Swim/Bike/Run for Helen Hayes!
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This donation page has been created to help raise funds for Helen Hayes on her journey to beat lung cancer and we need your help.  A little over a year ago Helen moved away from her home state of Massachusetts for first time in her life in order ...

This donation page has been created to help raise funds for Helen Hayes on her journey to beat lung cancer and we need your help.  A little over a year ago Helen moved away from her home state of Massachusetts for the first time in her life in order to help raise her two beautiful granddaughters (Anabel and Lea Glatzhofer) in Pittsburgh, PA.  After about 10 months in Pittsburgh we found out that Helen had been diagnosed with lung cancer.  She has gone through a round of radiation and is now starting chemotherapy at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

Battling cancer is not easy physically, emotionally, or financially.  A 2011 study by Duke University showed the average cancer patient in the US pays over $8,500/year in out-of-pocket medical expenses not covered by insurance.  Making matters even more complicated is that Helen moved away from one of the best (if not THE best) state when it comes to social services and healthcare coverage.  Pennsylvania has proven itself to be a nightmare with regard to setting up affordable healthcare coverage.  

As Helen continues to fight both lung cancer and the state of Pennsylvania I am setting up this donation site to help offset some of her medical expenses.  I am adding some additional motivation for all you potential donors out there with the following...recently I (this is Paul Glatzhofer, Helen's son-in-law, by the way) started a journey to train for a short triathlon (it is called a Sprint Triathlon).  To add a little incentive (and motivation for myself) I will increase my training schedule and do a full Olympic Triathlon if we meet the $3,500 goal.  I am actually going to be in Hawaii for a business trip and I will be participating in the Honolulu Triathlon on Sunday May 18th.  This particular triathlon has both the Sprint and Olympic distances to choose from.  Which will I be doing?  Your donations will decide :).  To step it up to an almost insane level I am also going to agree to train for and participate in an Ironman Triathlon if we meet the stretch goal of $5,500.  If we meet this goal the event will take place in Princeton, New Jersey in September of 2014.

ALL of the donation money will go straight to Helen to help her with her ongoing medical bills.  I will be paying for the entrance fee's and travel expenses for the triathlons on my own of course. Jamie and I are encouraging all friends and family (and others) to help if you can.  Anyone who would typically get us something for Christmas - thank you very much - but we would encourage you to donate that money here instead.  Every little bit counts even if it is only $10.  C'mon lets raise some money!!!

Please share this page to help make Helen's battle a little bit easier.  THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

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Our daughter (Anabel - pictured here with my tie on) will be giving out hugs to every donor next time we see you. I will admit - she gives great hugs!!!!!
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