This post is a first for our runner spotlight series. Jason Hanrahan was lucky enough to win the lottery! No, not that lottery – the NYC Marathon lottery. But just Jason started his marathon training, a close friend was diagnosed with colon cancer and Jason decided to run the NYC Marathon as a member of Team Colon Cancer Challenge. So while he may not be sitting on a life-changing pile of cash, he has chosen to change lives by raising cash for the Colon Cancer Foundation.
Here is Jason’s story.
To my luck, I was selected to run the 2017 New York City Marathon via the lottery. As I started training for the race, one of my best friends from high school, Eric Augur, started battling colon cancer.
At age 42, Eric went to the doctor for a standard physical since it had been two years since his last one. He had routine blood work, which showed he was severely anemic. The doctor was concerned and ordered a colonoscopy and an endoscopy. Shortly thereafter, they discovered a cancerous tumor in his descending colon. As he went in for pre-op scans before surgery, the scans revealed that the cancer had spread into his liver. Eric was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. He had to endure three months of chemo to shrink the tumors, surgery to remove 40% of his liver and colon, and endured setbacks that resulted in 20 days in the hospital. He is one of the toughest people I know!! I am HAPPY to report that at this point he is healthy enough to start his final three-month round of chemo to ensure they neutralize all the cancer. His outlook is extremely positive.
Eric and his family (wife Dana, sons Trevor and Quinn, daughter Elise) are constantly on my mind. I did not think it made much sense to run this race just to finish. I want to honor him and raise money to support the Colon Cancer Foundation. I have run one marathon before (Marine Corp Marathon) in which I ran to support injured Marine “Warriors”. This will allow me to run for another injured “Warrior”. Please consider donating to this great cause in support of my friend and to increase awareness of colon cancer.
We are so grateful to Jason for joining our team to honor Eric and raise money and awareness for this cause. Thanks to Jason and the rest of Team Colon Cancer Challenge, we are $50,000 OVER our original goal and have cruised past $120,000 raised! To learn more about Jason and support his fundraising efforts, click here.