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14in2014 Virtual 5K
Mar 10, 2014 by Erin Barela

I hope that 2014 is opening up to be a wonderful year for you all filled with good health, love and laughter. In anticipation of tomorrow – the 14th – aka “love” day aka Valentine’s day, I write to you with much love in my heart for all of your continued support, friendship and love during the last year and now on my #14in2014 mission.  I am happy to share with you that so far in less than 1 month I have already raised $430 towards my fundraising goal. I sincerely thank all of you that have helped to get me here.

BUT I am not done yet! I have dedicated this entire year to Janet and Sue my beloved Mother in Law and Aunt and so as many of you have expressed to me an interest in my running from one time to another OR more recently expressed to me that you wish you were closer so that you could participate in my #14in2014 mission to raise $14,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in their memory, I came up with the BRILLIANT idea of doing a Virtual 5K. Virtual 5k? What is that I hear you cry? I can’t run, I don’t walk, I am busy that day – well hold up a minute folks while I answer all those questions below.
The event will be done on the weekend of March 28 – 30 at any time you choose.  This will be the weekend that I run my 4th event of #14in2014 and my 3rd event in the month of March.
Each person will get a Bib emailed to them that they can print from home and wear throughout the event. Additionally I will be mailing some other “spirit” goodies for the event day.
You can run or walk or relay it. If you are concerned about completing 5k (3.1 miles) then this is the one for you, you and some friends can split it up. You can split it 5 ways – 1 k per person OR 3 ways 1 mile per person.
You choose where, you can do this at your park or on a treadmill and for those of you internet savvy people out there you can use any number of online map websites to help plan your course. For those of you with iPhones you can not only plan your course ahead of time but you can track it using my personal favorite – the Nike Ap.
If you need help, I am more than happy to assist you virtually to plan your day. For groups doing relay I would recommend a “loop” course or an “out and back” so that you can return to the starting line and your team member can then take his turn OR you can simultaneously do it together – it’s all up to you.
For the Month of March I am running a 5k (3.1), 10K(6.2) and a half Marathon(13.1) – these events will total together 22 miles (not including training miles)  To sign up for this amazing, once in a lifetime event ALL you need to do to sign up is donate $22 (per person) on my fundraising website all proceeds are 100% tax deductible (US residents only) and 100%  goes to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This may just be the cheapest 5K of your life – especially for all of your European folks – just think of the exchange rate!
I ask that you take lots of photos of the run, your bib, you and your friends enjoying yourself (running is fun remember!) and either email them to me or for those of you using social media tag me and use hash tags listed below. Please also link to my fundraising website and hash tag everything with #14in2014 and #nomorecancer and finally #nevergiveup.
I ask that even if you participate on a treadmill that you still wear your bib – it is not just about raising cash y’all, but also awareness so any promotion of my mission is appreciated.
One more favor, not only should you participate but I ask that you ask a friend - OR if your friend thinks it’s a great idea but has plans for that weekend (well they should cancel the plans because this is way better) then instead maybe they can share their support of you (and me) and sponsor you via my fundraising website.
LASTLY, don’t just run, don’t just sponsor someone, or me  … but take a moment and be grateful for the memory of those you love who have suffered from this disease and reflect on the battle they went through. After you have completed your 5k go to brunch or dinner or happy hour and remember those we love who went through cancer and celebrate their memories together with other friends and family.
If you really really really can’t join in *tear* *tear* then feel free to rush right to my website and donate $14 in honor or memory of someone you love for Valentine’s day.
I hope that you will join me in this Virtual 5K and share with others so that those like My Mother in Law and My Aunt will never be forgotten.
Thank you - from the bottom of my heart.
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Nov 03, 2014

"If you can't fly then run. If you can't run then walk. If you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward"      Martin Luther King Jr.


Welcome to my 14 in 2014  home page                #14in2014


My 14 in 2014  is a personal challenge, that I am  dedicating  to my "Aunty" Sue (well really she was my moms best friend since they were in little people school) & my Mother in Law Janet.


I will be running 14 events in 2014 dedicated to them. Both of these ladies were remarkable women, they in their own way were my other mothers. Both of their passing's were related to lengthy fights with cancer and long term treatments which resulted in their bodies and immune systems being tired. In in the end their passing was not so much from the cancer itself but as a result of them battling it and the treatments used to fight it.  


