Many of us here in Beaverton, Oregon are going to get together on February 3rd. Meet Cancer Day. We’ll gather at the start of the 2.4k trail that sits peacefully across the street from campus.
The wooded loop is named after the late Geoff Hollister. Geoff’s birthday is also February 3rd. That’s Geoff there in the picture talking to Steve Prefontaine.
The following day, February 4th, is World Cancer Day. This schedule on the calendar is entirely fitting. Geoff, Nike employee #3, passed away in 2012 after battling colon cancer.
We’ll gather, we’ll welcome each other, and yes we will run.
We all share that great bond with Geoff; running. It is one of the ways we know we can honor his life. It is how we can celebrate our own.
Most of us have already met cancer. The introduction could have been made through a loved one or friend. Many of us have or will meet cancer when we look in the mirror.
Meet Cancer Day was begun in 2012 at Nike after the death of Geoff Hollister. This day is about supporting one another and reminding both our family, friends, colleagues and ourselves that we are not alone when we meet cancer. And we will not be alone when we stand up to cancer, fight cancer and yes, someday, beat cancer.
So, this Friday morning we will gather on Hollister Trail. Running, an action married with purpose, is how we will begin Meet Cancer Day at Nike.
We will run to celebrate Geoff, his wife Wendy and their family. We will run to celebrate those we know and those we don’t know that have been touched by cancer. We will meet cancer with each other and without fear. We will meet cancer on our terms.
And we will run right at it. Together. That’s what Geoff would have wanted us to do because that is how Geoff met cancer.
“It’s not about how long you live but how you contribute.
It’s about doing your best and doing the right thing.
It’s about recovering from your mistakes and not giving up.
It’s about the baton pass to the new generation.
It’s about the realization that you cannot go it alone…it takes a team.”
-Geoff Hollister as it reads on sign at start of Hollister Trail