My Fundraising Page
Aug 13, 2008 by Jessie Ketcha
Racing to Save Lives
Welcome to my Team In Training home page.
(Pictured above is my friend Helen (on the right) and I (on the left). We decided to do this together, so I thought it fitting to post a photo of the two of us as my page picture. If it weren't for her I am not sure if I would have had the guts to do this alone. So thank you to Helen for inspiring me to do this with you!)
For those of you who do not yet know, I am training to run a marathon as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team in Training. In order to run, I am raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. I'm doing this in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers. These people struggle and fight for their lives every day. They are the real heroes on our team.
Here's how it works; like many others, this Fall and Winter I have chosen to dedicate my time and body to helping The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society raise money to ultimately find a cure. As I fundraise, I will be training to run a full marathon at the Disney World Resort in January to honor those suffering.
Leukemia is one of the leading causes of death in children between the ages of 1-15. The good news is that the survival rate has risen from 4% in 1960 to 81% in the last decade. Because of the extensive research The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has done, we can thank them for a big chunk of this. Since it’s founding in 1949, The Society has awarded more than $411 million to research. However, even though great strides have been made, many people (children included) are still suffering. This is why my teammates and I have chosen Bella Grosso as one of our honorees. Bella is a five year old little girl from Syracuse, NY who has been battling Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia for most of her life. We are very happy to report that she is currently in remission and just recently finished chemotherapy after 2.5 years. Bella has 3 older siblings and a golden retriever she adores named "Leuk." She loves soccer and having fun with her friends.
You may be wondering; what lead me to this? To be completely honest, I’m really not really one of those die-hard, wake-up-at-five-religiously-to-go-run type of people (you know, the people we all secretly envy). I never really enjoyed running just for the sole purpose of running, despite my brief stint on the track team back in high school. As some of you know, I’m a pretty hardcore skier, which puts a beating on the knees. I always thought I shouldn't run due to that.
So, why on earth would I sign up for this, you ask? Well, I first heard about Team in Training through a post card in the mail. I’ve recently gotten into cycling and saw that they also train for century rides. So, I signed up to check out a meeting with a friend. I found out there are no cycling events till Spring (duh, Jessie! Riding a bike in the snow?) but stayed with my friend so she could get information about running. I’m glad I did. Upon hearing all the stories from past participants about the people suffering, their wonderful experiences helping others and the amazing discoveries and advances The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has made, I was moved to tears. I found myself thinking; I can do this. I actually want to do this. I was so inspired I signed up on the spot and never looked back.
During the 5 months of my training, I have pledged to raise $3,800 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Please help me by donating whatever you can. Your help will contribute towards finding a cure. We have already had so many great advances and have already helped to save so many lives. Every cent counts and is 100% tax-deductible. The sooner the better; though I will be accepting donations until my marathon in January, I have set a personal goal for myself to raise as much as possible by October 1st so I can focus on my training. You can donate to the left right here online with a credit card. Please feel freel to contact me if that is not applicable. And remember,
NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL!
(seriously guys, $5, $10, whatever you can swing...if more, great! if not, its still awesome! every little bit helps I promise!)
Running this marathon will be something very challenging for me, but I will truly be honoring people who need help. These people are facing the real challenges in life. And if I can give something back to them for all they have gone through then I will do whatever I can to do so. I look forward to gaining your support so we can help these heroes together.
I will be posting a link to my running blog so please, CHECK BACK SOON!
Thank you all,
check out my running blog! i plan to write every time i run and then some, so please take a look! :)