The loss of these women has forever changed me.I feel that I NEED to do something to honor their memory and hopefully raise awareness and money for Cancer Research.  I firmly believe in that prevention is better than cure, preventing cancer is just as important as treating it but when we can't prevent it we need more advanced treatment options that target the Cancer more directly without hurting the body so much.

I have decided to join up with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for my 14 in 2014 and I am now joining the Team in Training Train Your Way Progam . The LLS is working tirelessly everyday to find cures and more effective treatments. Additionally they work to improve the quality of life for both patients and their families.


I am asking you for your support in helping me raise $14,000 for my #14in2014. No donation is too small, in fact I would prefer for you to make donations that are meaningful such as a dollar per mile or a dollar for every person you know who has been affected by cancer. Of course if you would like to donate larger - feel free do do so! All charitable donations, are of course tax dedutcible.



While the loss of these 2 women has been extremely hard, to never have had them in my life at all would have been a far greater tragedy. I hope that my #14in2014 will make them proud because I am taking my anger, pain and loss and trying to make something positive out of it. 


Thank you for reading, thank you in advance for your continued support with me on this journey. Please check my page periodically as I will be posting updates of my events.


Lastly in addition to my personal challenge I have made a professional move to allign my professional life with my personal interests. Next month I am happy to say I will be changing departments and will be working in the department of "Cancer Prevention and Control Research".   I am very excited to be on this new chapter in my life and I look forward to the challenges ahead. 






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Supporter Comments

    "Well done on taking up this amazing challenge - its an inspiring thing to take something so awful and put a positive mark on it. VERY proud of my buddy. Love Michal, Av and Sidney xxx"

    Michal Nathan

    Sun Feb 23 06:39:11 EST 2014

    "Virtual 5K - Butler REPRESENT!"

    Lindsey Jewart

    Tue Mar 11 12:23:42 EDT 2014

    "You're doing an amazing job, Erin! My dad died from leukemia when I was seven, so I know the toll it takes."

    Joyce Rangen

    Fri May 09 11:44:47 EDT 2014

    "You are doing an amazing thing this year - keep up the fight! "

    Cory Mitchell

    Wed Mar 12 09:25:13 EDT 2014

    "We love ya and support you! :)"

    Monica Caldas & Chris Rios

    Mon Mar 10 11:29:35 EDT 2014

    "GO Erin! So proud of you! :)"

    Erica Collier

    Mon Mar 10 11:26:47 EDT 2014

    "Go Erin! You are awesome!"

    Mandy Muenzer

    Mon Mar 10 08:56:02 EDT 2014

    "Lots of love from Aunty Sue and family. We are very proud of you and hope you reach your goal. xxx"

    Susan Menachem

    Fri Mar 07 09:20:38 EST 2014

    "You're doing great. Keep going x"

    Sigrid Ponder

    Fri Mar 07 03:51:16 EST 2014

    "Thank you Erin for allowing me to be apart of your journey! I'm honored to participate. "

    Ashley Dewing

    Wed Mar 05 09:47:08 EST 2014

    "For you Erin.. 'cause of who you are!!! You know I'm a Cannabis believer, there are people with Leukemia that have beat it with cannabis and keep it at bay, there is much research to do on all sides, I'll go ski that day as you run and walk and jog, it'll be a chairlift ride up and Gravity Rules for the ride down, at 1.25 miles per run and gettin' around 7 or 8 runs, that will be near 10 miles and at times reaching speeds of 45 to 50 MPH. All the best to you in your endeavors Erin. Keep Up The Good Fight! Takes a strong person to do what your doing... Go Do It!! Take Good Care.. Love You Much.. <3"

    Russell - Colorado

    Sun Mar 02 02:22:57 EST 2014

    "You're doing awesome!"

    Jessica and Chris Grier

    Wed Feb 26 04:27:44 EST 2014

    "We love you all and will never forget you."

    Barbara Graham Collier

    Wed Feb 26 01:23:12 EST 2014

    "You're the best Austin! Love all the way from your Brooklyn family!"

    Tanya Hagler

    Mon Feb 17 12:06:01 EST 2014

    "<3 <3"

    Becca Argenbright

    Sun Feb 16 09:18:19 EST 2014

    "What an amazing and inspiring thing you are doing this year, Erin! I would be proud to participate in your 5K! XOXO!"

    Lauren Plichta

    Thu Feb 13 04:16:32 EST 2014

    "To My Susie. You fought your lymphoma with all your strength And never once complained.And you still always managed to help other people in the Cancer ward putting there needs before your own. My Life will never be the same for losing you. But didn't we have 30 years of love and fun together Always in my heart. Your Johnny. X"


    Thu Feb 06 01:57:43 EST 2014

    "With love from Pat & Lesley."


