Before I introduce you to the contagious enthusiasm and charisma of Lou Malcangi, first: a HUGE thank you to Lou and all of our amazing NYC Marathon runners whose fundraising has surpassed last year! Bravo! We are thisclose reaching $70,000 – every donation helps to get us there. Please take a quick moment to support Team Colon Cancer Challenge today!
Take it away, Lou!
My Name is Lou Malcangi I’m 49 years old and have been running for almost 3 years.
 
I am running for the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation because I always thought my dad was a tough guy. Well, “that’s a weird reason to run” you might think. I thought that until my mom was diagnosed stage 4 metastatic colon cancer. That’s when I discovered was being tough was really about. It’s not about having muscles and working a physically demanding job, like my dad the construction worker. It was about looking at the fight in her eyes when she told me that she was going to watch my newborn son grow up “no matter what I have to do.”
Team Colon Cancer Challenge member Lou Malcangi

Team Colon Cancer Challenge member Lou Malcangi

Multiple surgeries, chemo, a hepatic arterial pump, another surgery and more chemo, countless doctor appointments and monitoring – and she kept going. It’s 17 years later and my son is getting ready for college and Mom has had the opportunity to watch him grow from a baby to a  young man. She is now a big part of my six-year-old daughter’s life as well. We were fortunate, Mom has been cancer-free for 12+ years. I would love to hear about more families that have happy ending like ours. The services that the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation provides are exactly what are needed: research, awareness, education and screening for early detection. I am proud to do my part to bring an end to sad stories and help create many happy endings for other families!

We are so thrilled that Lou has joined our community to spread such a positive and inspiring message. And we congratulate him on surpassing his $3,000 fundraising goal! But we’re sure he wouldn’t mind more donations. To support Lou and his amazing mom, click here.

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