My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
Apr 07, 2014

In two weeks I will be running the 2014 Boston Marathon alongside my husband and sister as a cancer SURVIVOR!!!!  Please help us help others fighting blood cancers by propelling us to our fundraising goal!!!!!

For those of you familiar with our story, it probably seems unbelievable. In January, we were blessed with the birth of our second child, Leighton Ann. Exactly one month later, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The same cancer my husband was diagnosed with 2 weeks before the birth of our first child, Anderson. My diagnosis brought along with it determination and strength and I never looked back. I set out on my 6 month cancer treatment journey with the incredible support of family, friends, co-workers, and medical professionals. As strange as it might seem, I can only describe 2013 as the most challenging yet positive year in my life.

I am happy to report that I am currently in remission. I count my blessings every day. Damian and I are fortunate to have been diagnosed with Hodgkin's as it is one of the most treatable forms of cancer, with a five-year survival rate of over 86% for adults. Prior to 1980, the five-year survival rate for Hodgkin’s survivors was around 40%. Thanks to funding for blood cancer research from organizations such as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; our cancer has a tested and proven treatment program.

 

Out of roughly 360 million people in the United States, there are 9,000 new cases of Hodgkin’s each year. We still have not been able to understand how it could have happened to us both, in such a short period of time, around the birth of a child, and we probably never will. What we do hope is that our story will inspire others going through treatment, and show that great things can happen in life after a cancer diagnosis. We are both truly lucky to be given the chance to run the 2014 Boston Marathon, for both personal reasons, and in light of the horrific events of last year’s marathon. Last year, Damian was stopped at mile 25.5, unable to complete the marathon, and I was directly across the street from the first explosion. Needless to say, we are looking forward to crossing the finish line together in April.

 

So I ask that you join me on my journey to cross the finish line on Boylston Street by donating to our Team In Training Boston Marathon Team. Each donation helps accelerate finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Our fundraising is not about us; it’s about brining hope to the nearly 958,000 Americans that are currently battling these blood cancers. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has been a source of strength and support for our family. By raising funds for LLS, we can continue supporting the work they do to find cures and advance treatments which have allowed people, like us, to live longer and healthier lives. I am determined to honor and support my family, fellow patients and friends who have been affected by blood cancers and the thousands of individual's I do not know personally, but who’s struggle is all too familiar.

 

On behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, thank you very much for your support. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

 

Thank you,

Leslie Bailey

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Supporter Comments

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    "You are an inspiration Leslie! Wishing you & your family all the best in the future!"
     

    Heidi Gordon

    Fri Nov 08 10:33:59 EST 2013

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    "Leslie, you and Damian are an inspiration! Good luck with your training and ongoing recovery."
     

    Allison Coleman

    Mon Nov 11 07:42:28 EST 2013

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    "My family and I are so honored to support you..."
     

    Kerry Brown

    Thu Nov 14 12:33:27 EST 2013

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    "You both are so inspiring! So glad we can help donate to such a wonderful cause, thank you!"
     

    Megan Bailey

    Sat Nov 16 01:57:00 EST 2013

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    "You are an amazing, inspiring couple!!"
     

    Jenn Halloran Mattson

    Mon Nov 18 09:09:37 EST 2013

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    "best of luck Leslie, you're awesome!"
     

    aaron gill

    Tue Dec 03 12:45:50 EST 2013

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    "Leslie, you and Deke are amazing. Our best wishes to you all with your fundraising and training!"
     

    Katina & Mike Bentley

    Tue Dec 03 12:51:52 EST 2013

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    "Good luck TEAM BAILEY! Bailey Strong! Love Amanda Acevedo, Tim & Holland Mikus."
     

    Amanda Acevedo, Tim Mikus, Holland Mikus

    Tue Dec 03 09:09:38 EST 2013

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    "Best of luck!!!"
     

    Arthur Mourtzinos

    Wed Dec 04 10:41:20 EST 2013

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    "We hope the coming year will be filled with good health and happiness for you and your family. Love, Carol and Stuart Morris"
     

    Carol and Stuart Morris

    Thu Dec 19 10:17:21 EST 2013

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    "You are amazing, Leslie!"
     

