NEW BERLIN – Long distance runner Thomas Lawson will be competing in a 70-mile Half-Full Ironman race Oct. 3, hoping to raise $5,000 for cancer research through the Livestrong Foundation and the Ulman Cancer Research Fund.
Although Lawson says the event only calls for a minimum donation of a $1,000, he hopes to raise far more and is reaching out to local businesses and citizens to help raise money to combat cancer.
“I wanted to go and do something for a cause, so I began looking at different things I might support. At the time I honestly didn’t think cancer affected my life, but after having a few conversations with people close to me, I realized there were more than a dozen family members who’ve have died from it or have it. As I began talking more about it, my neighbors and friends also began sharing their cancer survivor stories. Now everywhere I go I can’t help but notice the effect it’s had on people’s lives. It’s probably affected your life in some way, even if you don’t know it,” he said.