It's an ugly word.
Most people know someone who have received a cancer diagnosis. It just happens that my good friend and fellow youth minister, Jake Bouma, was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in February 2012. In early June I will be running a 20K (Dam to Dam) as a way to show my support to Jake - and I hope you'll consider joining me in showing your support.
Jake and his wife, Libby, are exceptional people...the kind of people that give of themselves in beautiful ways. Jake works with high school students. Libby is a social-worker who is studying to be an elementary teacher. They have chosen servant professions, and you don't get rich in that line of work.
I've created a page for people to make donations to help Jake and Libby pay for the medical costs (chemotherapy, radiation, prescriptions, etc.) associated with his lymphoma treatment. Additionally, 10% of all money raised will go directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
If you are willing to consider sponsoring me, I'd be most grateful. Training for this race requires a lot of alone-time logging miles. Without the support of friends, family, and people I've not even met, these long runs will be difficult.
Please check the Bouma Lymphoma donation page for updates on my training and on Jake's treatment.
- If you're feeling generous and give $5 per km ($100) you will get your name on my race day shirt
- If three people donate $10 per km ($200) Jake will shave my head.
Thanks for your generous support!