Welcome to Mike Gamache's 2013 ING NYC Marathon Page
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Mr. Michael Gamache
I've joined Team LIVESTRONG to be a part of the 2013 ING NYC Marathon. I am not only doing this to support my wife, Sarah, in her lifelong dream to run in this event, but to also support and raise funds for a cancer charity that is dear to my heart, LIVESTRONG.
My beloved father, Jim, fought and unfortunately lost his battle with Cancer several years ago. While in the hospital, he loved to see people wearing yellow LIVESTRONG bracelets as it offered him support and comfort that he wasn't alone in his fight. Myself, I have worn my yellow bracet without fail since 2005.
The money I raise will go to support programs and services, which inspire and empower people affected by cancer. If you or someone you know is diagnosed, these resources will help face the challenges of cancer, head on, and live life on your own terms. Livestrong.org/get-help
I am also one of the founders of Milkshake Day for Cancer (www.facebook.com/milkshakeday & www.milkshakeday.com)
Milkshake Day Description: Wherever you are in the world, all you have to do is go to your favorite ice cream shop and enjoy your favorite milkshake. Its that simple! Go by yourself, with your family, with your friends, whatever - the only requirement is to drink a milkshake! If you like the idea, tell your family and friends!!
History: My name is Mike and my Dad fought cancer for almost 4 years before it ultimately took him away from us. For him it started out as bladder cancer, but due to a few unfortunate turns in the road, it ended up spreading to his upper chest. At that time he was too weak for chemo, so his doctors tried to keep that tumor at bay with radiation, hoping that it would buy him some time. A result of the radiation was a terrible sore throat, so when he was ultimately sent home on hospice, all he really wanted to eat was ice cream and milkshakes - we figured "why not?" at least he was getting some calories! That particular summer was bittersweet, knowing that we were losing him, but the time we spent together was priceless. As part of our routine, we would get in the car and take him to various shops/stores that sold milkshakes, and he would rate them in order of his preference. He became a milkshake connoisseur! After he passed away, my family and I wanted to do something annually to celebrate his zest for life, and we came up with Milkshake Day.
Legacy: This started as a simple, personal tribute to someone we cared very deeply about, but over the years, more and more people have wanted to participate. For most, we're not looking for Milkshake Day to be a tribute to my Dad (as it is for us), rather we hope that on this day, everyone takes a moment, enjoys a milkshake, and just thinks about people they know and care about who have been affected by cancer. Perhaps someone personally dealing with this disease will be driving around that day and see someone else drinking a milkshake, and know that they are not alone. We hope Milkshake Day can be used as a personal tribute and that people affected can enjoy a few moments, wrapped in the support of people that care about them.Thank you!