"You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give."- Winston Churchill

"You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give."- Winston Churchill
Oct 31, 2009 by Nurit Katz

Racing to Save Lives



As many of you know, this fall my mom was diagnosed with Splenic Marginal Zone Lymphoma. Fortunately, it was a non-agressive type. She had major surgery to remove her greatly enlarged spleen, which was successful, and is at home recovering. She may need chemotherapy, but hopefully very light. I am so grateful that it was treatable, and so inspired by her strength and grace and humor throughout, and her emails from Lake Spleen-Be-Gone.



To show my gratitude and give back in a concrete way, I am embarking on a journey as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training, that will lead me to a full Ironman triathlon on July 31st, 2010.



This is certainly the greatest physical challenge I have faced in my life. I ran my first marathon this year in Palos Verdes, which was tough, and I cannot imagine doing much before, besides eating the peanut butter sandwich and banana that I had for breakfast that day. The Ironman will require me to swim 2.4 miles and bike 112 miles before completing a marathon. That's like swimming from Santa Monica to Marina Del Rey, then biking from there to San Diego, and then running a marathon.



However, the difficulty of this journey is nothing compared to the pain and struggle of fighting cancer, and of watching loved ones suffer.



I am racing for my mommy, Margo Katz, as she recovers step by step, til we can run together again. She gave me the gift of life and love and taught me that I can do anything I put my mind to, the wisdom of the tortoise, and the power of a sunny outlook on life.



For Ani Gorgorian, who is fighting leukemia and still finds the strength to be a rock for her family. She has cared for me like a daughter.



For our cousin, Fred Gysi, who continues a brave fight against leukemia.



For Patty Drasin, who survived a really tough battle with lymphoma, and was there to counsel my mom in the hospital.



For my loved ones who are brave survivors of cancer- Jessica Schairer, Juan Matute Sr., Suzanne Biegel, Larry Whitford, Jane Bryan-Jones and Jay Amestoy.



In memory of my great-grandma Dorothy Lindenbaum, who lost her life to leukemia when I was 8 years old. I remember as a child wishing for a cure, now I can contribute.



In memory of Dan Silberberg, our dear family friend who lost his life to leukemia, and who, even in his most difficult days told his daughter "How can one be sad, when the trees are so beautiful?".



In memory of Alice Cunningham, who could out harvest me at Vital Zuman farm, even at the end of her life. Her strength was an inspiration.



In memory of Dennis Munjack, father of Julie Munjack and in memory of Manny Eisenberg, beloved husband of Phyllis Eisenberg, who lost their lives after difficult battles with cancer.



In memory of Ivy Moy, remembered by Greg Ford.



In memory of Johnny Fang, remembered by Karen Miao.



In memory of Gladys Afua Ofori Gadzanku remembered by Dela Gadzanku.



In memory of Nancy Jo Kimble, lost Chrsitmas of 1997 to Non Hodgkins Lymphoma, and in honor of Rowena Netzley, survivor of breast cancer, honored and remembered by Kris Kimble.



In honor of Tajuana Robinson, supported in her fight by her friend Felicia Brannon.



In honor of Noel Greenwood, supported in his battle against cancer by his daughter, Diana Greenwood.



In honor of Tsvi Epstein, supported in his fight by Dr. Shani Fox.



If someone you know is fighting cancer, or there is someone who's memory you would like me to honor, please let me know, and I will add them to my page, and will carry their name with me on the race.



All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. More than 823,000 Americans are battling these blood cancers. I am completing this event in honor of 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!



My fundraising commitment is $6,500 I know this is a rough time for many, but know that every dollar counts. If you can donate even $10, it still makes a difference. Please make a secure, 2009 tax-deductible donation today to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance LLS's mission.



The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. They have invested more than $680 million in research since 1949 - over $69 million in 2009. Last year alone, LLS made 4.9 million contacts with patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals. They are one of the most efficient non-profit organizations in the US, spending only $0.16 to raise each $1 of support.



Thank you so much for your support! Your generosity is truly appreciated. I hope you will visit my web site often to read stories and see my progress.

