LLS Team in Training Fundraising Page

LLS Team in Training Fundraising Page
May 16, 2008 by Annie Fish

Welcome to my Team In Training website.



I'm training for the Chicago Marathon in October with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training. I'm thrilled to be a part of this organization. I like having a team to train with, and I am excited to have a way to raise money for the LLS.



Each Team has an Honored Teammate, and ours is Melissa, a woman here in West Lafayette. At age 21, she was diagnosed with leukemia, and she has now been in remission for 21 years! This year, she joined the Team in Training and completed the Indianapolis Mini-Marathon.



In addition to Melissa, I'm also running in honor of Ellen Taylor, the four-year-old daughter of a friend of a friend. She was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma shortly before her 4th birthday, and she has just begun 2 1/2-3 years of chemotherapy. She is a tough little girl, and her story has inspired me. If you'd like to see how she's doing, you can check her website. (Since I'm a protective parent myself, it might make you feel better to know that I cleared it with her parents to have a link to Ellen's website here.)



My goal is to raise $3,750 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and we're off to a great start already. (See my list of donors off to the left.) Anything you can give WILL make a difference. Do not feel embarassed to make a "small" donation, but also be my guest to make a big one. Thanks, Jon and Gerri!!



Thank you for your support and encouragement. I can assure you that I will think of you often during my training, and definitely during the HOURS that I'll be running the marathon on October 12.



In addition to you generous people, I'm very grateful to Bob, who is totally supporting me in this project, making sure that he's home in time for me to run before dinner, and telling his friends about it. It makes a big difference that this is as much a priority for him as it is for me.



Go Team in Training!



Annie



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



Check back to see how I'm doing from time to time.



06/30/2008 Yesterday was the perfect day for running, so (since I had not made it to Group Training Saturday morning) I did my 7.5 mile run in the afternoon. It was breezy, sunny, mid-70's-- ideal running conditions. Perfect. I felt great. I love being able to run longer distances again. I do realize that 7.5 will feel rather short in another month or two, though...



07/07/2008 Saturday, I ran 8.2 miles. I've gotten tired of running in the neighborhood right around my house, so I ran over the pedestrian bridge into West Lafayette, and I explored my favorite neighborhood over there. (I could look at houses all day, which is not such a great thing while driving, but works while running.) I need to drink more water, and I know that will make a difference when I run, but overall, I'm feeling good. Except for this: I do not like hills. Ever since Sam Cox made us run "Big Bertha" in high school, I do not like hills. And I ran several on Saturday. They really slow me down.



07/14/08 Our group training run got cancelled on Saturday morning, since it was raining, along with some lightning and thunder thrown in for good measure. I ran on Sunday before church (what a great time for some quiet and solitude!). I continue to feel more in shape and more confident about this looming marathon. Ok, so it's not looming yet, but it's certainly on MY radar screen...



07/22/2008 I'm down in Tennessee, escaping the plaster and drywall dust that is flying in our old house. Bob's still in Indiana, working and trying to find a drywaller who can fit us into his schedule. So the girls and I are killing time down here. My Aunt Nancy and Uncle Bob have been watching Caroline and Lucy when I run; I'm awfully thankful, and the girls are having a FANTASTIC time. What would I do without family? The only downside is the HEAT. I ran on Sunday when it was 95, and I didn't make it the whole way, which was really frustrating. By comparison, yesterday's 88 degrees felt practically cool. Bob and I continue to have a double baby jogger debate: do we need one? Would I use it? Hmm.



07/27/2007 I ran 10 miles yesterday morning, and I felt surprisingly good. The weather was perfect, and I ran on Murfreesboro's Greenway trails-- shaded, by the river, well-traveled-- a pleasure. I also ran by a Civil War battle site, which was fun. I drove home, got out of the car, and immediately felt tired and sore... So I've been stretching and trying not to let myself get tight.



08/06/2008 I'm back in Lafayette, after three weeks out of town, and it's good to be home! Most recently, I was in Pennsylvania visiting my sister and her family (husband EJ and daughter Emily Grace), and it was great to see them. On Saturday, I asked EJ for some tips on where to run 11 miles, maximizing safety, shade, and relative flatness. His recommendation was Kooser State Park. It was gorgeous! I ran a 1-ish mile loop around a small lake, and it was a cool morning, and most of the loop was shaded with only some dappled sunlight. There were two small bridges, and then a slight uphill followed by an unmistakeable [read STEEP] uphill that I HATED. I finally decided to look at it as a hill workout, with a 1-mile recovery run. That worked for me. I ended up doing about 12 loops, since I didn't want to skimp on the full 11 miles. About five miles into it, I started feeling invincible. It feels good. I haven't felt like that since my first half-marathon, which was probably in the mid-to-late 90's.



