My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
Jul 22, 2008 by Nicole Albritton



My reasons to run...



Nearly five years ago my family got a life changing shock. We learned that my father has cancer. He wasn't told he has just any old cancer (is there even such a thing?), he has Mantle Cell Lymphoma, a highly aggressive, very hard to treat, terminal form of blood cancer. He was told he probably only had about 3 years to live, but he decided from day one that he was going to fight. As a "Daddy's Girl" it has been particularly hard on me to see my rock have to fight for his very life.



Then, not long after that, in November of 2004, I had yet another blow. I received a phone call right before I had to go to work. My step brother, Carl, was in the hospital fighting for his life. A tumor no one knew he had suddenly crushed his windpipe and made it impossible for him to breath on his own. He was soon also diagnosed with Lymphoma. Seeing him lying in a hospital bed i an induced coma with breathing tubes was a hard pill to swallow. Here was the boy who only a few years before had looked up at me with innocent eyes and asked me "Can I call you my big sister too?"



Both my dad and Carl are doing great. Daddy, beating the odds, is still terminal yet years after the doctors said he should have died, he is still fighting and refusing to give up. He's gone through chemo, radiation, experimental drugs, a stem cell transplant, and in January was lucky enough to receive a bone marrow transplant thanks to an anonymous donor. Carl is in remission and is living life as a normal seventeen year old boy, complete with driver's license and girlfriend!



However, every day someone else receives the terrifying news that they or a loved one has been diagnosed with a blood cancer such as leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma. Only a short while ago, a dear friend of mine e-mailed with the news that her fiance, Dominic, had been diagnosed with Lymphoma and was to begin treatments the following day.



It is for this reason that I am continuing my personal battle against these diseases by continuing to be a part of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training. Team in Training fund raises for LLS while training to complete endurance events such as marathons, triathlons, and century bike rides. The money raised by Team in Training athletes goes towards funding the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's mission: to find a cure for blood cancers and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. This season will be my fourth season with this amazing group and I will be training to complete the Disney Marathon in January 2009. More than 823,000 Americans are battling blood cancers. I am hoping that my participation in Team In Training will help bring them hope and support.



Alex, a teenager in Titusville who is in remission from Leukemia, has worked with Team in Training for many years and is a great inspiration to all of us as we train and run our events. Gracie, a 3 year old girl from Brevard County is going to be our Honored Hero. Gracie has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia but with her family is fighting hard against her disease.



My goal is to raise $3,000 or more for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by this Christmas. While I plan to have many fundraising events such as garage sales and bucket drops, as well as my fundraising shop located at www.cafepress.com/trisomethingnew, I am also asking for the help of my family and friends. If it is within your means and in your hearts to do so, please make a tax deductible donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma society in support of my efforts by donating here. Every penny helps and there is no gift that is too small.



If you would like to see your company's logo or a personal message on the back of the jerseys of ALL the Central Florida Team in Training athletes by becoming a corporate sponsor, please let me know!



Please feel free to pass along this website to anyone you feel might be interested in helping me out!



LLS FACTS:

  • Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma are cancers of the bone marrow and blood.
  • The Leukemia and Lympphoma Society is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services.
  • Leukemia is the leading cause of children under the age of 20.
  • More than 785,000 Americans have leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma.
  • Every 5 minutes someone new is diagnosed with blood cancer. Every 10 minutes, someone dies.
  • Ten times as many adults as children are stricken with leukemia.
  • The 5 year survival rate for non-Hodgkins lymphoma rose from 47% in 1974 to 60% in 2001.
  • Every 2 1/2 weeks we lose the number of people lost in the WTC on September 11 to a blood cancer. That means we experiance the equivalent of 21 WTC disasters each year.
  • Team in Training is the worlds largest endurance training program.
  • Since Team in Training's inception, members have raised over $751 million.


9/22/08 Despite a few setbacks (codeword for "I got sick"), training is going well! I'm getting in some good crosstraining and feel really good about this! I mailed off a few checks today so they should show up on here soon. Thank you to all of you who are supporting me in one way or the other! - Nicole



1/2/09 One week to go and I'm READY! I've surpassed my fundraising goal (THANK YOU) and I feel up to the challenge of 26.2 miles through the Disney Theme Parks! Micky...Here I come!!

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Supporter Comments

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    "You can do this, Nicole. The Sizzlers are behind you! - Pickles"
     

    Megan Dupuis

    Wed Aug 06 09:29:26 EDT 2008

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    "Nicole, My thoughts & prayers are with your family. Keep my updated on the progress. Stacy P. (Johnson - from Class of 96)"
     

    Stacy Pascarella

    Mon Aug 18 04:17:59 EDT 2008

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    "You go girl!!!"
     

