My Fundraising Page

20 Miler!
Apr 08, 2013 by Morgan Burke

We did it!

Ok, we didn't actually do it yet but we survived our longest run of the reason before the marathon and it went swimmingly!

The past few months have been hard, snowy, rainy and everything in between. I can't express the way this training has changed my life. I know it's not just the marathon training but somehow, I feel like I've been able to focus on the parts of my life that I truly enjoy and I've been working on focusing less on what I'm not and what I can't do and moreso on what I have that I love, what I'm capable of, how challenges make me better and obviously, spending copious amounts of time thinking while running and running and running.

I always said (ok, always meaning the last 2 years) that I wouldn't run the Boston Marathon because I wouldn't be able to train because of the ice, snow and cold. It just never crossed my mind that people just RUN no matter what. 10 Degrees? 37 MPH winds? Sideways blizzardly conditions? Icy, snowy, slushy roads? I've done them all and there was never a time that I even considered saying No. Because when you have to do something, you have to do something.

Do I have to run the marathon? No. But I'm committed to it and I'm committed to this cause that I've grown so close to thanks to the amazing people at LLS.

It's amazing what you can do when "no" isn't an option.

I'm not fast. I'm surely not going to win (but I'll be sooooo close:)). But after running this 20-miler in a surprisingly good time (in our books) with a smile on my face the entire time, I am 100% confident that I can do this, will do this and my goal is to have the best time on my way.

And it doesn't hurt that I have three awesome running buddies who are willing to talk about EVERYTHING for more than 4 hours (down to what were you like when you were 3 to what's your favorite steak to what will you do and wear every second the week before the marathon and let's see how many details we can cover for the zillionth time just in case).

Jan 27, 2013 by Morgan Burke

It's amazing what bundling yourself like a mummy can get you through! That's 4 shirts, a coat, a vest, two pairs of spandex, socks, gloves and ear warmer.

In the past, I've always run in the cold because I despise the treadmill. But, I also had the luxury of deciding not to run if it was colder than 25 degrees. Not so much the case anymore! And despite sounding like a huge liar, it's been the most amazing experience to run in these freezing conditions. I can't help but be motivated by this cause, by the team in training and by all of you who have supported me in such incredible ways!

Last week, I did a 10 mile run before work and it was a measly 16 degrees and windy (and still dark). I thought that was going to be my coldest until yesterday:) Yesterday, we did a half marathon in 10 degrees and with about an inch or more of snow on the ground. I ran with the team yesterday and it was hard. My body wasn't in a good mood and it was simply a mentally tough day for me. I'm so thankful for the group of girls I run with (there are three and we're all about the same pace) - without them, I likely would have slowed down tremendously.

Friday will be my first time running more than 14 miles. I'll let you know how it goes!

Thanks for stopping by!!


12 Miler!
Jan 05, 2013 by Morgan Burke

I spent this brisk morning on a 12 mile run through Boston! I've been feeling GREAT over the last few weeks but with the holidays, I've been cramming training in in some unusual ways so it's good to be back and able to spend the time on a long run. Two weeks ago while in MD, I felt awesome on a 10-mile run and even got to do some of it with my soon-to-be cousin Morgan. Having people to run with is awesome!

So far, TNT has been an amazing support and I'm excited to be able to join in on more speed work and long runs soon. Today though - Jordan ran with me half way (wahoo!). By mile 8, I felt terrible to say the least. My shoes are old, I wasn't hydrated, I started getting pretty dramatic climbing one of the big hills in Beacon Hill and if there's one thing I hate, it's WIND so that was a challenge:) Despite my mental weaknesses, I completed the 12 in a 9:40 mile pace...which is a big jump from my 9:00 pace two weeks ago so want to make sure I make up that time next week.

I can't thank everyone enough for all of their support in helping raise my funds and simply being encouraging through training! I'm having the best time on this journey already and I'm eager to get in to the upper teen runs.

Thanks for stopping by...I'm going to eat a burrito.


My Fundraising Page
Oct 13, 2012

Teams are made up of individuals. Without them, there is no team.

Welcome to my Team in Training Page!

I have a mission to help find cures and more effective treatments for blood cancers. To accomplish that mission, I’m doing something that scares me more than any other risk I've taken in my life by participating in the 2013 Boston Marathon as a member of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training.

For the next few months, I won't be running for me anymore. I'm running for my grandmother, Sandra Kelly, who taught me that independence is power. I'm running for my friend, Madeleine Bahar, who at 25, had done more good in the world than most accomplish in 80. I'm running for the 140,310 people in the U.S. who will be diagnosed with a form of blood cancer this year. I'm running for the more than 1 million Americans currently living with a form of blood cancer at this moment. Above all else, I'm running to make a difference.