08/18/08 I was supposed to run 12 miles yesterday, so the whole family drove over to a park in West Lafayette, where I started running on a trail. We had agreed to meet around the six mile mark so Bob could supply me with some Gatorade and a granola bar. Bob and the girls arrived just minutes before I did, having stopped to admire one of the fountains that Purdue has to offer. I refueled and headed back out. I was concerned, based on my time, that my planned route wasn't a full 12 miles, so I tacked some on at the end, and it ended up being 13.02 (but who's counting??). I only have two more long runs before the big day: a 15-miler and a 20-miler. Though I'm not looking forward to the long training runs, I do feel good about the actual marathon. Chicago, here I come!



09/16/08 I ran 17 miles on Saturday, and it about "did me in." Still, I ran 17 miles. I feel good about that. Three days later, I'm still sore all over, though it's lessening. For some reason, I thought I'd feel energetic & chipper after that run, but that could not be further from the truth. Note to self: eat before running such a long distance. And drink more. And maybe plan the run so it's not 87+ degrees out.

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Supporter's Comments

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    "We're rooting for you Annnie, and for a cure! Way to go!"
     

    Carla and Rahul D'Rozario

    Fri Jun 13 06:18:15 EDT 2008

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    "It is so wonderful that you are doing this! Best of luck to you in the race! Love you!"
     

    Jennifer Frasier

    Mon Jun 30 04:09:38 EDT 2008

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    "Annie, I am so impressed at your dedication and commitment. I have passed this info onto others and hope that you meet your financial goals. God Bless You and Keep You, Jeanette"
     

    Jeanette Lindish

    Wed Jul 23 02:08:19 EDT 2008

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    "Annie, I hope this turns out better than the tropical fish. That was embarassing."
     

    George Palmer

    Fri Aug 15 11:46:47 EDT 2008

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    "Congrats, Annie! What a wonderful thing you're doing. Glad to be a part of it. Hope you, Bob and the girls are doing well!"
     

    Sara Beaty

    Thu Aug 28 11:15:26 EDT 2008

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    "Way to go, Annie! Best of luck."
     

    Gail Beck

    Fri Aug 29 11:40:42 EDT 2008

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    "Hope I'm not too late! Good Luck Annie!!"
     

    Vander Plaats Family

    Thu Sep 25 12:59:12 EDT 2008

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    "(Friend, colleague, and occasional admirer of Josiah Trager)"
     

    Jennifer Frasier

    Wed Jul 21 12:22:33 EDT 2010

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    "Good luck, John! And have a great run! mam "
     

    George Palmer

    Tue Mar 08 02:21:05 EST 2011

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    "Awesome!"
     

    George Palmer

    Mon May 02 03:15:33 EDT 2011

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    "Sorry I missed Bill's. Congrats on 105%!! All the best to you Amy and l'm so awed by both of you!! Such inspiration! lots of love, Elana"
     

    Naomi Schembri

    Wed Aug 17 01:12:27 EDT 2011

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    "Dear Amy+Bill+Justin, We join Elana in wishing you much success--powering through the Poconos and dashing through the Magic Kingdom--you are amazing!! love, Barbara+Joram+Max"
     

    Naomi Schembri

    Fri Aug 19 11:24:37 EDT 2011

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    "You're doing a wonderful thing <3!"
     

    Roger Bennett

    Thu Aug 25 02:12:17 EDT 2011

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    "God Bless your efforts Amy!"
     

    Naomi Schembri

    Tue Aug 30 12:06:36 EDT 2011

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    "William and Jonathan Run hard; we will be thinking of you."
     

    Mon Oct 03 06:24:33 EDT 2011

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    "William and Jonathan, Run hard; we will be thinking of you."
     

    Mon Oct 03 06:26:52 EDT 2011

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    "Go, Amy! You are an inspiration for all of us."
     

    Naomi Schembri

    Sat Oct 08 03:11:59 EDT 2011

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    "In honor of Georgianna Donnelly, the best girl at my wedding and one of my most favorite people on the planet!"
     

    Mon Nov 14 06:22:15 EST 2011

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    "Good luck, Katherine!! Make your aunt Georgianna proud!!"
     

    Mon Nov 14 07:04:09 EST 2011

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    "So great that you're taking this on, Katherine! Georgianna is so proud of you, as are all of us! Go, go, go!! :)"
     

    Mon Nov 14 11:48:42 EST 2011

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    "Great thing for a great cause. Good luck."
     

