Car Magnets for Cancer Awareness and Fundraising
Team CMMD recently had us produce a custom car magnet for their running team. The magnet will be used for two main purposes: to raise awareness for Team CMMD, and to raise money for the American Cancer Society. You can help support Team CMMD by buying one of their magnets. Just click on the link at the end of the following blog. Here is their story…
TEAM CMMD — Running Strong. Fighting Cancer.
December 31, 2012—The Beginning
Winter was upon us. I felt fat and tired. Everything hurt—especially my broken heart. My dearest aunt and mentor had just been diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer and was fighting for her life. I can honestly say that was one of the lowest, darkest times of my life.
In a moment of desperation, I started Team CMMD; a charity team to run Philadelphia’s 10 mile Broad Street Run. Our team’s charity was the American Cancer Society, and our original goal was $10,000.
From the day that team was born, amazing things happened. On May 5, 2013, just 126 days after its inception, my team of forty seven runners crossed the Broad Street finish line. Many, many of those 47 had NEVER run a single mile before—in those 126 days, they accomplished more than many of them believed they could.
We had trained for this ten mile race together in mind, body, and most of all spirit. All told, we, with the help of local businesses, family, and friends raised over $65,000 for the American Cancer Society. That translates to 65 colonoscopies, 65,000 occult stool tests, or 650 doctor’s visits—in a word that money SAVED lives by providing screening and treatment for individuals who wouldn’t have received them otherwise. Three of those people had cancerous tumors and they were able to be treated.
My aunt is doing great this year: colostomy and cancer free and back to doing what she does best–doctoring. She just threw her son the most beautiful wedding that was a celebration of so many things–love, life, good health.
Not everyone we ran for was so lucky. Debi M. lost her fight with ocular melanoma at 43. Debi was at the Broad Street finish line cheering for us. She died less than a month later. She left behind 5 kids and a devastated husband. Joe D., who supported our team endlessly, now is nearing the end of his eight year battle with colo-rectal cancer. Rosella W. battled a ruthless breast cancer bravely for three years but lost her fight just days after we ran Broad Street. Her last words to me were “I don’t want to die, Christine.” Those words haunt me. I cannot sit back and watch cancer do its evil without doing something…can you?
This year our goal is big…but not bigger than the brutality and mercilessness of cancer.
100 Runners. 10 miles. $100,000. We’ve surpassed our runners goal with 152. We’re training individually and doing weekly group runs—even in the extreme cold and snow this winter. We’re raising funds and raising awareness, and now that we’ve got an official logo, we’re selling car magnets to enhance our fundraising efforts.
At our last group run, our cars filled the parking lot at our meeting spot. Someone stopped us on the trail and asked us who we were and what we were doing. When we told him, he said, “I knew it had something to do with those magnets.”
If you’d like to buy a magnet to support our team, please visit http://www.payitsquare.com/collect-page/23723
If you’d like to make a direct donation to our team, please visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/DetermiNation/DNFY11PA?team_id=1550029&pg=team&fr_id=62089
Thank you so much for your consideration.
Christine Meyer, MD