My Fundraising Page

Changed Forever
Oct 11, 2013 by Shawnee Lavy

Istarted this journey on a whim. A presentation was given at my work and I thought "Why not. This will be great to represent my company and honor my Mother In Law". 2 hours after signing up I thought "What the *%$@ did I commit to? I can't do this! I'm too out of shape, I have no time and how am I going to raise all that money?". I immediately called my Mother in Law and told her what I was doing in her honor. I would never do anything to disappoint her so I think that was my way of locking in my commitment right then and there. I went home and told my family and they were like: "Okie Dokie" but I knew their were rolling their eyes at what I had "gotten myself into now".

After the kick off, I came home and was very quiet. My husband asked why. I again was overwhelmed about what I had signed up for and was worried I wouldn't be able to pull it off with out my work and family suffering. BUT, I continued on. I told her it was in her honor right?

So practices came and I met my West Valley Team Mates. Practices turned hot (tell me again why we thought we could do this in the summer?) and talk of ice cream and Guinness ended up with wine and tapas. This is when the real magic happened. Mission moments mixed with personal stories and life changing moments when people torturing their bodies for those who's bodies needed it more than we ever could, changed the game. For me this became more than a personal goal. Fundraising became a focus. Let's face it, if I wanted a "nice weekend away in a cool city like San Francisco" I could have paid for a couple of times over with the money I have spent on "gear" and fundraising "incentives" and after practice shenanigans. This money is being used to save lives and support patients who cannot afford their care.

I changed my diet to better improve my performance. I invested hours and hours into sending out fundraising letters. I approached businesses for sponsorships. I ran straight out of my comfort zone at a speed so fast the un-thinkable happened. I broke myself.

When they told me my injury would keep me from crossing that finish line I cried. Really really cried. Right there on a gurney at 11pm in the middle of one of the busiest trauma center/emergency room in the state. The doctor actually ran out of the room. The nurse stood there staring at me not know what to say. My husbands eyes glistened with tears of his own watching his wife's heart break knowing she was thinking of all of the people she was going to let down.

Now I have bucked up, realizing this journey never had anything to do with me crossing that finish line. It never did. It has everything to do with continuing to support those "who can't" even though I can't either. I will heal. Some day I can try again. But what I will never be able to do is give back this experience I am having here and now. I would never want to.

While my team mates are out there pounding the pavement I am going to BE here pounding the key board asking for donations and sharing the cause. I am going to continue to fundraise and BE support for other's in their fundraising ventures as well. I am going to BE in San Francisco. I am going to BE there to support my team. I am going to BE just fine. Because I am going to continue to BE part of the cure. And because if it, I am never going to BE the same again.

Thanks to all of you how supported LLS by supporting me in this journey, even though the road to the finish line took a different turn for me. Because of each and everyone of you I am the top fundraiser for this event in the whole Arizona Team in Training chapter. Thank you is not enough. I wish I could double your money and give it back to you but I know each and every one of you would give it back to help those who need it the most. We are forever grateful.

PS. My Mother in Law is now cancer free had her last surgery during this adventure. We are so blessed with what the future holds for her and our future.

We can't give up on those who need our help
Oct 03, 2013 by Shawnee Lavy

What most people don't know is I have a blood disease with a very long name that I will not bore you with. In a nutshell my blood clots. I have had in the past clots in my leg and almost didn't make it in 2007 when I had a pulmonary embolism following surgery. With my recent foot operation and the need to have a cast and now the boot, I have been placed on blood thinners again and need to see a Hemotologist. Yesterday I went to see him and his office/clinic serves hematology patients and oncology patients as well. He treats patients with blood cancers. As I was getting out of my car a lady who clearly was there for cancer treatment saw me struggling and got out of her car and came and asked me how she could help. My heart sank as it should have been me asking how I can help her. When I was in the building I went to use the restrooms which were in the Chemo treatment room. There were about 10 people in chairs with IV's reading or resting. The room was so quite and again my heart sank. I want to yell out "I'm going to keep doing everything I can to raise money to make your lives better and longer!" I managed to hold back but the feeling has not left me. The angel that helped me out of my car is forever burned into my soul. I don't know her name or circumstance but she is added to my ever growing list of those inspiring me to keep on keep'n on for the cause. When I told my Dr I had been in training before my accident and why he got so excited. He says that LLS financially supplements the cost for care for many of his patients. He gushed on about what an amazing organization LLS is and how their research is changing the outlook and outcome of so many people not only with blood cancers but other cancers as well. I am so proud to be a part of the masses working to support LLS and their for Drs and patients. Will you join me? Can you please reach into your heart and check for any amount you can spare? Can you share my link to spread the word? Your dollar may just be the dollar that makes somebody's "someday" today. Thank you!