    Joe Hale

    Sat Feb 04 04:42:38 EST 2012

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    "Nicole, I am honored to be your friend!"
     

    Alexis Poole

    Fri Aug 22 10:51:41 EDT 2008

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    "Share this page with all of your friends! http://bit.ly/brandon-triathlon Thanks! "
     

    Alla Sapozhnikov

    Sun Jun 05 03:16:12 EDT 2011

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    "I wish I could give more, but hopefully I can make it up by cheering for you at the finish line at Walt Disney World. 8:) See you there! Winter Season '08, Disney '09 -- GO TEAM!!!"
     

    Arlene Richard

    Mon Aug 18 08:23:21 EDT 2008

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    "Have a GREAT ride!!! Wish I was going with you all this year. Your dad is an awesome coach! "
     

    Arlene Richard

    Sun Apr 03 09:55:40 EDT 2011

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    "Nicole, Way to go! "
     

    Megan Pierce

    Sat Aug 09 07:36:53 EDT 2008

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    "Dear Abe, way to go. I support you completely in reaching this year's goal!! Marian"
     

    Megan Pierce

    Wed Jan 05 10:30:59 EST 2011

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    "Purple Auction! Best of Luck Abe!"
     

    Megan Pierce

    Wed Apr 06 12:21:12 EDT 2011

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    "Sorry I couldn't make it to The Purple Auction, I hope it was a fantastic night! You have a heart of gold and the determined spirit of a triathlete, I will be thinking of you on race day! GO TEAM!!"
     

    Megan Pierce

    Sun Apr 10 12:17:21 EDT 2011

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    "Only wish I could do more. You're doing a wonderful thing! You really are an amazing person, friend, mother, wife and athlete!"
     

    Roberta Farless

    Sat Feb 04 03:38:17 EST 2012

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    "Semper Fi..."
     

    Roberta Farless

    Sun Feb 05 12:00:46 EST 2012

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    "I hope you will have fun, but I am still scared. So I hope you can do this. You are such a good mom so you shoud be such a great athlete because all the workout you do when you work around the house. Love your daughter Alexis.P.S I love you =:)"
     

    Roberta Farless

    Mon Feb 06 06:05:44 EST 2012

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    "So proud of you and all your hard work. wish i could do more. love you"
     

    Roberta Farless

    Sat Mar 03 11:02:14 EST 2012

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    "Leticia good luck. "
     

    Roberta Farless

    Mon Mar 05 07:51:24 EST 2012

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    "Thank you Jackie & your team for all of the support since July! It means more than you will ever know!!"
     

    Cafepress.com

    Sat Feb 11 03:46:42 EST 2012

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    "Thanks Jackie!!!"
     

    Cafepress.com

    Sun Feb 26 09:18:42 EST 2012

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    "My heart is with you and your family Kelly. And Boone's words are everlasting in my heart, Marie Jarrell "
     

    Mon Aug 26 08:46:28 EDT 2013

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    "Train, baby, train! "
     

    Mon Aug 26 08:47:15 EDT 2013

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    "Love you guys and support you- Sarah and Jason "
     

    Mon Aug 26 08:47:29 EDT 2013

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    "Dear XB, Kelly, and Jordan, So excited you are all doing the half marathon-next year Chloe and I will join you. Thanks also for running for a cure!"
     

    Mon Aug 26 08:55:57 EDT 2013

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    "My donation is dedicated to Jill W and her sweet nephew Boone, who she loved a ton. I cannot imagine losing one of my nephews. I'm sending tons of love and support to the Cox family, in honor of dear Boone, who was taken from this world and from his family way too soon. xo Greta"
     

    Sat Sep 07 09:14:36 EDT 2013

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    "We are so proud of you! What a commitment! We'll be cheering for you! Bobby and Ruthie Fahey"
     

    Tue Sep 10 02:01:06 EDT 2013

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    "Miss you, Boone"
     

    Sun Sep 22 10:54:23 EDT 2013

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    "Blessings"
     

    Mon Sep 23 05:35:08 EDT 2013

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    "Good luck XB, Kelly, & Jordan on training!! "
     

    Tue Sep 24 09:58:24 EDT 2013

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    "Love all three of you and we are so proud of all your hard work!"
     

    Wed Oct 16 03:24:04 EDT 2013

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    "Great looking quilt! I'm in for 1 chance. Go Team!"
     

    Wed Oct 23 02:25:52 EDT 2013

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    "Merry Christmas and we love you! Proud of you all for the effort you are putting into this run!"
     

    Thu Dec 26 04:31:54 EST 2013

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    "Thanks for walking for a good cause!"
     

    Jason Riney

    Thu Aug 08 11:48:57 EDT 2013

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    "We're happy to support you, Bailey!"
     

    Jason Riney

    Thu Aug 08 12:23:34 EDT 2013

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    "Go Matt!"
     

