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Your Marathon Can Really Make a Difference—Double the Satisfaction
Run a Marathon in Paris, Quebec, Las Vegas, or Bermuda; Join the Why Me & Sherry’s House All Star Team, and celebrate your health while helping kids and families dealing with cancer.

Your Marathon Can Really Make a Difference—Double the Satisfaction

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Wednesday, 23 November, 2005

Make your marathon a life-changing event and a double triumph of the human spirit. You can run the Paris Marathon on April 9, 2006, starting on the Champs-Elysees, past the Place de la Concorde, past the Louvre, and along the Sein and near the Eiffel Tower. Tour Paris. You can be there. You can do it. Be a part of the Why Me & Sherry’s House All Star Marathon Team. They can help you run in Paris and other exotic locations, and you can help them and the families that depend on their unique services.

The All Star Team will be running next at Disney World on January 8, 2006. They ran last August in the Quebec City Marathon, and before that a very successful Las Vegas Marathon. Their program began with the Bermuda Marathon in 2000, and will return to Bermuda and Las Vegas next year, along with Quebec City in August 2006. But April 9 is the next challenge--Paris.

Paris has nearly perfect temperature for distance running in April, and has a flat and unbelievably scenic course. Your All Star team will be staying at the Hotel Chateau Frontenac in the center of the fabled city.

This is how you benefit from this program. Why Me & Sherry’s House will pay your airfare from Boston to Paris, along with four nights and five days of lodging, and entry fees (guaranteed entry). Professional training and coaching will be provided, and training runs arranged. Anyone can qualify by simply meeting the minimum fund raising challenge. Team members also receive training and help with fundraising.

Are you ready for a new challenge in running a marathon? Or are you looking for the right opportunity to run your first? Set your sights on your marathon fitness goal, and join a great cause to make the accomplishment even more satisfying. You will experience the benefits of coaching, training, and running, while knowing you are helping others. And you will likely make life-long friends in the process. The marathon has been your goal, your challenge, and your choice. Make it a memorable one, and doubly so.

Travel and run your marathon while helping to make an enormous difference in the lives of families dealing with childhood cancer. These families, struck with this dread disease, are running a different kind of marathon. They need your help. Join the Why Me & Sherry’s House All Star Marathon program and your marathon can help heal and positively impact the lives of those most in need.

To join the team or receive more information on the marathon program, please contact Event Coordinator Deb Greenslit at (508) 756-8795, (508) 954-2090, or e-mail

Who They Are
Why Me & Sherry’s House helps families remain psychologically and financially sound through the devastating treatment process, and, when necessary, during the loss of a child to cancer. They take referrals from any hospital in central New England.

Proof that this charity is very different, very special: The comprehensive care and support provided is absolutely free for all children and families; the cure rate for families involved in the program is impressively high; the support is long term because the effects of cancer are long term, no matter the outcome of treatment; Why Me & Sherry’s House is independent of any national or hospital affiliation, an independent and certified non-profit; amazingly, their administrative costs are an incredibly low 6.34%, so nearly all money raised goes directly to programs to help their families.

Why Me has been helping patients since 1985, and Sherry’s House, a facility that houses and cares for families, opened last year. It is not a medical facility. It is dedicated to healing—healing in two ways. They help children recover from cancer and intensive medical intervention; and they help families heal when bereavement support becomes necessary.

Why Me & Sherry’s House is also home to many activities and events: Social visits and ongoing support, family fun and games, mentoring and survivorship, a cancer resource and research center, the Children’s Learning Center, and it is the administrative and organizational home of Why Me.

Why Me & Sherry’s House facilities are at 1152 Pleasant Street, Worcester, Massachusetts, 01602. Their phone is (508) 757-7734, and fax is (508) 757-5119. At present they are serving 325 central New England families, and the demand is growing daily. Check out the Web Site at

What They Do
Why Me & Sherry’s House provides help in all aspects of dealing with a child’s cancer. This includes the child herself, of course, but also parents and siblings. Why Me & Sherry’s House provides assistance for lives irrevocably changed, no matter the prognosis or outcome. All support and services are offered to the whole family completely free of charge. And that is where you come in.

