Family Friend Supports Cancer Research; Please Help!

July 24, 2010 at 7:40 PM (Family, friends, Help, Research, Treatment) (, , , , , , , )

Dorcas Ann Casey, on the right, with her mom.

Hi All:

I have a favor to ask. A good friend of mine, Dan Pike, is competing in the Ironman Lake Placid this weekend (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run!) in memory of his cousin Dorcas Ann Casey, who lost her battle with synovial sarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer, in 2008. Dan is raising $25,000 to support the Dorcas Ann Casey Fund that will benefit synovial cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Dorcas was the source of much comfort to me during the early stages of my cancer fight; she sent care packages with comfy slippers and yummy candles; she sent books of inspiration and letters of support. She and I had a rollicking time the last time I saw her (with my GI-Jane-short hair) laughing at the random ridiculousness of the whole cancer trip. I was so sorry to hear she’d lost her fight.

If you’d like to join me in supporting my dear friend Dan in his heroic task this weekend, please visit the link below which whill take you to his page on Fred’s Team, Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s site for fundraising.

To donate online:
http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=1771450&fr_id=1370&pg=personal

To contribute by check, please make checks payable to MSKCC, noting “Pike Ironman/Fred’s Team” in the memo line, and mail to:
MSKCC
Attn: Elise Cook, Annual Giving Officer
633 Third Avenue, 28th Floor
New York, NY 10017

Thank you all for your help – let’s keep fighting to get to a place where cancer is just a distant memory. Please feel free to forward this to anyone you know who will help!

Photo courtesy Dan Pike.

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2 Comments

  1. Connie Reeves said,

    Thank you for this notice. I happen to be in the Lake Placid area right now (we have a cabin in the Adirondacks), and we had to avoid a lot of bikers on the main roads today, still practicing for tomorrow, I guess. The Ironman is a big thing here, about 2,000 athletes are expected, and we’ve seen them running, biking, and swimming on Mirror Lake. We’ve never seen Lake Placid so filled with tourists before–the athletes and their families have filled up the sidewalks, motels, and restaurants. I noticed a couple of women wearing t-shirts for the Leukemia Society, and so realized that some of the athletes might be doing this as a fundraiser. That takes a lot of stamina, and we plan to go out and watch them tomorrow. I’m so sorry to hear about Dorcas, but am glad her cousin is participating in Ironman in her memory. We all should be so fortunate to have such loving family and friends.

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