I am running a marathon because it is a life-long goal I've always had and it just seems perfect to do it now at the Big Sur Marathon. I don't want to run just do to it. I want to run 26.2 miles for a cause that I believe in.
In the past 8 years I have lost my sister Courtney Hayes who was volunteering in Haiti the day the earth quake hit in 2010 and I lost my brother Matthew Hayes in 2014 to an accidental overdose. They did not lose their lives to cancer however their deaths were freak accidents that were not something they could fight. The people who the Allyson Whitney Foundation support are people diagnosed with cancer who have a chance to fight. As a society we can help people battling cancer through research, funding, and providing support for the cancer patients in need. I have decided to run for the Allyson Whitney Foundation because I have the opportunity to help people by raising money for their cause while they still have a fighting chance. I will be running in memory of my siblings as well as this amazing cause to help people with rare cancers.
The Allyson Whitney Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization that empowers and fights for the interests of young adults with rare cancers. Their vision is to improve the quality of life, as well as provide emotional support for patients. Allyson Whitney Foundation primarily provides individuals with grants to ease their financial burden so that they can concentrate their energy on healing.