This coming Sunday from 8am to 11am I may have the most important strongman performance of my career. Not important because I am paying tribute to a history of strongmanism or anything like that and not because I am getting paid (I’m doing it at a loss actually) or because I am gaining a lot of exposure.
On Sunday November 10th I am performing at Purple Stride. It is a fundraiser meant help raise funds for the pancreatic cancer action network. Here is a startling fact.
Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers. 94% of pancreatic cancer patients will die within five years of diagnosis – only 6% will survive more than five years. 74% of patients die within the first year of diagnosis.
That’s why this performance is so important. It gives me an opportunity to demonstrate the power of the human spirit. It is my hope that if I show people that the human spirit is stronger than steel, they will understand that it can be stronger than cancer. If just one person sees it, and it inspires them to fight to survive and they do, then maybe, just maybe it will inspire others as well.
Though I plan on being very entertaining and sharing what I do with a lot of people, it’s the message behind the might that is most important.
It’s what started my re-bar to ribbons project (where I take lengths of re-bar, bend it with my strength, trim it down, paint it up and give it to someone or their family to be the symbol of strength that they need to get through the battles ahead of them). The human spirit is strong if you believe it is strong.
Here’s the schedule as it will be.
Date: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Registration Opens: 8:00 a.m.
Opening Ceremonies: 9:00 a.m.
Run/Walk Begin: 9:30 a.m.
Closing Ceremonies: 10:30 a.m.
Mack Cali Business Campus
4 Campus Drive
Parsippany, NJ 07054
This place will know the power of the human spirit by the time I am done with it. It is stronger than steel, it is stronger than cancer. It is the strongest of them all.
Power, strength and health to you.
“The Last Son of Krypton” The final student of NJ’s Superman the late and great Greg Matonick