my name is Sean Thomson. I, along with friends John Adamski and John McBride, have chosen to run 100 miles in 24 hours in an effort to raise money for two very special women. The first John Adamski’s late mother in law, Joann Brunkel. The second is my sister in law Natalie Tigyer, who is currently battling breast CA.
Natalie was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of invasive ductal carcinoma of her left breast. To our disbelief Natalie was almost immediately denied by her insurance company for a few of her diagnostic tests recommended by her oncologist. First was a PET scan used to determine if the cancer had spread anywhere else. She chose, like many others I’m sure, to pay out of pocket in an attempt to alleviate some of the emotional stress attached to any diagnosis of this type. It’s devastating to imagine adding this additional financial burden to any individual fighting any type of cancer diagnosis. Shortly after meeting her deductible, Natalie was made aware that she will now be responsible for 30% of all medical tests, procedures, chemotherapy, hormone therapy and any complications that may arise. Fortunately, with the help of so many kind, caring individuals who have also fought this battle a payment plan option has been made available to her.
I immediately felt the urge to help in any way I could to relieve some of this burden, for Natalie and any other families who may not be able to afford the cost of medical bills. We decided running 100 miles in 24 hours would be our approach to attempt to raise this money. Challenging our bodies physically in a way that cancer and treatment does to so many. Emotionally putting ourselves to the test. Never backing down on the bad miles (days) and continuing to press forward toward the end goal…100 miles or completion of treatment/remission. This 100 mile challenge feels like merely a fraction of what Natalie and so many other go through on a daily basis during treatment. But the one thing we have in common is that getting through this is the only option…one day/mile at a time until the journey is complete.
We will be running ten 10 mile loops and will be offering running slots every 10 miles. All loops will begin and end at No Limit Gym every two hours. This will allow individuals who signed up to join us at any point in the 24 hour period.