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“Tony’s Prostate Cancer Research is the race set out for me.”
The will to succeed was far stronger than the body. Tony crawled to the finish line.
It was 1999 when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. It was expected that I would submit to surgery immediately. However, I researched all the treatments available to me and realized that they were just that, treatment options, not cures. Surgery, braciotherapy, radiation, hormones... each had its own potentially serious and debilitating side-effects … some of which I felt, were worse than living with the disease itself.
Because I value the quality of my life over the quantity of my days on this earth, I came to the conclusion that none of the ‘treatment options” offered by my doctors were acceptable to me.
I decided that it was up to me to fund the cure I couldn’t find! I committed to doing everything within my power to eliminate the probability that my two sons and my grandsons would face the same diagnosis.
But I knew I couldn’t do it alone, so…
Collapsing 15 feet from the finish line. Tony can barely keep going, but finds inner strength to run for the "cure."
I looked for a platform to launch my foundation. At the fine young age of 66, I chose to run the Houston Marathon on January 19th 2003 with my daughter, Markley. Having never run more than 200 yards in my life, I began intense training in July.
As we began telling our friends, customers and business associates about my mission, many offered to sponsor my run at $10 and $20 per mile, and some people even offered $1000 if I simply finished the race!
We did it! Markley and I completed the race in 5 hours despite the fact that I had to crawl the last 15 feet.
It was when I hit the wall at mile 23, that Markley and I saw this caption on a man’s t-shirt that read ‘let us run with perseverance, the race marked out for us.’
Victory - after a long day. Tony & Markley completed the race - more importantly, they raised money for prostate cancer research as well as raising awareness of the need for research for this disease.
I pushed myself beyond the limits of my body. The message was clear…”Tony’s Prostate Cancer Research” is the race set out for me. I will continue to run this race with perseverance for as long as I can and until a cure is at hand. I am asking for your support in our mission to find the cure for prostate cancer.
I raised $120,000 that day, the most any single person had ever at that point, raised in the Houston Marathon. With the support of my dynamic committee, our sponsors, and together with proceeds from our gala in September of 2003, we surpassed our goals by raising $350,000 in our first year.
If you would like your legacy to include the CURE for prostate cancer, join with me.
I would be proud to run this race with you at my side.