Program highlights:
Cancer information is key. Experienced and sensitive staff and volunteers will personally “walk” with family members through the treatment process and well beyond, personally connecting them to support and resources.

Comforting Children is vitally important. Daily visits include teddy bears, games and toys, puppet play, refreshments, and laughter. They celebrate birthdays and treatment milestones, and offer loot from the “Treasure Chest” when kids complete a painful procedure. Hosting children for concerts, sports events and day passes to fun attractions has proved tremendously successful. Complementary therapies like massage and acupuncture are offered to help reduce pain. The Why Me Sibling Support Program is dedicated to helping brothers and sisters cope with the many changes and difficulties that cancer brings.

Family daily living support is essential. The program provides housing during cancer treatment, transportation, meal and food assistance, childcare, and Parents’ Necessities Kits (prepaid phone cards, toiletries, playing cards, and other essentials that help them get through long hospital stays).

Emotional support is one of the most important resources. When going through cancer treatment, especially childhood cancer, it is reassuring to connect to someone else that has been there. Volunteers and staff can offer support and guidance. Connecting child-to-child, mom-to-mom, family-to-family has far-reaching benefits for coping. Emotional support components include individual support, mentoring, social support clubs for parents and kids, family getaway retreats, and end of life and bereavement support.

Family fun is ongoing. Yearlong events and activities are designed to bring the whole family together with others, solely for the purpose of having fun and sharing. Events include: Clown Cavalcade, Ice Cats Adventure, Summer Barbecue, Halloween Party, and a Christmas Party. These fun events have proven to be invaluable to interaction and healing.

Family direct financial assistance helps to overcome financial worries and concentrate on the job at hand—healing. Families can receive financial assistance for items such as rent, mortgage, utilities, food, transportation, clothing and funeral expenses. Financial planning and debt management services are also available. Their In-Hospital Fund pays for critical food, communications, and transportation needs while in treatment.

Educational support is needed to help keep current scholastically. Retired teachers, college interns and volunteers help patients and siblings remain academically successful and connected to learning.
Respite, hospice, end of life, and Bereavement Support are the strongest components of the program. Staff and volunteers at Why Me & Sherry’s House help families meet the day to day challenges of caring for a child dying of cancer. Bereavement support helps them cope with the loss of a child. For example, in conjunction with Paul Newman’s highly recognized Hole in the Wall Camp in beautifully rural Eastford, Connecticut, they sponsor a bereavement retreat to help with the healing process.

Fundraising for These Programs
Yes, the marathon opportunity is a fund raising program. But it is one that helps provide for these outstanding services. Everyone will want to join and support your goals. You can involve family, friends, co-workers, and others in supporting your training and funding effort. Develop your own personal fan club. You will be amazed at how simple this can be—and for such a tremendous reward. Haven’t participated in a fundraiser? It’s easy when you know the funds you raise support outstanding and necessary care for kids.

Join the Team and Accomplish Your Marathon Goals
There is nothing quite like finishing a marathon, and joining this team can make it doubly rewarding. After this experience, your life will never be the same. Your effort can truly make a difference, and you can be an important part of this critical mission. At the same time you can enjoy a fantastic holiday of distance running and exploration. Tour Paris. What better way to celebrate health and fitness?

Fortunate are those who are able to run a marathon. You can simply decide to do so, while some who may benefit from your efforts cannot run a single stride.

Consider celebrating your health and good fortune while helping to ameliorate the devastating effects of cancer for kids. Help address the complex health needs of children and the devastating financial impact on affected families. Run YOUR marathon to make a difference for Why Me & Sherry’s House, and for those they serve.



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