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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.


Supporter Comments


    cassandra williams

    Thu Nov 01 05:34:10 EDT 2012

    "Ugly Sweater Party Raffle Money"

    Christie Gray

    Sun Dec 16 04:25:01 EST 2012

    "You can do this!! Go Jennifer!!"

    Susan Schrader

    Fri Dec 21 06:35:22 EST 2012

    "Go Jennifer!!! So proud of you and all your adventures in 2013!"

    Lauren Plichta

    Mon Dec 31 06:10:40 EST 2012

    "We love you, Jenn! Thank you so much for your hard work, dedication, passion, and friendship during your time working for LLS. You will be greatly missed!!! Best wishes for success in your next adventure ~ Tiffani, Christie, Megan, Jared, Ryanne, Rosalie, Erica, Lauren & the rest of your TNT coworkers"

    Your Appreciative TNT Coworkers

    Fri Jan 04 03:01:21 EST 2013

    "You are doing awesome things! Happy Birthday! Sorry I couldn't make it. I love you!"

    Christina Sarmiento

    Sun Dec 23 12:22:01 EST 2012

    "Good luck in both your century and your next adventure!"


    Fri Dec 21 02:13:53 EST 2012

    "My dad recently passed due to myelofibrosis, a bone marrow disease that is sometimes associated with leukemia. Good luck, Jennifer! I hope you reach your goal and thank you for your efforts!"

    Taia Barker

    Sat Dec 15 06:06:18 EST 2012

    "Go Jennifer, Go! So proud of you and very excited for your challenge on the bike and for the fundraising you are doing! Thanks for doing this in honor of Cassandra! She is one of the greatest inspirations I know."

    Heather Bunkley Allen

    Fri Dec 14 06:16:15 EST 2012

    "You make me proud young lady! "

    Julie Guevara

    Thu Dec 06 01:29:19 EST 2012

    "I'm sorry I can't be there tonight for your fundraiser. I hope it is a success!"

    Leslie Brown

    Wed Dec 05 03:19:57 EST 2012

    "You go girl! "

    Elena Sabo

    Wed Dec 05 12:21:20 EST 2012

    "Go Jen! "

    Sheryl Bender

    Fri Nov 30 02:38:03 EST 2012

    "Hi Jenn: What you're doing is great! keep up the great work..:)"

    Alice Bullman

    Mon Nov 26 12:43:23 EST 2012

    "Chuck's doing the Seattle to Portland if you want some practice with a long ride :)"

    Erin, Chuck, & Keelin Malinski

    Mon Nov 26 11:07:08 EST 2012

    "You are an inspiration, and since we won't be running in any marathons, we figured that helping you in your effort would make up for it!"

    Jesse & Elizabeth Ridgeway

    Mon Nov 19 11:49:08 EST 2012

    "Go Team!"

    John Fewlass

    Wed Nov 14 11:22:34 EST 2012

    "Always happy to support you! Go Girl!!"

    Susan Girouard

    Sat Nov 10 03:42:58 EST 2012

    "Thank you so much Jennifer for helping me to reach my goal. you are a sweet girl and I am so glad you are helping so many people. God Bless you along the way. <>< Channa"

    Channa N Grider

    Tue Nov 06 01:53:40 EST 2012

    "Jennifer, you are doing great work and inspire many. You and TNT have helped me find strength and drive to fight cancer and help others as well. Oh, by the way, love that picture (it seems like a lifetime ago that I had no hair). Best wishes!"

    Stephen Rivero

    Wed Oct 31 08:34:51 EDT 2012

    "Jennifer your work has changed lives! Keep on doing it and know that we are here to support you when needed"

    Barry Morrill

    Wed Oct 31 06:27:51 EDT 2012

    "Go Jen!"

    Karen Curtis

    Thu May 30 09:38:46 EDT 2013

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $2,804.16 | Goal: $3,000.00
93 %

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My Thanks To

Speed Dating Fundraiser $615.00
Jennifer Martincavage $205.00
Your Appreciative TNT Cow... $105.00
Fruitloops $100.00
Eric Martincavage $100.00
John Fewlass $100.00
Stephen Rivero $100.00
Selling Sugar to Co-Worke... $80.00
Sababa Entertainment Inc $75.00
Larry Leveque $75.00
Sarah Barbosa $60.00
Karen Curtis $50.00
James Bradford $50.00
Christina Sarmiento $50.00
Christie Gray $50.00
Roxanne Sexauer Joseph $50.00
Lisa, Jeremiah, and JD $50.00
Michael O'Keefe $25.00
Taia Barker $25.00
Heather Bunkley Allen $25.00
Robert Fisher $25.00
Robert Pike $25.00
Leslie Brown $25.00
Sheryl Bender $25.00
Bruce Stejskal $25.00
Jonathan Funk $25.00
Jesse & Elizabeth Ridgewa... $25.00
cassandra williams $25.00
Barry Morrill $25.00
Julie Guevara $20.00
Lauren Plichta $20.00
Susan Blackwell $20.00
Elena Sabo $20.00
Anonymous $15.00
Heather Drasin  
Susan Schrader  
Daphne Helms  
Julie Guevara  
Jack & Marjorie  
Alice Bullman  
Erin, Chuck, & Keelin Mal...  
Susan Girouard  
Channa N Grider  
April Fletcher