My Fundraising Page

A Cruel Irony
Apr 04, 2012 by Mandy Hitchcock

When I first set out to train and raise money with Team in Training this season, it was with thoughts of honoring my sweet daughter Hudson and with a goal of helping parents who are trying hard to save the lives of their children suffering from blood cancers.


Never in my wildest imagination could I have dreamed that by the end of the season, I would be not only a teammate, but an honored teammate. On March 29, after several weeks of trying to treat a swollen lymph node in my neck, I received a preliminary diagnosis of Hodgkin's lymphoma. It is truly the stuff of the worst fiction. After my husband and I recovered from the very initial shock in the pathologist's office after she read the slides from my biopsy, I deadpanned, "So I guess the prize you get for raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is your own personal case of lymphoma. Great."


And just as our community of family and friends rallied around us after Hudson died, so they did again when they heard this news. Although I am afraid, I also feel incredibly hopeful, not only because we are so well-supported, but also because this disease is imminently beatable. And the reason it is beatable is because of the incredible advances in research into cures that has been done over the last several decades. I have every hope that I will be cured and that this will be just another terrible episode in an otherwise long, fulfilling, joy-filled life.


But that is not enough. As my fabulous TNT Mission Mentor, Kim, said recently, "Research dollars extend people's lives. Research dollars translates into cures. Research dollars give people decades back to their loved ones. Research gives us hope." The money you give today may not help me directly. But think of it as paying it forward for someone who will be diagnosed 5 years, 10 years, 20 years from now, just like I will now benefit from someone's gift 5, 10, 20 years ago.


I have every reason to believe that I will still be able to complete my triathlon in three weeks. But more importantly, I have every reason to believe that I will be able to complete the much bigger race I am running against lymphoma. And I will win. And Ed will win. And our son Jackson will win. And our sweet Hudson will win. And we will win because of people like you.


Thank you for giving.




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Mandy's Fundraising Page
Apr 04, 2012

Welcome to my Team In Training home page.



In May 2010, my 17-month-old daughter, Hudson, died suddenly from a very aggressive bacterial meningitis infection. Her infection was incredibly rare, and her death from it was even rarer. There was nothing I could do to prevent her illness or to save her life. You can read more about our story here.


But blood cancers are not so rare. Almost a million people in the United States are living with or in remission from some type of blood cancer. A person is diagnosed with a blood cancer about every four minutes, and a person dies from a blood cancer about every ten minutes, including hundreds of children every year.


No parent should ever have to endure the death of a child. I couldn’t save my little girl, but by raising money to find cures and better treatments for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, I can help other parents who are desperately trying to save their own children. To accomplish that mission, I’m participating in the St. Anthony's Triathlon as a member of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training.


In memory of our sweet Hudson, in memory of all children who have been lost to a blood cancer, and in honor of all children and their parents who are currently fighting leukemia and lymphoma, I hope you’ll make a donation in support of my efforts with Team In Training to help advance the research for cures.


And please let me know if you would like for me to include someone you know as one of my personal honorees. It would be an honor and a privilege for me to do so. You can either leave a comment below or send me a message. Thank you so much.


My personal honorees:


  • Janet Riggs, my friend Nina's mother (just passed the 5-year mark in her battle with multiple myeloma-- hooray!)
  • Ted Oakey, my friend Woody's father-in-law (battling multiple myeloma)
  • Judy Campbell, my friend Beth's mother (battling mantle cell lymphoma)
  • Brian Clark, a friend's husband, and father to two-year-old Will (battling myelofibrosis, a rare form of chronic leukemia)
  • My friend Deborah's friends, Anna Gottesman and Rivka Weiser, and Deborah's grandmother, Vera Roseman (all battling cancer)
  • Leonard Ehrlich, my friend Dana's father (lost his battle to leukemia in June 2010)
  • Multiple friends and relatives of my friend Dana's Aunt Susan, including her mother, Rose Belasco, 2 aunts and 2 uncles, all who died from blood cancers, and her friends Alan, battling lymphoma, his wife Barbara, battling ovarian cancer, and Janet, battling myeloma
  • Sister Marge Cashman, my friends Andrea and Tom's aunt (lost her battle to non-Hodgkins lymphoma in December 2011)
  • Karin Roesle, a beautiful 29-year-old friend of friends (succumbed to a brain tumor that was likely a side effect of her radiation treatment for successful battle against leukemia as a teenager)
  • Dierdre Dreyer, sister-in-law of my friend Nicole (recently lost her long battle with osteosarcoma at the age of 41, leaving behind a husband and an eight-year-old daughter)
  • Richard A. O'Connell, Jr, father of my friend Bridget (lost his battle with multiple myeloma in 2002)
  • Gopal Shah, my friend Nirav's father (lost his battle with multiple myeloma in 2010)
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Supporter Comments

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    "Here's to Mandy, Hudson and Jackson's amazing mom! Watch her run, bike, swim!"
     

