My Fundraising Page
Nov 01, 2013
Teams are made up of individuals. Without them, there is no team.
Welcome to my Team In Training home page.
A few days ago, I found out that I was being given the opportunity of a lifetime -- to run again with Team In Training as a member of the 2014 BOSTON MARATHON team!!! I have long admired this event but never imagined that I would be able to participate given the fast qualifying times. Then in 2012, after getting connected with the Massachusetts/New England Chapter of Team In Training (TNT) and participating in two separate sports endurance events -- the Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon (all 26.2 miles) in June and the Maine Marathon Half (13.1 miles) in September -- I learned about the Boston Marathon Charity Program in which TNT participates. I spoke to my campaign coordinator about this following my second event, but decided that I would wait a year to apply since I just done two back-to-back seasons of fundraising. Little did I know what that next year would bring.
On October 23rd, 2012, I lost my best friend. His name was Jake, and he was a beautiful, 6 1/2 year-old yellow lab. I noticed that he wasn't eating on a Saturday, and that following Tuesday afternoon we said good-bye. Needless to say, losing Jake was incredibly difficult for me. The fact that it was so sudden and unexpected only made it harder. Jake passed away three weeks after last year's Maine Marathon weekend, which was also my last half marathon, and I honestly quit doing all of the things I knew that I needed to do to take care of myself throughout the fall/winter and early spring. I didn't do exercise of any kind, and I turned to my old vice of food. Within six months, I was terribly out of shape and had gained back a significant amount of the weight that I had worked so hard to lose in the two years prior leading up to my first full marathon.
Then, on April 15th, 2013, tragedy struck at the Boston Marathon, and I knew I couldn't keep going the way that I was. My heart hurt, and I felt so far removed from the running community with whom I had previously identified so strongly. I decided on the day after the bombings that I wanted to do everything I could to run in the 2014 Boston Marathon to honor this community and those who did not get to finish their race, both literally and figuratively. I was asked to be a mentor for Team In Training shortly after this, and while I had my doubts about what I could offer, it also seemed like the perfect opportunity to reconnect with an organization that had helped me so much. Before long, I also made the connection that the 2014 Boston Marathon would take place on Jake's birthday.
Given all of these factors, I could not be more honored to have been selected to participate in this event. It has truly become my run for Hope, Health, Healing and Happiness as it relates to TNT, Boston and Jake. First and foremost, I have a mission-to help find cures and more effective treatments for blood cancers. I also stand as one with Boston and remember Martin Richard, 8; Krystle Campbell, 29; Lingzi Lu, 23; and Officer Sean Collier, 26, as well as all of those injured during last year's marathon, and their families. And, of course, I will be running in honor of Jake.
Between my two previous events, I raised over $5,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in an effort to help find cures and more effective treatments for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma. I am aiming to raise at least this much for Boston. 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 will consider joining my team and making a donation in support of my efforts to help advance the research for cures. Together, we can save lives!
I run because I can. When I get tired, I remember those who can’t run, what they’d give to have this simple gift that I take for granted, and I run harder for them.