MMRF RACE FOR RESEARCH
Race for Research Spotlight
Meet Dan Fowler
MMRF Race for Research: San Francisco 5K Walk/Run
Posted: March, 2013
The MMRF is thrilled to recognize Dan Fowler in this week’s Race for Research Spotlight for the 2013 MMRF Race for Research: San Francisco 5K Walk/Run.
Dan is 12 years old and this will be his second year participating in San Francisco. He and his family formed The Cancer Crushers following his dad Bryce’s diagnosis with multiple myeloma. Their team logo, pictured to the right, was Dan’s idea, and depicts his foot “stomping out cancer.” Comprised of many family members, friends and neighbors, The Cancer Crushers had a great turnout in 2012, where five members of their team medaled in the race. Dan, who is on his middle school cross-country team, won second place in his age group!
Bryce was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2010. He underwent a stem cell transplant in January 2012. Although Bryce could not walk the race in 2012, he was there at the finish line to cheer for Dan and The Cancer Crushers. Bryce relapsed in October, and has been receiving treatment since. Dan is very happy that his father has recently been doing well but hopes multiple myeloma will one day be cured.
For the past few weeks, Dan has been working with his mom, Emily, to reach out to their very supportive family and friends about the race on April 7th. In addition to their personal network, they have also received a lot of help from Bryce’s company, Moog CSA. The Fowlers consider the company to be part of their extended family (Bryce started there in 1985 and Emily in 1998 – it is where they met!) and are so grateful for their generous support.
This year, Dan is helping to bring The Cancer Crushers to new heights by growing the team and their fundraising efforts. Dan has two goals this year. He says, “My first goal is to raise $2,000 with my team. My second goal is to try and be even faster this year than last year!”
Be sure to root for Dan on race day and give him a high-five when he crosses the finish line!
Dan Fowler smiles for the camera with his Second Place medal
Dan came up with The Cancer Crushers logo – his foot stomping out cancer!
The Cancer Crushers at their first San Francisco race in 2012
Dan’s parents, Emily and Bryce Fowler