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White Rock Half Marathon! We did it!
Dec 08, 2011 by Julie Kimble

First of all I want to congratulate all my donors for reaching "overachiever" status by being the 3rd top fundraising individuals for the White Rock event! Together, we raised over $3,000 to help find a cure for blood cancer! We were recognized with "Rock Star" status and recieved a framed certificate and a pin. Here is a picture of our award (yes I am in a bathroom which Kenedy, my photographer thought was comical)...and what's up with my weird long and skinny rock star fingers? Sorry that's a little random...


We left early Saturday morning and headed to Dallas from Oklahoma. We got to Dallas in time to have a Christmas potluck lunch with my papa, aunt and uncle at papa's house. The food was great and I was so glad to spend time with my papa. After lunch we went to the White Rock Expo to pick up my packets for race day and to scope everything out. After packet pickup we got back to my aunt's house in time to get ready for the inspirational dinner. Here is Kenedy and I leaving for dinner...



On the way to dinner, Kenedy and I had lot's of laugh's, especially when we almost got ran over by the DART bus (country girl driving in the big city), but we survived and had a great time at dinner. Our pre-race meal consisted of salad, whole wheat pasta with two different types of sauces, breadsticks and Kenedy's favorite cake, red velvet! We watched a slideshow with pictures of all the courageous people we were running in memory of and in honor of...I got to meet my team mates and my LLS coaches and staff. Being part of the Team in Training "Flex" team all of my communication had been either on the phone, via email and facebook so getting to meet everyone face to face was great. The most memorable moment of the dinner was the having the honor of hearing an incredible story about a young child and his family. Bennett is a 21 month old who 8 months ago was diagnosed with Leukemia. His mother stoicly stood up and told his story with Bennett and his dad in the background. As a mother I was so amazed at this woman's courage to stand before us and tell her son's story. She explained his beads of courage and what each bead meant to Bennett and his family. As I sat there with Kenedy listening to Bennetts mom talk about his beads I was reminded that not that long ago, my sister and I sat with Kenedy at Children's Hospital helping her string her beads of courage. It was very surreal and I silently said a prayer specifically for little Bennett. It was an amazing moment. I also learned that our White Rock team had raised over $200,000 specifically dedicated to find a cure for blood cancer! The TNT staff did an amazing job of hosting the dinner and it was something I will never forget.


That night I went to bed early and slept like a baby. My sister didn't sleep as well. I think she was worried that we would over sleep and miss the race. I think that by being there to support me, she really stood in the gap so that I could relax and have an enjoyable experience. If she hadn't been there I would had been a nervous wreck! I'm so thankful that God loved me enough to give me my sister...he knew I would need her...


On race day morning we got up at 5:00am...I had my coffee and made my breakfast to go (apple, water and a cliff bar) and we took off only to sit in traffic for 2 hours! While sitting in traffic I had to pee so bad I didn't think I would make it (tmi much? LOL)! Seriously I was getting worried and right when we got close enought to Fair Park I was ready to jump out of the car! But first we almost got ran over by the DART bus (again, but I wasn't driving this time) and narrowly missed it! Ha! After that I hopped out and ran to McDonald's to use the bathroom while my sister parked the car. I found my corral and right before take off my sister showed up to hug my neck...tell me good luck and I was off! Here I am before the race...



I was smiling but about to get a rude awakening from the elements...I hadn't trained in the rain and let's just say I was sorry for that. I won't detail every mile because really it's not necessary. it rained the entire time...it was cold the entire time...I repeatedly said to myself "I love rain"! the entire time...people stood along the course to cheer us on the entire time and yes I was able to smile, most of the time...and guess what? 2 hours and 11 minutes later...I finished! Still smiling...but soaking wet...




When I stopped running I was cold and my angelic sister and aunt had a hamburger and hot cider waiting for me in the family reuinion area...the hot cider was glorious...



