2019 Charlotte Get Your Rear in Gear

Brenneman Thompson
Brenneman Thompson

Sydnor's Striders

Greetings potential "Sydnor Striders"!

Thanks immensely for checking out our team! Please join and help me and others support finding a cure to my brother Sydnor's stage four colon cancer!

As many of you know, I often ran the San Diego Rock and Roll marathon to support our mother Harriette Thompson in her efforts to fight cancer. Well, I'm sure she would be running along side me in this upcoming race to help her son, and would understand my turning my attention to this noble race instead this year. She would say, "Let's stride for Sydnor!" Cancer has taken both of my parents in the last few years, and now threatens my brother. Let's do whatever we can to help end the grip of this leading cancer killer, which also took my Grandmother Line's life.

To help in the fight, I will be running the Get Your Rear in Gear 5 K on Saturday March 30th at 8:15 AM in Sydnor's honor and to raise money to fight the disease. Please join our team, run with me, or just donate to our team!

Here's how to join the team. Go to the page by clicking this link or if necessary pasting in your browser (if it doesn't not work here, you may try above in the "team page URL" section of the page):


Once on that page you will see icons on the right: "Join Team" and "Donate Now". Please do both! 

If your prefer to mail a check, please make it out to "Colon Cancer Coalition", and mail it to Brenneman Thompson,  300 Ridgewood Avenue,  Charlotte, NC   28209  USA. I will then turn it in for you.

Sydnor's Story:

My older and only brother will turn 65 on May 12 of this year. He is a Methodist minister currently serving at First United Methodist Church in Rutherfordton, NC. He recently retired as a Captain in the Naval Reserves and served with distinction as a Chaplain in both Iraq, then Afghanistan. He has two lovely daughters, Adaire and Angela, and is married to his dear wife Kelly. Just over a year ago they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on a trip with Tristan and me to Costa Rica!

A few years ago Sydnor found out he had prostate cancer. He fought it successfully with surgery, but waited a year longer than planned to have his routine colonoscopy. This revealed Stage 3 colon cancer. He had surgery to remove a section of his colon and chemotherapy as cancer cells affected some lymph nodes. For a time he was in remission. February 2018 they found out that it had returned and was in his liver. He then had laproscopic surgery to remove the tumors. At the end of 2018, they found the cancer had returned to his liver. They were also concerned it may have entered his lungs. He started chemotherapy again, and the most recent positive result last week has been a shrinking of the tumors in his liver and the discovery that the metastasis had indeed not affected the lung. He recently went to MD Anderson and is going to both enter a immunotherapy trial, as well as have more extensive surgery to remove a larger section of the liver (which should regenerate). We are remaining extremely hopeful that these combinations of strategies will maintain Sydnor's health until he is cured, or until a better cure is found.

That's where you come in! We've formed a team for Get Your Rear in Gear and are joining thousands of others from across the country to make a difference in the fight against colon cancer, our nation’s No. 2 cancer killer after lung cancer.

We'll go the distance. Will you join us? We would love you to run or walk with us, but whether you can do that or not, I'm asking for your financial support as we prepare for the morning of March 30th at Independence Park in the Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte. Sydnor hopes to be able to join us in person should his health permit!

We've got an ambitious fundraising goal of $3000 plus but with support from people like you we can get there. The money raised will fund local programs to increase screening and awareness for colon and rectal cancer, as well as programs and services to support those living with the disease.

10 Facts about Colon Cancer
Anyone can get colon cancer.
One in 23 Americans will be diagnosed in their lifetime.
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death.
Colorectal cancer affects men and women equally, and people of all races and nationalities.
Screening for colon cancer should begin at age 45.
Screening should begin earlier for many ethnic groups and those with a family history.
Many of those diagnosed with colon cancer report no signs or symptoms before the diagnosis.
Those with a parent, sibling, or other relative with colon cancer have an increased risk of developing the disease.
If you were born in the '90s, you have 2x the risk of colon and 4x the risk of rectal cancer as those born in the 1950s.
Younger adults were more likely than older adults to be diagnosed with late-stage cancers.
(Bonus Fact) Screening is easy, there are many affordable options that can be done in the privacy of your own home. Talk to your doctor about the right one for you.

PS: This cancer also took the life of my next door neighbor growing up, and "second mother", about 10 years ago. She was one of the most wonderful, loving souls I've ever met. She told me on one of my last visits to her that she wished she had been tested for colon cancer, but resisted, and would have otherwise been cured. If found early, it is quite curable. Therefore, like she would, I IMPLORE you, get tested...it's not that bad, and waiting can mean the difference between simple surgery or a shortened life. Go ahead and get your rear in gear!

Thank you so much in advance and please join me... quite frankly, give as you can. You can make a huge difference!

Kindest personal regards,

Brenneman (Brenny) Thompson

Questions or suggestions? Feel free to text or call me at 704-661-5161 or email me at brennythompson@aol.om. Thanks so much!!! 

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