At age 14, Todd Gordon lost his mother, Margaret Mary “Peggy” Gordon, to melanoma cancer that had spread to her organs. She was his source of security and love, and naturally, losing her devastated him. What he did not realize was the deep and profound effect her death had on his emotional health and how that insecurity transcended into every aspect of his life.
After 31, Gordon realized there had to be a better way to achieve purpose, fulfillment and joy in life.
Difficult life events brought him to a place where he finally grieved the death of his mom in a healthy way.
“The experience was painful but necessary and has become the inspiration to carry on her legacy. She taught me everything I needed to know about life in my first 14 years,” he said.
Shore has always held a special place in Gordon’s heart – it is the place where his mother received her cancer treatment. To honor his mom’s legacy, he has entered the IRONMAN 70.3 Atlantic City Triathlon with a goal to raise $15,000 to benefit Shore Cancer Center.
The race will be held on Sept. 15, which is a special day because it would have been his mom’s 77th birthday.
Please help Todd reach his goal and support his effort. You can contribute by visiting his fundraising page, hosted through Shore Medical Center. Your donation will go directly to helping patients and families right here in your community.
Gordon has also created a Facebook page, M2H Charities – Tri Racing for Charity, where you can follow along with his training.
To donate, click here or call Claudia Giordano at 609-653-3800 to make a donation over the phone. Your donation will provide direct support to Shore Cancer Center patients and families that experience hardships due to cancer.
Shore Cancer Center offers a comprehensive, nationally-recognized program that utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to provide patients with the best experts, technology and quality care. To learn more about Shore Cancer Center, visit https://shoremedicalcenter.org/centers/cancer