This walk is in memory of my freind, David Nasto. He was a kind, loving person. He lived each day to its absolute fullest, doing the things he truly loved – snowboarding, hiking, kayaking, surfing, cycling, camping, water skiing, photography – the list is endless.
After being diagnosed with stage IV tongue cancer, David fought every day to win his battle. Chemo, radiation, clinical trials, all with hope and prayers for a miracle. He was courageous in his fight and he was determined to live. He was an inspiration to all who knew him. Even after losing his ability to eat or speak, he never gave up.
We lost David on June 13, 2006 at 47 years old. His life was an inspiration to us all, his death was a call to action. By participating in this walk, you are now David’s voice. Your voice is needed to spread the word about early detection and awareness of oral cancer. David, his family and I did not know about the signs and symptoms. As a matter of fact, I knew very little about oral cancer.
David's sister, Susan, and I have been friends since sophomore year in high school. Susan started running this event the year after David died and I've been helping along side her since that first event. Susan's goal is to save other families from suffering the loss of loved ones to this horrible disease. This is our 10th year and we are hoping that it will be are biggest.
Please consider donating to this worthy cause and to helping make people aware of signs and symptoms of oral cancer. Fortunately, this is one cancer that can be cured if caught early enough.
Thank you in advance for your support and please consider joining us on Saturday, September 23.