My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
Jan 11, 2010 by Jarrett Haskovec

Racing to Save Lives

These are the moments that will define your life.

Life is not defined by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that take your breath away.

Life can be defined by a single moment.

You've probably heard at least one version of the above quotes, but have you ever taken the time to stop and think about their significance? I have had cause to do a lot of thinking about such things over the past few years, and I have resolved to do my best to make the moments of life as full, meaningful, and extraordinary as possible.

Three years ago, on April 20, 2007, I experienced one of those moments that impacted my life greatly. I was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, a form of cancer that affects the lymph system. A month later, I learned that there were also features present that are associated with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. As a 27 year old full of life and who felt young and immortal, this news definitely knocked the breath right out of me . . . at least for a moment.

Fast forward three years and a few surgeries and bone marrow biopsies, several rounds of chemotherapy, and multiple PET/CTs later. I'm happy to report that my life is now defined by some new moments -- the moment my doctor congratulated me and told us that I am in complete remission -- and the present. I wake up, healthy and ready to take on the challenges of a new day, a day I get to experience. I am blessed. I am lucky. I am a survivor of a composite lymphoma.

In the spirit of celebrating life and seizing the day, I am ready to experience yet another moment -- the moment I cross a finish line after riding 100+ miles on a bike and raising thousands of dollars for a good cause.

Over the past two-plus years since my treatments ended, my wife, Angie, has run two marathons to support cancer research and patient services. Now, it's my turn to do my part and to complete my first endurance event.

I'm training to participate in a century bike ride as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training. All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. I will ride in honor of all individuals who are currently battling blood cancers. We need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure!

One hundred miles is a long way to go, and it'll be a challenge, but I'm just glad to be here and to have the opportunity to participate in such an event. With your support and encouragement, I know I'll be able to make it.

Please make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance the LLS's mission. Any support you can offer will be greatly appreciated.

I look forward to this century ride as both a challenge and an opportunity. As I visualize myself crossing the finish line in Lake Tahoe, I know it will be a defining moment in my life, and I hope to create many more like it.

May we all take the time to experience and create such moments whenever we get opportunities to do so.

Thank you very much for your support!


Supporter Comments

    "You are an inspiration, Jarrett!"

    Chris & Kerry Smith

    Sun Apr 25 11:41:14 EDT 2010

    "Good Luck Jarrett !! We are very proud of you ! Love, The Kuennen's"

    Ken and Bridget Kuennen and family

    Sun Apr 04 01:21:34 EDT 2010

    "I, too, survived cancer, and I'm glad to support you in what is a noble (and incredibly worthwhile) cause. Good luck with the ride and the fundraising!"

    Rob Guthrie

    Sat Feb 13 04:20:13 EST 2010

    "Good Luck Jerrett!! "

    Sarah Y

    Wed Feb 10 02:33:20 EST 2010

    "Good luck. Don't forget to invest in a comfortable seat."

    Reese Haskovec

    Tue Feb 09 09:34:17 EST 2010

    "Jarrett, Best of Luck with your ride!"

    Doctor Joe

    Mon Feb 08 10:33:58 EST 2010

    "I am very proud of you!"

    Nolan Haskovec

    Sat Feb 06 01:31:32 EST 2010

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $6,055.50 | Goal: $6,000.00
101 %

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My Thanks To

James McLaughlin $1000.00
New Hampton Transfer & St... $500.00
Lubin & Enoch $500.00
Joe and Sharon Haskovec $500.00
Hazel Cochran $500.00
Rosie McCaffrey's Irish P... $300.00
Ray Schwickerath $290.50
Nolan Haskovec $250.00
Lee Cochran $150.00
Melissa Gonsalves $150.00
Thomas Martin $100.00
Lucas Kotz $100.00
Anita Petersen $100.00
Jeremy and Trisha $100.00
Amy Conlon $100.00
Angie and Lynden $100.00
Ward, Keenan & Barrett PC $100.00
Ronald DaVella $100.00
Doctor Joe $100.00
Dan and Wig $100.00
S & S Financial Services ... $50.00
Mark and LuAnn $50.00
Mark Walke $50.00
Rob Guthrie $50.00
Jon Pettibone $50.00
Stacy Cochran $50.00
Reese Haskovec $50.00
Janelle Kappes $50.00
Aaron Krasnow $50.00
Marjory Meyer $30.00
Chris & Kerry Smith $25.00
Brendan Leonard $25.00
Doris Haskovec $25.00
Ken and Bridget Kuennen a... $25.00
Kevin & Linda Roths Famil... $25.00
Lindsey Smith $25.00
Kathryne Bassett $25.00
danette valencia $25.00
Sarah Y $25.00
Paula Throndson $10.00