My Fundraising Page

1 Month to Go & My Legs are BURNING...
Jan 27, 2011 by Whitney Schaffner

There is only 1 month left until the big race and thanks to my AMAZING friends and family I have already raised $1,910!!! The response and support I have received from friends and family has been awesome! It brings tears to my eyes to think how many of them have made contributions in memory of my Granddaddy Okey. He was so loved and is very missed.

My team of princesses (and 1 prince) accomplished running 8 miles in the freezing cold this past weekend and this Saturday we will run 10 miles!! The training has been hard, but it is nothing compared to those battling cancer. During our 8 mile run, I thought back to funny memories of my Granddaddy around mile 5 to keep my mind off my burning legs. He used to tease all of us grandkids and he had nicknames for all of us...mine was "Eli" Whitney. I laughed to myself when I remembered how everytime I brought him one of my school pictures he would tell me that he was going to put it in his garden to scare the birds away!

Then around mile 7 I passed my teammate Tina who is running in honor of her 14 year old son Jordan who was diagnosed with ALL T-cell Leukemia over a year ago. He is doing well but it is a constant battle for their family. I pray that the funds we are raising will help the researchers to eventually find a cure for cancer so kids like Jordan don't have to battle this horrible disease anymore!

Dec 27, 2010 by Whitney Schaffner

It was an emotional Christmas this year at the Perkins house. My Granddaddy Okey passed away on December 22nd. We miss him very much, but it is a blessing that he is not suffering anymore. He was 86 years old and lived a good, long life.

Now over the next few months, I will be running in memory of my Granddaddy. As I train in the cold and suffer through the long mileage, I will think about my favorite memories of him. He always told the best stories and jokes. He had a wonderful personality and he never met a stranger. I will cherish the memories of him forever.

Thanks for the thoughts and prayers for my family and especially for my Mema. They were married for 64 years so it is hard for her to imagine the days ahead without him. I also appreciate the amazing support of my fundraising campaign from my friends and family! I appreciate the very generous donations that I have received so far. Every little bit helps us get closer to a cure!

My Fundraising Page
Dec 13, 2010

Racing to Save Lives

Granddaddy Okey and my sister Rachael

Dear Friends & Family,

I have signed up to run another half marathon with Team In Training! This time I will be packing my tiara and heading back to Orlando to run 13.1 miles at the Disney Princess race on February 27, 2011!

As most of you know, I started working with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in August. I got involved with this organization a few years ago as a participant and volunteer, next it became my career, and now it has become a personal mission for me. The week I started working at LLS, my Granddaddy Okey was diagnosed with CML (Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia). Thankfully LLS helped to fund the research that developed a targeted drug for CML patients that he is able to take. This was a huge success in the fight against cancer, but there are still over 900,000 Americans living with a blood cancer. Those people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support in crossing the ultimate finish line – a cure!

I ask that you consider sponsoring me by making a tax-deductible donation to LLS so that we can continue our mission and fund research to find a cure for blood cancers. You can make an online donation on this webpage or you can mail a check made out to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to me at 2 Saint Claire Lane Atlanta, GA 30324.

My goal is to raise $2,600! I appreciate your help and support. I will be training and running the race in honor of my Granddaddy. I would love to hear your story or connection so that I can run in honor or memory of your loved ones as well. Please forward this webpage on to anyone you think may be interested in fighting cancer! Thanks so much!

Relentless for a Cure,



Supporter Comments

    "GO Whitney!! Proud of you!! Wish I could go down and run with you!!! Love ya"

    Jenny Perkins

    Fri Jan 28 08:38:58 EST 2011

    "Hey Whit, Best of luck in Orlando-say hello to my old boss, Mickey, while you're running. Sorry to hear about your grandfather. I bet the holidays were tough for you and your family. I'll keep you all in my thoughts. Congrats on the new job and a race well run! Love and miss, Kate"

    Kate Baltzell

    Thu Jan 27 11:46:03 EST 2011

    "Good luck!!"

    Lauren Cangelosi

    Thu Jan 20 05:01:03 EST 2011

    "In honor of my grandfather and in memory of yours. Best of luck!"

    Kate Sanders

    Tue Jan 04 10:13:07 EST 2011

    "Making this donation on behalf of Rick Perkins in lieu of a holiday gift. -TE"

    Rick Perkins

    Wed Dec 29 08:22:31 EST 2010

    "Love you Whitney. Elizabeth, Jacob and Sarah Grace"

    Andy Perkins

    Tue Dec 14 08:38:45 EST 2010

    "Good Luck Whitney!"

    Craig Wilwerding

    Tue Dec 14 07:36:04 EST 2010

    "GOOD LUCK Whit!!! So proud of you!"

    Mandy Poole

    Mon Jan 31 08:08:53 EST 2011

    "Thomas and I love you Whit. We will be cheering you on. You are with us in our thoughts and prayers!"

    Sallie Pruitt

    Mon Jan 31 09:01:28 EST 2011

    "Whiteny, I'm so sorry to hear your grandad Okey passed away. He was very funny and my brothers have fond memories of him coaching them baseball too! Best of luck - you're a wonderful person!"

    Ann Swope

    Sun Jan 30 05:04:25 EST 2011

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $2,700.00 | Goal: $2,600.00
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My Thanks To

Bob Perkins $250.00
Mary Perkins $200.00
Ann Boessneck $200.00
Mary OBrien $100.00
MG Elbert Perkins $100.00
Ann Garvin $100.00
Sallie Pruitt $100.00
Stewart Maurice $100.00
Kirsten Boessneck $100.00
Sarah Perkins $100.00
Mary Garvin $100.00
Lonnie Garvin, Jr $100.00
Cecile Schaffner $100.00
Craig Wilwerding $100.00
Whitney Schaffner $50.00
Mandy Poole $50.00
Ann Swope $50.00
Kathleen Taylor $50.00
courtney thompson $50.00
Whitney Schaffner $45.00
Margaret Meyer $35.00
Nicole & Matthew Bosack $25.00
Estephanie Timms $25.00
AnnMiller & Robert Garris $25.00
Audrey Skopitz $25.00
Jenny Perkins $25.00
J Weston $25.00
Laura Pate $25.00
Kate Sanders $25.00
Jonathan & Jennifer Shapl... $25.00
Nicole Knowles $25.00
Tim Hart $25.00
John Imhoff $25.00
Hayden Jeffords $25.00
Kathy Harris $10.00
Heather Evans  
Kate Baltzell  
Lauren Cangelosi  
David Emerson  
Darbie Dickert  
Rick Perkins  
Andy Perkins