UPDATE: This year Eric (Christi's Webmaster) and Shayne (Christi's Father) are joining forces to compete in a half ironman distance triathlon at Cedar Point, in Sandusky, OH. Even though Christi is no longer with us, we continue the fight against Neuroblastoma and ask for your support.
Here's My Story
My name is Eric Cook and you have an opportunity to join me in something very special. For the fifth consecutive year, I've picked a challenging event in which to compete and use it as a personal fundraiser to help raise awareness (and money) in the fight against childhood cancer. As you read above, this year I'm doing a triathlon and need YOUR support.
No, I'm not asking for you to help swim, pedal, fill my water bottles or give me a push up the hills (although that would be nice). What I am asking for is your financial support to help fight a nasty form of childhood cancer.
Why am I asking for your hard-earned money? Well, I'm riding for the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation (CNCF for short) and raising money to help them find a cure. A very rare form of childhood cancer, Neuroblastoma affects roughly 600 children per year and there is no known cure for the disease.
My good friend Shayne Thomas and I met at the Graduate School of Banking (in Madison, WI) and his daughter lost her battle against the disease on September 19, 2006, after a long, four-year battle. Diagnosed when she was only five, doctors told the family Christi would be lucky to see her 6th birthday but she lived for another four years, changing lives along the way (including mine).
As the webmaster for ChristiThomas.com, a site I created for the Thomas Team to help share with family and friends their story, I've decided to try and make a difference. The site was part therapy, part education, but mostly an inspiration to spend time reading the journal entries on how the family copes through all they have been through. With well over 1,000 photos online, links to other children's (and "Angels") sites, just one visit is all it takes to remind us that life is a precious we should never take for granted. Be sure to check out her Blog site, which Angela continues to post to on a regular basis.
By selecting CNCF it's my hope that funds raised through my efforts will keep Christi's spirit alive and honor her and all of the other innocent children that have fallen victim to this deadly disease. So, won't you help me in my cause and make a donation? Every little bit helps, and together we all can make a difference.
P.S. I'm excited to have Shayne join me in this event and helping to raise money. He (as well as Angela and Shayla) have become close friends of Alicia and me and I'm looking forward to racing alongside him in this effort to raise money (and awareness) for children's cancer.
Donations collected online go directly to the Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation. CNCF is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, so your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. The CNCF's Tax ID # is 36-4370725. www.nbhope.org. The tax letter from the Internal Revenue Service is located here.