Eric Runs the Chicago Marathon for Cancer Research
Friends and family,
On October 9, 2016, I am running my first (and most likely last) marathon right in my own backyard—the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. I have always had a love-hate relationship with running, and a marathon has been one of those bucket list items that I never thought would actually happen. What I didn't always realize was that a personal challenge such as a marathon can be a great platform through which to raise money for a cause that means a great deal to me. This is what ultimately convinced me to sign up to run 26.2 miles on a Sunday morning.
As many of you know, I was admitted to the ER at Northwestern on September 15, 2013, with a self/WedMD-diagnosed ruptured spleen. Four days later, I was officially diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML). I have always considered myself active, moderately jacked, and generally healthy in spite of my love affair with pizza and Miller Lite, so it was shocking to me that I of all people would be diagnosed with a form of cancer before reaching the age of 30. We have all been touched by cancer, but there is no adequate preparation for being told that it's your turn for that fight.
When I was discharged from Northwestern on September 19, I was introduced to my oncologist Dr. Jessica Altman (in the picture with me). Dr. Altman immediately put not only me but also my family at ease. She said we were going to beat this. Less than a year later, on July 9, 2014, I was in remission and have been there ever since. I am not alone in this, and while I know that there are plenty of other survivors out there, I also know that there are many who haven't been as fortunate. The search for a permanent cure is far from over.
Northwestern is a top ten hospital year after year, and people come from all over the country to get the same outstanding level of care that I continue to receive. In addition to this care, Northwestern is one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. Their cancer research programs are top-notch. I know that other physicians and scientists like Dr. Altman are working tirelessly to find a cure, and with our help they will. They are doing this through collaboration with experts from around the world and in state-of-the-art facilities.
Cancer research saved my life. I am raising money to support that research at Northwestern—one of the nation's best medical facilities where the best of the best work tirelessly to make miracles happen. . I appreciate gifts of all sizes to help reach my goal. If we all work together toward this common goal, I know that we will see cancer cured in our lifetime.
Thank you all for your support!