An inspiring moment from our Founder, Marcia Donziger, a 15 year Ovarian Cancer Survivor!
Yesterday my family went to the 4th annual “Step Up for Cancer” event on August 5th. This fundraiser benefits 40+ cancer nonprofits in Colorado, including MyLifeLine.org. The goal is to run all the stairs in the Dicks Sporting Goods soccer arena. 1,765 stairs.
Usually I would describe my 6-year old twins as “athletically challenged”. Coordination and stamina do not come easy to them. My husband, Rob, intended to hang out with them while I ran the arena with our MyLifeline team.
At the starting line, I began down the first flight. Suddenly Jake and Ryan ran after me. And continued stepping up and down around every single row in that professional arena.
They did not complain, and it was hot. At first, I expected they would try for a few rows before calling it quits at the balloon station. But they were determined to finish and kept going.
Towards the finish, Jake asked “What do we get at the end?”.
Immediately I answered, “Popsicles!”, assuming he needed an extra boost of motivation.
Jake replied “No, what do YOU get at the end?”.
I said, “We are helping people who are sick.”
Jake was thoughtful. “Like the little boy here who is bald?”.
I said, “Yes, people like him.”
Jake said, “Well, that’s why I do this too.” And he picked up the pace.
As a parent, I sometimes get “put in my place” when my children challenge my preconceived notion of what they can do. This was one of those times – and one of my proudest moments as a mom and cancer survivor.