    Rebecca Wish Esche

    Fri Nov 04 10:32:56 EDT 2011

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    "We love you Hudson and are proud of your mama!!!!"
     

    Keely Knoche

    Sat Nov 05 11:51:54 EDT 2011

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    "In support of Mandy, Ed, Hudson & Jackson, and of my friends Anna & Rivka, and my Grandma-- all 3 fighting cancer."
     

    Deborah Roseman

    Thu Nov 17 02:05:35 EST 2011

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    "In memory of Len Ehrlich, my mother Rose Belasco, my 2 aunts and 2 uncles, all who died from blood cancers. In honor of our friends Alan, battling lymphoma, his wife Barbara, battling ovarian cancer, and Janet, battling myeloma. "
     

    Susan and Alan Miller

    Fri Dec 30 04:27:57 EST 2011

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    "Good luck with this. So proud of you. You are one amazing young woman."
     

    linda Miller

    Sat Dec 31 08:33:14 EST 2011

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    "Thanks for doing this Mandy"
     

    Tom and Veronica Greenwell

    Sat Dec 31 04:36:50 EST 2011

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    "Happy Birthday to you, friend! Keep it up! We love you."
     

    The Barnhardts

    Wed Jan 25 09:21:31 EST 2012

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    "Good luck Mandy!"
     

    Sarah Brownfield

    Sun Mar 04 12:00:32 EST 2012

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    "Best luck to Mandy who is such a POWERFUL woman and Mama! Swim, bike, run...with lots of love to keep you going from all of us!"
     

    The Almond Family

    Sun Mar 04 02:52:17 EST 2012

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    "I read your blog post from yesterday and your story absolutely touches my soul. Todd is a survivor of Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and it breaks my heart to hear of your diagnosis, but also hope because I do know how curable it is - I have seen it with my own eyes. We are praying for you and your family. Stay as positive as you can - you are going to come back healthy and stronger than ever. GO TEAM! Please let us know if we can help you in any way or if you want to talk to someone who has been thru it before - please contact us. In friendship and support, Todd & Emily (friends of Laura Lee) "
     

    Todd & Emily Lawless

    Fri Mar 30 08:57:10 EDT 2012

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    "Go, Mandy! What a difference you are making in the world! "
     

    Barbara Dowd

    Mon Mar 05 02:09:56 EST 2012

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    "We are Beth Campbell's parents. "
     

    Curtis Campbell

    Fri Dec 30 10:52:35 EST 2011

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    "Thanks for helping kick cancer's a$$! "
     

    Julie Daul/John Spencer & Mike Daul/Jane Oslislo

    Sun Dec 18 06:53:35 EST 2011

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    "In honor of Hudson's birthday. Good luck, Mandy!"
     

    Liz Wagenseller

    Wed Nov 30 09:43:53 EST 2011

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    "In honor of Hudson's third birthday. Warmly, Della & Matt"
     

    Della Hoffman & Matt Rosen

    Tue Nov 29 12:39:44 EST 2011

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    "Good luck Mandy!"
     

    Shawn & Kate Zeller

    Wed Nov 09 10:53:58 EST 2011

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    "Rooting for you Mandy!"
     

    Nicole Shao

    Sat Apr 28 07:23:31 EDT 2012

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    "Godspeed, with love."
     

    Chip, Dayna, Eli, Alex, and Charlie

    Sat Apr 28 05:01:35 EDT 2012

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    "Wishing you the best in your race and your fight"
     

    Sara Barry

    Fri Apr 27 09:32:17 EDT 2012

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    "Have a great race, Mandy! Screw cancer!"
     

    Keely Massie

    Thu Apr 26 03:08:55 EDT 2012

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    "Mandy: Shawn Zeller passed along your information. I'm impressed by your strength, drive and determination. I'm a TNT participant in Chicago. Go Team!"
     

    Matthew Weinstock

    Wed Apr 25 07:17:21 EDT 2012

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    "You're the best, Mandy. xo"
     

    Penelope Jackson

    Wed Apr 25 08:09:10 EDT 2012

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    "Good luck Mandy! Kick cancer's @ss!!!"
     