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Supporter Comments

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    "Nurit, you are such an inspiration. I will be cheering you on the whole way. I know you will face this challenge with the same grace, curiosity and love you show everything else in your life. Sending love to you and your Mom. "
     

    Figgy

    Sun Nov 01 07:05:07 EST 2009

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    "go Nurit!"
     

    Juan Matute

    Mon Nov 02 01:34:56 EST 2009

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    "Best of luck! I am sure you will be at the 'head of the pack' with all your enthusiasm!"
     

    ruth grant

    Fri Nov 06 04:36:52 EST 2009

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    "Dear Nurit, You truly do make a difference in this world!"
     

    Grandma & Grandpa Linden

    Fri Nov 06 07:23:41 EST 2009

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    "Go, Nurit, go!"
     

    Adam Green

    Fri Nov 06 08:48:33 EST 2009

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    "Good luck Nurit!!! "
     

    Jennifer Webb

    Fri Nov 06 08:50:08 EST 2009

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    "So proud of you Nurit! Good luck!!"
     

    Janou Gordon

    Fri Nov 06 09:03:07 EST 2009

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    "Nurit, I wish the very best for your mom and for you in this challenge. You are both in our thoughts. -Jen (& Damien, Mea, and Seneca)"
     

    Jennifer Bravo

    Fri Nov 06 10:42:59 EST 2009

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    "Blessings on the undertaking, Nurit. Good deal. Would give more if I could. I think you may know that Alice passed away from acute leukemia within two months after diagnosos. She had a different kind, one quick and terminal. Don't remember the terminology now as I've distanced myself from it. She'd be happy to know what you're doing ! Alan"
     

    Alan Cunningham Vital Zuman Organic Farm

    Fri Nov 06 11:09:46 EST 2009

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    "Good luck!!!"
     

    Glen MacDonald

    Sun Nov 08 03:51:03 EST 2009

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    "Good luck, Nurit. GO TEAM!"
     

    Karen Miao

    Sun Nov 08 08:56:36 EST 2009

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    "You're very inspiring, Nurit!"
     

    Angelique Xanthopoulos

    Sun Nov 08 10:25:57 EST 2009

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    "For you, your mom and the others in memory of Nancy Jo Kimble (Lost Christmas 1997/Non Hodgkins Lymphoma) and Rowena Netzley (Mother in Law) survivor of breast cancer."
     

    Kris D. Kimble

    Mon Nov 09 10:54:15 EST 2009

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    "Rock on Nurit!"
     

    Maggie Souder

    Mon Nov 09 11:01:59 EST 2009

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    "Nurit, You are amazing! Such a wonderful daughter. MD"
     

    Magali Delmas

    Mon Nov 09 12:25:40 EST 2009

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    "Nurit, you are an amazing lady. All my love to you in your efforts in the good fight!"
     

    Marissa Gorlick

    Mon Nov 09 03:56:50 EST 2009

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    "Nurit - you are so involved in life, and it's an inspiration. Good luck on your journey!"
     

    Varun Mehra

    Tue Nov 10 05:08:37 EST 2009

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    "Nurit, you're amazing. Thank you for having the courage to fight for those battling blood cancers. You go girl!"
     

    Susan Corley

    Tue Nov 10 11:55:01 EST 2009

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    "The energy of all of those supporting you will push you through Nurit! Congrats and good luck, I'll be with you in spirit all the way!!!"
     

    Eric Rassman

    Wed Nov 11 12:17:42 EST 2009

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    "Hi Nurit, I think what you are doing is great, and I wish you all the best in getting in shape. You can do it! Much love, Mel"
     

    Melvyn Nichols

    Sat Nov 14 12:44:40 EST 2009

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    "Nurit.... You go girl!"
     

    Maciek

    Sat Nov 14 02:42:33 EST 2009

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    "With prayers for Margo's speedy recovery, and best wishes to the ironwoman - you go girls!"
     

    Gary and Shani Fox

    Sat Nov 14 09:56:49 EST 2009

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    "Wow Nurit! you've raised so much money so far! good luck with the training! It's really awesome that you're doing this :) "
     

    Ayla Stern

    Wed Nov 18 09:12:18 EST 2009

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    "What a big challenge! Good luck--I know you can do it!"
     

