimming in his name, his mother Kalany and several close friends we have lost to cancer. Please consider a donation under Matts name to help us with this cause and feel free to join our team and come swim with us. Its a great event!! This is the page he started.
Matts statement below was written while he undergoing chemo and setting up the team in early 2016. He never did let it.....)
Over the past 3+ years, cancer has tried to consume my life. I won't let it, and I absolutely never will.
For those of you that don't know me already, I'm Matt Benoit. My experience with cancer started with my mother, a 2-time IronMan participant and lifetime non-smoker, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in early 2012. After multiple rounds of intensive treatment at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, she passed away in December 2013. She was 54 years old.
After 9 months of mourning the loss of my mom, I received some more bad news. After having a minor stomach ache misdiagnosed, I was sent to the ER during work and told I had cancer. I was devastated. I couldn't even pick up the phone to call my own dad and had to have the ER doctor make the call. This was a week after my 27th birthday and I've having been fighting the disease ever since.
While I've enjoyed the immense support from family, friends and even complete strangers during my fight, I know how many other families are going through similar circumstances. I see them in the elevators at the hospital. In the waiting rooms. Shuffling in and out of doctors offices. Seeing the common pain and resilience in these patients' eyes as we pass each other constantly reminds me to never give cancer an inch. This event is potentially my greatest opportunity of telling cancer that no matter my outcome, I will never surrender.
Please join us in the fight by sponsoring my team and making a gift.
The money you give will fund cancer research, prevention and treatment in our local community. I've participated first hand in the extraordinary advances they are making which are nothing short of incredible. The sad reality is that if cancer hasn't touched you or a loved one yet, the odds of it happening in your lifetime are very high. Please take the opportunity to do something about it now by joining our army.
Thank you for your generosity and may it lead to a cancer-free world!
Team members and supporters are encouraged to throw up a pic! http://teambenoit.tumblr.com
You can make a credit card donation here, or send a check to Swim Across America, c/o Susan Mayfield, 5514 34th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105f
Swim Across America, Inc., [SAA] is dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming- related events. With the help of hundreds of volunteers nationwide and past and current Olympians, SAA is helping find a cure for cancer through athleticism, community outreach and direct service.