Friday, April 23, 2010

Colon Cancer Foundation Donation Letter

Dear Friends and Family:


On July 27, 2010 at 8:00 am, Jeff, Kevin and David Moore will begin a 340 mile paddling race down the Missouri River that will start in Kansas City and end in St. Charles. Under the team name “3 Dudes In A Canoe” we will be taking part in the 5th annual “MR 340” in which over 330 boats will be making their way downstream in a test of mental, physical and emotional strength. We will be supported on the ground by our dad, David, and his brother, Steve, who will provide us the necessary resupplies as we make our way to each of the nine checkpoints. Our Wenonah Minnesota III canoe, aptly named the Kathy Lou, has already logged over 100 miles in training sessions on the Meramec River but, in the months to come, will log hundreds of additional miles as the “3 Dudes” build strength and competence as river travelers.
We have decided to participate in this race as a tribute to our late mother, Kathy Moore, and her battle with colon cancer. Kathy was first diagnosed with colon cancer in 2005. Following surgery and a long chemotherapy program, mom was thought to be free of cancer. However, one year later, she was again diagnosed with colon cancer and quickly began a new round of treatment that proved to be ineffective against the aggressive disease. Mom died June 30, 2007 and is survived by her husband of 32 years, three sons, one daughter-in-law and two beautiful granddaughters.
The 3 Dudes have teamed up with the Susan Cohan Kasdas Colon Cancer Foundation to help raise money for colon cancer awareness and research. “Susie’s Cause” was founded as a way to help stop this disease from affecting more families. As the second leading cause of cancer death, colon cancer incidents can be drastically reduced through early detection screenings. It is our mission to further Susie’s Cause.
Over the months of training, we have been documenting our experience through various social media outlets. The most in-depth source can be found at our blog, http://3dudesinacanoe.org, where we have posted pictures and videos of the training events. This outlet has allowed us to establish a networking base through which we can get the colon cancer screening message out. This site can be used by all to monitor our progress during our training as well as during the race.
We are asking our friends and family to help us raise money through the Susan Cohan Kasdas Colon Cancer Foundation in memory of our beloved mother Kathy Moore. This can be accomplished simply by clicking the link and providing your information on their secured donation page. Please use the “In Memory” function so that we can track the total amount raised for this event.
It is through this challenging event that we pay tribute to our late mother and help educate others in the fight against this preventable yet deadly disease. A donation towards prevention education is an investment in helping to save a loved one or yourself. While those of us who knew Kathy have already suffered and continue to suffer her loss, being able to save others from this hardship is absolutely worth the blisters and sore muscles we will endure in our epic adventure. So, as we paddle along this race and through our daily lives, we will always remember how lucky we were to have had a mother like Kathy and how fortunate we are to have such overwhelmingly supportive friends and family.

Sincerely,

3 Dudes: Jeff, Kevin and David Moore