Sunday, May 13, 2007

Why I Wear The Shirt


This past Fall my father was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Even at 37 it is very sobering to watch a parent become mortal. It was at this point I began training with Team in Training to run the ING half-marathon in his honor. My F*ck Cancer shirt drove me on the mornings when it was 20 degrees out and I did not want to get up to run. When faced with a long hill at the 11th mile, I just thought about my father and went at it.

In April, I ran the ING half-marathon wearing my shirt. It was such a boost when fellow racers and spectators would begin cheering loudly when they saw me coming. Cheers like "great shirt", "you said it" and "yeah, F*ck Cancer", kept me going when I needed it most.

The biggest boost came when I saw my father wearing his shirt at the end of mile 11.

Now I try to do a run every month and every time I wear my shirt to honor my father.

- Andy

2 comments:

Paul Mendez said...

I wear my F*@k Cancer shirt because that's exactly how I feel about it. My best friend's sister gave it to me as a gift, as well as to my best friend, Andy. Usually I would have a problem wearing a shirt with that kind of 'vulgarity' on it around different people I respected in my life, but I don't. These people don't seem to mind one bit either. I am 19 and am currently in my 26th month of fighting a tumor called a Synovial Sarcoma that metastasized to my lungs and other parts of my body. The past year imparticularly has been extremely rough and the doctor's have told me that there is basically nothing else medically they can do to improve my situation except to keep me comfortable until my time comes. This is why I wear the shirt, to bring smiles to other people's faces and to show how i truly feel about this terrible disease. I hope yall continue to fight hard and bring joy to other people with your shirts and possibly other merchandise that may come out in the future. Stay Strong!

Paul Mendez said...

I wear my F*@k Cancer shirt because that's exactly how I feel about it. My best friend's sister gave it to me as a gift, as well as to my best friend, Andy. Usually I would have a problem wearing a shirt with that kind of 'vulgarity' on it around different people I respected in my life, but I don't. These people don't seem to mind one bit either. I am 19 and am currently in my 26th month of fighting a tumor called a Synovial Sarcoma that metastasized to my lungs and other parts of my body. The past year imparticularly has been extremely rough and the doctor's have told me that there is basically nothing else medically they can do to improve my situation except to keep me comfortable until my time comes. This is why I wear the shirt, to bring smiles to other people's faces and to show how i truly feel about this terrible disease. I hope yall continue to fight hard and bring joy to other people with your shirts and possibly other merchandise that may come out in the future. Stay Strong!