Tina in Training
Jan 30, 2009 by Chutinthara "Tina" Gongsakdi
Racing to Save Lives
A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine ran into my office filled with excitement. She had just signed up for a marathon. Over the next few days she proceeded to subtly convince me that I too should sign up. I laughed it off at first but the seed had somehow been planted in my brain. I found myself at the informational meeting one night and was so moved by what I saw that I signed up right then and there.
Let me tell you a little bit about why I am choosing to put myself through 16 weeks of getting up way early, being out of breath and in chronic pain for at least a month. I am by no means a runner. The only time you will see me running is when I need to catch a bus, train or plane. It's one of those things that had always been on my bucketlist but firmly on the side of 'probably never.' In the spirit of this year's theme of change and hope, I am doing my part not only to change myself and hope that I will cross the finish line but more importantly being part of a bigger effort to improve the world that we live in and the lives of people within it.
Team In Training is a program run by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) . All
of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. I am completing this event in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers. 75 cents of every dollar raised goes directly towards patient services and research (This fact was very important to me.)
As I struggle to wake up every other day and drag my feet out to run my miles, I'd like to ask you to join me in my little quest. Please make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance LLS's mission.
I will updated the page with my progress so check back soon. Thanks for your support!
June 28, 2009:
It's over. I actually made it to the finish line. 6.35.20. Thanks to everyone who contributed funds, encouragement and good cheer along the way.
May 5, 2009:
Last week 12 miles. this Sunday 20 miles...the longest distance evr! Wish me luck. Only 3 more weeks of training to go.
April 19, 2009:
After I sprained my ankle and continued to run on it for 8 miles, I had to take two weeks off to heal properly. It's my third week back and building back up to catch up with everyone has been tough. Today I ran 13.5 miles (everyone else did 15) but hell, that's half a marathon right there :-)
March 4, 2009:
Last Sunday i actually ran 7 miles! Unbelievable. Thanks to everyone who donated thus far. I think I have enough now to get myself one of those spiffy TNT t-shirts :-) Taking a little break this week to fit in some skiing.
February 12, 2009:
I just finished my first 5 miles! My legs hurt like crazy...but I made it.
WHAT CAN A DONATION OF $25, $50, $100 OR MORE REALLY DO?
* $50 makes a Family Support group possible with a trained facilitator where comfort can be found and experiences can be shared among patients and family members.
* $100 equals 10 Kaiser visit co-pays or can supply laboratory researchers with supplies and materials critical to carrying out their search for cures.
* $300 equals parking for 6 weeks of daily radiation treatments at UCLA/Children"s Hospital.
* $400 is transportation for one out-of-state bone marrow donor or covers the 20% co-pay on a month"s supply of Gleevec.
* $500 allows the Patient Financial Aid program to reimburse up to $500 per year to help cover costs of transportation, drugs and various treatments not covered by insurance.
* $1,000 makes possible one- on-one conversations with health care specialists who provide patients with information about their disease, treatment options, and helps prepare them with questions for their health care team.
* $2,000 is one month supply of Gleevec.
* $5,000 is transportation for 13 out of state bone marrow donors.
* $10,000 equals patients getting 10 weeks of Kaiser co-pay.
* $15,000 brings about 50 volunteers getting trained to provide support to new patients.
* $20,000 is 1 year of Children's Hospital parking fees for 100 patients.
* $25,000 equals a 1 year supply Gleevec.
* $50,000 equals 100 - $500 stipend given to 100 patients.
* $75,000 allows 50 patients access to teleconference with a team of specialized doctors regarding their treatment.
* $100,000 or more can fund one or more research grants!