My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
May 03, 2008 by Jennifer Harris

Our Team: Janda, Jen, Autumn


San Francisco here we come!!!

Currently I'm training to participate in the Nikes Women's Marathon in San Francisco this October as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training. I am blessed enough to be joined in this endeavor by two of my sisters, Janda and Autumn. All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. We are completing this event in honor of my sisters boyfriend, Ryan Rhea, my father, and all individuals who are battling cancer. These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure!

Please make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance LLS's mission.

I hope you will visit my web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress. Thanks so much for your support!

Go Team Rhea!

Jennifer Harris

6/6 Update

DAD: Underwent surgery earlier this year to remove his prostate. The doctors couldn't get to it due to scar tissue from an accident he was involved in several years ago. Plan B was initiated and he received a hormone shot to the prostate with the hopes of shrkinking it. He has now begun radiation treatments daily and will receive around 45, finishing near the end of July.

RYAN: Ryan completed his 8 chemo treatments in May. A recent PET scan showed that the chemo was effective in greatly reducing the tumors! He will now move on to radiation treatments. This is GREAT news!!

JEN'S TRAINING: My training is going well. TNT is fabulous and I feel confident that I will be prepared for the race come October. My long run is currently up to 6 miles, and I am logging around 15+ miles a week, plus cross-training on my bike once a week. I will run a 10K on June 7 in Wheaton to further prepare me for race day!

7/15 Update

DAD: I saw my dad earlier this month. He is nearly finished--#42 will be on Thursday, July 17. Yippee! They will wait 6 weeks and follow-up with a scan to see how well the treatments worked.

In general, Dad is doing well! He looks good and is in great spirits. Out of a long list of potential side-effects, He is experiencing only some infrequent hot flashes.

I was privileged enough to go with him to two of his radiation treatments during my visit. I enjoyed watching him interact with the staff in the cancer treatment ward (choke--it's still hard for me to say that! Even harder still for me to follow him in through the door that said "CANCER WARD.") He is so friendly to everyone and constantly repeats, "No matter what, I want God to get the glory." What a HUGE testament to our faith! I am thankful for a strong Christian heritage!

RYAN: Ryan has completed his cancer treatment!! After 4 long months of chemotherapy followed by 1 month of radiation he is now cancer free. Praise the Lord for that!!

JEN"S TRAINING: I am rockin' and rollin'! I never dreamed that I could run distance--I've always been a sprinter. My longest run is now 10 miles, and I am scheduled to run 12 this coming Saturday!! My lung capacity feels good, but I've noticed lots of soreness after about mile 8. I'm sure as my body becomes more used to the stress that I will notice the soreness going away. I am running in the Chicago Distance Classic on August 10 (which is a half-marathon) to help in preparation for San Francisco.

8/14 Update

JEN'S TRAINING: I completed the Chicago Distance Classic half marathon in 2 hours and 6 minutes. It was challenging but do-able. This also marks my longest distance to date. I am slowly creeping up there to the double digit runs. My legs tend to get sore, but my lung capacity feels great.

At track training in May we ran a timed mile which I completed in 8 min 23 sec. Last night we ran another timed mile to see if we had impoved. I ran a 7 min 30 sec mile! I shaved almost a full minute off my time. That's huge progress!

10/22 Update

I DID IT! I ran the Nike Women's Marathon on Sunday and completed 26.2 miles! Thank you so much for your generous support of such a great organization! Together, all of the TNT praticipants raised over $18 million for this event alone! I couldn't have done this without you!


Supporter Comments

    "Lori, I am so proud of you and all that you have accomplished in your life but this is one of the best. You are strong and dedicated and I am sure you will meet your goals, both physical and monetary. I love you. You go girl!"


    Thu May 22 10:29:10 EDT 2008

    " You go girl! Chuck and Deb Kleber "


    Fri May 23 09:36:15 EDT 2008

    "I wish you all the best! Love, Julie"


    Fri Jun 20 10:30:46 EDT 2008

    "Run, run as fast as you can, Jennifer! Ok, maybe not, but best of luck to you and your team!"

    Jeff Jenny Smith

    Tue May 13 09:10:10 EDT 2008

    "Congratulations on an awesome decision! I cannot wait to follow your training. Good luck and have fun! Love, Tracie"

    Tracie LaButis

    Sat May 17 01:40:44 EDT 2008

    "Good luck from Josh, Katie, and Mack!"

    Katharine Mayer

    Fri Jun 06 02:23:06 EDT 2008

    "Good luck. You will do awesome."

