Monday, February 4, 2013 is World Cancer Day
Because many of us are or have been affected in some way by cancer, I would like to highlight two upcoming events that are raising money for colon cancer awareness and prevention, one is in Houston, Texas, and one is in NY.
SCOPE 5k. First, the MD Anderson SCOPE 5K fun run will be held in downtown Houston on Saturday, March 23, 2013. This is the 8th annual SCOPE 5K fun run, and my family and I will be participating for the second time. This specific event is important to me for several reasons:
1) The first reason is because last year’s SCOPE run was the last fun run I was able to participate in with my father. Al Blackbird, affectionately known as “Poppy”, died last July after a four year fight with colon cancer. Our family was always doing fitness activities, from as early as I can remember… Fun runs, triathlons, mud races; if it sounded fun and/or challenging, we were there. Even three months before he passed away, my dad was still a part of them. Shoot, he even did the Pike’s Peak Ascent Marathon when he was 61! My hero. 🙂
2) The second reason I like the SCOPE 5k event is because Cathy Eng, MD, a world-renowned Colorectal Cancer Researcher at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, heads it up. Dr. Eng is one of the top doctors in her field, and she was my dad’s oncologist, and Poppy adored her. Now please don’t misunderstand; he didn’t always follow her directions to stay out of the sun and take his pain pills, but he adored her. Poppy sent her e-mails almost weekly about his activities, his various exercise routines (invariably including of thousands of squats weekly among other items), and he would send her pictures of the lake where he lived, and the many things he was interested in. Dr. Eng, to quote his words, “is the greatest”. We even had shirts to show it (see below)!!
So, if you are near the Houston area and like to do fitness activities, sign up for a fun event and help raise funds for colon cancer prevention and education. My family and I will be there to honor the memory of my dad. If you see us (you’ll recognize the shirts!), please say hi…