My Fundraising Page
Sep 19, 2010 by Karla Piercy
To Finish Line
Racing to Save Lives
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
I'm training to participate in an endurance event 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 am completing this event in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers. These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure!
It is estimated that every four minutes, someone is diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease or myeloma; which is approximately 139,860 new cases in 2009. These blood cancers take the lives of over 53,000 Americans this year with more deaths than any other cancer among children and young adults under the age of 20. Now, on the threshold of a new era, the hope is that with accelerated funding for research, all leukemia and related cancers will be curable by the year 2015.
Literally what your dollars will do for someone with blood cancer:
$25 donation: Provides patients and their loved ones with free booklets that contain up-to-date information on their disease and help them make informed decisions about their treatment.
$50 donation: Makes possible a Family Support group with a trained facilitator where comfort can be found and experiences can be shared among patients and family members.
$100 donation: Helps supply laboratory researchers with supplies and materials critical to carrying out their search for cures.
$500 donation: provides patient aid to a person with blood cancer for ONE YEAR! This, is also the start of the sponsourship level.
$1000 donation: Makes possible one-on-one conversations between patients and health care specialists who provide information about their disease, treatment options, and helps prepare them with questions for their health care team.
No amount is ever too small! Each dollar will count!
There I am! (the one with long pants (: I didn't even know what to wear my first run)Kicking off, with Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski and two great friends, what would be my first of many charitable 5K race. Not having much of any training, I didn’t think it could be that hard to finish a 3.2 mile walk/run…Was I ever wrong. I found myself struggling to find that finish line. With shaky legs, flushed face, mussels cramping, and being out of breath, it felt amazing to run through the checkered flag finish line. I knew then I could better myself with some training. Now with a handful of 5K and a 10K, I am ready for a bigger challenge. With so many Americans who suffer from blood cancers, I have set a goal to reach $2,600 in honor of their struggle. I will also be running my first marathon, Oct. 17th 2010 in San Francisco. That's right, I said Marathon!! 75% of all donations go to research efforts and patient services, while the other 25% covers operational costs. It is 100% tax-deductible. Ask if your company will do a match! Great way to double your dollar. Thanks in advance to all the help and support!!
About Aimee Jones
My Honored Hero
Aimee was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Malt Lymphoma in February 2009. She has been in remission since March 2010. Aimee enjoys participating in Bible camp story telling to elementary schools, Eucharistic ministries, writing, photography, running, swimming, yoga/piyo, personal training, downhill and water skiing. Her favorite quote: “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” It is an honor to get to know Aimee. I am happy to say she will be running and raising money with Team in Training with me this year!
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.
My Training Journal
August 29th ~ Another month down of some intense running and fundraising! This has truly been an amazing experience with the best yet to come, a finish line and a cure! I have met some amazing people on this journey and even learned a little about myself. This will be a year I remember for a lifetime!
Gold Fish Derby at Endzone was a blast! What a great way to enjoy a Friday night for a great cause! Thanks for everyone's help & support.
July 31st ~One hour & fourty-five minute run this morning and even got a little cool down from the rain. Then Zumba at the YMCA. Leaving July with a BANG! GoTeam!
July 21st ~Time flies when you are having fun! Where has this month gone?
The fundraiser was a huge success! Thanks to all who helped and made it out. This event raised over $650$ Hope to have another! :) Next event is Scotty's Brewhouse in West Lafayette..5-9PM See you there!
July 5th~I have been extremely "busy like a bee" this past month. My ankle is feeling 100 times better and pulling two wisdom teeth is no walk in the park, but they are healing up better each day. Running is going well, but It has been so hot here!! I need to motivate myself for that early morning run before the sun's heat! And ready for my July 10th FUNdraiser! Cannot wait! Putting the Fun in Fundraiser!
I gotta feeling that July's gonna be a good month!
May 26th ~Well it is one week away from buckle down time and run,run,run! But I am sad to say I am already in some pain. My husband and I had a truck accident on our way fishing and I have "sprained" my ankle. I am hopeful for a fast recovery. And I am so Thankful that is all that had happened. Also going tomorrow to have consultation on wisdom teeth getting pulled. Ouch! No Pain, No Gain!
Had our kick-off party for TNT and everytime I get around such great people, I am feeling more and more excited to do something amazing! GO TEAM!
"The great art of life is the sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain." Lord Byron