As of this date, donations of $1,250.00 have been made to kidney cancer research for the Buenos Aires, Argentina marathon, my 9th worldwide marathon and 5th continent, that I will be running on November 4, 2007. With these latest donations we are now only $675.00 away from reaching the total raised of $50,000.00 ˝ the halfway point of the mission to raise $100,000.00 for kidney cancer research in memory of my brother John. With your continued help and support I am very confident that we will meet this years goal to raise $10,000.00 for kidney cancer research by December 31, 2007.
I have finally recovered from the hamstring that I pulled at the Bangkok, Thailand marathon last November and have started running again. During the month of June I will get back in shape to prepare for the start of my 17-week [750 miles] Buenos Aires marathon-training program, which will start on July 1ST. If you know anyone from the US that will be running the 2007 Buenos Aires marathon I would greatly appreciate it if you would have them get in touch with me at email@example.com
Check out this months Buenos Aires, Argentina update and my answer to another question. I hope you enjoy reading the June Newsletter and would greatly appreciate it if you would pass it on to your family and friends.
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Worldwide Marathons for kidney cancer research was founded in 1999 with the mission to raise $100,000.00 by December 31, 2008, for kidney cancer research at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts by running worldwide marathons on 6 continents.
The 2007 donations of $1,250.00 bring the 9-year total raised for kidney cancer research to $49,325.00 towards the mission of raising $100,000.00 by December 31, 2008. 100% of the money raised to date went directly to kidney cancer research at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts in memory of my brother and best friend John who lost his battle with kidney cancer on February 27, 1999. Over the last 9 years donations have been received from people living in 19 US States and 1 foreign country.
If you have already donated, thank you, if you have not donated I would be honored to have you join the hundreds of people who have made donations to support my efforts to raise money for kidney cancer research. If your company has a Matching Gifts Program I would greatly appreciate your using the Program to help in the fight against kidney cancer. To ensure that 100% of all donations goes to kidney cancer research I pay all of the expenses [Airfare, Hotel, Stamps, Supplies, etc] and do all of the work myself.
Click here to make a secure donation by Credit Card today. To ensure that 100% of credit card donations go to kidney cancer research I will write a personal check to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center that will cover the credit card fees for all donations made on line. Your generous tax-deductible donation will go to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Biologic Therapy Research Program and will be placed in the Dr. Michael Atkins Kidney Cancer research fund in memory of John Rebello. The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centers Tax ID# is 042-103-881.
The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center [BIDMC] kidney cancer research efforts are being led by Dr. Michael B. Atkins, M.D. He is a cancer clinical investigator and is internationally recognized for his research in renal cancer. Dr. Atkins has led
some of the pivotal clinical trials that have influenced the current treatment of patients with renal cancer. The goal of Dr. Atkins kidney cancer research is to translate basic science discoveries into better detection and therapies for individuals stricken with kidney cancer and to ultimately find a cure. To learn more about Doctor Michael B. Atkins and his kidney cancer research efforts please click here.
Buenos Aires is home to over 300 theaters, 100 plus art galleries, at least 70 museums and hundreds of bookstores. Furthermore there are 50 magazines and 12 daily newspapers. Night has a strong hold on the people of Buenos Aires. - the general public mills about Corrientas street ˝ ýthe street that never sleepsţ which has many theaters, tango, landmarks, cinema, cafes, and pizzerias.
The people of Buenos Aires are known as Portenos (ýpeople of the portţ), acknowledging the historical importance of the port in the development of the city and the nation. Most Portenos have European origins, with Spanish and Italian descent being the most common, mainly from the Galician, Ligurian, Piedmont, Lombardy, and Neopolitan regions of Italy. Other European origins include German, Portuguese, Polish, Irish, French, Croatian, English, and Welsh. People living in the Buenos Aires province, outside the city, are called Bonaerenses (something like ýpeople of the fair windsţ).
Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and has an estimated population of 2,776,000 inhabitants. It is located on the southern shore of the Rio de la Plata on the southeastern coast of the South American continent. Buenos Aires [English: ýFair Windţ] was originally called ýCity of the most Holy Trinity and Port of Saint Mary of the Fair Windsţ. Strongly influenced by European culture Buenos Aires is sometimes referred to as the ýParis of South Americaţ. Spanish is the main language but English is widely well spoken. It is the financial, industrial, commercial, and cultural hub of Argentina and its port is one of the busiest in the world. The University of Buenos Aires, one of the top learning institutions in South America, has produced five Nobel Prize winners and provides free education for students from all around the world. Football is a passion for Argentines ˝ Buenos Aires has the highest concentration of football teams of any city in the world.
Over the years that I have been running my worldwide marathons people have asked me a number of questions ˝ what follows are some of the questions and my answers.
Which one of my worldwide marathons had the worst weather to run the marathon in?
No Contest ˝ it was the Dublin, Ireland marathon that I finished on October 30, 2000. The weather was so bad that 2 days after the race I became very ill ˝ turned out to be Walking Pneumonia. The marathon started out cool with a light breeze and a very light drizzle but after 8 miles into the race the weather got pretty nasty. At mile 8 I was now running into strong winds with a steady and cold rain, which made it very difficult to run. The weather did not clear up until mile 24 when the rain stopped and the sun started to come out. Every one of my worldwide marathons has been an ýAdventureţ because you never know what will happen during the marathon [Illness, injury, weather, etc.] that could effect your marathon finish time. Dublin had the worst weather I have ever run in, yet I finished in a time of 4 hours and 9 minutes, my second best marathon finish time-you just never know what will happen during a marathon. The photo is of me running in the Dublin marathon rain, wind, and cold.
How many days before the marathon do I arrive in the foreign country?
Having finished marathons in 7 foreign countries experience has shown me that to be prepared to finish the marathon I need to arrive in the country 4 days prior to the marathon. The extra 4 days allows my 70 year old body to recover from the long flight [minimum of 13 hours], and to adjust to the time difference. For the flight, I wear loose fitting/comfortable clothing, get an aisle seat so that I can easily get up to walk and stretch, drink a lot of water, wear special flight socks that help with blood circulation and to prevent tired, swollen, and aching legs. I also always carry my race gear in my carry-on luggage.
How many marathons have I finished to date and what is my schedule for future marathons?
As of this date I have finished 8 worldwide marathons on 4 continents ˝ US, Ireland, France, Monaco, Hungary, Switzerland, Australia, and Thailand. The schedule for my remaining marathons is:
- 2007: Buenos Aires, Argentina - November 4th
- 2008: Cape town, South Africa
- 2009: Boston Marathon ˝ April 13th
* At the ýyoung age of 72ţ Boston is where I will end my worldwide marathons for kidney cancer research. Stay tuned - my many friends in the Boston area and I will be making this into a great fundraising event.
How do I select the countries where I will run my worldwide marathons?
The country must be in a continent that I need to finish a marathon to meet my mission of 6 continents by 2008. The majority of the inputs from people who have previously run the marathon are positive and they recommend the marathon. The marathon has to have been running for at least 5 years, in the August to November timeframe, and has a professional race management team with dedicated volunteers.
What information do I have about the Buenos Aires marathon?
The Buenos Aires marathon has been held since 1998 - the race is small, 2,000 to 3,000+ runners, and last year there were 100 runners from the US. The course is flat and panoramic you visit all of the areas of Buenos Aires. It is a good time of year to run a marathon [Spring] and a great city to visit. The friendly, but sparse, spectators along the route shout ýSi se puedoţ [it is possible].
Do I run with a Running Group?
I consider myself very fortunate because I have had the privilege to run with two great running groups over the last 12 years. Prior to moving to San Diego from Lexington, Massachusetts I ran with a great running group ˝ ýthe Concord Runnersţ, led by Bob Hall. We would meet every Saturday morning, rain, snow or shine, for our weekly run, through and around the beautiful Concord area, and then we would have Breakfast ˝ the Concord Runners have been in place for over 25 years. Now I run with another great group of runners from the San Diego area ˝ ýthe Running Groupţ, led by Greg White. [www.runwithgreg.com] We meet every Saturday and do our runs in the many scenic, and sometimes challenging locations, around San Diego and after the run we have Breakfast.
Listed below are my corporate sponsors who have generously donated their ýbest in classţ products to help me meet my mission. Without their generous support it would be very difficult for me to continue my mission.
Have a great day,