My Dad is with me...
Mar 12, 2013 by Amanda Kinney
My Mom, sisters, baby Hastings and I, went to the mountains this weekend for a girls retreat. It was a perfect 60+ degrees and just beautiful. I tried running on Saturday but the steep hills stopped me at about 1.5 miles. When got about as high as I thought I could go on a quiet trail in Black Mountain, I looked up to see a beautiful red tail hawk soaring above.
I got my 6 mile run in on Sunday afternoon when I got back home. What an amazingly beautiful weekend. As soon as I hit the 6 mile mark a little bird flew by my head and landed in a tree I was passing and chirped so loudly, as if to say... "Way to go!"
Yesterday I was talking to my Mom on the phone and I walked over to my balcony door. As I looked out the window, a dove landed on the railing within arms length of me and just peeked in the window at me. I know my Dad is with me.
Bird photos from www.allaboutbirds.org
"And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint, because God has poured his love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."
8 Miles for Jay!
Mar 04, 2013 by Amanda Kinney
- Over 1 million people are living with a blood cancer in the US.
- Leukemia is the leading cause of cancer death of children and young adults under the age of 20.
- Every four minutes, someone new is diagnosed with blood cancer.
- Every 10 minutes someone dies.
- There are currently no cures for blood cancers.
Your donation will make a difference!
Since it's founding in 1949, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has invested more than $814 million in leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma research. LLS-funded research has lead to key advances in understanding blood cancers and the life-saving drugs used to fight them.
We went 8 miles on Saturday on the Greenway in Greensboro. I can't say I "ran" 8 because by mile 6.5 my knee and my hip were aching, so I had to walk the last mile, but I made it! And I won't give up. After doing 8 miles, what's 5.1 more? Right?
Thank you for continuting to support me. Everytime I'm running in the cold, I feel your warm thoughts pushing me on. I do hope Spring decides to show up sometime soon though. A run in something above 34 degrees would be awesome. :) The daffodils in my Mom's front yard are peeking out and surely warmer days are on the way.
Have a great week!
Running in the Rain
Feb 25, 2013 by Amanda Kinney
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Our Team In Training ran 6 miles this past Saturday, in the rain in 34 degrees. It was cold and difficult, but all I could think of was the all people sitting in a hospital bed, wishing they were outside running in the rain. I kept going and suddenly realized how beautiful it was there at Salem Lake, as the rain came down, the ducks didn't mind at all. And feeling the water hit my face made me feel alive and grateful for every step.
Dad and me on my birthday June 28, 2012 & the view from my first 5 mile run this morning.
Jan 13, 2013 by Amanda Kinney
In memory of my Dad, Jay Kinney, I will continue to honor his battle, so that others may survive.
Jan 16, 2013
Teams are made up of individuals. Without them, there is no team.
Welcome to my Team In Training Fundraising home page.
My Dad, Jay Kinney, fought a long hard battle beginning in 2007, against Burkitt's Lymphoma, Leukemia, and finally MDS. He put up a good fight for his family, because he knew how much we loved and needed him.
During the first year, he recovered from Burkitt's Lymphoma and Leukemia but lost his left leg, right foot, and eight fingers after having sepsis and being in a coma for an extended period of time. He never complained but instead, kept praising God, and thanking him for each day. He endured painful procedures, in order to participate in clinical trials, so that his experience could help others in the future. He had 4 healthy years of watching his grandchildren grow and his kids continue on their own journeys through life.
In 2011, his blood counts suddenly dropped and he was diagnosed with MDS, (Myodysplastic Syndrome) and told his only chance for survival was a bone marrow transplant. Miraculously, his sister was a perfect match! We hoped and prayed that her stem cells would find there way in his body and thrive and save him. He lived almost 1 year after the transplant.
On December 19th 2012, as he lay in a hospital bed, unable to move and fighting multiple infections, he told us that he was ready and asked us to please let him go. He was surrounded by his family, he said he loved us and when my Mom asked him if he had any words of wisdom, he just said in a whisper "we are blessed". His battle ended that afternoon as he left us to be with his Heavenly Father, but we must continue to fight the war against cancer, so that others might have hope of survival.
In memory of my Dad, I have a mission-to help find cures and more effective treatments for blood cancers. To accomplish that mission, I’m participating in The Nike Women's Half Marathon, April 28th in Washington DC, as a member of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training. 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.
Please make a donation in support of my efforts with Team In Training and help advance the research for cures.
Amanda Lane Kinney