My Fundraising Page

Oh, where to start ....
Feb 22, 2013 by Jil Fiemeyer

As I sit here staring at my computer screen wondering what to write, I have a beautiful face looking back at me. I found this photo on my computer today as I was looking for that "right" photo. I don't remember seeing this photo before, as it was one that Jane had taken on her own camera and she had downloaded to my desktop to make room for more.

This beautiful face takes me to a place of wishful thinking. Wishing to go back in time to a place where death wasn't part of my daily thoughts. Wishing I would have known how to save her. Wishing that her sister's didn't have to grow up without their beautiful older sister, who they really never got to know. And, yet with all this time wishing, I still know that my plan was not God's plan.

Because I cannot bring Jane back, I am dedicating the next few months to doing what I think is the next best thing - raising awareness and money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) by running a 1/2 marathon. I have two weeks of training "under my belt" so to speak. Some moments I wonder how crazy I have to be to think I can run, then I remember that I am only half crazy as I have decided to run "just" a 1/2 marathon. And, for future reference, please remember when I use the word "run", I do so loosely. As my definition of run likely will include LOTS of walking. But, I am okay with that as it is not my goal to finish first or set any records, it is my goal to complete this race in memory of Jane and others who have died to this nasty disease and in honor of the plethora of others, especially kids who are survivors.

In addition to running the Fargo 1/2 marathon in memory of my angel Jane, I have also decided to run it in honor of three other girls that are Jane's age - Lauren, Kayleen and Lexi. I will introduce you to them in upcoming blog entries. These young ladies inspire me each and every day.

As I work towards raising money for this worthwhile organization, my mentor Katie told me that some of the donations you get will "knock your socks" off, and she is right. I could tell you something amazing about each and every donation I have gotten so far - from the $5 to the $50 donations - each of them tell a different story. But, the one that I want to leave you with tonight is the comment from 9-year-old Lexi. Included with her donation, Lexi said, "I asked my mom to make a donation today, so other kids could say they are survivors too. Let's keep fighting!"

Amen! Let's keep fighting so other kids can be survivors too!

Thank you for all the donations, words of support and prayers. Together, we can help make Jane's dream of finding a cure for cancer come true!

If you would like to read Jane's story, please check out her Caring Bridge site that was started at the beginning of her diagnosis and is still updated periodically. You can reach that site at:

After Jane's death, I started a blog to journal how we try to move on after her death. I update that blog "as the spirit" moves me. In a way, it's my therapy. The blog can be found at:

This Run is For My Hero
Feb 03, 2013 by Jil Fiemeyer

Welcome to my Team In Training Fundraising and Training Blog and thank you for taking the time to read about an exciting endeavor I've committed to this spring!

For those of you that don't already know, I am training to participate in my FIRST ½ marathon! Some may think I am crazy, but I think I am only HALF crazy.

I have decided to run a ½ marathon to honor the life of a very beautiful girl. On September 6, 2012, Jane, my beautiful 8-year-old daughter, became an angel in heaven. Jane had fought a hard fight with Leukemia and sadly after just 13 months, the bully won. No matter how hard the days got or how sick the medicine made her, Jane stayed positive and always tried to smile. Running 13.1 miles is definitely a challenge, but with Jane as my honored teammate it’s a challenge I am willing to overcome. When the trainings get tough or the miles get long, it will be my memories of Jane that keep me pressing forward. Jane never, ever gave up and as her mom I feel I owe it to her to put the same effort into this race and this opportunity.

The Fargo Marathon is May 18, 2013 and I will run/walk 13.1 miles as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training (TNT).

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a non-profit organization with one goal in mind – to cure blood cancer and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Research funded by LLS has led or contributed to advances such as chemotherapy and bone marrow and stem cell transplantation. In addition to research, LLS supports cancer education, advocacy, and patient services. As part of the team, I am raising funds to help stop blood cancer from taking more lives and to find a cure.

It makes my heart hurt to think about the statistics. Did you know that every 4 minutes, someone, like Jane, is diagnosed with a blood cancer in the forms of leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease or myeloma? Every 10 minutes, someone, like my beautiful Angel Jane, will lose their battle with a blood cancer. The good news is that the survival rates for blood cancers have more than doubled since 1970. This would not be possible without the funds raised by LLS.

I have decided that when training seems too impossible, or the thought of running 13.1 miles is too much to bear, I will think of Jane, my honored teammate, and press on. I have set my goal very high because I am making it my mission to raise as much money as I can to fight this horrible disease. It has become personal now. I have watched Jane struggled through the disease. But, despite all the pain her body was in, Jane rarely complained and it seemed she always kept a smile on her face. She was an amazing little girl and it is my honor to run for her.

I’m asking you to please consider making a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance LLS's mission. No donation is too great or small. You can donate with Visa or MasterCard here on my site or you can send your check or cash donation to me in the mail (made out to LLS). For every dollar I raise, 76 cents goes back to LLS. Your donation is tax deductible (Tax ID # 13-5644916) and it would mean a lot for me to have your support.

If you are unable to contribute financially at this time, I ask that you keep me and all involved in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in your prayers. That, too, will make a huge difference.

Thank you so much for your support!


Supporter Comments

    "You are amazing and an inspiration. Jane would be so proud. I can't wait to help you accomplish you goal! XO"

    Katie Locke

    Sun Feb 03 07:37:10 EST 2013

    "Jane is a true inspiration to everyone. I only wish I would have had the chance to meet her."

    Tina Ewert

    Sun Feb 17 06:43:04 EST 2013

    "In memory of of your beautiful princess warrior. I've never met Jane, or her family, but her story touched me deeply, and I will never forget her bravery. <3"

    Brittney Colburn

    Sun Feb 17 06:48:34 EST 2013

    "Thanks for taking steps to help us stop this cancer beast!"

