This quote was a great motivator for me and still is. Using my experience as a runner and my desire to find a cure for cancer I created “Richard’s Run for Life” under the Gonzmart Family Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to fine a cure for cancer. Creating Richard’s run was a way to fulfill this goal of finding a cure.
- Richard Gonzmart
Each year the Tampa Bay community gets together to run for life through the streets of Ybor City.
In 2011, over 1700 people participated in our 10th Anniversary event and our goal in 2012 was to fill Centennial Park with 2000 participants. It is hard to believe it's been eleven years since I created “Richard’s Run for Life” under the Gonzmart Family Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, to raise funds for research at Moffitt Cancer Center. Many of our lives have been touched by those who have had cancer and I have personally lost family members and dear friends to this horrible disease. My passion to find a cure for cancer is huge and I am motivated to help Moffitt beat this horrible disease.
For the 2011 race we honored eight-year-old pianist, Josalyn Kaldenberg. After her diagnosis of osteosarcoma in her right shoulder, Dr. G. Doug Letson, from Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, removed her tumor and replaced her humerus with a titanium version that will expand as she grows. I am proud to report she is doing well and once again playing the piano! To learn more about Josalyn’s remarkable surgery go to www.usforacle.com/campus-doctors-give-iowan-youngster-a-bionic-arm-1.2599338.