    Peter and Maria Gulli

    Sat Jun 07 10:27:30 EDT 2008

    "Good Luck!!!! You and Your family are in my prayers. "

    Chatlie Moore

    Sun Jun 08 01:24:20 EDT 2008

    "Jennifer - It is great that you have taken this cause and are "running with it!". I have total respect for those of you that undertake this dream and make it real....I've run the SF course - you'll love it (and hope to cheer you on)! Best, Phil Nicolaou"

    Phil Nicolaou

    Tue Jun 10 12:27:44 EDT 2008

    "Good luck girls, you are doing a great service."

    Zach Tonroy

    Tue Jun 10 04:51:38 EDT 2008

    "Paul, The dedication you've shown is wonderful and amazing. I've very proud of all you've accomplished in his memory, and he would be too. Merry Christmas. Love you, Jennifer "

    Zach Tonroy

    Thu Dec 24 12:28:56 EST 2009

    "Trials Keep You Strong God Keeps You Going "

    Linnie Phebus

    Wed Jun 11 09:40:35 EDT 2008


    James Lumberg

    Fri Jun 13 05:59:40 EDT 2008

    "Wow, Jennifer! I'm proud of you for your efforts and look forward to hearing about your training. I will keep your dad and sister's boyfriend in my prayers. Love, Angie"

    Angie White

    Tue Jun 17 04:54:38 EDT 2008

    "Best of luck Jennifer...Don't forget that first race that we ran! Eric "

    Eric Wilcher

    Wed Jun 18 03:43:05 EDT 2008

    "Great job Juan!"

    Eric Wilcher

    Sun Nov 01 12:51:37 EST 2009

    "Good luck this season Juan. Don't let yourself get bullied by the other coaches!"

    Eric Wilcher

    Fri Dec 04 07:11:41 EST 2009

    "GO TEAM! Good luck, Jennifer. Great cause...train and run proud!"

    David and Jill Kreutz

    Tue Jul 15 05:23:31 EDT 2008

    "You are truly a blessing to this worthy cause. I will continue to pray for your dad and Ryan."

    Dave VanderVeen

    Tue Jul 15 08:14:10 EDT 2008

    "Dear Jennifer, Our prayers will be with your Family. May God Bless your Dad to get well. Great Support for your Father Treatment. Good Job. From Valle's Family Noel #38 Chicago Fire Jrs. Sara Jorge Forever Sports, Inc. Berwyn, IL"

    Forever Sports, Inc.

    Wed Jul 16 02:56:34 EDT 2008

    "In loving memory of my husband and my childhood friend, I commend you for your efforts! Best of luck, Susan"

    Helen Harris

    Sun Sep 19 12:12:19 EDT 2010

    "Best Wishes to your family..."

    Andrea Peterson

    Mon Oct 03 07:30:22 EDT 2011

    "Go Abby! Wish I could join you in the walk, I'll be thinking of you guys."

    Andrea Peterson

    Mon Oct 17 09:39:35 EDT 2011

    "We'll be there in spirit cheering you guys on!! Good Luck!!"

    Andrea Peterson

    Wed Oct 26 08:09:31 EDT 2011

    " are such a beautiful and strong girl! We are so proud of you and your family...we'll be thinking of you on Sunday and proudly wearing our Abby's Angels shirts!"

    Andrea Peterson

    Sat Oct 29 07:31:55 EDT 2011

    "Have a great time and conquer those hills!"

    Fire Player 20

    Tue Oct 14 03:13:18 EDT 2008

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $4,200.00 | Goal: $5,000.00
84 %

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My Thanks To

Anonymous $500.00
Zach Tonroy $500.00
Anonymous $500.00
Andrea Peterson $250.00
David and Jill Kreutz $250.00
Tracie LaButis $250.00
Janet Mudrak $100.00
Carolyn Newhouse $100.00
Forever Sports, Inc. $100.00
James Lumberg $100.00
Will & Jennie Frampton $100.00
Scott Briggs $100.00
John Clapham $75.00
Fire Player 20 $50.00
Sue Ann Jahn $50.00
Eric Wilcher $50.00
Kelly Lynch $50.00
Angie White $50.00
Brett Leach $50.00
Linnie Phebus $50.00
Phil Nicolaou $50.00
Chatlie Moore $50.00
Peter and Maria Gulli $50.00
Katharine Mayer $50.00
Jeff Jenny Smith $50.00
Helen Harris $25.00
Kate Arnold $25.00
Don and Becky Giltz  
Dave VanderVeen  
Matt Erickson