My Fundraising Page

Jun 20, 2011 by Aimee Chaouch

It's been a few weeks, but I've been so busy training that it's hard to get on here to update the page.

First off, THANK YOU to everyone who has helped me to reach my goal! I'm so thrilled to be well on my way to making this run happen!

If you haven't yet donated, but would like to, I would ask that you please make a donation on my teammate Holly's page.

Holly and I are running partners, so it's super important to both of us that she be able to reach her fundraising goal as well.

So, what to report?! We're up to 40-minute runs during the week. These are actually proving to be the most difficult for me, as I don't do as well or push myself as hard when I'm by myself. Still, I've been working on speed during these runs, and the best pace I've recorded is 10:30/mile.

For the last two weeks, we've run for 60 minutes at our team practices. On the first week, I averaged around 11:50/mile and ran a total distance of 5.03 miles. Last week, Holly and I ran together and averaged 11:40/mile and ran a total distance of 5.13 miles. It's a little bit of a pace improvement, but we spent a lot of the run talking (yes, talking!) about what our best intervals would be, when to eat, when to drink, etc. We decided that a 4-1 interval is best (4min run, 1 min walk) and that I need to start drinking at 30 minutes, Holly needs to eat at 40 minutes, and I need to eat at 50 minutes. After that - who knows! Next week is a 90-minute run, so that will be the true nutrition test.

Thanks for continuing to follow me! Oh - and up next: Butterscotch cookie bake sale!

No Secret Handshake Necessary
Jun 02, 2011 by Aimee Chaouch

This morning, I had my biannual check-up at the dentist. I got there nice and early and as I sat in the waiting room, I was just considering adding my dentist as a location in Foursquare (hello Mayorship, here I come!) when he walked out of his office in the back and said, "Aimee! I have something for you!" and proceeded to hand my the self-addressed-stamped-envelope that I had included in a letter that I sent to him and all my doctors asking for donations. He told me, "I was going to mail it, but I figured since you were coming in, I could just give it to you and you could reuse your envelope for other letters. See, I didn't even seal it!"

(by the way, if you're in the market for the BEST dentist EVER, go see Dr. Amin!!)

So we chat a little bit and shortly thereafter, his new hygenist, Neuchi (that's my best guess at's pronounced "NEW-chee") took me in for my cleaning. As we were getting started, she asked me, "Did I hear that you're running a half marathon? Which organization are you running with?" So I told her "Team in Training." She said, "Hmm, Team in Training? What charity do they represent?" I replied, "The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society." (at this point, my mouth was getting pretty numb from the topical stuff she was putting on to prep for my cleaning). She said "The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society? REALLY?!! The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!" Through my drool, I said "Yes..." and she, nearly jumping out of her seat, said "I HAD LEUKEMIA!!!! I had a bone marrow transplant and everything! I'm a cancer survivor!!!" Now, I can only guess she had it when she was a child, because at this point I was numb with tools in my mouth so I couldn't really ask more...but I can't imagine anyone being that excited about it. Still, she's the first person directly "connected" to me that I've met with this disease.

After my cleaning (no cavities!), I immediately looked at Dr. Amin's donation, and he donated $100!!! THANK YOU!!! The check will go in the mail along with a few others, and soon you'll see his name on my donation wall.

I had a little time before I needed to get to work, so I went for my obligatory 30-minute mid-week run. Today I decided to run toward the mountain and get a little hill work in. Man, it's been a long time! I used to be able to run up to the mountain in about 10 minutes. Today it took me nearly 17! I think I'll be doing more hills in the near future to try to improve that! Anyway, I did a very very slow pace and only finished 2 miles in 30 minutes. But in my WAS mostly uphill!

And if that wasn't enough, I went tonight to speak with the Freemasons of North Hollywood about my marathon to see if anyone would like to donate. It was a super interesting experience. I mean, I've always been a bit of a tomboy (on the inside!), having grown up with 2 brothers, but being the only girl in a room of about 50 men is kind of a shock. More so when you're wearing a red dress and they're all in black suits. But still, besides feeling like fresh meat at the auction, everyone was amazingly nice and they graciously listened to me talk for about 10 minutes about why it was important for them to give me a donation. But it must have worked, because three Brothers handed me donation forms on the spot, and I few others came up to me to tell me they were taking the form home and would make a donation online.

And then they kicked me out :-) NO GIRLS ALLOWED!!!

But seriously, they were absolutely amazing and I THANK each and every one of them for allowing me to speak!

Training - It's Official!
May 31, 2011 by Aimee Chaouch

This week's practice marked the official start to our endurance training. After last week's 3-mile run, they broke us this week into pace groups. My friend, Holly, and I were put into the "12-minute-mile" group. They slowed us down so that we have the endurance to last for 13 miles!

So this practice started with another inspirational story and it came from one of our teammates. Her mother had been diagnosed with CLL (chronic lymphocytic leukemia) and she felt helpless. The only thing she could think to do to was to join Team in Training and to help raise money for cancer research. Sadly, her mother lost her battle with cancer last year. But through the tears, she told us how she's made a lifelong commitment to stay healthy and to run with TNT in hopes that no one else has to suffer like her mom.

After this, we had a talk from a physical therapist who told us about common running injuries. I had him look at my stride, as I've been told I limp when I run. He said I looked fine, but to pay attention to my stride as I get tired - as I may lose form. We also learned how many steps per minute is the optimal (180) and how often you should breath (every 6 steps). After that, we were off running!

Our pace group consists of 6 girls and 1 guy - and the guy is our leader. He's about 70 years old, but the man has speed and endurance!! I hope to be as fit as him when I get to be that age!

