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May 24, 2012
THE GOAL OF PARTICIPATING IN THE TEAM N TRAINING PROGRAM IS TO FINISH THE 26.2 GRUELLING MILES OF THE MAYORS MIDNIGHT SUN MARATHON...BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY TO FINISH FUND RAISING IN THE FIGHT AGAINST BLOOD RELATED CANCERS. I HOPE YOU CAN HELP.....HEY TOGETHER MAYBE WE CAN FINISH BLOOD RELATED CANCERS FOR GOOD.
The Start line of the Mayors Midnight Sun Marathon
April 24, 2012
It is with much emotion that I write this letter to you. It’s a letter about strength, courage and hope. I had the opportunity to do my first marathon in 2001 as part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team N Training Program to raise money to fight blood-related cancers. I met this amazing 8 year- old girl, Kayla Horsman, who had been diagnosed with large cell lymphoma and was undergoing a bone marrow transplant. Kayla was our team’s Honor Patient…..and thinking about what she was going through (her name was on my running shirt) really inspired me to get to the finish line.
Kayla is a cancer survivor now….thanks to the special care, research and education of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the great medical teams at Mercy Hospital and St. Jude’s.
During one of our conversations together following the 2001 marathon, Kayla looked at me and said “Martin, do you think we can run in a Marathon together someday?”
Well, “someday” is “now” as Kayla is running with me in the Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon in Anchorage Alaska, on June 23rd as part of Team N Training. Currently, Kayla is now a student at Missouri State University and is an accomplished musician. She is also very knowledgeable about fitness…and is working with me on my stretching routine and nutrition.
Kayla and I will be wearing the name Cara Hawxby on our shirts. Cara is a very vibrant 8 year-old suffering from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She is in the 16th week of 120 weeks of treatment. Together we are in the fight against blood-related cancers and we are focused on getting to the finish line of the marathon and the finish line in the fight against these devastating illnesses.
Please consider a contribution to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Celebration of Kayla’s recovery from Lymphoma and to pay tribute to Cara and all those individuals fighting blood-related cancers. We wish them all “full recovery” and “special miracles” at their side. Your donation just might be the one that unlocks a cure for these terrible cancers.
Please join Kayla and me in the fight against blood- related cancers by making a donation. I will keep you posted on how Kayla and I do at the Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon in Anchorage, Alaska.
Martin Mac Donald
PS The fight against blood-related cancers will be won with exceptional research. The Leukemia and Lymphoma society has committed over 260 million dollars in research to find the miracle cure. This great organization is also providing aid to patents and supporting children returning to school after treatment.
Martin Mac Donald with Kayla Horsman (to his left) a survivor from large cell lymphoma who was the 2001 honor patient when Martin Ran his first TNT marathon to raise money for the fight against blood related cancers. Now, Kayla is running with Martin in the Mayors Midnight Sun Marathon….and raising money herself in the fight against blood related cancers. Kayla is a student at Missouri State University and is a talented musician teaching piano lessons. To the right of Martin is Heather Heide, the mother of Kara Hawxby an 8 year old girl with a great smile who is undergoing treatment for Leukemia. Kara is our 2012 honor patient that we are raising money in honor of. Pictured next to Kayla Horsman (far left on photo) is Kayla’s mother Charlotte.
The Springfield, Missouri Halibut Team dedicated to raising money in the fight against blood related cancers. Pictured are our marathon and ½ marathon runners, coaches, wellness advisors and volunteers to help us “get to the finish line” for both the marathon and in raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Below is Kayla Horsman our 2001 Honored Patient and our
2012 Honored Teammate's Story
AN UPDATE ON OUR HONOR PATIENT CARA HAXBY FROM HER MOTHER
Hi Martin and Kayla,
I wanted to write you and give you a little update on Cara’s treatment. Cara was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on October 3, 2011. Starting in June 2011, Cara would complain about her back hurting and she was very tired and didn’t feel like doing anything. I took her to the doctor in August and the doctor said there was nothing wrong with her. When I took her back in October, he completed blood work and called me back to state he was concerned that she had leukemia. We had a preliminary diagnosis of leukemia at the St. Jude clinic in Springfield and then we went to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis where she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. We stayed in Memphis from October 4 to November 19 and then have been travelling back and forth since then. Cara gets most of her treatment at the local St. Jude clinic. Her treatment mainly consists of taking a chemo pill at night and getting chemo through her port every Wednesday. She also has to get periodic spinal taps in which chemo is inserted. She is currently in week 17 of 120 weeks of this type of treatment. Her hair has fallen out and she has gained weight because she is also on steroids periodically. Not only does that make her gain weight, but she also has a change in her personality during that time. She continues to be a fighter but as a parent, you can see the toll that cancer can take. She gets tired very quickly, she has frequent mood swings, and she doesn’t want to go a lot of places because she is scared someone might see her without her hat on her head. We are incredibly thankful for the research that continues to take place for leukemia. Because of that research, Cara’s oncologist has informed us she has a 99% chance of being cancer free. We are so honored to have TNT running this marathon in Cara’s honor. We wish everyone the best and can’t wait to see the photos!
Please let me know if you need more information than this. I don’t have any recent photos of Cara getting treatment but I do have some on her caring bridge account from when we were in Memphis initially. Her caring bridge address is www.caringbridge.org/visit/carahawxby. Hopefully you can take some photos off of that to use.
Please make a donation in support of my efforts with Team In Training and help advance the research for cures.