My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
Jan 17, 2009 by Jennifer White

4/28/09 Update:

I DID IT!! I crossed the finish line at the OKC Memorial Half Marathon! Official Time: 2:43:17


If you had told me 6 months ago that was possible, I wouldn't have believed you!


Race weekend started off a little crazy. I had to shoot a wedding on Saturday so we didn't get out of Wichita until almost 8 pm. On the way to OKC, we had to pull off the interstate twice dues to tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in the immediate area. But I was determined to get there! We pulled into our hotel at about midnight. The alarm was set to go off at 4 am!


I made it up and out the door in time to meet the rest of the Team at their hotel at 5. We shared a quick breakfast of bagels and bananas and set off for the starting line.


There were SO MANY people! But the weather was perfect. Cool, overcast, slight breeze. At the starting line we found our corrals by expected mile times. I chose the 11 minute mile group. They had a moment of silence for all of those who lost their lives or loved ones in the Federal Building bombing. The pre-dawn lights on the memorial were beautiful and it was very moving. Not only were we running to find a cure for Leukemia & Lymphoma but to also remember the tragedy this community and the rest of the country had endured.


And then the butterflies hit! Man was I nervous! The other girls I started the race with were doing the full marathon and one was running the half to prepare for the full in San Diego in May. The start was a little slow as we worked our way through the crowd but luckily the race used a shoe chip that wasn't activated until we actually crossed the official starting line.


I ran the 1st 5 miles with the other girls even though I had been training using intervals. I knew I shouldn't do it but we were having a good time chatting and I felt great. About mile 6 I was wishing I had stuck to my original plan! After dropping back to intervals I felt a little better but still more tired than I should have at that point. Of course, part of that may have been the fact that OKC has LOTS more hills than Wichita! And it was humid!


About 10.5 miles in I hear someone shouting through a bullhorn. "Marathoner, Marathoner coming through!" And here comes the police escort for the first finisher. He ran a FULL marathon in LESS time than it took me to run a half! Insane!!


My longest training run was 12 miles so when I hit that 12 mile flag I knew that every step past that was a new personal record for me! A couple more turns and I could see the finish line. Thousands of people cheering us on. Yells from the crowd of "Go Team in Training!" and "God bless you!" It was amazing. I fought back the tears as I pulled every last bit of energy I could out of my leg muscles to finish strong. The announcer even said my name as I came through the last few yards.


The minute my foot hit that finish line, the tears wouldn't stay back anymore. The flood of emotion of finishing something that was such a huge goal, the thoughts of my wonderful friends, Jeff, Allison and Amanda who inspired me through all of the training and the run itself, and the gratitude for my health and the health of my family.


Jeff and Allie are both healthy now. Allison just had her 1 year checkup and scan and everything came back clear. Amanda is also 1 year past her final chemo treatment, recently married and expecting her first child very soon. Praise God!


Thank you to everyone who has supported me in this amazing journey! We still have 30 days past race day to meet the fundraising goal so if you can help, even a little, I would sure appreciate it.


And now the bug has bitten me- I'm signing up for a 10K next month and another half marathon in June! Maybe the full marathon next year at OKC?? Maybe I'll beat that crazy guy who won this year! (OK maybe the running endorphins have gone to my brain!)


Love ya'll!

Jen

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4/21/09 Update:

Oh WOW! Less than a week til race day! As you can see- we still need to raise more money. Please donate whatever you can. Even $5.00 is a huge help!


I'm feeling pretty good about the run. We did 12 mile last week and it went great! I know the adrenaline will be flowing and the crowd will keep me moving. I can't wait to see that finish line. I know I will be a sobbing, smiling, puddle of tears MESS! But it will be so worth it all. If we can help save one child, one parent, one family from having to go through what my friends the Hoskins have gone though.


Thank you so much to everyone who has donated, prayed, offered support and trained with me.

Love ya'll!

Jen

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3/6/09 Update:

WOW! Tonight is the big night! Please come out to the Andover Public Library and join us for an art auction to benefit the Society. I have some AMAZING pieces that have been very generously donated by some of the area's most talented photographers. You can help me reach my fundraising goal and get a beautiful piece of art in return, what a deal!


