Yes. I will be walking 52.4 miles on Saturday September 11th, 2010.
A little bit of background first. Just over 3 years ago a close friend, Rich Haskins was diagnosed with Leukemia. He is an incredible father, businessmen, husband, and friend. He took the news stoically and started to rally together Rich’s Road Crew. The crew put together a modest 20 walkers in 2008.
Rich’s Road Crew has grown tremendously over the last 3 years, in regards to # of walkers, total $ raised, total contributors and # of pacesetters. The Crew is on pace for raising more than $60K. Rich, his wife Susan and another fearless fundraiser, John Esler, were invited to help make the 2010 Jimmy Fund television commercial.
And well… it is that time of year again. For the 3rd year running Rich's Road Crew is hitting the pavement for ALL of the right reasons. In 2009, I made the decision to publicly acknowledge all of these events with colleagues at EMC, our customers, and partners alike. I honestly did not know what the reaction would be…I was nervous about mixing my personal life with my professional life. Holy Smokes!!! The amount of support received has been truly amazing and since then I have come to learn that many of you also donate on behalf of a family member, a work colleague, or a personal friend.
If you are unfamiliar with the event, many supporters donate on behalf of a specific loved one. Last year I was able to fit all of the names that were passed to me on my t-Shirt prior to the walk and I would like to thank you for the honor of walking on their behalf.
So how did I decide to walk 52.4 this year? Well…. I walked 13.1 miles in 2008 & 26.2 miles in 2009. As it turns out, there is a historical granite marker on an old postal route that says “48 miles to Boston” near Rich’s house. During the 2009 walk some of us on the Crew (thanks a lot Denise) came up with the idea of doubling the mileage again.
While the money is certainly a critical component of the fight (by the way more than 88% of the money raised goes directly to fighting cancer via "unrestricted" funds.. if you don't know the significant of that ask me OR a friend because it gives very smart researchers at DFCI every edge possible to make impactful breakthroughs), but my favorite thing about the Jimmy Fund Walk is the emotional bond and spirit that the entire event embodies. And so 52 came up, and I think it stuck because it embodies not just a way to extend a goal, but also as a way to show commitment and willingness to support a friend. It all seems to fit… even if a bit wacky. So my goals this year are:
1) Walk 52.4 miles
2) Recruit 5 walkers (I need 3 more so come walk with us)
3) Raise $5,000 (currently at $3,500)
4) Lay the groundwork for EMC’s Community Involvement fund to match EMC funds (looking for an Executive Sponsor now).
2010 also brought two more reasons to walk. Another good friend started his chemo cocktails this summer and has a very bright outlook (Tuckerman’s post with GarryM), and another lost the fight this past August back in my native Southern California. She was a fellow high school alum (Corona Del Mar High School ‘92) and college alum (Claremont Mckenna College ‘96). She left an 18mo old daughter behind. It gave more reason to walk further.
So, Yes. I will be walking 52.4 miles.. and I will be leaving from Rich’s doorstep.
Thank you for all your support and Warmest Regards,
Travis T Grant
Donations can be made here: http://www.jimmyfundwalk.org/2010/ttgrant
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