MAY 4 – Angiosarcoma Awareness 5K Road Race and Walk – Troy, Michigan

PLEASE COME OUT AND JOIN US ON MAY 4

event photo

Event Website: www.TroyASA5K.org

The event begins/ends at Troy Athens High School on May 4, 2013. Registration begins at 730am, and the race will begin at 900am. The event will have many raffle prizes, catering, post-race massages, kids activities, and much more. It promises to be a very successful event! Near or far, there are many ways you can help if you have time. I apologize for the extreme short notice, but we wanted to plan this event at the same time as the same race in Oxford, MA on May 4. Next year’s success relies heavily on how we do this year!

To register for the event:
http://www.troyasa5k.org/register.html

To volunteer for the event:
http://www.troyasa5k.org/volunteer-form.html

To request an event packet to pass around (flyers/brochures free of charge):
http://www.troyasa5k.org/flyers-forms.html

We need sponsors if you have any companies that are interested:
http://www.troyasa5k.org/sponsorship-form.html

Whether you can make it or not, you can participate near or far by filling out a pledge sheet! The highest earner wins a $300 Meijer Gift Card.
Pledge sheet:
http://www.troyasa5k.org/images/forms/pledge_sheet.pdf

We have a donated gift worth over $800 from Grand Traverse Balloons! The prize is open to everyone, and you do NOT need to be present to win this. It’s a hot air balloon ride over Grand Traverse Bay and the vineyards. It’s a package for TWO.
Just buy a square(s) for a chance to win! To purchase Balloon Board squares:
http://www.troyasa5k.org/balloon-board.html

For out of town guests traveling in, we have an amazing deal with our HOST hotel, Hawthorn Suites.
$79.00 Nightly Group Rate for a Studio Suite
$109.00 Nightly Group Rate for a Penthouse Suite
To make your reservations, please contact the hotel direct by calling
248-689-6856 and refer to the ASA 5K Road Race & Walk Group Block.
For more information, please visit: http://www.troyasa5k.org/hotel.html

Registrations will be taken the day of also, and we will have the ability to accept cash, check and CC at the event (for registration, pledges, and raffle tickets). I want this to be as stress-free, fun and inspiring as it possibly can, but I cannot do this without your help in advocating and spreading the word. You have done SO much for my family and me, and I want to show you I can pay it forward.

When given time, you go through stages with such a journey. There is no correct order or recommended procedures; you just take them as you go. One thing that happens is you want to better yourself and the good of the world. You want to do this by living out a dream to help those in the future who may be affected by your current situation. With something as rare as angiosarcoma, it can only happen through self-advocacy and a patient lead movement. My passion and drive to help began with our weekend at Bluebird, and it has grown ever since. You research, study, and try to figure out where you can fit in and where to help. However, most often it turns into a dead end because of the amount of hard work, dedication, sweat, and determination it takes to do something so grand with limited resources.

Fortunately, the ground work has already been laid by two women, whom are now very good friends of mine. They are Lauren Ryan and Corrie Painter. Like me, they too battle angiosarcoma. Like me, they want to move mountains and are doing just that. If you do not recognize these names, I promise you that you will in time. They co-founded Angiosarcoma Awareness, Inc, (www.cureasc.org) and have grown it into a resourceful, insightful, and, most importantly, research oriented non-profit organization towards defeating angiosarcoma. Make no mistake, without their hard work, I would not be where I am today; I would not have the healthcare team I have; I would not have the extensive knowledge I have on angiosarcoma; and I would not be able to fight back like I am. Passion does not convey my feeling about Angiosarcoma Awareness. It is a cause and movement that is very near and dear to my heart; to all of our hearts who have fought so long and hard on this journey.

With all this said, it leads me in to the core of this email. The organization is the pathfinder, and I want to help out whenever and wherever I can. Through the help of an AMAZING amount of people; through many hours of phone calls and going door-to-door, we have organized an Angiosarcoma Awareness 5K Road Race and Walk in Troy, Michigan on May 4. The event website is www.TroyASA5K.org. As of this writing, in a little over 1.5 weeks, we have 140 registered racers/walkers, 10 sponsors, 20 volunteers, and have raised almost $6,000. Our event has been published in the Oakland Press, Macomb Daily, Daily Tribune, Troy Times, Troy Patch, and is throughout many online circulations. To me, that is inspiration and a cause worth supporting!

It’s important for you all to know that your prayers, continued generosity, and support are not in vain. Life goes on, and I want to show you all how much your love and support mean to me by trying to give back while I still have fight left in me. With that said, I ask you to please let all you know about our event. This event is NOT for my family’s benefit; rather, it is to benefit all of us fighting angiosarcoma. It is for a registered non-profit and 100% of proceeds to directly to funding research on angiosarcoma. All donations are tax deductible. Please help us spread the word; please let all you know about this event.

I hope to see many, if not all, of you at this event. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns.

Love always,

Ryan
517 242 8146

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