We'll start at 7 pm in the library art gallery. The Andover Library is on Central just east of Andover Rd.


Running is going well. I have been very busy this week with setting up for the event but I've gotten some miles in. Tomorrow is a 7 mile run with the Team. Next week I'll be back in full swing again!


Thanks everyone and hope to see you tonight!

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2/12/09 Update:

Training is going well. We have another group run at 7 am Saturday- 5 miles this week. Last week was awesome. Everyone is so great! I ran tonight and last night. I'll take tomorrow off to be ready for Saturday. Can't wait!


On another note- I am hosting a Photo Gallery Opening at the Andover Public Library to raise funds. It will be at 7 pm March 6th and will feature several very talented local photographers as well as silent auction and raffle items. It should be a great night- come out and join us if you can! If you need more details or would like to participate as an artist or with a donation for the auction/raffle, please email me at jenwhite0907@gmail.com

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1/30/09 Update:

Tomorrow morning is our first group run. The other runners and I will do 3 miles in the brisk 7:30 am chill but it should be a blast getting to know everyone and hitting the pavement! I'll post tomorrow about how it goes.

Jen

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1/20/09 Update:

I ran 4 miles this morning. My farthest distance to date! Each run I'm feeling a little stronger, going a little farther and getting closer to the goal: 13.1 miles! Thanks to everyone who has stopped by the page, sent me emails or left me a message on Facebook. Your encouragement means so much and I think about all of you when I'm pushing to break through the wall! Of course I'm also driven by the thought that each mile I run could be a mile closer to a cure for people like Jeff, Allie & Amanda and the thousands of others who fight these diseases daily. Every mile and every dollar donated can be a step closer to the cure!

Love y'all!

Jen

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Hi Everyone!

I have officially lost the last of my marbles and have signed up to run a half marathon to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of my wonderful friends, Jeff & Allison Hoskins as well as Amanda Dyer White. All three of these brave people have fought and conquered both of these diseases and I want to be a part of helping to find a cure so that no one else has to go through what they have been through! If you are not familiar with the Hoskins' story, please visit www.hope4thehoskins.blogspot.com


I will be running in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in April. The minimim fundraising goal for this event is $2,850. My personal goal is to DOUBLE that! I have seen the generosity and the amazing support that our family, friends and community have given these friends of mine and I hope that I can count on that support as they each continue to heal and get stronger and we "Race to Save Lives".


If you are able, please give generously to this amazing organization that is working daily to find new medications, treatment and most importantly a cure. All you have to do is punch in your card number, I'll run the miles! How easy is that??


Thank you and GOD BLESS! I'll keep you posted here on my progress as I train so check back often! I work better under pressure!

Jen

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Supporter Comments

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    "You go girl!"
     

    Seth and Toni Buttner

    Mon Jan 19 11:02:05 EST 2009

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    "Keep the faith!! "
     

    James and Sandra Jenkins

    Mon Jan 26 05:56:33 EST 2009

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    "Go Murphy's Marchers! "
     

    Wed Oct 02 04:10:39 EDT 2013

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    "This donation is to honor all of those fighting blood cancer. I am especially in awe of my friend and fraternity brother, Kirk Smith, and my daughter, Angie Allen. Their strength and perseverance post transplant is an inspiration. Our prayers are with all fighting these insidious diseases. Jeanne & Orrell Saulsbury "
     

    Catherine Scribner

    Fri Apr 01 04:07:28 EDT 2016

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    "Love you, B! Proud of you!!"
     

    Catherine Scribner

    Fri Apr 01 04:23:12 EDT 2016

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    "So proud of all of your hard work and dedication! "
     

    Catherine Scribner

    Fri Apr 01 05:08:23 EDT 2016

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    "God bless you both Kirk and Kathy. "
     

    Catherine Scribner

    Sat Apr 02 06:18:01 EDT 2016

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    "Love you Brittany and miss you, i can only pray to one day make a fractuon of an impact in this world that you do! You inspire me!"
     

    Catherine Scribner

    Sat Apr 02 06:02:44 EDT 2016

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    "One step closer to your goal. I love you "
     

    Catherine Scribner

    Wed Apr 13 10:07:09 EDT 2016

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    "In memory of my Father, Brittanys grandfather, I support efforts to fight these cancers. Jon Reid "
     

    Catherine Scribner

    Wed Apr 13 11:29:52 EDT 2016

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    "His never give up attitude combined with his gentle, kind spirit inspired many. He left a huge void. I am honored to donate to LLS and play some small part in ending blood cancers in our lifetime. Thank you Britt."
     

