For our mothers, brothers, aunts, friends, those we love affected by cancer.
Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer is such an awesome platform to help other people while doing what I love. It's an amazing to think about all the people we helped with this event. Whether it be a friend or family member, I think every person has been affected by cancer. My great-grandmother and my grandmother are both strong breast cancer survivors. We have seen the amazing strides that have been made in cancer treatment, so I SK8 for more effective treatments and cures. I SK8 with the hope that my mom never has to follow in the breast-cancer footsteps of the women in my family. I SK8 so that, someday, cancer will no longer tear families apart. I SK8 for a day when cancer becomes undeadly and unscary. I SK8 to Elimin8 Cancer!
I skate for my daycare provider who was diagnosed when I was 4. I skate for my friend who I lost when we were 12. I skate for my dad who is currently fighting. I skate for everyone else who is affected by this horrible disease. Skating lets me help them by doing the thing I love the most, even though I am only 15 years old. Hosting a Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer fundraiser has opened my eyes. The more people I speak to, the more it seems like everyone is touched by this nightmare. People who I had known for years opened up about their experiences. Strangers told me their stories. I was inspired. I was encouraged. I want to spread that feeling as much as I can. The feeling that one day we will cure this disease. I skate because I care. I skate for a cure.
I Sk8 in memory of my grandfather and a close friend’s mother who both passed away due to cancer and to honor my mom who was a breast cancer survivor. I am so happy to be able to raise funds for important cancer research by Sk8ing to Elimin8 cancer.
Cancer has affected so many of my family and friends. I lost my dad, my mother-in-law, my brother-in-law (at the age of only 52!), and 2 very close friends (both barely 60 years old) to this awful disease. I also know 4 people currently undergoing treatment for cancer. There is only so long that you can sit back and do nothing! I am a research scientist, so I know the importance of medical research in helping us understand and treat diseases such as cancer, and that to do this research takes a lot of $. That's why I Sk8. To help raise as much $ as I can for cancer research in memory of those I have lost and in honor of the ones currently battling the disease.
When David, a long-time club member and husband of Emily, a founding member of the Philly Spirit Synchronized Skating team, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, we were struggling with how to support them. We all started sharing stories about how this awful disease has affected us personally, the people we have lost and others we know also currently battling the disease. This is why Team Philly Spirit will Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer.
“We Sk8 to Elimin8 and knockout cancer!!”
We Sk8 for two courageous fellow adult skaters who are currently fighting their own battles with cancer, yet continue to skate, compete and dedicate themselves to the ice, all with a smile, despite what they are dealing with. They are inspirations to us all!
Like most baby boomers, my husband, David, looked forward to
retirement after working all his life and setting aside money to fund what we both expected would be a long and happy time of travel and relaxation. Our next big adventure was a photo safari to Botswana. So, when he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer just 4 weeks after his last day of work, it was devastating news. Since the end of April, he's undergone 4 rounds of chemo, has ended up with three different health issues that resulted in three hospitalizations of between three and ten days in length, and is now taking over a dozen different medications to manage his symptoms. We are both so grateful for all the advances in cancer care that researchers have discovered in the past few decades, because we KNOW that without that information, his survival to see this event would probably have been extremely unlikely! I sk8 for David, and for the dozens of others in my life, some of whom survived, and many of whom did not, that cancer has impacted, in the hope that continuing research while allow even more people to survive and thrive in spite of a cancer diagnosis.
I skate because it helps me express my artistic ability in a strong and beautiful way. In the past two years, I was involved in hosting a Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer event it helped me interact with skaters that I would have never had the opportunity to skate with, these skates come from all over the US, Canada, Japan, and the UK. These skaters have been effected by cancer in many ways. These events that I have been involved in and the support from the community of skaters has been overwhelming.
I skate for my aunt Beth that has passed away two years ago from Clear Cell Sarcoma.
I skate for my aunt Beth’s sons and husband for losing their mother so soon
I skate for my grandfather who passed away from Leukemia
I skate for my coach Amber who is a survivor
I skate for all the skaters and their families who were involved in the sk8 to elimin8 cancer event in Troy Michigan
I skate for the Scott Hamilton CARES foundation for allowing me to participate in this fight for a cure
I Sk8 for my sister Christine who died tragically from cancer 4 years ago, at the age of 57. Chris was such an important source of love, support and strength to me on my journey to become an Olympic and World Competitor. Upon learning of her declining health, my sons' and I made a desperate overnight drive from Philadelphia to Toronto to say goodbye. I Sk8 because no one should have to experience the anguish that we did when upon arrival we learned that we were a couple of hours too late. We need to find a way to beat this disease.