Thank you so much for visiting my fundraising page. The Kasey Obarski Memorial Invitational is a special golf tournament because it is an annual effort to help raise funds to cure and defeat cancer. Each year, we partner with the V Foundation for Cancer Research, an organization whose mission is to declare victory over cancer. Curing cancer is something I'm deeply passionate about. The research the V Foundation funds is critical. By making a donation, you will be supporting cutting-edge research nationwide for all cancer types. You will be saving lives. Get involved today - help me make a difference!
Please allow me to share with you my passion for this wonderful foundation, how close cancer has hit my family, how Kasey Obarski's story hits close to home for me, and why I think you should get involved.
Laugh, Think, Cry
If you have yet to watch Jimmy V's ESPY's speech, please do yourself a favor and take 10 minutes to watch it. Trust me, the investment is worth the return. For my family and friends unfamiliar with Jim Valvano , aka "Jimmy V," he was a beloved national champion basketball coach who died of cancer at 46. He was a colorful Italian American from New York who was quite the character. Of the many, many takeaways from this speech, Valvano's idea of a fulfilling day at the 2:25 mark is simplistic yet brilliant.
1) "You should laugh every day."
2) "You should think. Spend some time in thought."
3) "You should have your emotions move to tears - it could be happiness or not."
In true paesano fashion, Valvano followed with, "If you laugh, you think, and you cry, hey that's one helluva day." This sticks with me every single day with any challenge I ever face in life. It's relatable to everyone and everything. My wife chuckles at me everytime I say it at home. It sounds silly, but trust me, it's real.
Sometimes, maybe all of the time, we need to get off of our computers, phones, and tablets to simply laugh, think, and cry with one another as we go through life. Perhaps it may help someone battling some type of cancer somewhere. Perhaps it may simply help us connect more within ourselves or with those that we care about. Either way, that's a win, right?!
Something to Globally Unite Us
Cancer finds us no matter our age, ethnicity, location, religion, sex, wealth, etc. If your family has not yet been directly affected by cancer, consider yourselves very fortunate.
My family is no stranger to cancer. We're far from buddies or pals. Four members of my more immediate familial hierarchy, you know, that chart you fill out when you go to the doctor, check the cancer box. My wife has to check some of those same boxes on those forms. We both have additional relatives who have faced cancer head on. For the most part, we're fortunate enough to celebrate cancer survivors. We know not every family is that lucky.
Advancing Treatments for Pancreatic Cancer
When I first learned of Kasey Obarski's diagnosis, I reached out to Kevin to offer my support for him and his family. Kevin isn't just a boss or a mentor, he is a friend. I couldn't begin to imagine the conversations between Kevin and Kasey as husband and wife and then those between them and their girls as parents. I shared with Kevin the connection I had to the same disease and that my mother served as her own mother's caretaker. I offered any support from the Perkins family we could provide.
My maternal grandmother succombed to pancreatic cancer when I was just three. Pancreatic cancer robbed my brothers and me of the opportunity to build memories with their grandmother. I do have the stories from my mom and other relatives. Among the many things I learned about Ida Marinucci (MaMa), she was incredibly compassionate and charitable in her time and money. One of her finer achievements included fundraising and eventual construction of a suburban Maryland hospital prior to her falling sick. MaMa died far too young at 56. Her spirit lives on with me each and every year that we raise funds for the V.
While pancreatic cancer treatments are vastly advanced from 30 years ago, they're not to the point where they could be in terms of saving lives. It needs to change. That starts with fundraising efforts that can go top researchers working to save lives. There must be a cure for this awful disease.
Why You Should Support the V
According to the American Cancer Society nearly 1.7 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. alone. Another 600,000 people in the U.S. will die of cancer this year. Cancer rates are estimated to be 20% higher in men than women, while the death rate is predicted to be up 40%. We MUST get a grip on cancer. There needs to be a cure.
If you stiil need reasons:
1) 100% of the funds donated to the V Foundation go to cancer research.
2) You are paying it forward - you or someone you love will be touched by cancer in your lifetime. Start helping problem solve now.