Waving the white flag for my foot-but not for the cause!
Sep 10, 2013 by Shawnee Lavy

Big sigh. Reality has finally landed in my brain and has overridden my heart. Some of you may or may not know, but 3 weeks ago today I fell and broke my foot. Surgery was necessary and they put my bones back together with tiny little screws. Good news is I got my splint off today and talked them out of a cast. I had to promise to wear my boot. I am sad because after much advise from Dr's coaches and friends and family who know me the most I am going to have to concede I cannot do this race in San Francisco on a scooter. Nifty as it is, it's just too dangerous and the hills probably will be impossbile. Just typing this has me pausing to take a deep breath and breath through the tears and lump in my throat that are instantly forming. The good news is I am cleared to go to the event and the organizers are working on me being able to be at the finish line to escort my team members across. I will be happy to share in their accomplishment as we have all worked so hard together and have become very close. I will still fundraise as well. This is the most important part as the need has not gone away because I broke myself. Please continue to check my link for updates and share with your friends if you could so we can raise as much money as possible for research and patient support. Also I would love to see pics of you all in our Cinderella shirts! $25 donation via my page and I will mail it right to your home! If you are local and can pick it up it's only $20. Also, don't forget for every $10 donated you will get 5 entries into the drawing for $500 cash and other prizes. For every $50 you get 6 entries! The winner will be pulled at our team send off dinner in October. Thank you again and again for everyone supporting LLS while I am on this journey :)

Keep on Keep'n on for the cause...
Aug 24, 2013 by Shawnee Lavy

"Like, Oh my Gawd!"
Aug 19, 2013 by Shawnee Lavy

What a weekend I just had! Started Saturday morning with not hearing my 4am alarm for team practice so by the time I got there the team was already on it's way back in. Coach James had the "Awesome" idea that I would just continue on foot to where the team always has breakfast after practice. Sure. No problem. Well, it almost turned out to be a problem because I did the 5.58 miles with no nutrition (I always have my Shakeology on the way to practice) and no hydration (since I was off the course no water stops). What a lesson that was, I was a hot mess by the time I got there. But then food, coffee water and good times was had by all and I headed home for a soak in the pool. BUT that plan was derailed by the last minute call that they needed someone to facilitate the 50/50 raffle at McFadden’s (West Gate) before the Cardinals/Cowboys game. I barely got a shower and ran back out the door to spend the next 4 hours going from group to group in a crowded bar selling raffle tickets, almost 400 of them! No rest for the weary either! Sunday I was up early, putting on blue eye shadow, eyeliner, pink lip gloss and popping my colar to compliment my 80's bangs and "permed" hair to go play in an 80's themed volleyball tournament to support some of my fellow TNT fundraisers. Team “Like, Oh myh Gawd!” Played 7 games in 108 degree heat. I did use sun screen so avoided sun burn on my skin, BUT wore cheep risky business sunglasses that allowed my eyeballs to get burnt. Who knew? Apparently, everyone who did not grow up on the Oregon Coast...oh well all for the cause right? What really got me though was when I got home and watched the live streaming YouTube tribute to Talia Joy Castellano. Over 2 hours of talking about and honoring this amazing and talented little girl taken just before her 14th birthday by chilldhood cancers, among them Leukemia. I cried and cried and cried. So unfair for her family to have to go through this but how blessed are we to have an opportunity to "know" this amazing person because she used her situation to get this disease noticed? I am humbled time and time again by the strength, grace and courage of those battling, winning or losing, against cancer. We have got to "Keep on swimming" and giving and serving until we can wipe this ugly thing out. We have got to find cures and treatments so our littlest of angels on earth get to grow up and have angels of their own. My goal is 10K by October 20th. I'm a little over half way there. Can you help get us the rest of the way? Please?

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Supporter Comments

    "Best of Luck!! All your hard work will be worth it :)"

    Cindy DeGeus

    Thu May 30 03:35:47 EDT 2013

    "Good luck Shawnee and have fun!"

    Pat Vogel

    Fri May 31 09:54:23 EDT 2013

    "Good Luck! "

    Diane Cavaliere

    Fri May 31 04:42:54 EDT 2013

    "Its small but it's what I've got! "

    Aaron Shrader

    Fri Jun 07 11:30:09 EDT 2013

    "From Krisanna Wolmbold and Salon Zen!"

    Krisanna Wolmbolt

    Sat Jun 08 03:52:50 EDT 2013

    "Way to go Shawnee. I love you! "

    Sam H

    Sat Jun 15 03:54:30 EDT 2013

    "Great work - keep the updates coming!"

