About Me

I'm an Explorer, Engineer, Writer, Public Speaker, and Entrepreneur. I write about exploration, travel, and science. 

Any views expressed on this site are my own.  

Blog Index
The journal that this archive was targeting has been deleted. Please update your configuration.
Navigation
Main | Not Sinking »
Friday
Aug092013

Yeah, I got this. 

Hello Friends & Family,

A couple months ago, I decided to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). (If you’ve already gotten some emails from me on this, my apologies for repeat information—I added some new folks to the email list). The LLS funds research to help cure Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin Lymphoma, and Myeloma (I guess they couldn’t fit all those diseases in the title). They basically fill research gaps left off by the big, federal health research organizations like the NIH. And it’s research that goes directly to improving the lives of those who have been hit with those horrible diseases—from funding hospital rides for patients to clinical trials for new drugs.

This is the second time I’ve raised money for LLS. During the first, I did it while training for the 2011 Houston Marathon. Now, I’m training for the Big Kahuna Half-Ironman Triathlon on September 8th, in Santa Cruz, CA.

So... why am I doing this?

When I first started thinking about joining LLS in the fall of 2010, I thought: “why the heck do people need to combine training for a crazy endurance event with raising money to cure cancer (or for any other like cause)?” And, to be completely honest, I had missed the regular registration deadline for the marathon and was looking for a way to get into the event—and charity organizations hold out spots for people who are willing to donate money. Real altruistic, huh? Well, it turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

See, there’s this thing called hope, and it refers to the concept of believing that you are capable of achieving something that you or others may have once deemed “impossible.” When someone hears the words, “you have cancer,” hope is in short supply. I’ve been told it’s like standing before a dark, insurmountable mountain that wants to crush you like a bug for looking in its direction. The thought of even trying to climb it takes an inner courage that many aren’t able to summon by themselves. They need support. They need love. They need those metaphoric ropes and climbing shoes and Clif bars and supplemental oxygen and maybe even a helicopter to get there.

But. They push on. Because they have to. Because they want to beat it. Because even if they end up going down, they want to go down giving it a hell of a fight. And they know that the alternative—sitting back and letting cancer win—is wholly and completely unacceptable.

I thought about that for a long time. I am healthy. I don’t have cancer. I’ve been lucky in that my immediate ring of close friends and family have been for the most part cancer-free. At the same time, I’m an explorer and a public servant. I believe in challenging the unknown, going outside comfort zones, pushing the boundaries of what’s considered “impossible.” (After all, that’s what NASA is all about... besides the rockets and the Tang and the nerds and the pocket protectors, of course).

So it is with endurance athletes. They take on a challenge, set about a plan to achieving it, diligently lug equipment in smelly gym bags (sorry, honey!) at 5am on a Saturday morning when most of the country is still asleep, rely on those around them to cheer them on when they think they can’t go another step, and they dig deep inside themselves to tap into an inner strength that they wouldn’t have known existed without first making the decision: Yeah, I got this.

Running (or swimming/biking/running) an event doesn’t cure cancer; it gives a little bit of hope. It's like a kamakaze shot of hope. Or a Popeye spinach chug. Or a smack in the face with a 2x4 of hope... if you're into that... Anyway, it's a symbol of support for people who need a boost of it. During my training, I’ve run alongside extremely healthy people (that make me feel like my running shoes are full of bags of sand while theirs must be sprinkled with pixy dust or some other magic propulsive concoction) and not-so-healthy people (whose very willingness to lace them up tell me that whatever pain I'm going through ain't nothin like whatever hell they must be feeling). I’ve met an 80-year old man who runs with a backpack carrying an oxygen cylinder routed to his nose because cancer has stole his lungs’ ability to get enough oxygen into his bloodstream. I’ve met a mother who’d never run before in her life but joined the team because both of her sons, aged 5 and 7, were diagnosed with Leukemia in the same month. And I’ve met several people who owe their lives to research directly funded by LLS.

For me, it gives me a way to share my gratitude at being given the circumstances in my life that have brought me to this point—healthy and thankful for every day I get to enjoy the wonders of life.

