Friends,
I do not usually make my blog posts about anyone else, however, my friend Diana Hassel sent this e-mail to me today and it touched me in such a way that I thought I would share it.

Dear friends, family, colleagues, and all others who have somehow become a part of my e-mail contact list ,
First, thanks in advance for reading this…mass e-mails aren’t always exciting, BUT THIS ONE IS, so keep reading… On Saturday, October 11th, I’m returning to the big island of Hawaii to compete in the Ironman Hawaii World Championship Triathlon (2.4 mile swim + 112 mile bike + 26.2 mile run). As I did in 2005, I’m racing with a special purpose to add much more meaning to the 18-20 hours of training per week that I sneaked in while working 60+ hours per week this summer in the clinic. (In case you are wondering…yes, finding the time to train was nearly as challenging as the race will be!). My goal is to raise as much money as possible via my wonderful friends and family to support ovarian cancer research at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in honor and memory of my friend Sue Robinson, a former Ironman triathlete, who succumbed to ovarian cancer on September 6, 2006. Please watch this short video that a friend put together for me that gives you a snapshot of the kind of person Sue was and what she went through: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-05Q_AsrY88In addition to raising money for charity, I would like Sue to always be remembered and for her message to “Live every day as if your life was a gift,” to be eternally perpetuated in our everyday lives. I chose the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center as the recipient of my fundraising efforts because they are on the cutting edge when it comes to integrating basic research with clinical trials, and as a scientist myself, I know this is the best way to make a positive progress toward combating disease. They were also great to work with for Sue and her family when she was battling her disease. All donations will be directed solely toward ovarian cancer research and education. Please consider supporting me with my goal of raising a minimum of $5000 for MSKCC via the Janus Charity Challenge. If my fundraising is successful, Janus will provide some matching funds ($750), and the more money I raise, the more they will donate! Consider a small donation, or even better, a large one ! It’s all tax deductible as MSKCC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. I realize these are tough times to make donations, but every little bit helps! I’ll only be collecting donations from now through October 6th via the Janus Charity Challenge web site, so if you plan to support my efforts, please do so soon: https://www.kintera.org/faf/donorreg/donorpledge.asp?ievent=263050&supID=87443991If you prefer not to make online donations, you may send a check payable to MSKCC to my address: 1621 Charleston Way, Fort Collins CO 80526. I would appreciate it if you could forward this message on to those you know who might be willing to help in the battle against ovarian cancer. If you wish to follow my progress on race day (Oct 4), tune in to www.ironmanlive.com and you can see how I’m doing every time I cross over a timing mat. I’ll be racing as a new addition to the W40-44 age group, and my coaches, Luis Vargas and Mark Allen, have prepared me well for race day. Now all I need is my guardian angel, Sue, working in cohorts with Madame Pele and a little luck! Okay…so maybe this e-mail wasn’t as exciting as promised…but thanks for reading it anyway!

All the best,
Diana