    Lindsey Guice Smith

    Mon Apr 23 09:48:20 EDT 2012

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    "You can beat this Mandy! Good luck in your race!"
     

    Lauren, Neil, and Olivia

    Wed Apr 18 05:33:50 EDT 2012

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    "Fight on, sister. "
     

    Christine Williams

    Tue Apr 03 01:44:06 EDT 2012

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    "You rock! Go Mandy!"
     

    Susan Lindsay

    Tue Apr 03 01:31:43 EDT 2012

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    "Mandy - Jamie and I are two of your silent supporters... you have our thoughts, prayers and much love. My dad beat Hodgkin's 32 years ago... you will too. Scott"
     

    Scott & Jamie Boze

    Fri Mar 30 09:41:47 EDT 2012

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    "This donation is made in memory of Hudson Chaney and my aunt, Joan Bronik Fowler. She died from leukemia in her 20s before I was born. This is also made in honor of Mandy Hitchcock. Although I do not know you well, you inspire me to be a better person. We are sending you so much love and light, always. Brigid"
     

    Brigid Bronik & Matt Ezzell

    Fri Mar 30 03:50:28 EDT 2012

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    "Go Mandy!!!!"
     

    Jason Hinton

    Fri Mar 30 03:17:50 EDT 2012

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    "Mandy, Along with this modest donation comes all my most positive energy for your healing in the coming months. You are an inspiration to so many and, while I hate that you are living through another incredibly difficult life experience, I can't help but think that, through it, you are somehow destined to teach and lead once again. Much love to you, Ashley Dunham"
     

    Ashley & Brian Dunham

    Fri Mar 30 01:43:56 EDT 2012

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    "Your spirit is not only impressive, but contagious. Thank you for your dedication, and my thoughts are with you and your family!"
     

    Kimberly Davies

    Fri Mar 30 01:28:39 EDT 2012

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    "Go, Mandy!!! "
     

    Anonymous

    Fri Mar 30 12:10:46 EDT 2012

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    "Love and light and strength to you. Always, The Azer Family"
     

    Brooke Adams Azer

    Fri Mar 30 10:16:42 EDT 2012

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    "Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family."
     

    Leslie Grab

    Fri Mar 30 09:31:13 EDT 2012

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    "Mandy, It was heartbreaking for me to hear your sad news. Though we may not know each other well, you continue to be an inspiration to me for the courage, passion, and care for others that you display. I wish you all the best. Allison Standard"
     

    Allison Standard

    Fri Mar 30 09:30:21 EDT 2012

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    "Happy birthday, Mandy! We love you. Hanan, Joseph, and Layla"
     

    Hanan, Joseph, and Layla

    Wed Jan 25 08:10:20 EST 2012

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    "Cheers to you, Mandy! Hope you have had a joyous birthday. Thinking of you and wishing you all the best this year."
     

    Helen Hunter Cox

    Wed Jan 25 07:05:17 EST 2012

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    "Happy Birthday Mandy! "
     

    Kymber, Bo, Braxton and Carter

    Wed Jan 25 03:00:10 EST 2012

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    "You are an inspiration always, Mandy. I donate today to celebrate your birthday, as well as my son Freddy's, and in honor of my mom, diagnosed the very week of Freddy's birth five years ago with Multiple Myeloma, and everyone else out there fighting the good fight."
     

    Nina and John Duberstein

    Wed Jan 25 02:11:44 EST 2012

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    "Happy Birthday Mandy!! "
     

    Kathryn Sabol

    Wed Jan 25 10:39:50 EST 2012

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    "Happy birthday! "
     

    Melynn and Tim

    Tue Jan 24 06:28:01 EST 2012

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    "In memory of my brother Len Ehrlich"
     

    Karen Ehrlich

    Thu Jan 19 02:04:08 EST 2012

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    "Thank you for honoring my dear friend Karin. It's an honor to support you!"
     

    Catherine Sawyer

    Thu Jan 05 08:52:30 EST 2012

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    "This is in memory of both Hudson and Dana's father, Len Ehrlich. Best of luck, Mandy. "
     

    Dana and Dan Miller

    Sat Dec 24 09:53:57 EST 2011

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    "This is in memory of Hudson and in honor or Woody's father-in-law who has been beetling multiple myeloma since 1998"
     

    Phil & Lillian Chapman

    Tue Nov 22 08:02:11 EST 2011

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $11,140.00 | Goal: $7,500.00
 
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In Memory of

Hudson Lily Hitchcock Chaney

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