Saturday, October 4, 2008


Winter and Scott Zagarino,
Founder Athletes for a Cure

September 27th 2008

To everyone involved with the 2008 Inaugural Athletes for a Cure Triathlon:

Winter and her family would like to personally thank everyone for making this event such a success in so many ways, but most importantly by helping raise awareness for prostate cancer. Winter cannot tackle prostate cancer awareness alone but through Team Winter and Athletes for a Cure, the possibilities are endless. The outpouring of love to her and our family has been beyond belief. Throughout the race individuals were introducing themselves to Winter, Michael and myself and telling their stories of how prostate cancer had affected their lives. This event is not just a race; it is so much more than that. It is about making a difference, not setting limits on oneself, giving unconditionally and having a passion for a great cause.

The staff at Disney, the race volunteers, race directors and organizers, race participants and spectators showed incredible compassion and support throughout the entire weekend. We could not even begin to thank everyone; especially those who could not be there at the race in person, but so graciously gave donations and words of encouragement. Most importantly, none of this would have been possible without the founder of Athletes for a Cure, Scott Zagarino.

So many new people have come into our lives from this one single event. We will continue our passion (the multisport life) in support of Athletes for a Cure and the Prostate Cancer Foundation each and everyday. We can’t wait until the 2009 2nd annual AFAC Triathlon. A special thanks goes out to all the athletes who raced under Team Winter. We hope all of you will be back next year to help Team Winter grow in both numbers and fundraising.

I want all of you to know that Michael smiled more during that one weekend then in the entire last four months since being diagnosed and treated for metastatic prostate cancer. That is something only all of you could accomplish and we are thankful for that.

Who do you race for?

Thanks a Million,

Dawn Estelle
Michael Vinecki
Winter, Yukon, Magnum and Ruger

*We send our Love and we will stay strong to help Michael fight the fight. will be up and running soon.


Sean O'Connor said...

Mike, Dawn and kids,

We were thinking about you again today and wanted to drop a quick note to tell you. Thank you, Dawn, for keeping us up to date when you can. This blog is obviously not your top priority so don't sweat it if you can't get to it.

You have a lot of friends behind you.


Sean and Cathy

rnowicki said...

Michael,Dawn and kids,
Michael, you must be very proud of Winter. She is awesome and what an athlete!! We continue to pray for you so keep fighting.
Renee N.

bevzuv said...

Michael, Dawn & Kids,
You are an awesome family to accomplish all you are through this journey! I am truly amazed. Michael your smile is contagious, it's great to see, keep on smiling and keep the faith. Bev & Don Zuvers

heidimw said...

Vinecki family,

Sitting here through my tears writing this. What a true inspiration you all are. Winter, you are truly the "hope" for your generation, and we will be here watching you through the years!

Mike and Dawn...I am sure you are just bursting at the seams in pride for amazing feat that Winter has completed and will continue to fight in the future. This is a proud parent moment...go ahead and smile BIG smiles!

Fight the BIG FIGHT Michael, we are here supporting you in cyber land. Don't ever forget that you are considered (((HUGGED))) from afar!

Keep smiling

Becky said...


We missed you and your smiling face last night at our St. Jude's event...

I hope all is going well...


Keep Smilin'


tdwiltjer said...

Hey buddy. It was nice to see your Dad today. I hope everything is going well. I would have stopped by myself instead of meeting him in a parking lot to send you love from your buddies;) But I didnt want to take the risk you'd catch this cough that I can't shake. I fully expect you to have that banner hanging where you can see it every day because it's how we all feel about you. I would have kept it until convention so more of the auctioneers could have signed it...but we wanted you to have it now. We'll just sign your head when we see you in Dearborn:) I told your Dad to bring you down for even a day for a visit. We're keeping you in our prayers.


Tricia Wiltjer

KennyLindsay said...

Big Bad Mike,

Alright. I gotta know. Are you even reading our sappy comments or are we on here yapping at the wind? LOL!

Look. You have a TON of people asking about you at the MSAA so please make it a goal to make it to Dearborn this year.

You know that we are your extended family and you've been on our minds BIG TIME since you encountered all this craziness.

You are WINNING this battle and soon enough you'll have this all behind you - no pun intended.

I don't think you realize what an inspiration you are to so many of us and I'm not kidding you - it would be GREAT to hear from you on here.

Matt Thornton said...


Thought you and Dawn might be up for a little humor so...
Doctors' Opinion of Financial Bail Out Package

The Allergists voted to scratch it, and the Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves.

The Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve, and the Obstetricians felt they were all laboring under a misconception.

The Ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted; the Pathologists yelled, 'Over my dead body!' while the Pediatricians said, 'Oh, Grow up!'

The Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, the Radiologists could see right through it, and the Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing.

The Internists thought it was a bitter pill to swallow, and the Plastic Surgeons said, 'This puts a whole new face on the matter.'

The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the Urologists felt the scheme wouldn't hold water.

The Anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas, and the Cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no.

In the end, the Proctologists left the decision up to some assholes in Washington.

Hope this finds you getter better and stronger as the treatments continue!

Have a great day!


jan said...

Michael: I'm thinking about you and wondering when the next bout of chemo will take place. Give me a call and let me know please. I am praying for you and thinking about you constantly. Hope to have an update soon.

kleinsorgesluvu said...

Dawn and Michael

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. It's nice to see the kids play an active role in the fight against cancer. It must be tough now but you need to look for the light at the end of the tunnel. I will be watching your blog for updates. I know that will be good ones. Take care. Love Scott and Chris

The Zelaskos said...

Michael, Dawn and kids,

We are thinking of you. We pray that you stay strong through this battle.

Love and hugs,
John and Pam

Matt Thornton said...

Ok, so does anyone know anything, or are we SUPPOSED to "feel" how Mike is doing?

Someone please post something more than a "get well" wish (they are great, and this too will be one... but information is good too!)

Michael- Hope this finds you getting better and SOON able to let the rest of us know how you are doing, and the status of your situation!!!