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.

I hope you'll join this mission by making a donation in support of my efforts with Team In Training and help advance the research for cures.

Thank you for reading! And if you plan on coming back, there's more where that picture came from:)



Supporter Comments

    "Good Luck, Morgan!"

    Becca Shaw

    Thu Nov 15 10:10:46 EST 2012

    "Go Morgan!"

    Timothy Donovan

    Thu Nov 15 11:18:53 EST 2012

    "Good luck, Rusty!"

    Mike McClellan

    Fri Nov 16 09:34:23 EST 2012

    "Morgan, Good luck to you! You rule! Florian Walter"

    Florian Walter

    Fri Nov 16 09:53:19 EST 2012

    "Very proud of you Morgan.....Good Luck! Josh, Elizabeth, Betty Anne and Scott"

    Elizabeth Aschenbach

    Fri Nov 16 09:57:30 EST 2012

    "Love you, good luck!"

    Elizabeth Abrams

    Fri Nov 16 10:52:30 EST 2012

    "Love you Morgs! "

    Steven Burke

    Fri Nov 16 11:04:22 EST 2012

    "Good Luck Morgan and i am very proud of your effort to raise money for a needy cause.xoxo Bonnie, David, Zach and Leah Greenwald"

    Bonnie Greenwald

    Fri Nov 16 12:35:51 EST 2012

    "Good luck!"

    Mike Kosinski

    Fri Nov 16 01:09:22 EST 2012

    "Good Luck Morgan!! You can do it! :)"

    Michelle Lamb

    Fri Nov 16 01:34:17 EST 2012

    "Ypu're so awesome! We love you!"

    Tehaan Family

    Sat Nov 17 09:51:28 EST 2012

    "This donation comes with a lot of moral support and signage on race day. You got this! Kick that bucket list!"

    Katrina Kibben

    Mon Nov 19 10:37:16 EST 2012

    "In loving memory of my mother. THANK YOU for running and fundraising! "

    Chris Weekly

    Mon Nov 19 10:54:19 EST 2012



    Sat Jan 12 11:24:10 EST 2013

    "Wishing you the best of luck!! Amazed by your training, hope the weather on race day is far better than recent days :-)"

    Marsha Necco

    Tue Feb 19 03:07:03 EST 2013

    "GO MORGGGG. You are amazing!"

    Lizzie S Hampton

    Wed Feb 27 09:46:44 EST 2013

    "RUN FAST!"


    Mon Apr 08 10:07:39 EDT 2013

    "Morgan, Thanks for running for such an important cause! Good luck with the Marathon. I can't wait to hear all about it. Warmly, Carolyn"

    Carolyn Stolov

    Thu Apr 11 10:48:11 EDT 2013

    "In memory of my Mom. Go Morgan! Go Team!"

    Jeff and Margo Ball

    Sun Feb 03 09:02:30 EST 2013

    "Great work, Morgan!"

    Katie and Scott Bugbee

    Fri Jan 18 03:04:45 EST 2013

    "Keep up the good work, Morgan! We are so proud of you."

    Susan and Kevin Kelly

    Sat Jan 12 03:07:48 EST 2013

    "Good luck Morgan! I'm proud of you and this amazing cause!"

    Julie Kelly

    Fri Jan 11 02:04:34 EST 2013

    "Very Proud of you!"

    Mac Watson

    Fri Jan 11 02:01:00 EST 2013

    "Go Morgan! Keep up the great work, we're so proud of you! Love, Caitlin & Zack"

    Caitlin & Zack

    Thu Jan 10 08:18:15 EST 2013

    "Love you for doing this!!! You will rock it!"

    Claudia Bahar

    Sat Jan 05 02:38:28 EST 2013

    "Good luck Morgan"

    Ron and Sheila Marcelo

    Fri Jan 04 08:57:51 EST 2013

    "Good luck Morgan! What an awesome thing you are doing. My father-in-law passed away from cancer two years ago while we were in Afghanistan, so what youre doing means a lot to me. We love you!"

    Adam and Kerstin Wilson

    Wed Jan 02 04:08:48 EST 2013


    Katie Austin

    Fri Dec 21 02:18:58 EST 2012

    "Very proud of you for doing this Morgan! What a great cause to train for. Good luck and train hard :)"

    Rebecca Duttry

    Wed Dec 12 08:56:45 EST 2012

    "In loving memory of Meem. Good luck, Morgan!! xoxo"

    Katie Kelly

    Tue Dec 11 02:18:39 EST 2012

    "Good luck Morgan! RUN FAST!! "

    Lizzie Cone

    Wed Dec 05 05:23:08 EST 2012

    "Morgan -- good luck in training! "

    Justin Bieber

    Tue Dec 04 10:17:07 EST 2012

    "I'll be holding up the other end of the inappropriate sign with Katrina! You go girl!"

