The following is a story from LIVESTRONG Challenge Fundraising Mentor, Blaine Mauldin. Join Blaine at the 2012 LIVESTRONG Challenge in Davis on June 24th. Can’t make it to Davis? There are many events you can take part in with Team LIVESTRONG. Go to www.teamlivestrong.org to learn more about our run, walk, ride and tri events.
This past January, after a final physical, blood test and CT scan, my oncologist looked up from my file and said, “Just as I expected Blaine, you are now cured of your cancer”. Thanks to LIVESTRONG, I am better than cured, and am as physically and mentally healthy as I have ever been. Although my personal encounter with the disease is over, the greater batter against cancer rages on, and I will continue to fight.
At 25 years of age after a week of on and off pain, I went to the ER and was told I had a 95% chance of having cancer. After seeing a specialist, I found out I had testicular cancer and needed surgery the next day. The cancer had already spread and after the surgery I had an intense 9 week cycle of treatment. Thankfully in early February of 2007, I started remission.
I am indebted to LIVESTRONG for all the support they provided me from the day I was diagnosed with cancer, throughout my treatment and now into my remission and survivorship. For me, the hardest day of my cancer experience was my final day of treatment…Now what? Thankfully, shortly after that, the LIVESTRONG Challenge series came to San Jose where I road my first century and collected my inaugural survivors yellow rose. Later this month at the Davis LIVESTRONG Challenge, I will collect my 11th survivor yellow rose!
Being a LIVESTRONG Fundraising Mentor has been an incredible opportunity and experience for me. In 2008, I was the one getting tips on asking for donations and needed some advice when it came to fundraising. Now I am able to pay all of this forward by supporting LIVESTRONG Challenge participants as they prepare for their event. It has also rejuvenated my passion for fundraising in support of LIVESTRONG and reminded me why it is so important.
Margaret Mead said, “A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”. This defines my outlook when it comes to the affiliation I have with LIVESTRONG: I know I can’t cure cancer, or raise enough money to do so, but if I surround myself with like-minded people dedicated to the cause of improving the lives of those it affects, we will change the role that cancer plays in the world we live.