    Cafepress.com

    Wed Sep 11 05:17:05 EDT 2013

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    "Way to sell Pasta:-)"
     

    Anonymous

    Wed Dec 03 09:38:18 EST 2008

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    "Run Michael Run and take this ugly disease with you and drop it off farrrrrrrr away!!!! Good luck! wish I was able to run with you!!! Maybe some day! Fern Richter, Administrative Director, AIRS LLP Jeff and Austyn"
     

    Anonymous

    Wed Feb 20 08:58:55 EST 2013

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    "hi michael, unbelievable effort in honor of matt !! love, amy & mitchell"
     

    Anonymous

    Wed Feb 20 12:09:29 EST 2013

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    "Thank you for making a difference for Matt and our family"
     

    Anonymous

    Sat Feb 23 01:37:01 EST 2013

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    "Thank you so much Michael for doing this in honor of Matt We will be cheering you on every step of the way!! Lili, John and Matt"
     

    Anonymous

    Sat Feb 23 01:46:49 EST 2013

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    "So great!"
     

    Anonymous

    Sun Mar 03 09:03:49 EST 2013

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    "In honor of Matt Rundback and everyone who is fighting this disease. Lets run towards finding a cure!"
     

    Anonymous

    Mon Mar 04 08:15:34 EST 2013

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    "Hi Michael. Best of luck in your race and thank you for allowing us to join you in supporting Matt."
     

    Anonymous

    Mon Mar 04 08:51:06 EST 2013

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    "Good Luck! Get well soon Matt! "
     

    Anonymous

    Wed Mar 06 11:38:40 EST 2013

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    "Light Horse FUndraiser"
     

    Fri Oct 25 09:22:59 EDT 2013

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    "What an awesome thing you both are doing! Running along side you in sprit :)"
     

    Sat Sep 28 09:47:37 EDT 2013

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    "Seven years since lost our Boone and we still miss him so much and think of him often. You three will do great in the marathon. After all, Boone was a champion track star and he's going to be watching you every step of the way."
     

    Fri Aug 30 11:01:12 EDT 2013

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    "We are so very proud of you & love you more than you will ever know. Always, always in our thoughts - miss you : ) All the best with the training - you are going to do great - and feel great doing it. Love, Brad, Sue, Thomas, Adam & Amy xxx ooo"
     

    Thu Aug 29 05:08:13 EDT 2013

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    "Thanks to XB, Kelly, and Jordan for helping to fund research and support for those with blood cancers."
     

    Tue Aug 27 05:11:15 EDT 2013

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    "Go Team Boone. Thrilled to Help with this Fight. "
     

    Mon Aug 26 03:42:14 EDT 2013

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    "So proud to help & to know you all!!!"
     

    Mon Aug 26 10:27:40 EDT 2013

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    "I am happy to support Boone's team and keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Warm regards, Linda"
     

    Mon Aug 26 09:09:05 EDT 2013

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    "Still miss him. He had so much love to spread, I just try to share some of it. Love you all."
     

    Fri Aug 16 02:36:44 EDT 2013

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    "Kelly: So happy to support Boone's team!"
     

    Fri Aug 16 11:52:53 EDT 2013

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    "This donation is made in memory of Ross Sands, the father of my friend, Randel."
     

    Cafepress.com

    Wed Feb 29 10:14:04 EST 2012

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    "Good luck Jackie! :)"
     

    Cafepress.com

    Mon Feb 27 07:48:19 EST 2012

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    "Tish, You are an inspiration! Best of luck, and have a great time!"
     

    Roberta Farless

    Wed May 16 10:34:26 EDT 2012

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    "I am very Proud of you!!!! SEMPER FI !!!! HOORA !"
     

    Roberta Farless

    Tue Mar 27 03:38:31 EDT 2012

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    "I am very proud of you for all your accomplishments. You are an inspiration to family and friends, and also to the Latin community. Love, Mom.... "
     

    Roberta Farless

    Fri Mar 09 03:13:01 EST 2012

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    "Continue to inspire!!!"
     

    Roberta Farless

    Thu Mar 08 08:52:05 EST 2012

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    "Thank you for putting your efforts into such a great cause. Good luck wiht your training!"
     

    Roberta Farless

    Thu Feb 16 01:21:18 EST 2012

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    "You go Girl!!!!"
     

    Roberta Farless

    Sat Feb 11 02:56:07 EST 2012

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    "One dollar for each year that I have been blessed to know you and a pinch (the extra dollar) to grow an inch. :)"
     

    Roberta Farless

    Thu Jan 26 08:02:56 EST 2012

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    "Good luck, Leticia...get Izzy to do it too."
     

    Roberta Farless

    Tue Jan 17 06:07:20 EST 2012

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    "Happy Birthday! Let's celebrate AGAIN at Cha Cha Coconuts after the race! Good luck (not that you need it)."
     

