Fight back against pediatric cancer
while getting fit
(and amusing your friends)!
Need some motivation to improve your fitness?
Have a family member you want to motivate?
Do any of your friends deserve to be challenged to the fitness max?
SIGN UP FOR FIGHT BACK WITH FITNESS.
YOU CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO A PERSONAL FITNESS GOAL AND RAISE FUNDS BY PROMISING TO STICK WITH IT. YOU GET FIT AND KIDS GET A BETTER CHANCE AT BEATING CANCER.
STEP 1: PICK A FITNESS GOAL
It can be anything you’d like--from running 20 miles a week, to doing 1000 pushups in a day, competing in a race, climbing an Adirondack high peak, walking the mall 20 minutes a day, getting your black belt in karate, building the perfect abs, or even fitting into your pants from three years ago. Either pick something from our list of sample goals or better yet, come up with your own. You set the goal and you set the deadline.
STEP 2: SET A FUNDRAISING GOAL & RECRUIT YOUR DONORS
Your donors are a bunch of people who raise the stakes with contributions to the Jake Wetchler Foundation and whose job it is to keep you going with encouragement, guilt, laughs--whatever it takes! We'll help you with easy steps to recruit them. You will be more committed and have more fun than you ever imagined.
STEP 3: GO FOR IT!
Train (or abstain, like from dessert) and fundraise until you meet both your fitness and fundraising goals. Everybody wins!
Kids can do it, seniors can do it...families, clubs, corporations, sports teams, anyone who is interested in getting fit and helping to make a difference. So click here to register now!
One summer at Camp Ramah, Jake and Danny Capecci teamed up to help Capecci meet his goal of losing 30 lbs.
Jake loved helping people get fit. Now it's our turn to promote fitness along with the fight against pediatric cancer.
Featured Fitness Fighter
Mike Cohen ran the Philadelphia Half-Marathon with the mission of sharing Jake's story and putting an end to pediatric cancer. His enthusiasm was infectious and by the time he reached the finish line, Mike had raised over $11,000 for the Jake Wetchler Foundation!
Why We Fight Against Pediatric Cancer No child's life should be lost to canc er -- and yet cancer is the #1 cause of children's disease-related death. Each year in the US alone, 12,400 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer, the equivalent of two average-size classrooms every school day.
The Jake Wetchler Foundation is named in honor of a young man who fought two heroic battles against cancer, beating Hodgkin's lymphoma at age 18 but then losing his life to leukemia at age 20. Jake would often say to us, " Don't let the cancer win", meaning that whatever course his cancer might take, we could still choose our attitude, whether to be overwhelmed and let cancer destroy our spirits or to fight back as he did, with defiance and unbeatable good humor.
Jake had the finest medical care available and an unparalleled fighting spirit but the existing treatments were no match for his disease. While great progress has been made in the treatment of some pediatric cancers, the prognosis for others still remai ns poor and for all cancers, standard chemotherapy remains highly toxic. Some chemotherapies, like one used to treat Jake's Hodgkin's lymphoma, are so toxic they can cause secondary cancers -- like Jake's leukemia.
e effective and less toxic treatments. That is why we fight, in Jake's spirit and for the thousands of children and young adults who continue to battle cancer. We can do better. We can -- and must -- bring the power of today's unprecedented technological and scientific innovations to pediatric cancer research, to find mor
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Volleyball players are fighting back against pediatric can cer at the 2014 Capitol Festival!
Dr. Hua Lu: Fighting cancer in the lab and on the road
Fitness Can Be Fun!
See Jake doing a shoulder roll below. VIDEO
Philadelphia University's Law & Society Club gained muscle, lost pounds, and made a difference for pediatric cancer research in their Fight Back With Fitness campaign. Thank you to all the participants!
College groups interested in Fight Back With Fitness partnerships can contact JeanSinger@DontLetTheCancerWin.org.
Thank you to Forman Mills for donating our cool Fight Back with Fitness t-shirts!