    Sat Nov 19 04:35:33 EST 2011

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    "Good Luck!"
     

    Sat Nov 19 08:41:52 EST 2011

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    "You go girl! "
     

    Mon Nov 28 01:21:47 EST 2011

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    "Amy - Keep challenging yourself, because when you do, you challenge us too. You are an inspiration for many. Enjoy your run!"
     

    Naomi Schembri

    Mon Dec 12 09:19:07 EST 2011

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    "Run like the wind!!"
     

    Sat Mar 17 05:47:43 EDT 2012

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    "Amy- I am so inspired by you!! You have such a positive attitude. I look forward to running with you this season. "
     

    Naomi Schembri

    Wed Aug 17 12:18:52 EDT 2011

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    "You are so cool! Keep running! You are an inspiration to all of us!"
     

    Naomi Schembri

    Tue Aug 16 11:02:56 EDT 2011

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    "Many thanks for all of the ways that you have supported me throughout the last year, you are the best friend and training partner a gal could ask for :) Now GO GET IT!!!!"
     

    George Palmer

    Fri Mar 25 05:02:02 EDT 2011

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    "My sister lost her battle with ALL in July 2008 at age 47. I did a TNT Half in Nov. 2010 in her memory. Great cause. Thanks for doing this. -Mike"
     

    George Palmer

    Tue Feb 22 11:14:08 EST 2011

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    "Thank you for doing this. I have a few friends that will appreciate this. Don't forget the rare cancer-like blood disorder called Histiocytosis."
     

    George Palmer

    Tue Feb 22 11:03:48 EST 2011

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    "On behalf of the Dolls of Eden, Congratulations and best of luck for a successful run, Kel!"
     

    Jennifer Frasier

    Thu Oct 28 12:31:16 EDT 2010

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    "Annie, I know you can do it. I wish you all the luck and with your training and the race."
     

    Tom Payton

    Tue Jul 08 02:01:15 EDT 2008

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    "Way to go Annie! We're proud of you!"
     

    Hilary Henry

    Mon Jun 16 01:59:03 EDT 2008

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    "I'm sure you'll get a lot of support. Are you going to be carrying kids as you train? It is a BIG commitment."
     

    Jonathan Fish

    Sun Jun 15 12:58:48 EDT 2008

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    "Best of luck - I know you'll do well."
     

    Christopher Trott

    Sat Jun 14 08:16:24 EDT 2008

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    "To your next quarter century cancer-free - keep on truckin' Amy!"
     

    Naomi Schembri

    Thu Nov 03 08:42:45 EDT 2011

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    "Good Luck!!"
     

    Naomi Schembri

    Tue Oct 11 03:31:16 EDT 2011

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    "run, run, run, Katherine!"
     

    Fri Mar 02 09:23:08 EST 2012

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    "Pat Stewart"
     

    Sun Jan 22 04:01:48 EST 2012

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    "Hi Amy -- I know it's not much, but I wanted to be sure to donate something towards your race. I was thrilled to train with Bill this past tri season and am so happy to see you taking your turn at an event. I'll be in FL running the half and relay so I hope to see you guys there. Congrats on all of your hard work and your accomplishments on behalf of TNT! Susan"
     

    Naomi Schembri

    Thu Dec 08 07:18:51 EST 2011

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    "Amy: You (and Bill) continue to amaze and delight us. Can't wait to see you guys soon. Tell Justin we have an all new Mustang coming out in 2015 that his mommy and daddy MUST get. "
     

    Naomi Schembri

    Sat Nov 05 05:47:10 EDT 2011

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $2,599.00 | Goal: $3,750.00
 
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My Thanks To

Jonathan Fish $1000.00
Steve and Quincey $250.00
Alex Boutselis $250.00
Roger Bennett $131.00
Melanie Myers $100.00
Shira Sand $100.00
Tom Payton $100.00
Robert Fish $84.00
Ellen Johnston $50.00
Kerrie Douglas $50.00
4330Demetra Evangelou $50.00
Naomi Schembri $50.00
George Palmer $50.00
Jeanette Lindish $50.00
William Klein $25.00
Vander Plaats Family $25.00
Jane Ransom $25.00
Sara Beaty $25.00
James & Mary Macdonald $25.00
Andrew Mayoras $25.00
Jennifer Frasier $25.00
Hilary Henry $25.00
Christopher Trott $25.00
Carla and Rahul D'Rozario $25.00
Gail Beck $24.00
Rosanne Altstatt $10.00