My name is Michael Hauck. I'm running the Pig as my first marathon. I am
running in memory of a great friend of mine, Andrew Smith. At age 29,
Andrew passed away after a five year battle with cancer. Through all of
his treatments, he never once saw it as a bad thing happening to him. His
cancer started out as bone cancer in his left arm and then progressed to
his abdomen. His cancer was a smooth celled cancer which cannot be treated
with normal forms of chemo and radiation. Last November, Andrew and I had a
conversation about me running in his honor and attempting to raise money
for alternative care and treatment research for cancer. I have raised
almost $1500 with no support from a team in training program or anything
else. Andrew will always be with me; he is the type of person that enjoyed
life no matter what was happening.
When Andrew first was treated for his cancer, he met a nurse who later
became his wife, Penny. I'm proud to say that in November of last year, Andrew watched his son be born, Evan. Penny and Evan will be part of a big support group helping me finish a goal of mine and help raise a little money for the help of others as Andrew would
have liked it.