The Gunny's Team
Well gang it's that time of the year where I send out requests for your support to the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2) in raising funds against the fight against brain tumors.
As many of you know this is extremely personal for me but I've been one of the lucky ones. I've had two surgeries in 8 years and have been lucky enough to experience radiation in July/August of 2014 and been through two rounds of chemotherapy with the last one completed in June of 2015. I say I'm lucky because I've been able to bounce back and have competed in half-Ironmans from Williamsburg, VA, Wilmington, NC to Augusta, GA. In 2017 I went back to Augusta for the half-Ironman and knocked off over an hour and fifteen minutes, completed the MCM for my 10th time consecutively and did a respectable time of 5:17. However, my greatest achievement in 2017 was my first full-Ironman which I ran in Tempe, AZ and did it in 15:58:00. It wasn't until I had completed it that my wife (Kristine) showed me a memory from her FaceBook page that on 19th of November 4 years earlier I was going through my second surgery where the doctors removed about 65% of my left frontal lobe and on this day 4 years later I was completing my first Ironman. I'm truly blessed!
"The Gunny's Team" hopes you will donate to this great cause and more importantly if you can join Kristine and I on the 6th of May at Freedom Plaza we'd be excited to see you that day. Understand many of you live long distances and can't attend but appreciate any donation towards "The Gunny's Team".
JD Caraway (The Gunny)