People I know and love who will not mind my mentioning their names in conjunction with this cause:
Rose Lay: My wife. Survivor.
Ron Bennett: My former boss (and best boss ever) when I worked at Gateway Bank. Survivor.
Lori Hain: A business client and friend. Survivor.
Rhonda Lowman: Another friend and wife of one of my wife's partner's. Survivor.
Pat Eure: Wife of local artist Glenn Eure and a wonderful person in her own right. Survivor.
Sue Reynolds: Long time competitor and long time person I have never been able to catch up with in the lending game. Survivor.
Rufus Lay: My father, who died of prostate cancer.
Bob Davis: Max Media personality and one of the best people you will ever meet. Survivor.
The partner of my executive coach. Survivor.
My uncle Joe Abernathy who had leukemia and prostate cancer. Beat the leukemia, died of the prostate cancer.
Bro. John Schleter. A Masonic Lodge mentor of mine. Diagnosed with prostate cancer 27 years ago. Was pronounced cured at five years. Died 27 years later of prostate cancer.
And literally dozens of other friends, men and women, but the vast majority being women who have died, beaten, or are still fighting breast cancer. Men who fall to prostate cancer.
Relay in Dare and Currituck is tomorrow. You owe it to your fellow man and woman to be there. I've been going, raising money, and participating for close to fifteen years. This year, it's personal.
PLEASE come. PLEASE pledge your support with time, talents, or donations of money.