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Keeping on going for a cause.

Keeping on going for a cause

By Simon Penn

For former US marine Chris Lavallee, almost losing his father to pancreatic cancer was the push he needed to enter RacingThePlanet: Australia 2010.

Chris and two of his best friends, all former marines, had close family affected by cancer.

All three of our fathers had cancer and survived so we thought this would be a great opportunity to try to do something different as far as charity and fundraising goes,” he says.

The Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes is a New York-based charity which helps people needing treatment for cancer.

Chris had raised $10,000 before he left for Australia and the race, and he hopes that by the time he gets back that will be up to $20,000: “I really hope this is enough to inspire people to keep giving.”

He chose RacingThePlanet as his way of raising money for the charity because it seemed like the next step.

Throughout your life when you set goals for yourself they’re always getting bigger and faster and harder, and this is the next thing,” he says.

No stranger to pushing himself, Chris has found the Kimberley a bigger challenge than he ever expected.

The marine corp, I would have thought, would have prepared me for something like this, but what’s different is that you have an option to pull out which makes it so much harder - to see people dropping like flies around you makes it tough (to keep going),” he says.

Like most in the field, his feet are causing him the biggest problems, but otherwise he’s feeling better at the start of day four than he has all event.

And the pressure that comes with raising money for those in need gives him the added pressure to keep going, for which he’s thankful.

I have a lot of people to face, including myself, so I’ll finish on my hands and knees,” he says. “Failure’s not an option for me.”

 

 

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