HALF WAY THERE!!!!!!!!!
Nov 03, 2011
Wow wow wow! I can't believe I'm only 2 months away from my marathon. Training is going great. I ran my first 18 miles last saturday. It was GREAT! I felt amazing when I was done. It truly was not as bad as i expected it to be. The week before I tried to do 16 and did not make it. For those of you reading who know Pine Mill Road in Paris, I ran that for 4 miles and let's just say those hills are a lot less noticable when you're only driving them!!
Check out Bennett's website. There's new updates about that little cutie!
Here's some pictures from the past month's journey. :) This has continued to be an amazing journey both spiritually and physically.
ONLY TWO MONTHS!! I'm soooo excited!!!! My Mom and Grandmother are coming to cheer me on. I couldn't be MORE happy about that. I'm so thankful for everyone's support.
After 18 miles :). Finished just under 4 hours!
I took this Saturday monrning about 2.5 miles into the 18 miles. It was about 6ish? Halloween morning in a way I've never experienced it! White Rock was super spooky!!!
One Saturday when Bennett was well enough to visit :) Kirsa kicked our butts running so fast to get back to him! Her drive kept me going.
Kirsa and I after killing some hills. That one behind us was the biggest. If it doesn't look like it, take our word.
A little bit of my own inspiration. :) My nieces - Molly and Mackenzie. This is at our land a few weeks ago. My Dad loved this place and is buried in a cemetary close by. It's always a tough trip to make because he loved this place so much but we feel it brings us closer to him.
Sep 19, 2011
My buddy Bennett made it through the week fever and infection free!! Yay!! Keith and Kirsa were able to take him outside and one of their friends was able to snap a few photos. This one is adorable.
Here's an excerpt on his recent treatment:
"On Thursday, we took Bennett into the clinic to resume his treatment. His ANC came back at 810, just high enough to get his 4th and final round of high dose methotrexate. We checked into a hospital room and a 24 hour infusion of chemotherapy began. By Saturday night, he had cleared the drug enough for us to return home. He must have great kidney function to be able to clear it so quickly! Except for some crankiness, and a decrease in appetite, Bennett was in good spirits most of the day today. We were fairly confident that his counts were still up, so we decided to take him and the girls for an early Sunday dinner at CPK. The girls were excited to get out as a family. Those instances have been few and far between lately, so it’s always exciting when all 5 of us pile in the car to go somewhere. Once we were at the restaurant, all was fine until our food came, and Bennett proceeded to vomit all over himself and the table. Poor little guy must have been so nauseated, but wasn’t able to tell us until it was too late. He hadn’t thrown up after methotrexate before, but it’s always a possibility with any kind of chemo. We ate as fast as we could and ran home to give him a dose of zofran. "
Bennett still has treatment to go through and I ask that you please pray for him, Kirsa, Keith, Ellie and Ava. PLEASE visit Bennett's caring bridge website.
Sep 19, 2011
Hey Everyone! I just want to say thank you, thank you and thank you for all of the support I've been recieving. I'm so greatful to have the friends and family that I do.
Training has been going excellent! Apparently it's working because I was able to bust out 8 miles this past saturday morning and I felt great. Even at the end! Here's some pictures. I ran at the Trail de Paris for the first time. It was such a pretty morning and the weather was perfect. It felt like fall! :)
Aug 30, 2011
This saturday I was able to meet my wonderful mentor and running partner Belinda Kinney. I want to thank her for being there for me. I know I'm going to need her expertise and support a lot over the next four months. :)
I also would like to tell you about my other running partner. Her name is Kirsa Williams and she has a heartfelt story about her son Bennett. He is so adorable!!! At 13 months, Bennett was diagnosed with high risk B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). During our 4 mile run on Saturday she told me his story. I just want to say what AMAZING strength she shows. It's unbelivable. Over the past several months, Bennett's parents have had to witness him endure countless pokes to his body, blood transfusions, lumbar punctures, bone marrow aspirations, several rounds of chemotherapy, associated side effects, treatment for blood infections, and many nights in the hospital. Bennett's treatments will conclude on July 28, 2014. He will be four and a half years old. He will have gone from baby to toddler to little boy, all while fighting cancer. I can't even imagine the celebration his family will be having on that glorious day! Please pray specifically that Bennett's body will remain strong through the next 60-day protocol. According to Bennett's doctors, this next protocol will be a tough one.
Your donations can make a difference in Bennett's life. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society uses your dollars to help find cures and better treatments for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. With your support, LLS can help improve the quality of life for Bennett, other patients just like him, and their families as well.
Bennett has now become another inspiration for me to keep doing what I'm doing. I've provided a picture below along with his caring bridge website. There's no way this little cutie won't tug at your heart!!
Kirsa (Bennett's mom), Belinda and me after our first run! It was soooo hot!! I'm glad I had them there encouraging me. I remember toward the end Kirsa said "Do I need to show you a picture of Bennett?" After hearing that I thought 'Wow, this is nothing. I think I can stick out this last .25 mile just fine!!' Once again, I feel SO BLESSED to be sharing this experience with them. As Belinda says, "Go God!". :)
My Fundraising Page
Sep 02, 2011
On January 8th I will be running my first Marathon with Team In Training. 26.2 miles....I still can't believe it! Every day I train for this, I remember the struggle that cancer patients and their families go through. A few days before my father's passing, he tried to ease my pain and said "Jess, there's strength in numbers. Everything will be okay." I believe that with all my heart. I'm very excited about this adventure and the lives that I could help change as well as my own.
For my father and family, the nightmare called cancer started in April of 2008. After extensive chemo and radiaton, we were all praying relentlessly that he had beaten the odds and would be in remission. On November 1st our worst fears came true. Dad suffered a seizure and the cause was cancer. It had come back in his brain. At this point we were grateful with every hour God blessed us with. December 19th my father lost his battle with cancer and the Lord healed him completely. As if we needed another blow,one week before my father passed, my cousin Joeli was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. She fought like a trooper and is now in remission. I thank God daily for the work he did in her life.
A year and eight months later we remember him as a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. I am working hard in honor of my Dad, grandfather, amazing cousin Joeli and all the other families who have suffered as mine has. Team In Training is raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives.
Would you please consider making a donation to my goal of $3,500? Your donation is tax-deductable and no donation is too small. In fact, 75% of every dollar spent at LLS goes to research, patient services and education. Team in Training has raised over $1 billion for important cancer research. Your donation could make a huge difference in the life of a patient and their families! We can find a cure!!
I will update as often as possible on my progress of my journey. I want to thank everyone for visiting this page. Monetary or emotional, I deeply appreciate any and all support. God Bless!
Here's a few of Dad with me and my sister...
This is me and my cousin Joeli. She's in remission!!!! GOD is GREAT!!
Dad and Joeli on his last suprise birthday! It was SO much fun and we are so glad we were able to do this for him. I love this picture of them. :) So sweet!
Dad and I on our last hunting trip. Dad and my niece Mackenzie.
The family in Vegas for my graduation trip :)!!! April 2009.