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Together We’ll Dominate!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I was looking for a cause or something I could support in order to run the Columbus Half Marathon on October 17, 2010. It took less than 2 hours and I found something that I am honored to run for. Thanks to my friend Ryan Grammatico, my wife and I will be running our races in October to support former U of M kickerĀ Phil Brabbs and his battle against a form of blood cancer called Multiple Myeloma. While I don’t know Phil personally, like many of you, cancer has touched people close to me. Knowing I am running to support his battle and thinking of the courage of all those battling this disease makes this an honor to do. Hopefully, we won’t be doing this alone….

You’re all invited to join us too!!!!

Here’s my offer and idea. By purchasing one of the two t-shirts shown above, you will help support Phil and his battle to find a cure for this disease. Heather and I will be wearing our shirts on race day and we’d love to see you wearing yours too. You don’t even have to live in Columbus, Ohio. If you will help us in supporting Phil by purchasing a t-shirt and taking a picture of you wearing it (preferably on October 17th), I’ll gather all of the photos and post them here on the blog. Together we’ll show Phil our full support and let him know we’re carrying the mat for him. Again, here’s the idea:

1. Go to to read more about Phil and his journey

2. Go to This Web Site to order one of the 2 shirts shown above

3. Wear the shirt on October 17th and email me a picture of you wearing the shirt.

4. Leave me a comment here or through email if you’re planning to purchase a shirt.

If you are running in the Columbus Half Marathon in October too, I’d love to see several of these shirt running the race (again, get pictures). Even if you’re running a different race (5K, walkathon, whatever) before October 17th, wear the shirt and send me the pictures. I am posting this now because we have 6 weeks before the race and I wanted to give plenty of time to make everyone aware. The shirts are $20 (that’s about 50 cents a day from now until race day).

I can’t wait to see all of you wearing the shirts and showing Phil he’s not alone in Dominating this battle!



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Comments · 16

  • Dave P. · September 6, 2010

    Good cause choice, Aaron. I think we need at least four of us wearing the OSU colored ones doing the O-H-I-O for a pic for his site. :) I’ll most likely get one although I was waiting to see about another possible shirt.

    • aaron · September 6, 2010

      Awesome. We ordered one of each. Heather will be sporting the Maize and Blue and I’ll be sporting the Scarlet and Gray. Since we’re more Carolina fans we can be neutral and wear them both. I love the idea of getting the O-H-I-O picture. I can’t wait to show Phil our support. I know the web and twitter will come through for us.

  • barb hess · September 7, 2010

    Did phil tell u about the cancerkicker cols event on osu/uofm gameday? I’m also a runner…plz contact me. Id love to mix ideas!

  • aaron · September 7, 2010

    Barb, I had not heard of that. I’m traveling most of this week. I’ll send you an email to connect. Thanks for reaching out. Look forward to talking to you soon.

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  • Missy · September 8, 2010

    Count me in for the scarlet and gray! My friend and I are running that day too! We will probably both order one! Thanks for alerting us to this great cause!

    • aaron · September 8, 2010

      Excellent Missy! Let’s try to get a picture before the race. If not send me pictures of you and your friend and I’ll add them to the post. Thanks for supporting and good luck running you race!

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  • Mud Puppy · September 15, 2010


    I’ll be wearing the Maize and Blue shirt during my Grand Rapids Half Marathon on October 17! :)

    I’ll do a post about it as well soon.

    • Aaron · September 15, 2010

      AWESOME!!!!! Send me a picture when you’re done and good luck. I’m sure you’ll DOMINATE that race. I’m working with some people locally that are organizing a little OSU-Michigan DOMINATE thing too for game day. I’ll let you know the details when I get them. Thanks brother!

      • Mud Puppy · September 15, 2010

        For sure. Keep me posted!

  • Phil Brabbs · September 15, 2010

    Thanks everyone for their support! Aaron…you rock! Thanks for spreading the word about Multiple Myeloma and pushing for funds that will lead to a cure!

    • Aaron · September 15, 2010

      Phil, thanks for the kind words. Brother it is you that rock! Your courage and your strength to take this battle is inspiring. Know that many more have commented outside of this post and you are supported across the United States. We’ll see after the race as the photos pour in. Trust me when I say that there are a whole lot of people supporting you. Your battle has literally got me through the last week or so of training and will carry me one mile at a time through 13.1! Looking forward to the OSU vs Michigan BASH at seasons end too.

      Thanks for allowing me to be a part of domiNATION!

      • Phil Brabbs · September 16, 2010

        I hope to be down their partying in C-bus with Barb and others for the Columbus domiNATION event. It would be great to meet you in person there! We’ll have a lot to celebrate…and hopefully Denard Robinson is still healthy ;)

        • Aaron · September 17, 2010

          You’ll be there. We’re going to try to be there too. While the event will mark the event of OSU vs. Michigan, there is a common denominator here that we all want to beat. It’s going to be a great day of celebration and support. Stay strong. Keep dominating! Barb is amazing and her energy is contagious.

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