    Jared Fox

    Sun Nov 22 11:39:48 EST 2009

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    "My mom was diagnosed with the same type of cancer last year. Fortunately, she is doing well."
     

    April de Stefano

    Mon Nov 23 07:54:10 EST 2009

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    "I'm rooting for you and your mom, Nurit. Thanks for allowing me to be part of this."
     

    christina kaoh

    Mon Nov 23 07:57:07 EST 2009

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    "Happy trails, Nurit! You are so brave for embarking on this endeavour. I wish you and your family all the best."
     

    Shanna

    Mon Nov 23 08:24:52 EST 2009

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    "Go Nurit! I'm proud of you!"
     

    Sarah A Simons

    Tue Nov 24 09:50:02 EST 2009

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    "Wishes for your Mother's recovery and good luck with your training. Dave Johnson and Eve Haberfield"
     

    David Johnson

    Mon Nov 30 01:17:02 EST 2009

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    "Thank you for taking action to help fight this disease. Best of luck to you in the race!"
     

    Laura Beatty

    Tue Dec 08 01:09:24 EST 2009

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    "Nurit, this is so cool. Best of luck to both you and your mom."
     

    Jenny Trucano

    Tue Jan 12 10:35:42 EST 2010

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    "In loving memory of Nancy "Dandy" deVarennes who lost her life to non hodgkins lymphoma, remembered by her daughter, Suzanne Norton, and her grandchildren, Michael, Patrick and Meg"
     

    Suzanne Norton

    Wed Jan 13 08:54:50 EST 2010

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    "Hey Nurit, I really wish I could donate more right now but I hope my contribution helps! You're a great person going for a great cause! "
     

    Daniel Mabasa

    Wed Jan 27 06:41:08 EST 2010

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    "In memory of the love of my life, my son Aaron Casari"
     

    Derek Casari

    Fri Jan 29 08:07:26 EST 2010

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    "Good luck and sending good cheers your way!"
     

    Alan Takushi

    Thu Mar 11 04:30:20 EST 2010

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    "Nurit, thank you for your bravery and being an inspiration. My mother lost her battle with cancer a year ago, and my aunt this year. I only know too well what it is like to watch a loved one face something as hard as this. Good luck in the race!"
     

    Jody

    Mon Jun 07 11:13:23 EDT 2010

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    "nurit, you are a rockstar. best of luck!!!"
     

    Heather Richey

    Wed Jul 21 02:45:55 EDT 2010

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    "Good luck, Nurit! "
     

    Nancy Hwang

    Sat Jul 31 12:58:44 EDT 2010

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    "Hi, Nurit! Carrie (studying in Australia) and Betsy are thinking of you today and cheering you on as you do the triathlon. Congratulations on your extraordinary commitment to this cause."
     

    Carrie & Betsy Metzgar

    Sat Jul 31 08:19:18 EDT 2010

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    "YAY, NURIT! "
     

    Ting Wong Stuart

    Tue Jan 05 12:53:48 EST 2010

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    "You rock my socks!"
     

    Neda Guiv

    Tue Dec 15 08:03:26 EST 2009

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    "Nurit, I'm so proud of you stepping up to accomplish this. Not only will the Ironman being an amazing experience, but the road to get there will, no doubt, change your life. Good luck and keep us all up to date on your training!"
     

    Josh Jewett

    Thu Nov 12 11:31:55 EST 2009

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $6,855.00 | Goal: $6,700.00
 
102 %

My Team

 
Team Total: $6,980.00 | Goal: $6,500.00

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In Honor of

Margo Katz

My Thanks To

Chris Humphreys  
Carrie & Betsy Metzgar  
Erin Murphy  
Nancy Hwang  
Darra Brakefield  
Heather Richey  
Arleen Leibowitz  
Dean Curtis  
Jody  
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Alma Perez  
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Suzanne Norton  
Jenny Trucano  
Lancy Yang  
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Mary Ann Wilson  
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Margo Linden katz  
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Sarah Locher  
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