    Thu Feb 06 04:58:10 EST 2014

    "One dollar for each of your 14 races, plus one to grow on :) You go, girl! With love, K & A"

    Abe & Kristen Franchot

    Sun Feb 02 02:15:22 EST 2014

    "you go girl! - Lil"


    Sat Feb 01 08:56:39 EST 2014

    "Well done Erin you are amazing x"

    Kelly Booker

    Sat Feb 01 10:06:43 EST 2014

    "We are so proud of you Erin and love you more than words can say. You truly are honouring the memory of our the loved ones we have lost. Good luck darling and as always, GO FROGGIE GO! XXXX"

    Mummy & Toad

    Fri Jan 31 09:37:17 EST 2014

    "Good Luck in this massive challenge. Will support you all the way xxx"

    Jo Graham

    Thu Jan 30 08:59:21 EST 2014

    "Erin, I am so proud of you and all your marathons and your accomplishments. I know what these journeys mean! Good Luck. Love, Rhonda and Ed Beer"

    Rhonda & Ed Beer

    Wed Aug 20 12:06:58 EDT 2014

    "Way to go Erin!"

    Matthew Simoni

    Fri Jun 13 12:00:28 EDT 2014

    "You go girl!"

    Jessica Mendoza

    Sat Jun 07 08:59:15 EDT 2014

    "Well done Erin, wishing you Good Luck with your 2014 challenge. love Jill & Mark"

    Jill & Mark

    Sun Feb 02 11:11:45 EST 2014

    "So proud of you Erin, wish we had more to donate. With all our love, Mummy & Toad xxxx"

    Barbara and Ron Collier

    Sun Sep 07 02:53:56 EDT 2014

    "Three races done! Keep going Erin xx"

    Sigrid Ponder

    Sun Mar 23 04:08:38 EDT 2014

    "Erin - thank you for being so great to work with in the DCPCR. The ACS is so lucky to have you join their team. We will miss you so much! Best wishes as you start your new chapter. Amy Jacobson"


    Mon Nov 03 10:44:56 EST 2014

    "My beloved Sue. Always in my heart and soul. You were taken from me to soon. But one day we will be together again. My love.xxxxxx"

    John Farnworth

    Mon Nov 03 01:45:37 EST 2014

    "This is with love and honour of Little Joe's first run/trot. Love Grandma B and Grandpa Ronnie xxxx"

    Mummy & Toad

    Fri Jun 06 04:32:55 EDT 2014

    "Good Luck Erin! "

    Jenny Mayeda

    Wed Apr 16 08:04:00 EDT 2014

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $2,244.25 | Goal: $14,000.00
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Anonymous $200.00
John Farnworth $100.00
Tara Savage $100.00
Monica Caldas & Chris Rio... $100.00
Ros and Laurence Tobias $66.50
Dean Clark $65.50
Jessica Mendoza $50.00
Joyce Rangen $50.00
Richard & Maureen Halsey $50.00
Jasmine Hagler $50.00
Jessica and Chris Grier $50.00
Jamie Nitzky $50.00
Anonymous $50.00
Linnea and John Wilson $44.00
Susan Menachem $33.50
Jane & Terry $32.00
Paul & Elizabeth $32.00
Christine $30.00
Barbara and Ron Collier $25.00
Rhonda & Ed Beer $25.00
Matthew Simoni $25.00
Mummy & Toad $25.00
Jenny Mayeda $25.00
Tony Thompson $25.00
David Cohen $25.00
Tony Reese $25.00
Catherine Hagler $25.00
I. am. bucket. $25.00
Mandy Muenzer $25.00
Ashley Dewing $25.00
Jamie Sterling $25.00
Russell - Colorado $25.00
Cyndy Malcolm $25.00
Michal Nathan $25.00
Tanya Hagler $25.00
Andrew Malcolm $25.00
Becky $25.00
Glo $25.00
Jill & Mark $25.00
Kelly Booker $25.00
Mummy & Toad $25.00
Jo Graham $25.00
Lindsey Jewart $22.00
Barbara Graham Collier $22.00
Becca Argenbright $22.00
Lauren Plichta $22.00
Sigrid Ponder $20.00
Ann Paxton $16.50
Abe & Kristen Franchot $15.00
Zinthia Palacios $15.00
Sigrid Ponder $10.00
Candy Yu $10.00
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