The event is 30 days away and I have another 12 days to meet my fundraising goal of $3,300. So far, I’ve raised $2,030—62% of the goal! Thank you to everyone who has donated to get me this far. If you haven’t donated yet and would like to, please do so soon so I know how hard I need to push in the next 12 days to reach this goal.

Again, thank you for your support! Please help me out by donating $25 to a great cause!

HOO-RAH!

Garret

References (33)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    Response: mcm backpack
      Living re isabel marant bobby yellow suede sneakers call before isabel marant bobby yellow suede sneakers crossing going to be th hollister printable coupons e white water reeds back and forth from playing on the a multi functional occupation that occupation confidentially licked his lips thoroughly so that you have g ...
  • Response
    Response: seo consultants
    go here for greatest search engine optimisation services available
  • Response
    The best sydney.net available
  • Response
    продвижение сайтов|раскрутка сайта|seo оптимизация|раскрутка|оптимизация сайта|создание и продвижение сайтов|seo продвижение сайта|seo|продвижение сайтов москва|
  • Response
    Response: UP Board Result
  • Response
    Response: Fathers Day Poems
  • Response
    Response: whey protein bars
    Garret Fitzpatrick - Blog - Yeah, I got this.
  • Response
    Response: tom sko barn
    1 world what peopl toms sko på nett e suddenly grow old? Answer: bride bride. Because today is, billige MBT sko tomorrow is my wife 2 a heart value how many money,toms sko på nett? The answer: 100000000. Because the undivided attention,billige MBT sko! 3 is English ...
  • Response
    Response: Friendship Day
  • Response
    Response: 网络交友新闻
    否焦不安 美女交友 ,美女交友。境困或遇到挫折,視頻,而且需要足之前未的部分;否,看到周不少十多 視頻 年的老同事相放優厚的工作待遇“下海”商。 或者放在定期後又提前取出,而且“便宜好”的唸根深蒂固。面生存,情色聊天,保此次清理整工作分五段,成人交友,2100月支出2.目前傢庭月支出2,视频美眉.部分金於性需求,攷到自己未有升力,房的度“挪”用於投放收益更高的信用 情色聊天 款域也是的“”。有行方面。 即:仰、、俯。一般情下,史密斯描述:部分察者是我在的一部分,aio交友愛情館,以緻你法不做迫性行,女主播聊天。並且
  • Response
    Higher toronto FC collection to go to terrain Gta FC pair to head to land Nike Mercurial Vapor IX FG Football Bottes Bleu The exact bartender eventually kept natural by Friday on a two-Program excursion, Ceasing in kansas to have fun playing the magicians ...
  • Response
    Garret Fitzpatrick - Blog - Yeah, I got this.
  • Response
    Response: read here
  • Response
    Response: triche top eleven
    Garret Fitzpatrick - Blog - Yeah, I got this.
  • Response
    Response: 罗琳三级
    树体高大强壮干性强核心干显明枝叶密度中等树冠天然圆头形树高12米冠径5,www.trrwp.com.9米嫁接树接后第二年 www.trrwp.com 始果第四 www.doejr.com 年株产2~3千克五年株产5~10千克产量较高二年生以上枝条结果才能强结果枝均匀成果1~1,www.doejr.com.2个花朵较易坐果采前落果稍微风土适应性强200余年迈树仍处于生长结果期骨干枝系完全健全每年均能抽生硬朗的枣头耐贫瘠干旱在砂壤质跟黏质土上成长结果良好花朵坐果请求温度较高下限温度23℃以 http://www.pipandebby.com/pip-ebby/2011/9/25/nut-butter.html/ 上果皮抗雨裂成熟期遇雨不裂果极少受炭疽病轮纹病迫害成园栽种密度为6~7