    Allie Adachi

    Mon Dec 03 12:31:13 EST 2012

    "Good luck Morgan!"

    Tiffany Smith

    Tue Nov 27 03:25:46 EST 2012

    "Go Morgan!"

    Jody Gastfriend

    Mon Nov 26 11:44:51 EST 2012

    "Wishing you all the best, have a great run for a very worth while cause. "

    Charles & Gina Roman

    Sat Nov 24 06:53:36 EST 2012

    "Good luck girl, you're going to do great!"

    Brettlyn Caine

    Wed Nov 21 10:50:55 EST 2012

    "Amazing! Very proud of you!"

    Patricia Kelly

    Mon Nov 19 07:56:21 EST 2012

    "Good luck!"

    Danielle Walsh

    Mon Nov 19 07:15:38 EST 2012

    "nice work, morgan! "

    Kelly Russell

    Fri Apr 26 01:17:40 EDT 2013

    "go for the win"


    Fri Apr 12 05:27:32 EDT 2013

    "Good luck, Morgan! I'll be cheering you on!"

    Kate Jurras

    Mon Apr 08 05:07:37 EDT 2013

    "Let's go Rusty!!"


    Mon Apr 08 04:28:07 EDT 2013

    "Good luck Morg!! Congrats on beating your $ goal - you're awesome! Miss you friend - enjoy the run!"

    Colleen Hoy

    Mon Apr 08 01:06:22 EDT 2013

    "Morgan Good luck! It is a tribute to all those that have faced the challenges of this diagnosis!!"

    Phyllis Schuster

    Mon Apr 01 12:38:23 EDT 2013

    "Good luck on Monday Morgan & Jill! Such a great & meaningful thing you're doing! :)"

    Genevieve Kelly

    Thu Apr 11 04:46:35 EDT 2013

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $6,386.20 | Goal: $4,000.00
160 %

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My Thanks To

Rick and Marlene Kelly $1000.00
Fundraiser Donors $550.00
Conrad & Lois Aschenbach $500.00
Ron and Sheila Marcelo $250.00
Larry & Audrey Aschenbach $250.00
Michele and Glen $250.00
Phyllis Schuster $100.00
Janet and Mark Kastrud $100.00
Alton Zink $100.00
Scott Healy $100.00
Elizabeth Tutschek $100.00
Boone & Sons Jewelers $100.00
Morgan Boone $100.00
Bonnie Greenwald $100.00
Elizabeth Aschenbach $100.00
Florian Walter $100.00
Sway $50.00
Marsha Necco $50.00
Jeff and Margo Ball $50.00
Katie and Scott Bugbee $50.00
Susan and Kevin Kelly $50.00
Julie Kelly $50.00
Caitlin & Zack $50.00
Claudia Bahar $50.00
Adam and Kerstin Wilson $50.00
Stephen Haskin $50.00
Lizzie Cone $50.00
Jody Gastfriend $50.00
Charles & Gina Roman $50.00
Katrina Kibben $50.00
His Majesty Jeffrey T. Co... $50.00
Mike McClellan $50.00
Timothy Donovan $50.00
Kathy Ellman $50.00
Kate W & Matt E $26.20
Kelly Russell $25.00
Anonymous $25.00
Genevieve Kelly $25.00
Carolyn Stolov $25.00
Pimental Family $25.00
Kate Jurras $25.00
Meghan Norton $25.00
Ted Pr $25.00
Rhoda F $25.00
Hemangi Apte $25.00
Kevin Barney $25.00
Katie Austin $25.00
Katie Kelly $25.00
Anonymous $25.00
Justin Bieber $25.00
Joel Tracy $25.00
Tiffany Smith $25.00
Brettlyn Caine $25.00
Beth Beattie $25.00
Patricia Kelly $25.00
Michelle Lamb $25.00
Mike Kosinski $25.00
Steven Burke $25.00
Michael C $20.00
Adam Hazen $5.00
Colleen Hoy  
Lizzie S Hampton  
Mary Stehle  
Mac Watson  
Rebecca Duttry  
Megan DeLuca  
Allie Adachi  
Chris Weekly  
Danielle Walsh  
Tehaan Family  
Julia Bartlett  
Matt Coddington  
Elizabeth Abrams  
Becca Shaw