    Kristen Barnicle

    Fri Dec 20 03:44:22 EST 2013

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    "You will be running to do more than give back... you will give inspiration."
     

    Linda Cragin

    Fri Dec 20 05:03:27 EST 2013

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    "Congratulations, Leslie, I wish you all the best! You've been in my thoughts, Ronnie Sanders"
     

    Ronnie Sanders

    Sun Dec 22 09:05:26 EST 2013

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    "Here's to the Bailey family..strongest family I know. Keep up the good fight to abolish cancer!"
     

    The Salgado Family

    Mon Dec 30 07:17:51 EST 2013

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    "Leslie, you are an incredibly beautiful and strong woman, inside and out. We love you."
     

    Rita & Bob Bailey

    Tue Dec 31 07:58:51 EST 2013

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    "You two are amazing and inspiring! Lucky to have you as a coworker Leslie!"
     

    Shannon Wells

    Tue Feb 04 09:26:06 EST 2014

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    "You are awesome ! Go Leslie ! :)"
     

    Elizabeth Bench

    Thu Feb 27 09:56:58 EST 2014

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    "Good Luck!!!"
     

    Megan Cole

    Sat Mar 08 03:29:27 EST 2014

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    "Good luck, guys! You are a serious inspiration to everyone!"
     

    Stephanie Joy

    Sun Mar 09 03:58:59 EDT 2014

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    "David, Aaron and I will be cheering you on and following your bibs via text. My sweet cousin Stephen succumbed to leukemia at 4 years old in 1984. Thanks to research and advances made we continue to be blessed with you and Damian. Thank you for continuing to pay it forward so that even more people will live long, healthy lives!"
     

    Antonia Blinn

    Mon Mar 10 04:53:02 EDT 2014

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    "Thinking of you and Deke Leslie and wishing you both the very best. Have fun and enjoy the moment always. Johnny "
     

    John Schwartz

    Wed Mar 12 05:20:40 EDT 2014

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    "Best of luck with the rest of your training!"
     

    Nicole Laffan Stewart

    Wed Mar 12 10:10:33 EDT 2014

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    "Very proud of you Leslie - good luck to you and your family!"
     

    Zubair and Zohray Talib

    Thu Mar 13 12:37:25 EDT 2014

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    "Leslie!!!! You rock!!! You're a true inspiration!!!"
     

    Susan Tran

    Thu Mar 13 10:49:50 EDT 2014

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    "So inspired and excited for you and Deke to run this marathon! Good luck and swift feet!"
     

    Carly Burton

    Fri Mar 14 09:57:17 EDT 2014

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    "Love you two!"
     

    Todd Peterson

    Sat Mar 22 12:29:36 EDT 2014

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    "Bailey Family Strong!"
     

    Dan Woodman

    Thu Apr 10 09:43:51 EDT 2014

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    "Good Luck, so proud of you!"
     

    Nicole Laffan Stewart

    Thu Apr 10 03:34:48 EDT 2014

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    "Run on, Leslie! :Cheering you both on from Texas :) Angela"
     

    Angela Herrera

    Fri Apr 11 11:59:25 EDT 2014

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    "So proud of you, Leslie! Best health days ahead!"
     

    Sarah Coats

    Sun Apr 13 06:30:32 EDT 2014

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    "Best of luck to you and your family. I hope you all continue to be healthy and do well. "
     

    Dan Fischer

    Sun Apr 13 12:14:33 EDT 2014

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    "Wishing you and Deke all the best next Monday!! Running right along side you both! Bob"
     

    Bob Shewack

    Tue Apr 15 01:08:01 EDT 2014

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    "Leslie, I'll never forget my first boss! I am forever spoiled by your kindness and support. Thank you so much, I wish you and your family the best. :)"
     

    Orlando Reboredo

    Wed Apr 16 05:02:12 EDT 2014

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    "Kick ass!"
     

    Brandy Alford Galarneau

    Wed Apr 16 06:22:01 EDT 2014

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    "Run Leslie Run! We are proud of you and rooting for you"
     

    The Haskins Family

    Fri Apr 18 09:30:17 EDT 2014

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    "Here is a little something to help reach your goal! Boston Strong! "
     

    Jim Stark

    Fri Apr 18 10:12:09 EDT 2014

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    "You and your family are an inspiration! Wishing you the best of everything!"
     