    Megan Pierce

    Mon Apr 25 09:47:55 EDT 2011

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    "Best of luck to all participants and good work!"
     

    Megan Pierce

    Mon Apr 18 04:15:49 EDT 2011

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    "Good Luck Abe! GO TEAM :) "
     

    Megan Pierce

    Mon Apr 18 10:11:20 EDT 2011

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    "GO TEAM!!!! Abe, keep up with hard work, we're all with you. When your feet touch that cold water, know that the army of us is pushing you forward! GO TEAM!"
     

    Megan Pierce

    Thu Apr 07 07:28:14 EDT 2011

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    "The Purple Auction. I might not be able to make it my friend, but showing my support. Good luck kid!"
     

    Megan Pierce

    Thu Apr 07 09:47:52 EDT 2011

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    "Hoping for a cure."
     

    Megan Pierce

    Thu Dec 30 11:18:31 EST 2010

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    "Ellie"
     

    Vida Tomlinson

    Fri Oct 12 07:12:37 EDT 2012

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    "woooooof"
     

    Ladonna Weis

    Thu Apr 05 04:44:01 EDT 2012

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    "Way to go, Donna and good luck."
     

    Joe Hale

    Tue Apr 10 11:57:36 EDT 2012

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    "Go Donna!"
     

    Joe Hale

    Tue Mar 20 06:26:01 EDT 2012

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    "michael, we are cheering you on for Matt! wishing you all the best matt! THe Grasso's "
     

    Anonymous

    Mon Mar 18 04:25:52 EDT 2013

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    "to my fantastic grandson love you so much i know you will be well and out there shootings hoops in no time nana"
     

    Anonymous

    Thu Mar 14 02:07:48 EDT 2013

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    "Just great!!!"
     

    Anonymous

    Mon Mar 04 07:52:46 EST 2013

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    "Michael: Best of luck with the race and thank you for allowing us to express our support of Matt, Lili and John through this wonderful opportunity. Love, Stacy, Richard, Molly and Laura"
     

    Anonymous

    Sun Mar 03 05:21:18 EST 2013

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    " So happy to support you for Matt! melissa carnahan"
     

    Anonymous

    Thu Feb 28 08:29:58 EST 2013

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    "We're proud Bailey has taken the initiative to help others and happy to support her efforts"
     

    Jason Riney

    Wed Aug 07 08:03:21 EDT 2013

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    "We are proud to support you in this great endeavor!"
     

    Jason Riney

    Mon Aug 05 09:44:00 EDT 2013

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    "Thanks for supporting this cause!"
     

    Jason Riney

    Mon Aug 05 11:38:20 EDT 2013

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    "Good Luck Guys! "
     

    Tue Dec 17 06:31:00 EST 2013

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    "Good Luck to you all! "
     

    Mon Nov 25 08:31:26 EST 2013

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    "Our hearts still break over the loss of our sweet Boone. Thanks for letting us be a part of your team as you run for the cure. We're with you in spirit! Love The Strohscheins"
     

    Fri Nov 01 04:59:31 EDT 2013

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    "Good luck Kelly, XB and Jordan. You are doing a great thing."
     

    Wed Oct 30 01:54:50 EDT 2013

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    "We are very proud of you for making a difference!! "
     

    Jason Riney

    Thu Aug 08 10:04:29 EDT 2013

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    "I thought of Boone so often as Bill fought his battle with myeloma. Libby and I walked in the Atlanta Light the Night walk a week ago Saturday in Bill's memory. Remembering your Boone with love, and wishing you the best with your training!"
     

    Sun Oct 20 09:41:27 EDT 2013

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    "We miss you Boone! Hopefully we can help others survive this cancer. "
     

    Mon Aug 26 11:56:34 EDT 2013

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $2,983.90 | Goal: $3,000.00
 
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My Thanks To

Helen Nicholson $500.00
Cafepress.com $368.92
Kenneth Weis $300.00
Cafepress.com $290.22
Cafepress.com $275.06
Chris and Nicole Albritto... $250.00
Ladonna Weis $200.00
Jason Riney $130.00
Bobby Buckley $100.00
Doris Collins $50.00
David Weis $50.00
Charles Sanders $50.00
David Tomlinson $50.00
Roberta Farless $50.00
Vida Tomlinson $25.00
Joe Hale $25.00
Lucy Moye $25.00
MARY WILSON $25.00
Alexis Poole $25.00
Alla Sapozhnikov $25.00
Megan Pierce $25.00
Jennifer Stewart $25.00
Martha Kleypas $25.00
Jennifer Brady $20.00
Megan Dupuis $20.00
Linda Holmer $20.00
Anonymous $17.70
Arlene Richard $10.00
Stacy Pascarella