We ran at a "3-1" pace, which means 3 minutes running, 1 minute walking. We ran 30 minutes, which got us to 2.5 miles. Next week, it sounds like we're doing 45 minutes, or 4 miles at that pace. I'm actually looking forward to it, because after our 30 minute workout, we were not tired at all. It made the half marathon seem that much more attainable!

So, if you haven't already, please donate! Also, be sure to visit Holly's page and make a donation there!

Guerilla Fundraising, Part 2
May 26, 2011 by Aimee Chaouch

Today, I opted for a second bake sale to raise money for the LLS. This time, I made cookies! Once again, the sale was a success, and earned me a total of $16 cash and $150 of online donations!

Believe it or not, this puts me closer to my fundraising goal than ever. I have about $700 more dollars that have been promised to me, so that means only $48 to get to my goal! After that, the sky is the limit!

Training continues tonight with a 30 minute workout. My knee is paining me a bit, so we'll see how it goes. It's too early in my training to have an injury!

My First Practice, My First Survivor
May 21, 2011 by Aimee Chaouch

Today marked the beginning of my training. We met at 7AM at a local park and before getting started, a cancer survivor spoke to the group to inspire our run. Her name is Audrey and almost 10 years ago, she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma at stage 4 (the "last" and worst stage). At that time, a bone marrow transplant was a treatment option and they tested her siblings (3 brothers and a sister) to see if they matched. She said that there's a 25% chance of a sibling with 4 siblings, the hope was one would match. She told us, "The good news is that they all matched each other. The bad news was that none of them matched me." So she went on the bone marrow registry and began aggressive chemotherapy.

Happily, the chemo worked and for 3 years, she was in remission. But then, just as suddenly, the cancer returned. She was diagnosed again wtih Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma at stage 4. Only now, there was another option.

Due to the fundraising that Team in Training does for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a new treatment was discovered due to stem cell research. It was found that stem cells harvested from her OWN bone marrow would help.

So, again she went through chemo (a new cocktail, because your body does become immune to it) and she went into remission. She then went through a procedure to insert her harvested stem cells into her body for reproduction. And today, nearly 6 years later, she is CANCER FREE!

She was wearing an amazing shirt that said "You think running a marathon is hard? Try chemotherapy!" I kept her in my mind as I completed my run.

As for today's run, we were told by the coach "Run 3 miles as fast as you can." fast as I can? Yeah...I settled into my 5K pace and only really had to push myself in the 3rd mile, as I was getting very tired. I finished in 32:31, which means I averaged 10:50 a mile. That's 50 seconds off the pace I want to be running by the time I get to the half, and I think it's totally doable.

In other news, thanks to your generous donations to date, I was awarded with a Team in Training tote bag! I will carry it proudly with me every day in support of this fantastic cause.

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Supporter Comments

    "You go Aimee. I'm proud of you for all you do and all you aspire to do! You are a wonderful example to others and I'm happy to know you even if it's only through cyberspace. Good luck and God bless"

    Jeanne Herron

    Wed May 11 09:14:22 EDT 2011

    "Kick butt Aimee!"

    Larry Groves

    Sat May 14 12:38:02 EDT 2011

    "Dye it! :)"


    Mon May 16 10:12:52 EDT 2011

    "Aimee Shane let me know about this run and event at Rotary Monday night. I applaud you taking this challenge. Cancer has taken too many in my family and friends families. I hope this small donation can help to eradicate it forever!!"

    Betty McGraw

    Wed May 18 04:58:48 EDT 2011

    "Good luck Aimee!! I know you can reach your goal!"

    Rissa M.

    Thu May 19 03:29:49 EDT 2011

    "Good Luck Thing 2!! My Dad passed away from MDS that turned into Leukemia in August of 2009. Thanks for moving your feetsies to help find a cure. Cancer sux. (send me the recipe for the savory scones please :-) )"

    Amy Robinson

    Thu May 19 04:49:43 EDT 2011

    "Thanks to everyone who donated cash during my bake sale!"

    Savory Scone Sale!

    Thu May 19 08:36:47 EDT 2011

    "Go, Aimee!"


    Fri May 20 01:23:57 EDT 2011

    "My friend Jen is in remission thanks to past research. However, we need more to keep that research going to eliminate the disease."

    Catherine Trillo

    Fri May 20 09:09:12 EDT 2011

    "I've seen Team in Training in action and they are an awesome support group. Way to go Aimee and everyone else, but why not go some exotic place to run :-) just kidding..Do we get to vote purple hair or shaved, what about both?? good luck in your training"

    Rebecca Dohn

    Wed May 25 03:35:31 EDT 2011

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $2,352.00 | Goal: $2,200.00
107 %

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My Thanks To

Custom Wire Technologies ... $500.00
Amin DDS., A Dental Corpo... $100.00
Elissa Margolis $100.00
Anthony Kabage $100.00
Sarah Tacoma $100.00
Matt Hyde $75.00
Christopher Pearson, MD $50.00
Sarah & Brett Henry $50.00
robert weaver $50.00
Maureen Cullen $50.00
Sherri Sholund $50.00
Catherine Trillo $50.00
Mike Champeau $50.00
Rissa M. $50.00
Lori Yamada $50.00
Ravi Kiran Janga $50.00
Daniel Simon $50.00
Betty McGraw $50.00
Melissa Bricker $50.00
Larry Groves $50.00 $50.00
Shane Bailey $50.00
Savory Scone Sale! $36.00
Norman Lim $25.00
Sean Meehan $25.00
Daniel J Greene $25.00
Rebecca Dohn $25.00
Toni Knudson $25.00
moira squier $25.00
Christopher Vrchota $25.00
Carri Urbanski $25.00
Patricia Spivey $25.00
Cookie Sale! $16.00
Amy Robinson  
Jeanne Herron