    Lori Secrest

    Sun Jun 16 12:56:13 EDT 2013

    "I believe in you Shawnee thank you for running for the cause "

    Corinne Bussey

    Sun Jun 16 06:13:06 EDT 2013

    "Thank you for the opportunity..."

    Jerry Lampert

    Sat Jun 22 01:24:49 EDT 2013

    "Good luck with the training and fundraising! Ron and Tracy"

    Ronald Parker

    Tue Jul 02 09:57:46 EDT 2013

    "Congrats on coming this far and we're super excited to support you and help take you a bit closer to your goal."

    Michael & Madalyn Fox

    Sun Jul 14 12:38:46 EDT 2013

    "Kick Butt out there and have fun! Thanks for working so hard for such a great cause!"

    Caliente Construction, Inc. Mesa, AZ

    Thu Jul 18 06:46:12 EDT 2013

    "Ah, geez, already donated but when I read that Brian L lost his 19-yr-old son, I couldn't just sit here and not do a little bit more."

    Shanna Spring

    Mon Jul 29 05:10:19 EDT 2013

    "I envy your dedication girl!!! Go make those muscles!!!"

    Fred Lovato

    Fri Aug 02 04:58:49 EDT 2013

    "So proud of you for keeping your head up and being an inspiration always <3"


    Sat Sep 14 12:25:07 EDT 2013

    "Thank you for being an inspiration both on and off the running trail! Excited to sport my Cinderella tee and celebrate many accomplishments with you in San Fran. You have done much to be proud of. Don't ever stop!"

    Jenni P.

    Tue Sep 17 04:44:25 EDT 2013

    "Go TEAM!!! :)"

    Kevin Tordai

    Tue Oct 08 11:58:25 EDT 2013

    "Thanks for the awesome shirts!!! Go Team!"

    jennifer arnold

    Sun Sep 22 01:54:46 EDT 2013

    "Thank you are an inspiration. Hope your foot completely heals."

    Susan Lafreniere

    Sat Sep 21 08:09:31 EDT 2013

    "I'm dedicating todays fundraising proceeds to a little girl named Faith, just diagnosed with Leukemia. May she and her family have as much peace as possible during this journey."

    Shawnee Lavy

    Mon Sep 16 09:41:16 EDT 2013

    "To Shawnee your will power and determination will always remain in my heart "

    Corinne Bussey

    Mon Aug 26 08:29:38 EDT 2013

    "Great Job everyone helping this cause!!"

    Crikett Jones

    Thu Aug 22 07:57:44 EDT 2013

    "My mom,Irene Babcock, passed away from Lymphona December 10th, 1987, my senior year in high school. I miss her dearly. Thank you so much for doing this!! "

    Rachel Smith

    Thu Aug 22 02:36:36 EDT 2013

    "Proud of you!!!"

    Gloria Confair

    Sat Aug 17 01:14:34 EDT 2013

    "I applaud you for your dedication in preparing for and doing this. Way to go."

    Mark Mandelko

    Fri Aug 16 09:58:40 EDT 2013

    "Mom, you fought a great battle and encouraged me to never give up!"

    Stephen M Oliva

    Mon Aug 12 12:34:34 EDT 2013

    "You go girl!"

    Mark Hughes

    Tue Aug 06 10:21:40 EDT 2013

    "Hi Shawnee, Good luck to your and your team on making your goal. I would like to make this donation in memory of Joe Mangino. We worked with Joe for years and he lost his battle with lymphoma last year. He was a great guy and we miss him!John"

    John Papuga

    Mon Aug 05 03:29:28 EDT 2013

    "May God give you strength and perseverance to finish the race! Go get um!"

    Cami Jostes

    Sun Aug 04 02:24:23 EDT 2013

    "Way to GO Shawnee! Good luck!"

    Tina Vozzo

    Sat Aug 03 08:00:34 EDT 2013

    "You Rock! Love you always Robin"

    Robin Stephenson

    Mon Jul 15 10:54:09 EDT 2013

    "My aunts grandaughter Kayleigh Charland was diagnosed with leukemia at 6 weeks old and went through rounds of chemo at that young age... she is now 2 and 1/2 and although she has some difficulties due to her traumatic 1st year she is a tough little girl and a survivor~ so I want to donate in her honor. Thank you Shawnee for your hard work and dedication!!!! This is a wonderful venture you are on for such a good cause :) "

    Lisa Woosley

    Sat Jun 29 06:58:01 EDT 2013

    "Have fun"

    Byron Wagar

    Fri Jun 28 10:32:58 EDT 2013

    "This is a great cause and I applaud your commitment in dealing with this disease."

