Letter from James Moore to the Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
September 6, 2001
September 6, 2001
The Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Jim Moore. I am a long distance runner who participates in running distances beyond the standard marathon distance of 26.2 miles. I am in no way by far, alone in this activity as there are many of us that run in Ultra Marathon events of various distances. I must admit that there are many Ultra Runners whose talent and abilities far exceed mine. We all do hold one thing in common; we all share the satisfaction of helping each other achieve personal running goals.
Along with the support of my family and friends I was able to accomplish a personal goal of completing a 370 mile round trip run of the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Tow Path which starts in Georgetown, Washington DC and ends in Cumberland, MD (185 miles). To make this run more meaningful other than a personal accomplishment I began seeking “pennies per mile” donations that would go towards helping to find a cure for breast cancer. The contributions surpassed just "pennies per mile" to time, effort, compassion and sincere caring per mile. If not for the support from all of those that not only contributed money but so much of their time I would not have been able to finally reach the finish line.
The contributions that were received touched me very deeply. My wife, Rebecca, is a breast cancer survivor and it is astounding to me that so many of the contributors know someone or have known someone whether it be a family member, friend or acquaintance that have been touched by this disease.
It is with utmost humility that I offer to you in the names of everyone that was part of this effort an amount totaling $9,593.40 to go towards helping find a cure and that very soon there will be an announcement of a cure.
James E. Moore