Sponsor Charlie Bewley's Ultramarathon Run on May 1st and support The Lions Gate Hospital Foundation for your chance to win a private screening for you and 20 of your friends to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part One, the day before general release in theaters.
On May 1st 2011, Charlie Bewley will be attempting an Ultramarathon in memory of Jocelyn Clarke and in support of The Lions Gate Hospital Foundation. The feat will take place in sync with the BMO Vancouver Marathon and Half-Marathon.
In support of this challenge, Summit Entertainment have very kindly donated the wonderful prize of a private screening of Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 the day before general release to one lucky winner and 20 of their friends*. For every dollar sponsored, you will receive one ticket in the draw to win this and many other prizes. All funds raised will be donated to the The Lions Gate Hospital Foundation which, together with the BC Cancer Agency, helped Jocelyn throughout her illness.
"Jocelyn and I met on a bus to an audition in North Vancouver over two years ago. To strike up a rapport with someone in that short time goes some way to explaining the magnetism Jocelyn had; brimming enthusiasm, warmth and a wonderful smile draws you in, before her colorful charisma and lust for life opens up in conversation.
"The next time I saw Jocelyn was on the set of "Twilight Saga: New Moon" where she was doubling Dakota Fanning. Once again, her radiance lit up the bleak and haunting Volturi Chamber. It was so nice to see her doing her thing and we chin-wagged much during the downtime. A friendship without pressures, we enjoyed each others company when it serendipitously occurred.
"Early 2010, I learned that Jocelyn had contracted a rare and terminal lung cancer with metastasis to the lymph nodes and spine. When I finally drummed up the courage to call her, all the pain, fear and strength she was experiencing was vividly and viscerally translated to me through our long conversation; one that will stay with me forever. Though empathy, in these circumstances, is null and void...
"Jocelyn passed away on February 13th 2011, aged just 36. To say that she 'lost her battle with cancer' would do a huge disservice to the incredible strength she showed during the course of her treatment. Jocelyn kept us all informed of her fight through her very frank and honest daily Facebook updates; it was raw and real.
"We weren't close, but there are very few people who allow you such unguarded access to their soul upon first encounter. She was a pure one, and was meant for higher realms... To that extent, Jocelyn will always hold a place in me and I shall miss her. My sincere condolences go out to her family and friends.
"To embark upon such a mental and physical battle is something none of us might ever have to deal with at such a young age. And in a world where our struggle seems to be, more often than not, to excessively cotton-wool ourselves away from fear and pain, we never discover our real strength… it exists within us, but it is rarely called upon and so we remain a dormant race of wasted potential, warriors who will never be awoken. One day, our war may come and we may have to rely on our untested strength...
"To put ourself in the cross sight of our fears - to push ourselves physically and mentally further than we can imagine - is to break down walls, is to summon strength, is to evolve …as is our purpose."
I have no idea if I can run a marathon, let alone an Ultra. I have a competitive 10km time but this is a completely different story. 40 miles, or 60 kilometers. One-and-a-half marathons. The punishment on the body will be crippling…
…But when the struggle begins, what extra incentive will I need when imagining the battle the subject of my cause endured every day during her illness. Since Jocelyn has passed away, I will now be running for the money you have kindly donated to those responsible for treating her illness... so that many others may be given the opportunity to fight as Jocelyn did. Through The Lions Gate Hospital Foundation lghfoundation.com/ <http://www.lghfoundation.com/>, Jocelyn received many rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and naturopathic treatments to help battle her illness. It seems appropriate to give back to those wonderful people who fought alongside Jocelyn in her journey.
…Life: the stakes are high. I will not fail at this. Blind certainty, let's call it.
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