JT Norton's Pan Florida Ride Page
Cancer touches nearly everyone.
I’m going to do something about it and I need your help. I have registered for the Pan-Florida Challenge Cancer Ride March 2021 and have committed to raising money to distribute nutritious cancer fighting food to hungry kids, to fund cancer prevention research, and to support cancer patients and their families.
My Pan Florida Challenge Cancer ride will be dedicated to Edith "MA" Blaine and Barbara Connors.
Edith "MA" Blaine: (my x-wife's mom, but she will always be my mother-in-law} I'm an artist, and MA was one of the first people to ever asked me to draw something for her. She cherished the several drawings I gave her and would brag on me/them every chance she got. She kept them in her office at work and then next to her computer later when she would begin her fight. The couple times she moved, it was always the first thing she would hang up. Ma was a wonderful person and fought the battle for several years, but I will add that my X wife and her big sister did a fantastic job being there for her. It's people like Kellie and Fran that I hope to help with my ride and our contribution.
Aunt Barbara Connors. She was that aunt that would look after the kids and would not tell your mom when you did something stupid growing up. She was tough and did not take crap from anyone but made sure her house was safe for us to come and have fun. She would let the local kids hang out at her home to not run around the neighborhood like a bunch of crazy people. She was there for my mom and us when we needed her, and we all miss her very much.
Pan-Florida Challenge has long known that hunger greatly affects a child's performance and behavior in school. Studies also show that lack of nutrition or bad nutrition can drastically affect many aspects of health, including the risk of developing diseases like cancer. Pan-Florida Challenge recently expanded their mission to include cancer prevention so that even more people can be helped.
Consider these facts:
- According to the World Health Organization, maintaining a healthy diet and increasing physical activity is an important approach to cancer control.
- A cancer diagnosis can place undue financial burdens on patients and their families. Many patients and family care-givers need to alter their employment status, resulting in potential lost income and loss of insurance coverage.
- According to CancerCare, 70% of patients reported financial hardships because of cancer-related expenses. 50% of patients cut back on grocery expenses because they couldn't afford to buy food and pay for treatments.
- In just five years, Pan-Florida Challenge has provided over 6 million meals to hungry children, providing healthy building blocks for their future.
This March, I will join hundreds of other riders who are all committed to fighting cancer. I will endure physical pain so I can help those in our community who need it the most. Just $25 will provide nutritious cancer fighting foods to a hungry child for a month. $100 will pay the electric bill of a cancer patient who is struggling to make ends meet. Gifts of all sizes will support research and education at partner organizations including Moffitt Cancer Center, Cancer Alliance of Naples, and She Will Fight. Whatever you can give will help - it all adds up!
We can fight this - together. I thank you, and thousands of people in need will thank you, too.
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