    Mark Clinton

    Thu Jun 27 01:26:39 EDT 2013

    "In honor of Darlene Lavy for Shawnee Lavy. Shawnee, You are doing a great kindness for Darlene and all Cancer research. You keep going my little girl. Love Mom*"


    Tue Jun 25 09:55:00 EDT 2013

    "Good job on all the hard work you are putting in and a great cause."

    Ken Larkins

    Tue Jun 25 01:24:57 EDT 2013

    "Thank you CenturyLink employees for donating to LLS via our bake sale at 20 E Thomas!"


    Mon Jun 24 07:21:59 EDT 2013

    "Great cause Shawnee, we are pulling for you. "

    John Liggin

    Mon Jun 17 02:02:03 EDT 2013

    "Shawnee, gook luck and best wishes on your training endeavors and I believe you will do great in The Bay in October. Having had both parents pass away from their cancer battles I applaud everyone whom fights their own cancer battles or anyone whom is supporting, in whatever manner, someone whom is in a cancer battle. Thanks for the positive support you are undertaking."

    Cheryl Zikmund

    Mon Jun 17 10:08:55 EDT 2013

    "go Shawnee"

    ron perkerewicz

    Sun Jun 16 11:07:11 EDT 2013

    "My Grandma, Cleone Winnie Jones Ogilvie, survived cancer due to help from friends that she didn't even know. I wish with all my heart I could do more. Thanks for everything!"

    Rynell Chavez

    Sun Jun 16 03:04:47 EDT 2013

    "I love so very much that you are doing this Shawnee! I'm so proud of you! "

    Shelly Heim

    Sun Jun 09 07:37:56 EDT 2013

    "Go Shawnee! Great efforts in support of a great cause! "

    Leslie Harrington

    Sat Jun 08 06:15:12 EDT 2013

    "Way to go Shawnee! Best of luck with the marathon - what a great cause. "

    Brian Hales

    Fri Jun 07 04:06:18 EDT 2013

    "Thank you for your commitment to support this cause. Best of wishes to you and your team in hopes you'll meet your goals and be blessed as well. "

    Christina Hefner

    Wed Jun 05 09:35:08 EDT 2013

    "Good luck in your GREAT cause!!"

    Laura Olvey

    Tue Jun 04 06:24:34 EDT 2013

    "Thank you for making a difference and running this race. My daughter's best friend's brother has been fighting leukemia for a year, his is now 3 and while he still has a long road ahead of him he always has a smile on his face."

    Halle Slattery

    Mon Jun 03 07:14:24 EDT 2013

    "A great cause and a noble commitment, Shawnee. You go girl!!"

    Karen Piper

    Fri May 31 11:30:22 EDT 2013

    "I lost my son to Leukemia when he was nineteen. He battled his illness for over five years and I miss him every day. I am donating to support Shawnee, and to help fund cancer research. Hopefully someday a cure will be found."

    Brian Liubakka

    Fri May 31 10:24:49 EDT 2013

    "Excellent progress, and such a great cause!"

    Stephen Bishop

    Thu May 30 01:01:17 EDT 2013

    "Good on ya, lady! Best wishes for all sorts of goals achieved in this endeavor."

    Shanna Spring

    Fri May 24 11:48:14 EDT 2013

    "I lost my sister to cancer at age 42 hopefully someday we will find a cure for this dreaded disease."

    Joe Karnas

    Fri May 24 10:14:56 EDT 2013

    "I've lost these 3 friends to cancer. They had a great influence in my life. They will be missed. I am donating to support Shawnee Lavy who is alive and running in behalf of her Mother-in-Law. My prayers are for you both! Thanks, Wanda Majeski"


    Thu May 23 10:06:45 EDT 2013

    "I miss you, it was such a quick goodbye. Love your favorite daughter in law...Diane"

    diane gomez

    Thu May 23 01:00:27 EDT 2013

    "Have Fun!"

    Jim Hubber

    Thu May 23 10:30:07 EDT 2013

    "any girl who likes her gun has my support"

    Stacy Jones

    Wed May 22 07:33:30 EDT 2013

    "Good luck mom!"

    Alexa Forkner

    Sun May 19 10:26:13 EDT 2013

    "I hope they give you a fancy tiara to wear for all of the work you have done!! Congrats!"