Did I mention that my cousin and his girlfriend ran with me? Loved Jared's shirt...




I am proud that I finished a half marathon...but I am most proud of my donors for helping me raise money to find a cure for blood cancer...to my friends and family who encouraged me along the way...to my God who reminds me everyday that we are responsible for each other...that we owe it to our children to leave them something better...to find a cure for cancer! I am SO grateful for the opportunity and SO grateful for each and every one of you who went on this journey with me.


Let's do this again sometime...


Jules


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And the countdown begins...
Nov 29, 2011 by Julie Kimble

First of all I want to say a HUGE thank you to all my family and friends who recently donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Because of you I not only reached my personal fundraising goal but surpassed it! Your generosity makes me more joyful than you know...


Because my personal goal has been met, all I need to worry about is running. This week I will run a couple of 2 milers and then run my 13.1 on Sunday! Some things I am looking forward to...


  • Saturday night's LLS inspirational dinner...I'm bringing my tissues for what is sure to be an unforgettable evening...

  • Spending time with my sister...with four kids between us...full time jobs outside of the home as well as our other full time job of taking care of our home, husbands and children...it will be great to just be together...do some Christmas shopping and just enjoy each other...

  • Running 13.1 miles on Sunday...thinking about all the people who have motivated me along the way...my friends and family who have donated...my Lord and Savior who has given me my life, my health and a heart to run for a cure...my Papa Herman and Papa Jay who no doubt will be cheering me on in spirit...seeing sweet Kenedy at the finish line...

Ready for my 13.1...


Jules



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The Longest Mile...
Nov 22, 2011 by Julie Kimble

This weekend I ran 12 miles...the longest I have ever ran. What does it feel like to run 12 miles? Here's how it went down...


I start my run feeling motivated and then ten minutes in I realize I have 11 more miles to go...my brain starts to freak out and then my heart says to just take it a mile at a time and remember the reason you are running and that great feeling you get when you are done...


When I reach the 3 mile mark I have a good flow going...feeling great and smiling big...then I realize I need to pee...you know your a runner when your willing to squat to pee wherever you may be so you can finish your run...


Mile 5 and I decide to eat a Power Bar Gel...it tastes sweet and good...hopefully it will give me some energy to run for another hour...another hour?! I must be a total lunatic...


Then I get to mile 7...I start getting bored...need some motivating music...Metallica anyone? Then my phone dies...no music for 5 more miles?! I just need to focus and keep putting one foot in front of the other...my brain tells me that I can just quit...nobody is making me run 12 miles but then something outside of myself pushes me to just keep going...it isn't arrogance but something unexplainable that tells me I can do it...


At mile 9 my body starts to ache...first its my hips...then my back...it is now that I need to correct my form...stand up a little bit straighter...say a prayer...throw my shoulders back and keep on trucking...running with no music is actually nice...


Its mile 11 and I'm really not that tired...my body just aches and starts to defy me...but my cardiovascular endurance is really amazing...I can remember not that long ago when I struggled to run 4 miles...this last mile is all about mentally finishing...I start to focus on the things around me...the rainy day...the beauty of the leaves that have fallen...the squirrel that just darted out in front of me...and it makes me smile...


Mile 12! Yes! I did it! I'm hurting...I'm hungry and I am thinking about the hot shower that is to come...a hot shower after you run 12 miles is glorious...I feel great about finishing my 12 mile run and I'm looking forward to December 4th! Race day! 13.1 miles! Go Team!


