MVP 5K Challenge with Shawn Kemp- 5K Run & Walk + Free Kids Events

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I’m taking a break from the deals today to share something that is heavy on my heart. I don’t normally post about things like this as I know that there are so many stories out there of people who are struggling with cancer & other life-threatening illnesses, job loss, & much more. However, I wanted to take an opportunity to share with you about a special man, Andrew Moritz, a former Husky basketball player & his courageous fight against cancer. The reason his story is heavy on my heart is that he is an extended family member of mine (his mom & my mom are not only cousins but close friends).

Andrew was diagnosed 3 years ago this winter with a rare form of cancer, desmoplastic round cell tumor, a rare, aggressive, soft-tissue cancer. He has been fighting this cancer with strong determination, undergoing 38 chemo treatments, radiation treatments & more.  Recently, he was told that he is out of options, but he is not giving up & looking at alternative treatments.

Andrew’s story was featured in the Seattle Times Sports section today by writer Steve Kelley (Friday October 13th) – make sure to read the story online if you didn’t get the paper. It is a powerful article.

I am sharing this story with all of you for two reasons:

1) Need for Prayer

More than anything, Andrew & his family need prayer right now – as many people praying as possible because he needs a miracle. If you are a person who believes in the power of prayer, I ask that you pray for Andrew in his fight against this cancer.  I believe strongly in this verse: “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them”Matthew 18:20.

2) MVP 5k Challenge (Run or Walk) at Green Lake Park, Seattle – Saturday October 22nd at 10am –

This a special event to raise money for all of Andrew’s significant medical expenses from almost 3 years of fighting this cancer. I would love it if you shared about this event with friends & family who might be interested in a fun family event & a chance to get out & enjoy the beautiful scenery around Green Lake while supporting Andrew’s fight against cancer.

It’s actually a pretty cool event organized by former WNBA star & current Seattle Storm broadcaster Adia Barnes.  Not only will there be a 5k run & walk, but also fun kids events such as a kids basketball relay dash & other fun kids dashes (kids events are FREE).

Local NBA celebrity Shawn Kemp will be there as well to meet & greet folks at the event!

Find out more information about the MVP 5K Challenge. You can also read Andrew’s blog – The Year of the Comeback to find out more information about his courageous fight against this rare form of cancer.

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  1. Thank you for sharing! I will be praying and I plan to participate in the 5K with my kids! I will also share this with other friends that I know will pray as well!

    “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” Romans 8:28

    Jodi from Olympia

  2. Jen, I have seen many miracles by the power of prayer. I will be praying along side your family, and share the story too. Hang in there.

    Eph. 6:12 ‘For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.’

  3. Small world! Elizabeth is my old college roommate and one of my best friends. The Moritz family is near and dear to my heart. See you at the race! :)

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