My Fundraising Page

Ready to Run
Apr 29, 2012 by Megan Newbury

We did it!! We really did!

In 4 months and six days, 31 people donated to me directly, and over a hundred strangers donated to the cause - we raised over $1,110.

We did it! Thank you so, very, very much.

This is the last week of training, and my team and I are so excited to run 13.1 miles along with 35,000 other people in the Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini-Marathon next weekend

Unlike the other runners, however, we will be proud of more than just our time. We will be proud of the more than $264,000 we raised to find a cure for blood cancers.

Thank you again!

A turn of events
Mar 21, 2012 by Megan Newbury

Before her death in 1999, my grandmother was married to Frank C. Skiles, Jr. for 48 years. On Monday, March 12, 2012, at the age of 87 my grandfather passed away from renal failure.

I am grateful for the five days I was able to spend with him leading up to his death, and that my entire family was able to gather around him and say good-bye. I am grateful that although Grandpa was too weak to think about supporting my fundraising, I was able to tell him about the experience. I am grateful that just before I got the call to drive through the night and spend time with Grandpa, I was able to confirm my 50% goal by March 7th and commit to continued training with Team in Training.

I am grateful that when things at the hospice became too intense and I needed a break, I could slip on my running shoes, my purple LLS shirt, and run away. Even when the idea of going back in to watch Grandpa struggle to sit up and remind him that he was too weak to walk made me too exhausted to run, I was grateful to know that my running honors him and the life he had with my grandmother.

After the mini-marathon on May 5th, I planned to call my grandfather and tell him just how much money had been raised in honor of Grandma. I will no longer be able to do that, but I am grateful that I am still able to raise the funds and will know that my run helps to ease someone else's suffering.

Thank you for making this possible.

Stilll going...
Mar 19, 2012 by Megan Newbury

Well, friends, I have a confession.

A few weeks ago, I had a very stressful week at work and school. Additionally, I had to take a break from training to let my lungs recover from bronchitis. I kept thinking, "Maybe this is what I get for taking on too much, and it's time to call it quits on this mini-marathon/fundraising idea."

That weekend, right before the first of a two-phase capstone project was due, I had a car accident, my computer needed serious repairs, and my phone stopped working. Like all seasoned adults, I sat down and had a few good cries. Then, with a lot of help from my family and friends, I made it through the week, turned in an excellent project and started looking for a new car.

In the midst of this, I kept thinking, "Be realistic: You need to quit something." I decided to quit fundraising. I had too much on my plate, my body needed a rest, and I hadn't raised that much money anyway.

So, I signed into my fundraising page and found out I was only $100 from my 50% mark! ONLY $100!!! I had just over a week left before recommitment, and I knew $100 was completely feasible in that time.

Also, I knew that no matter what had happened to me in the last week, it could never compare to the pain of going through chemotherapy or losing a loved one.

I decided to keep going, and I'm still here. Still raising money and running more than I've ever run before. Thank you for making this possible.

In honor of Marcia Jeanne
Jan 12, 2012

Teams are made up of individuals. Without them, there is no team.

Welcome to my Team In Training home page.

As many of you know, on August 1st, 1999, my grandmother Marcia Jeanne Skiles passed away at the age of 70 six months after being diagnosed with Leukemia. At 12 years old, this greatly impacted my life and shaped my spiritual journey in the next year. My grandmother met her husband while in nursing school, during WWII. After graduation, she worked as a surgical nurse for forty-plus years. After retiring, Marcia volunteered her time at the local hospital, at church, to ailing friends and to her family. She was known for helping wherever possible, never complaining and cooking delicious meals.

I cannot find a cure for Leukemia or Lymphoma, but in honor of my grandmother, I am committed to doing what I can: Raising money and Running a Half-Marathon.

As part of this commitment, I’m participating in a sports endurance event as a member of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training. Like the other members of TNT, I will be raising funds to help find cures and better treatments for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. I’m improving the quality of my life by participating and with your support, I can help improve the quality of life for patients and their families as well.

Please make a donation in support of my efforts with Team In Training and help advance the research for cures.

God Bless

-Megan Rose Newbury


Supporter Comments

    "Good luck Megan! "

    Jessica Fithen

    Wed Feb 15 10:25:09 EST 2012

    "This is so great! Hope you reach your goal. Good Luck and God bless you!"

    Joyce Johnson

    Wed Feb 15 11:22:36 EST 2012

    "Isaiah 40:31 But those that place their hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint."

    Katherine Miller

    Sat Mar 03 08:25:41 EST 2012

    "Marcia and Frank both influenced my life greatly over the years. I have missed Marcia since she left and I will miss Frank now that he is gone. They both would be tremendously proud of their grandchild, Megan."

    Cindi Barrett

    Thu Mar 22 07:25:21 EDT 2012

    "All the best Megan! -The Klines :)"

    Dre & Tony

    Sun Mar 25 05:19:03 EDT 2012

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $1,110.51 | Goal: $1,100.00
101 %

Make a Donation

We are sorry donations are no longer being accepted for this participant for this event.

My Thanks To

Cindi Barrett $100.00
Kwame Kwadade $50.00
Dan & Kristin Grossmann $50.00
Michele Swadley $50.00
Jessica Fithen $50.00
Stephanie Captain $50.00
Katherine Miller $40.00
Rodney Frederick $40.00
Carol Neary $30.00
Kristin Houlton $30.00
Stanley Felix $25.00
Martharose Gifts & Interi... $25.00
Tasha Searles $25.00
Nancy Rairdon $25.00
Dre & Tony $25.00
Patricia Juarez $25.00
David Cowan $25.00
Timothy Diemer $25.00
Joyce Johnson $25.00
Josh Case $20.00
Robert Evans $20.00
Andrew Scalini $20.00
Dr Jolene Clouse $20.00
Amanda Ruhl $20.00
Spencer Mitchell $20.00
Wayne Newbury $17.68
Angela Vanderpool-Cazarts $15.00
Pete + Lilly Carey $15.00
Angie Cazares $10.00
Hollice Simon $10.00