Matt Blake has an ambitious challenge in front of him: to make a difference in the lives of people facing a diagnosis of pheochromoctyoma and paraganglioma.
Matt’s firm, My Portfolio Guide, LLC, has hand-picked 10 athletes from across the United States and Europe to train and compete in an Ironman Triathlon. Each athlete will be racing and raising funds for a charity of their choice in affiliation with the Ironman Foundation.
An Ironman Triathlon is 140.6 miles, consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run. Accomplishing this task will take hours and hours of training and perseverance.
Matt will be raising funds and awareness for the Pheo Para Troopers foundation.
“In 2012, my brother and sister (Brad and Amy) were both diagnosed with bilateral carotid tumors, a manifestation of paragangliomas,” he said. “Both of them had aggressively growing tumors located on both sides of their necks around the carotid artery. Over the last several years they have made numerous trips to Bethesda , Maryland, for testing, treatment and surgical procedures at the National Institutes of Health.
“This condition has had a profound impact on our family; this year, both Brad and Amy have to move their families from Colorado, as their medical team has indicated that the tumors appear to grow at a slower rate at sea level instead of the higher elevations in our home state.
“After talking with Brad and Amy, it was an easy decision for me to decide to raise money for the research and treatment of this nasty disease. They both encouraged me to get in contact with the Pheo Para Troopers organization, as it is a group that is dedicated to this disease and is both founded and run by individuals who are fighting the same condition.”
Matt’s goal is to raise $14,060, and every penny raised will go directly to the Pheo Para Troopers to continue our mission of “empowering and supporting pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma patients through knowledge, a sense of community, and advocacy while sponsoring key initiatives in data collection, treatment, and patient care.” Matt will be racing with both Brad’s and Amy’s names on his uniform in Tempe, Aizona, on November 16, 2014.
Follow Matt in his quest to become an IronMan or make a donation to help him achieve his fundraising goal on his CrowdRise page.