    Kim Osborne

    Fri Apr 18 01:31:56 EDT 2014

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    " Deke and Leslie we are very proud of you . Mom and Dad"
     

    Maria Garcia

    Fri Apr 18 02:16:01 EDT 2014

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    "I'm so proud of my friend Leslie and her husband for the challenges they have overcome!!! :)"
     

    Michelle Castagna

    Fri Apr 18 10:08:58 EDT 2014

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    "Good luck on Monday! xo"
     

    Samantha Pratt

    Sat Apr 19 10:38:21 EDT 2014

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    "Good luck Leslie! See you at mile 10! -The Loftus Family"
     

    The Loftus Family

    Sun Apr 20 07:38:06 EDT 2014

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    "Run strong :) Cheering you on in spirit, wishing you a great run from Minneapolis~~ "
     

    Tia Barisoff & family~~

    Sun Apr 20 09:25:10 EDT 2014

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    "We love you guys so much and will be cheering you on from afar. Kick some marathon butt! Love, The Rubensteins"
     

    The Rubensteins

    Sun Apr 20 10:23:21 EDT 2014

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    "Looked for you yesterday, but couldn't find you in all those faces. Look forward to hearing how you all did!"
     

    Cynthia Anderson

    Tue Apr 22 10:36:47 EDT 2014

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    "You have inspired me all season. You trained hard for months, you totally accomplished what you set out to do and you fought for a cause very close to your heart. Congratulations on an awesome run. You have much to be proud of. With love, your fellow teammate, Pam."
     

    Pam Gilman

    Tue Apr 22 02:28:21 EDT 2014

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    "Leslie, You are an inspiration! Here's to fighting a cure!!! xoxo, Nickelle Kellough-Menendez & Carlos Menendez"
     

    Nickelle Kellough-Menendez

    Sun May 04 04:25:06 EDT 2014

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    "Thank You Leslie"
     

    Dan Woodman

    Mon Nov 04 04:06:13 EST 2013

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    "You are only a few weeks away!! You are an inspiration to us all. We love you very much. The Shoes"
     

    Nansy Shoemaker

    Tue Mar 18 04:53:29 EDT 2014

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    "Best of luck for an awesome run!"
     

    Anonymous

    Wed Mar 12 03:46:33 EDT 2014

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    "Leslie, your beauty is surpassed only by your courage and your strength. Take it all the way to the finish line!!!!"
     

    Fanny Danesh

    Fri Feb 21 01:21:54 EST 2014

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    "Thanks Leslie for doing this. All the best to you and your family. "
     

    Joseph Li

    Thu Dec 05 02:19:28 EST 2013

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    "Leslie, it is inspiring to see you turn this challenge into such a good cause. I am happy to see you in remission, and will be cheering for you every step of the way (albeit from the comfort of my couch.) Siavash PS, GE does a corporate match, so make sure you get twice the credit for this donation!"
     

    Bob

    Thu Nov 14 05:35:17 EST 2013

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    "Awesome couple!"
     

    Joan Pernice

    Wed Nov 13 10:54:18 EST 2013

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    "Leslie -- your courage is so admirable and we're really happy to see you overcome this obstacle. Best of luck with the rest of your marathon training and we'll be thinking of you on Marathon Monday! Tiffany and Han"
     

    Tiffany and Han Han

    Fri Jan 24 10:45:33 EST 2014

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    "Go Leslie !!!!"
     

    Barbara Gill

    Tue Dec 03 01:32:48 EST 2013

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    "Great news Leslie! We'll be thinking of you and your training throughout the winter. -The Kellogg Family"
     

    Anonymous

    Tue Dec 03 10:48:21 EST 2013

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    "I hope you blow your goal out of the water!"
     

    The McBryde Family

    Fri Nov 08 10:11:01 EST 2013

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $10,664.52 | Goal: $11,000.00
 
97 %

My Team

 
Team Total: $64,361.20 | Goal: $65,000.00

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