Running 12 miles is hard. I kinda equate running long distances to having a baby. During your run you question why you ever thought you could run this far because obviously it's hard...your body hurts and aches and you promise yourself that your never doing this again. But then after you run 12 miles and realize that you will, indeed finish a half marathon...you start planning for your full marathon...yep just like when I was pregnant and in labor...it's really hard having a baby but afterwards you forget how hard it was and for me I just had to have another baby...no matter how hard it would be :)


My running experience has taught me many things...that life really is a marathon and not a sprint. Running has made me a better person. There have been moments in my training that I thought that maybe I just couldn't do this half marathon. But then I thought about the reason I run...finding a cure for cancer...and the mere fact that God has given me this life that is short in comparison to eternity...and that I am fearfully and wonderfully made...that you should use your gift of an earthly life not as a means to sit in comfort and convienence but to use yourself to make a difference. It's an amazing feeling to know that I have trained not just to selfishly say that I have ran a half marathon but to say that I did my small part to help find a cure for blood cancer...


Use your gift today...whatever it is that angers you or burdens you...find a way to use that anger to make the world a better place...use God's blessing of a burden in your life and make a difference...


Less than 2 weeks...can't hardly wait...


Jules








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Picture this...
Nov 15, 2011 by Julie Kimble

A daughter, sister and young woman who doesn't let cancer define her...who leads by example and uses her lymphoma diagnoses then her blessing of remission to help other cancer patients and show the power of God's love...


A father, grandfather a great grandfather who shares the same lymphoma diagnoses as his grandchild...who despite being tired and confused by Alzhiemer's...believes...hopes and knows that God is good all of the time...


A husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and now an angel in heaven who faced leukemia...fought the good fight and was happy to go home where one day he and I will run the streets of gold together...


A community of people who pray...donate their abundance...advocate for change...run marathons and share their personal stories...



A world where we have a cure for cancer...


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But by doing our part...donating...running...advocating for change...sharing our stories...we can someday insert a picture of a community of people who were not willing to let cancer win...a generation who were determined to rise up and do their part in finding a cure for cancer...


That person is you...


Jules



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Red Balloon Race!
Oct 27, 2011 by Julie Kimble

In five short weeks I will "Run the Rock"! To say I am excited would be an understatement! This past week/weekend me, my kids, my sister and nephews traveled to Dallas for Fall Break. It was the weekend of the "Red Balloon Race" that benefits Childrens Hospital, where my cousin Kenedy recieved treatments for lymphoma and where many other children right now...as I type... are undergoing treatment for blood cancer. This year Kenedy, along with family and friends formed a team called "Mission 2 Remission". Over 150 people ran or walked in honor of Kenedy and her friend/classmate Justin, who is currently being treated for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Together, our team raised $10,700, which goes directly to the oncology department at Children's Hospital. Our team finished 8th in overall fundraising for the event. Go team!!


Why do we do this? To raise awareness about pediatric cancer. Cancer is the #1 disease killer of children. Every day in the United States, 46 school aged children are diagnosed and the rate of invasive pediatric cancer has gone up 29% in the past 20 years. However, only 4% of the budget for cancer research is earmarked for pediatric research. Even more startling, there has only been ONE new drug approved to treat children's cancer in the last 20 years!!


If you have considered giving to this cause...quit considering and give now! These children and their families need someone to stand up and do something...it doesn't matter the amount...what matters is that you shared your abundance...you sacrifice so that we are that much closer to a cure! Let's do this!


Here are a few pictures from the race...Mission 2 Remission...



Me, my sister and Kenedy...


The back of our team shirts...


Lastly, I just wanted to mention how awesome my Aunt (Kenedy & Waverly's mom) is...she has always been Kenedy & Waverly's strongest supporter...their foundation...their prayer warrior...my Aunt always has a way to make everyone feel special...opens her home to her family (including her wild and crazy Oklahoma family)...she is THE most giving person I know...she truly is my inspiration to how I need to live my life. Organizing a race is no small feat and she worked very hard to make sure the event was successful. I love you Auntie and I love you sweet Kenedy and Waverly! Thank you for a great weekend and most of all an opportunity for me to do my small part of giving and running! Also a big thank you to my Uncle D who heated up the hot tub so my kids could swim...helped us roast marshmallows and put up with us all weekend! We love you too Uncle!


Blessed beyond measure...


Jules

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