    Catherine Scribner

    Sun Sep 11 11:05:06 EDT 2016

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    "Watching Kirk never give up - twice - in the midst of such overwhelming odds has been such an inspiration. Watching all the others we have seen and met at the BMT these last three years has been emotional. Some make it, some don't, sadly like Logan. I am honored to participate in some small way in helping find a cure for all blood cancers so that we don't lose anymore of these brave people. Thanks to LLS for their fine work and to Brittany Reid whose passion for what she does shines through."
     

    Catherine Scribner

    Sun Apr 10 02:52:25 EDT 2016

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    "Keep up the good work that you are doing, for all cancer patients. I am a Colon Cancer Survivor, for about 14 year's now myself."
     

    Catherine Scribner

    Tue Nov 01 04:48:31 EDT 2016

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    "Fight for the cure."
     

    Catherine Scribner

    Tue Nov 01 06:36:11 EDT 2016

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    "May they find a cure quickly and much healing to all with these problems. "
     

    Nancy Armstrong

    Tue Apr 12 04:33:41 EDT 2016

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    "Jennifer, Good luck at the marathon. We will be cheering you on (from home). Love you, Mom & Dad"
     

    Terri Poole

    Fri Apr 24 09:39:06 EDT 2009

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    "I am so proud of you and the leadership you are providing to help fight leukemia in loving memory of Sharla, the precious sister you never got to meet. Thank you. Love, Mom"
     

    Sherri Warden

    Fri Oct 14 12:30:44 EDT 2016

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    "Donate in honor of my Grandson Gregory Collins who battled cancer."
     

    Wed Sep 28 10:13:54 EDT 2016

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    "Trinity Chapel South loves and supports Greg Collins"
     

    Sun Oct 02 10:13:32 EDT 2016

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    "Squad!!!"
     

    Fri Oct 07 09:08:22 EDT 2016

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    "HE CAN!!! 🙏🏾"
     

    Fri Oct 07 11:18:50 EDT 2016

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    "2 people I love who through early detection have fought and been in remission. "
     

    Thu Sep 01 11:38:57 EDT 2016

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    "I lost a dear friend, Travis Martinez and a cousin, Rachel Brant to leukemia, so my donation is in honor of both of them."
     

    Fri Sep 02 09:31:53 EDT 2016

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    "In loving memory of my daughter, Rachel Brant Peres who tried so hard to overcome the evils of leukemia. "
     

    Mon Sep 05 02:45:13 EDT 2016

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    "Our family has first hand experience with this type of cancer. Please know how happy we are that Aaron is running this race."
     

    Mon Sep 05 04:43:46 EDT 2016

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    "In loving memory of Travis Martinez. We're so proud of you Aaron! Good luck!"
     

    Wed Sep 28 09:20:02 EDT 2016

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    "I am honored to be able to give a donation on behalf of my brother. Whetz keep on keeping on!"
     

    Thu Sep 29 06:06:54 EDT 2016

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    "Great job Jen!"
     

    Earnie Larkin

    Tue Apr 28 09:10:43 EDT 2009

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    "Savannah, thank you for helping Sheridan and other children with cancer. Love, Kate and L.A."
     

    Sat Oct 08 07:59:15 EDT 2016

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    "Congratulations Jen, I knew you could (and would) do it!"
     

    Jeff Cowell

    Tue Apr 28 10:06:08 EDT 2009

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    "Congratulations Jennifer! I am so proud of you and you�re a true inspiration. I have donated a dollar for every mile of the marathon. As it is with every step forward we take toward the finish line that we move closer to finding a cure for blood cancers."
     

    Meg Sytnick

    Wed Apr 29 02:54:50 EDT 2009

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $2,348.71 | Goal: $2,850.00
 
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My Thanks To

Jennifer White $475.51
Jennifer White $317.00
Matthew Dreher $155.00
Misti Stephen $100.00
Barry Fields $100.00
Jeff Cowell $100.00