Todd Setter: The Value of Responsibility
The most valuable thing my dad taught me was responsibility. During a summer trip when I was a teenager, I neglected to properly tie up our row boat. So in the middle of the night, my father woke me up with my shoes and a flashlight and told me that it was my responsibility to go bring back the boat – which was now in the center of the lake – because I was the last person to use it. I’ve kept this lesson in the back of my mind in everything I’ve done from then on.
After my father’s diagnosis, I felt it was my responsibility to do something to raise awareness of the disease. I started the Santa Cause, a bar crawl hosted during the holidays where attendees would make a donation and had to dress as Santa. After working closely with the Colon Cancer Alliance to donate the funds raised through my fundraiser and seeing the amazing work they were doing, I wanted to get even more involved. I ultimately ended up joining the CCA as the National Director of the Undy 5000 5k Run/Walk. We do something a little different at our races and take the time to honor survivors as well as those who lost their battle, like my father.
Every speech I make at each event is to honor my father, Ron’s, legacy. He taught me the importance of personal responsibility and in my role as director of the Undy 5000 5k I am now responsible to spread the message of awareness. I have a job I’m passionate about and truly love doing, and I have my father to thank for that.
- Todd Setter, National Director, Undy 5000 5k Series