We hope this email finds you healthy and happy. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we hope that you will be able to see the many reasons we have to be grateful. While the economy has been at a real down-turn for the last several years, we still enjoy prosperity that other third-world countries only dream of. Many men and women have given their lives for our freedoms, and we need to remember to show our gratitude through our actions.
The Hess Cancer Foundation has had a year that was filled with events. We were able to help two families in need; the Beltran-Pelaez family from Utah as well as the Ortuno family from New York (http://hesscancer.org/kids-helped/) . We have also had our share of cancer. As many of you know, my family has been diagnosed with a rare syndrome that makes those of us who have it much more susceptible to cancer, and I am one of the carriers. In September of 2010 I was diagnosed with a massive tumor in my chest, which was surgically removed. This past January it came back, and I went through 4 months of chemotherapy as well as 6 weeks of radiation. On July 13, my younger sister Angie was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She also had major surgery, has recovered, and is doing very well. The following week my 12-year old son Dallin was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in his left shin. For several months now, the doctors have been treating him with chemotherapy. He also had major surgery on October 11, where the doctors amputated his left leg at the knee. He has also been doing amazingly well since his surgery and he’s learned to navigate very well on his crutches. He has been such an inspiration to me through his courage and positive mental attitude, and I’m honored to be his father.
Dallin has two aunts that decided they would like to help us pay for his prosthetic leg by hosting a race. THIS EVENT IS NOT BENEFITING THE HESS CANCER FOUNDATION, but I wanted to let you all know about it anyway, in an effort to help my son. This coming Saturday at 8:00 AM, they are hosting the “Dash for Dallin”, which is a 5K run as well as a 1-mile fun run. The race will start and finish at the Davis High School in Kaysville, Utah, which is at 325 South Main Street in Kaysville. You can register at the high school the morning of the event, or you can also register online at http://www.active.com/running/kaysville-ut/dash-for-dallin-2011. All of the proceeds of this event will be used to help Dallin with his prosthetic leg. We hope you will join us for this event.
Thank you all the support you have given the Hess Cancer Foundation! We appreciate it, as do the many families we have been able to help.
Take care and God bless,
Hess Cancer Foundation