Mission and Purpose

Mission

The mission of both this website and the events it represents is to fight Heart Disease and all related ailments in two central ways:

  • The first is fundraising for research on Heart Disease.  This mission is pursued by organizing first-class events and utilizing these events to encourage the public to involve themselves in the battle against the Heart Disease pandemic.
  • The second is to promote fitness as a weapon against the prevalence of Heart Disease.  Particularly, using running as a focal point for the public to start a journey towards positive health and a rewarding life.

Purpose

In July of 2010, Philip “Cat” Guerrero unexpectedly and tragically passed away due to heart failure caused by complications related to the Heart Disease he was diagnosed with approximately 1 year prior to the incident.  An athlete and avid runner in his youth, “Cat” reacted to his health concerns with an attempt at returning to fitness through cycling and hitting the gym.  Sadly, this lifestyle change came too late, and his heart succumbed to the pressures of Heart Disease.

Philip "Cat" Guerrrero; Christmas 2009

As mentioned, “Cat” was  a committed runner in his youth competing in numerous running events in Southern California clear into his 30s.  However, after starting a family and devoting all his  effort to giving his family the best life he possibly could, his fitness took back seat, leaving him vulnerable to Heart Disease. 😦

"Cat" after a race in his late 20s A family pic of the Guerreros getting ready to celebrate Christmas "Cat" in his late 20s playing in a local slow-pitch softball league in Southern California

Nonetheless, before he left this world, “Cat” left a legacy.  He changed everyone with whom he interacted. His fun-loving personality radiated from his glowing face everywhere he went and penetrated even the most stubborn personalities and facades. He was very social and always enjoyed sharing a laugh, no matter who it was with. Those around him were empowered by the selflessness and hard work that he tirelessly demonstrated.  His loved ones were always on his mind and he would be sure that all his actions never negatively affected those around him.

"Cat" flashes a bright smile to the lucky photographer A nice family pic A picture of a proud grandfather with his beautiful grandchildren

A great picture of "Cat" and his wife Allison. Circa 2008

He raised his family by demonstrating hard work and integrity in all he did.  He instilled in his son, Philip “Big Cat” Guerrero, a love for an active lifestyle and encouraged him to take running as a pastime.  For this reason, “Big Cat” will be running in memory of “Cat” for the main event, The Philip “Cat” Guerrero Memorial Heart Run. 🙂

A good pic of "Cat" and his kids looking sharp at a family wedding "Cat" and his son "Big Cat." Circa 2004



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4 Responses to “Mission and Purpose”

  1. Anina COWIE January 2, 2011 at 8:46 AM #

    I’m sorry your father passed away so suddenly. I think what you are doing is absolutely fantastic and I’ll be more than happy to help you achieve your goals.

    Good luck
    😀

    • Karen Calderon January 4, 2011 at 2:55 AM #

      I am truly sorry to hear about your father’s passing. This is a beautiful way to remember him. I am currently in New York, but would love to help in any way possible. I know the feeling all too well. I do a run for my grandmother and aunt who have passed of breast cancer. Keep me posted. Happy New Year!

    • philipguerrero11 January 4, 2011 at 5:45 AM #

      thank you for the kind words and support…it is greatly appreciated 😀

  2. J PinZ January 31, 2012 at 2:35 PM #

    Keep running Big Cat!!!

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