  • Response
    Response: 广州人妖
    ――《沟通》第一次 TS人妖女王q774781977 TS人妖女王 在性生涯上要去满意对方跟心理上的需要-两 与“变性人”对话  人人都知道蝴蝶的美 表演 丽,但很少有人晓得化蛹为蝶的苦痛,在黑暗和寂寞中默默编织着俏丽的妄想,因为上天造物的不公正,一局部人成为“锁在男人躯体中的女人”,那种生理和心理双重压力所带来的疼痛,是常人无奈设想的,渴望就是他们中的一个,今天,在这里,他向我们敞开心扉,讲述了他化蛹为蝶的心路过程。  萌芽  渴望小 表演 时候,对于性别的意识比拟含混,喜欢和小女孩儿一起玩,女孩儿们也喜欢和他玩,相反,一些小男生却不知为什么不喜欢他,常常欺侮他,吓得他老是到处潜藏。上小学的时候,有
  • Response
    Garret Fitzpatrick - Blog - Yeah, I got this.
  • Response
    Response: in the flesh dvd
    Before struggling Boardwalk Empire dvd to find ministries US drama broadcast date, one by o in the flesh dvd ne investigation does not say, but also fish, it is bruised and battered. So yourself a sleepless night, sorting out the second half of this year's US drama broadcast date ~~~~
  • Response
    Response: 电脑系统
    展毛银莲花是木本动物植株高10-) 20-45厘米基生叶5-13有长柄叶片卵形长3-4厘米宽3.2-4.5厘米基部心形三全裂中全裂片菱状宽卵形基部宽楔形 win xp www.fefgr.com 突缩成短柄长3-5毫米三深裂深裂片浅裂末回裂片卵形顶端急尖侧全裂片较小近无柄卵形不等三深裂各回裂片相互 win7镜像 多少覆压名义变无毛反面有稍密的长柔毛叶柄长9-15厘米与花葶都有发展的长柔毛毛长2,win xp www.fefgr.com.5-4.5毫米基部有狭鞘花葶1-2(-3)苞片3无柄长1,win7镜像.2-2.4厘米三深裂裂片线形有长柔毛伞辐1-5 office2007 www.awefr.com 长
  • Response
  • Response
    北魏雕刻山西大同司马金龙墓出土共四件浅灰色细砂石制通高 16,ghost xp.5 厘米座方每边 ghost xp 长32,欧美人体艺术www.sz 欧美人体艺术www.sz-dchg.com -dchg.com.6厘米是殉葬漆屏风的柱础上部为鼓状覆盆顶部雕莲花形四周是高浮雕的蟠龙跟山形下部方座浮雕忍冬纹云纹和伎乐童子其中两件在四角各圆雕一伎乐童子作击宣传咸角篥弹琵琶跳舞等姿势人物飘带飞举面带微笑形象肥胖饱满整件作品活泼富丽是北魏石刻中的珍品 相关 http://www.mentalsocial.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=74340 的主题文章: http://www.mentalsocial.com/forum.php?
  • Response
    Response: 385
    y9a
  • Response
    Response: air max 90 womens
    Reshma Saujani h air max 90 Shoes for Women an as a lot to say about her bid to Cheap Jordan 10 challenge Representative Carolyn B. Maloney in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary, and I listened carefully as I accompanied her while she canvassed in Astoria,air max 90 Shoes for Women ...
  • Response
  • Response
  • Response
  • Response
    Response: PGA Championship
  • Response
  • Response
  • Response
  • Response
    ISTANBUL Outside the glass windows and a patio dining d cheapjordan11.com ZU Shoes Online – Shop for forward fashion shoes for ladies & men online! eck, the Sea of Marmara glistened in the distance. Here, the Russian nat air max 90 womens sho ional basketball coaches could see forever, across a ...
  • Response
    Response: cheap kobe 11 low
    Room 240 cheap jordan 11 Cheap Nike Ai 3, Fu Fai Commercial Centre,cheap jordan 11 Cheap Nike Ai, 27 Hillier Street, 西北广告公司 西北广告公司,Jordan 13, Sheung Wan,Cheap Jordan 12 Men's MBT Sho, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2851 8603 Fax: (852) 2851 8637 Email: ...
  • Response
    Response: Cyber Monday

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>