    Donna Salas

    Tue Oct 15 03:41:17 EDT 2013

    "Shawnee, Good luck and conratulations on your efforts. Steve"

    Steve Brookner

    Tue Oct 15 12:06:03 EDT 2013

    "For my Grandpa currently battling as I type this. "

    Julie Trotter

    Fri Oct 11 10:26:35 EDT 2013

    "Glad to help any way I can! "

    Randi Beasley

    Mon Oct 07 06:17:11 EDT 2013

    "Go get them Shawnee!"

    Matthew Brunkow

    Fri Oct 04 12:24:42 EDT 2013

    "I've really enjoyed getting to know you this season. You've been such an inspiration and your determination is unsurpassed! "

    Christina Burris

    Fri Sep 27 01:30:57 EDT 2013

    "I am giving additional money to my amount because you have inspired me. Congrats on your fund raising"

    Stacy Jones

    Tue Oct 15 01:17:16 EDT 2013

    "Shawnee...I am so sorry for the late t-shirt money. Never let someone buy something from you after their long run or they will block the entire day out of memory. Can't wait to see you in San Fran. Love your spirit and inspiration."

    Laura Shivers

    Mon Oct 07 03:32:39 EDT 2013

    "You are a ROCK STAR and a inspiration!!!"


    Wed Oct 02 01:32:28 EDT 2013

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $8,333.33 | Goal: $10,000.00
83 %

My Team

Team Total: $13,414.67 | Goal: $8,800.00

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In Honor of

Darlene Lavy

My Thanks To

LifeStart Wellness Networ... $1000.00
John Papuga $500.00
Anonymous $305.00
CenturyLink Raffle $255.00
Anonymous $250.00
Anonymous $229.00
Shawnee Lavy $136.00
Anonymous $120.00
CenturyLink Raffle $107.00
Matthew Brunkow $100.00
Corinne Bussey $100.00
Isaac Miyakawa $100.00
Larry Greenfeld $100.00
Mark Clinton $100.00
Jerry Lampert $100.00
Cheryl Zikmund $100.00
Corinne Bussey $100.00
JEFF LAVY $100.00
Greg Lindsey $77.00
Mark Mandelko $75.00
Kevin Tordai $60.00
jennifer arnold $60.00
Paul Cook $50.00
Steve Brookner $50.00
JeanMarie` Harmon $50.00
Anthony Reveles $50.00
Leesa Haines $50.00
Anonymous $50.00
Julie Stevens $50.00
George McGee $50.00
Rachel Smith $50.00
Gloria Confair $50.00
Shane Knudtson $50.00
Keith Antipow $50.00
Tom Nejman $50.00
Mark Hughes $50.00
Michael & Madalyn Fox $50.00
Nathan Aneshansley $50.00
Darlene Lavy $50.00
Larry McMillin $50.00
Shelly Heim $50.00
Brian Hales $50.00
Halle Slattery $50.00
Pat Vogel $50.00
Stephen Bishop $50.00
diane gomez $50.00
Susan Lafreniere $40.00
Kristine Nugent $30.00
Ami Atkinson Combs $30.00
Laura Olvey $30.00
Kevin Reagan $26.00
American Express $25.00
Emile Detiege $25.00
Donna Salas $25.00
Stacy Jones $25.00
Douglas Boyce $25.00
Frank Frulio $25.00
Jennifer Humbird $25.00
Randi Beasley $25.00
Carrie Tyler Bolz $25.00
Amy Schmelzel $25.00
Christina Burris $25.00
George McGee $25.00
Stephen M Oliva $25.00
George McGee $25.00
Sarah Hetzel $25.00
Cami Jostes $25.00
Norma Mayes $25.00
Kelly Lavy $25.00
Robin Stephenson $25.00
Patrick Leadabrand $25.00
Deena Pugmire $25.00
Tanja Fusco $25.00
Lisa Woosley $25.00
Byron Wagar $25.00
Anonymous $25.00
Teresa Osinski $25.00
Jamie Russell $25.00
Dixie Cullens $25.00
John Liggin $25.00
ashley Melchior $25.00
Dena Salisbury $25.00
Lisa Bliss $25.00
Leslie Harrington $25.00
Christina Hefner $25.00
Deb Statt $25.00
Tim Erickson $25.00
Alexa Forkner $25.00
Diane Cavaliere $25.00
Karen Piper $25.00
Brian Liubakka $25.00
David Shepard $25.00
Joe Karnas $25.00
Jim Hubber $25.00
Stacy Jones $25.00
Alexa Forkner $25.00
Laura Shivers $20.00
diane gomez $20.00
Amy Crawford $20.00
Krisanna Wolmbolt $20.00
Annette Flatt $15.00
Cheryl Garcia $10.00
Rynell Chavez $10.00
Bonnie Haggard $10.00
Aaron Shrader $5.00
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