Jessica's Running for a Cure

Jessica's Running for a Cure
Jan 27, 2009 by Jessica Torres

***Stay up-to-date with my journey of training for 26.2 miles and raising funds at Just Another Place to Escape!***

Please keep in mind that if you mail me a check it may take up to a month to clear - this is not my doing, but when I send it to LLS it takes awhile to go through...just a head's up!!

Wow! Can you believe I'm at it again? This time I'm running a full marathon - yes, 26.2 miles! For those of you who are new to my passion for Team in Training, please click here to read my story!

With the LLS I know, without a shadow of a doubt, the money fundraised will go directly to cancer patients. It helps find a cure, assists with transportation costs, medical and treatment bill and helps get rid of cancer.

I will complete this event in honor of my Papa and ALL individuals battling blood cancers. THEY are the real heroes on our team and I need YOUR support to cross the ultimate finish line: a cure!

Donations in any amount are greatly appreciated. You may make your tax-deductible donation via snail mail, or simply donate here online! When you donate, please include the name(s) of the people in your life who have been affected by these cancers, as I would like to also run in honor of them.

Where Does Your Donation Go?

$32.20 pays for anti-nausea medicine.

$54 is one week of low grade chemotherapy

$75 is how much it costs to screen for a bone marrow donor.

$100 pays for monthly blood analysis

$200 pays for a blood transfusion

$300 trains 25 peer volunteers who can provide emotional support to newly diagnosed patients.

$500 provides patient aid to a person with Leukemia or a related cancer for a year.


I am walking in special memorial honor of:

Dora Silva (died in 1968 of Leukemia)

Helen R. Herrera

Warren Shurtleff

Aunt Debbie Perry

Allen Gutjahr

Ellie Curey

*if you donate, I would like to run in the special memory or honor of your loved one*


My Training recap:

Feb 1 - First team practice today and I completed two miles. Woohoo!

Feb 2 - Two more miles down!

Feb 4 - Another two today

Feb 6 - two miles @ 14.17 mph!

Feb 8 - bumped it up to 3 miles today!

feb 9 - two miles @ 13.38 avg!

feb 11 - two miles

.....took a slight break when I got engaged!

feb 22 - learned to speed walk: 4 miles!

march 1 - walked 5.3 miles today and it felt GREAT!

march 8 - completed SIX miles and enjoyed the fantastic Albuquerque weather!

march 15 - Eight miles, and boy was it tough today!

march 22 - TEN miles today and it felt like a piece of cake...mmm..cake!

march 29 - TWELVE miles (uphill both ways!)


Supporter Comments

    "GO JESS!!!!"


    Fri Jan 30 05:35:00 EST 2009

    "Keep smiling and good luck! From Dr. Wall and team :-)"

    Cosmetic Dentistry of New Mexico

    Thu Mar 12 11:16:47 EDT 2009

    "A huge thank you for everyone who bought candles! "

    Gold Canyon Candle Fundraiser

    Thu Mar 19 09:08:59 EDT 2009

    "Go Team!"

    TNT Car Wash

    Sun Mar 29 05:51:03 EDT 2009

    "Jessica's old junk became other people's treasure and raised $500 for LLS! "

    Garage Sale

    Tue Apr 07 09:32:59 EDT 2009

    "We have had several friends/relatives either fighting cancer or pass from cancer. I'm glad to help a bit."

    John Whisenand

    Thu Jan 21 03:14:13 EST 2016

    "Our thoughts & prayers are with you John & Brenda. We pray for a quick recovery for John and comfort for Brenda and family in this time of concern. Tom & Karen Tiemens"

    John Whisenand

    Sun Jan 24 10:55:52 EST 2016

    "Brenda - Thinking about you in Anoka. May the love & care of friends & family give you & John healing & strength for a complete recovery! "

    John Whisenand

    Mon Jan 25 10:05:12 EST 2016

    "Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way. :-) Pam"

    John Whisenand

    Fri Jan 29 10:14:48 EST 2016

    "Good luck Brenda and best wishes to John for a fast recovery. "

    John Whisenand

    Tue Feb 02 08:38:55 EST 2016

    "Thinking of you all and praying for a quick recovery John! Both you and Brenda's humor, positive attitude and fight in the face of this challenge is truly inspiring. Brenda, this is amazing and I will be rooting for you from South Dakota on the 6th. You can do it!"

    John Whisenand

    Tue Feb 02 09:59:40 EST 2016

    "Get well soon!"

    John Whisenand

    Tue Feb 02 10:26:21 EST 2016

    "Thinking of you both and continued prayers for your recovery, John. We are so grateful for organizations like LLS who continue to provide us with hope for a CURE. Keep up the good fight--we are behind you! "

    John Whisenand

    Wed Feb 03 10:05:07 EST 2016

    "Donated by Donna and Pat Corry in memory of our Mom, Cathryn Corry. This gift is also given in support of my lifelong friend, Brenda Koons Gold and her husband John. Best wishes on your climb, Brenda!! Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers! God bless you and yours!! Love, Donna"

    John Whisenand

    Thu Feb 04 07:40:31 EST 2016

    "I hope your husband is doing better now that he is home. Take care of yourself as well! Thank you for volunteering for this walk. Marsha Hinze"

    John Whisenand

    Fri Feb 05 04:30:33 EST 2016

    "You have a big heart Amiga 💛👊🏻💪🏻😇🙏🏻"

    Tom Foreman

    Mon Sep 19 01:26:07 EDT 2016

    "Thank you Mrs. Garcia for your service to our next generation of leaders. Thank you for teaching them to care about the needs of others:). "

    Emily Maher

    Sat Feb 18 07:57:07 EST 2017

    "Together, we can make a difference and help find a cure for cancer!"