    Ashley Little

    Sun Feb 17 10:38:34 EST 2013

    "Go Jill From Fellow Momcologist Lauren Lieber"

    Lauren Lieber

    Sun Feb 17 11:58:26 EST 2013

    "What a wonderfully amazing thing you are doing Jil. We are so proud of you!! We're sure that both Jane and your Dad's voices are cheering you on with " Go Jil, go!!!""

    Becky and John

    Mon Feb 18 09:07:07 EST 2013

    "You will always live in our hearts & ur Legacy will live on!"

    jessy richter

    Mon Feb 18 09:11:03 EST 2013

    "Jil, We are so proud of everything you are doing! Jane's spirit lives on!!!"

    Kari (Uselman) Shigeno

    Mon Feb 18 11:53:08 EST 2013

    "My name is Lexi. I'm 9 and I'm a Leukemia survivor. I heard Jane's story, and I had a connection with her. We are the same age and I like Big Time Rush also. My family and I went to the Goin' Gold bridge lighting, and I released my balloon for Jane. I asked my mom to make a donation today, so other kids could say they are survivors too. Let's keep fighting!"

    Jennifer Idema

    Mon Feb 18 09:10:04 EST 2013

    "You go girl on that 1/2 marathon. We all miss Jane too!"

    Kris Wiltscheck

    Tue Feb 19 08:48:04 EST 2013

    "You Go Girl! Way to go Jil you are an inspiration!"

    Lori Braun

    Tue Feb 19 11:08:32 EST 2013

    "Our thoughts are with you Jil."

    Connie Olson

    Wed Feb 20 06:53:54 EST 2013

    "Good luck Jil! You rock!"

    Janice Price

    Fri Feb 22 09:41:21 EST 2013

    "I'm so proud of you to be so strong and to set goals and strive to accomplish them! You are a beautiful women inside and out:)"

    Christie Muklebust

    Fri Feb 22 11:10:07 EST 2013

    "Jil, I grew up in Wadena and graduated with Jackie Sweere, I first saw your story on her Facebook and was so touched by your brave, beautiful girl Jane! My father passed away from Leukemia 10 years ago and my youngest daughter is 8 so I immediately felt a connection to you and your family. I began asking my Facebook friends to post requests on Big Time Rush's Facebook page, and posting updates on Jane on my Facebook page. Many of my friends also became caught up in Jane's story. Your beautiful girl touched many people she didn't even know! Now her legacy will live on in the work you will do to raise funds to help others. What a beautiful way to honor your little girl! Please know your daughter has left tiny footprints on many hearts, especially mine. Good luck with your marathons and God Bless you and your family! Jill Niehoff Young Pueblo West, CO"

    Jill Young

    Sat Feb 23 02:01:45 EST 2013

    "Good luck Jil!"

    Raina Connor

    Tue Feb 26 10:05:33 EST 2013

    "Jil- Jay and I are rooting for you, all the way! Love- Nayda"

    Nayda and Jay Mannle

    Tue Feb 26 10:54:46 EST 2013

    "Jil- I'm proud of you for doing this 1/2 marathon you are very brave like your beautiful daughter Jane. She must be so proud of you too. Thank you for raising money to help stop this beast. Your momcology friend in the fight! Kris"

    Kris Stromquist

    Tue Feb 26 02:26:07 EST 2013

    "Jil, you are truly an inspiration. You've got this! Love Justin and Alicia Ahrendt "

    alicia ahrendt

    Tue Feb 26 03:35:57 EST 2013

    "So proud of you Jil! You, Jane and the family are an inspiration to us. Good luck on the 1/2 marathon!"

    Sean Walker

    Sun Mar 03 10:16:09 EST 2013

    "Dear Jane's family: we have never met, but I have watched your story. All I can say is WOW. And I want to do something."

    Kathy Murphy

    Sun Mar 03 05:40:27 EST 2013

    "Sending hope, love and prayers in this donation. Jane is with Lydia and me in every beautiful sunset and sunrise we view. "

    Sara and Lydia Gold

    Wed Mar 06 09:08:57 EST 2013

    "Jil Thanks for being a good friend at the hockey tournaments over the years, sharing the stories of your family, your challenges, your life. Good luck in this fund-rasising endeavor in the memory of your daughter Jane. TY"

    Tom Yelle

    Sat Mar 09 09:30:47 EST 2013

    "Prayers to you for a great race. Thank you for doing this. Enjoy running for your hero."

    Darrel Bimberg

    Sat Mar 09 07:28:22 EST 2013

    "In memory of Jane, and here's to her amazing mom!!"

    Ellen Rajkowksi

    Mon Mar 11 04:25:54 EDT 2013

    "Sorry for the delay! Good luck."

    Julie Gerth

    Wed Mar 13 11:06:08 EDT 2013

    "Think of you often. Enjoy the race in memory of your daughter and life."

    Linda (Berg) Albrecht

    Sat Mar 16 01:55:47 EDT 2013

    "Good Luck, Jil"

    harry kitts

    Wed Apr 17 02:47:13 EDT 2013

    "Jil, you are awesome! Such an inspiration, just like Jane. :) "

    The Garnett Family

    Mon Apr 22 10:03:57 EDT 2013

    "Soo very proud of you my dear dear friend...I know Jane will be cheering along with me next weekend! You got this! "

    Jessie Olson Damm

    Fri May 10 01:32:22 EDT 2013

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $3,806.30 | Goal: $3,800.00
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In Memory of

Jane Fiemeyer