Training to Beat Cancer
Mar 07, 2013
Teams are made up of individuals. Without them, there is no team.
Join me in the fight against blood cancers.
TnT friends & myself with one of our Honored teammates, Steve. He trained for and completed Mayor's Marathon while undergoing chemotherapy this summer.
The past few years that I have spent with Team In Training have been truly incredible. I am so grateful that I am continually surrounded by many amazing people that inspire and motivate me.
When I began my journey with Team in Training a few years ago, I never dreamed that it would take me this far. I met so many truly inspiring individuals that have overcome cancer and beat the worst odds. I am fundraising in honor of so many people - incredible people, like my friend Cassandra.
Cassandra was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in May 2001 and remained in a "smoldering" state for eight years before her cancer became active again in 2009 after she lost her mother to cancer earlier that year. She began treatment immediately and started chemotherapy in October 2009. Unfortunately, the cancer had already begun to affect her bones, forming lesions and fractures throughout her body. As a result, both of her femur bones broke. Cassandra then underwent bilateral surgery; titanium rods were placed in both femur bones to keep them from further breaking and prevent serious complications, including death as a result of an infection. In 2011 while undergoing radiation treatment, Cassandra fundraised, trained for and completed the Nike Women's Half Marathon with Team in Training.
Cassandra finishing Nike 2011
The following year Cassandra came back to Team in Training to once again tackle a half marathon. This time she was undergoing chemotherapy, targeted radiation and walking with a cane. That didn't seem to matter to her because she always came to practice with a smile on her face and a positive energy that inspired everyone training on the team. The night before the race we talked about how she was doing. I was so nervous for her, I didn't want her to end up injured or taken off the course. I did the Nike race last year and it is tough, grueling actually; there are hills...lots of hills. But Cassandra wasn't worried, she remained optimistic that no matter what she was going to get through the race. Watching her cross the finish line was a moment that I will always remember. There are few moments in life that completely change you to your core; that was one of mine.
Cassandra at mile 10 of the 2012 Nike Women's marathon with some of our Long Beach team.
So what exactly am I doing? I am riding with Team in Training in a 100 mile century ride around Lake Tahoe this June. Now, you should all know that the bike is my nemesis! I don't like bike rides--I like marathons--I've done over 12 of those! Cycling is a whole different beast! It took me two hours to complete a 26 mile bike ride earlier this year...and my bum was sore! The training will take months and there will be days in the wind, rain and cold. My butt has no idea how bad it is going to hurt...100 miles...oouuuchh! But all this training, early mornings and long days on the side of a highway are nothing compared to what patients like Cassandra battle everyday. My mileage will never compare to what she has endured and what others like her must face. That is what I will bring with me everyday.
Learning how to change a flat tire.
I have a mission-to help find cures and more effective treatments for blood cancers. 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.