    Emily Maher

    Wed Feb 22 12:05:21 EST 2017

    "All the kids suffering with this desease, especially those at Dayton Children's. "

    Felipe Sanchez

    Mon Mar 13 07:55:33 EDT 2017

    "Go, Lauren! We know you'll do well!!"

    Mon Mar 13 11:49:16 EDT 2017

    "Lauren: Good luck with your training and event. Uncle Steve will be with you every step of the way. Love you, Uncle Don"

    Thu Apr 06 02:06:45 EDT 2017

    "Good luck Lauren and Anthony- What great partners- together you will always succeed!"

    Thu Apr 06 07:41:29 EDT 2017

    "Go Lauren"

    Tue Apr 18 06:39:15 EDT 2017

    "Thank you to my daughter Amber,raising awareness of the heartbreak that Leukemia brings to families when their loved ones are taken by this horrible disease. Amber "runs" in honor/memory of my wonderful Mom, Mary Alice Boss,taken from us 26 years ago by this disease Thank you Amber, Love you, Mom"

    Felipe Sanchez

    Wed Jun 07 10:32:46 EDT 2017

    "Thanks so much Amber!"

    Felipe Sanchez

    Mon Jul 03 04:04:53 EDT 2017

    "You're rocking this!! Congratulations on such a huge accomplishment!"

    Felipe Sanchez

    Mon Aug 21 08:13:24 EDT 2017

    "Pork Tickets"

    Fri Jun 02 12:06:46 EDT 2017

    "To match your birthday years! Lowe mom"

    Fri May 05 02:06:56 EDT 2017

    "Go Lauren!!!"

    Fri May 05 11:05:10 EDT 2017

    "Good luck, Amber! You'll do great! Love you!"

    Felipe Sanchez

    Fri Apr 14 09:07:25 EDT 2017

    "Good luck!"

    Thu Apr 06 12:05:00 EDT 2017

    "Happy to donate."

    Alexandra Petronis

    Tue Mar 28 04:08:50 EDT 2017

    "Go Lauren! "

    Mon Mar 13 11:51:22 EDT 2017

    "In honor of my mom who successfully fought lymphoma and is now in remission. What a worthwhile cause. :-)"

    Emily Maher

    Fri Feb 17 12:37:35 EST 2017

    "My mom..Maria "

    Tom Foreman

    Mon Sep 19 01:48:44 EDT 2016

    "To support our cousin Madison Pimentel "

    Tom Foreman

    Mon Sep 19 12:23:37 EDT 2016

    "Made your goal!"

    John Whisenand

    Tue Feb 16 11:40:55 EST 2016

    "Good luck with the BIG CLIMB on Feb. 6! RAS is cheering for you!"

    John Whisenand

    Fri Feb 05 05:09:47 EST 2016

    "Good luck Amber!! You're such an inspiration!! "

    Felipe Sanchez

    Wed Jun 07 02:03:16 EDT 2017

    "From the Mallorys! You rock, Amber!"

    Felipe Sanchez

    Wed Jun 07 10:28:42 EDT 2017

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $2,854.90 | Goal: $4,000.00
71 %

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My Thanks To

Garage Sale $500.00
Maloney's Tavern $200.00
Herbert Sutherland $100.00
Dorothea Crews $100.00
Odelio Baca $100.00
Emily Maher $100.00
Steve Downe $100.00
Richard Berry Armijo $100.00
Margaret Gutjahr $100.00
Ted Baca $100.00
Damian Rispoli $100.00
Gold Canyon Candle Fundra... $100.00
Cosmetic Dentistry of New... $100.00
Gold Canyon Candle Fundra... $90.00
John Whisenand $54.00
Vince and Teresa Rojas $50.00
Jesse Lucero $50.00
Alexandra Petronis $50.00
David Lopez $50.00
Darrel Gramenz $50.00
Jerry Phillips $50.00
TNT Car Wash $45.00
Loretta Narrell $35.00
Teresa Walsh $32.20
Maria Williams $29.00
Felipe Sanchez $26.30
Fernando and Sandy Baca $26.20
Rose Moya $26.20
Fermin Chavez $26.20
Tom Foreman $26.20
George Gomez $26.20
Ramon Torres $26.20
Frank Baca $26.20
morgan faulkner $25.00
Frances Sanchez $25.00
Leah Bevilacqua $25.00
Joshua Morgan $25.00
morgan faulkner $25.00
Stephanie Oswald $20.00
Emily Maher $20.00
Yvonne Padilla $20.00
Mary Agnes Sanchez $15.00
Betty Sessions $10.00