I’m Tri-ing to Cure Neuroblastoma
My name is Laura Gonzalez, I’m a mom of two, a certified chocoholic, and I’m training for my first triathlon. Most of you must be wondering if I’ve lost my mind, and yes, sometimes I wonder that myself! But mostly what runs through my mind while training is how incredibly fortunate I am to have the gift of my health. I’ve decided to complete this triathlon in order to honor those young people fighting for their own health, through the Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation.
A year ago October, my friend’s 8-month old son, Lorenzo (Enzo), was suddenly admitted into Children’s Hospital in San Diego. It was discovered that he had a large tumor in his abdominal area. He was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Enzo and his parents fought for 6 difficult months until his passing in April of 2004. Enzo is my honored teammate. I’m going to complete this race for him and those families who are struggling with the illness or loss of a child to neuroblastoma.
I am committed to raising $2,500 for the Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation. As many of you reading this know too well, it is a helpless feeling to watch someone suffer and to be completely powerless. This is my way of finally being able to do something to help.
The Spring Sprint Triathlon happens May 1, 2005 at South Shores Park near Sea World. It’s a 400m swim/9 mi bike/5K run. This is a significant milestone for me, one that I never dreamed I could achieve. Having known Enzo, and to know there are so many others in similar circumstances, is an incredibly powerful motivation.
Whatever you can give to further this cause will help. Please help me reach my goal! I have already been lucky enough to find several generous sponsors, including the Walk and Run running store in Bonita, CA and Opix Sports photography in San Diego for the donation of race photos.\