I am excited to announce that I will be running my first 5K Race this Saturday. On May 11, 2013, PNC Bank Miles for Moffitt will be taking place at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. Miles for Moffitt consists of several races in which 100% of all donations and registration fees will benefit H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research. I personally volunteer with Moffitt cancer patients and have heard wonderful stories about Moffitt’s staff; I’m excited to help Moffitt with its goal of getting rid of cancer.
Besides the 5k, there is also a 5 mile, a 1 mile, and a run with the Tampa Bay Rays’ mascot Raymond (each child also receives a finisher medal). Raymond is not the only Ray participating in the race – Rays third baseman Evan Longoria created a team (Team Longo). And yes, being a huge Rays fan I had to join his team.
Longoria had this to say:
Moffitt Cancer Center supporters,
As many of you know, I am a fan of the work Moffitt Cancer Center does in the Tampa Bay community and want to support it in many ways.
I would be honored if you would join my Race Team and help me raise money for the life-saving research at Moffitt Cancer Center.
You can join my team and run in one of the races on race day, or support Moffitt as a Virtual Runner (and still get the t-shirt!).
To sweeten the deal, I’ve committed to the following incentives for those who sign up to be on my Race Team:
1) Each individual team member who raises $500 will be entered into a random drawing for baseball autographed by me
2) Each individual team member who raises $1,000 will be entered into a random drawing to watch the Rays batting practice and personally meet me prior to a mutually agreed upon Rays home game in the 2013 season
Please join my team to help save lives!
For more information of Miles for Moffitt, click here.
If you would like to donate to my team or leave a positive word of encouragement, click here.
My sister is a University of South Florida College Nursing student and when she told me that she was going to meet Sam Fuld and then go to the Tampa Bay Rays game, I knew I had to come along. Fuld was going to talk to the nursing students about his experience with type 1 diabetes so that the nurses will know more about it and know how to take care of a child with it. At 11 a.m. on April 4, 2013, the nursing faculty and students were to meet at Gate 4 at Tropicana Field. After parking in the main parking lot, my sister and I walked through the rain to Gate 4. We took elevators down to the field, crossed home plate, and headed to a section in left field to where Fuld would be talking to us. In left field was David Price tossing a ball around, practicing before batting practice even started. After sitting in the stands, an employee announced Sam Fuld, “Or as we call him around here, Super Sam.”
Fuld took the microphone and told us about his experience with diabetes. When he was ten, he was always thirsty and using the restroom, but when he lost ten pounds, his parents knew something was wrong. After taking him to a doctor, the family was told that Fuld’s sugar blood levels were at 500 milligrams per deciliter, way above average. When his parents found out he had type 1 diabetes, they were more worried about him than than he was while his younger sister was wondering why Fuld was receiving more attention than she was. But Fuld’s family always supported him his whole life; whether it was teaching him how to use insulin injections and keep track of his food or cheering him on at little league baseball games or professional baseball.
When Fuld went to college, he realized (like all college students) that mom and dad are not there to make sure you are taking care of yourself. But baseball made him stay disciplined. At a time when some athletes become more concern about girls and parties, Fuld stayed focus on baseball which paid off when he was drafted by Chicago Clubs in 2004. Fuld is now one of the outfielders with the Rays and is known for making tough catches in the outfield, as reason why is nickname is Super Sam. Besides playing baseball, Fuld talks to children with type 1 diabetes to inspire them that they too can lead normal lives. For Sam, he is just paying-it-forward. When he was 12, he met major league pitcher Bill Gullickson. Gullickson also had type 1 diabetes, but still played a professional sport. Gullickson inspired Fuld and Fuld hopes that he will be able to inspire children by hosting “USF Diabetes Sports Camp” in February. At the camp, coaches and athletes with type 1 diabetes teach children with type 1 diabetes how to play sports. Last February, Gullickson was one of these coaches. Fuld hopes that he too can be an idol to children just like Gullickson was to him.
After Fuld was done talking, he allowed the students to ask a few questions. I raised my hand and asked him “ Did anyone ever say to you that you shouldn’t play sports?” He said he wanted to say that “Someone told me no and I showed him” but he actually had encouraging family, coaches, and doctors. But he has heard of coaches being hesitant to put kids in, but he is hoping that the stigma associated with type 1 diabetes will soon die. After the question session, Fuld was whisked away to get ready for batting practice. As he walked by, I told him “Have a great game” to which he replied “thanks!” Because of Fuld, there are now 50 nursing students that are better prepared to take care of a child with type 1 diabetes and his family.