It's My Fundraising Page ... (scroll down for updates!!)

It's My Fundraising Page ... (scroll down for updates!!)
May 07, 2009 by Cindy Galli

I'm Racing to Save Lives!


(also titled, "Oh Lord, what have I done?!")


Thanks for visiting my Team In Training home page. No, you're not imagining things ... I am, indeed, running a marathon.


I'm happy to announce that I'll be chugging ... er, gliding ... through 26.2 miles in San Francisco on October 18th. I could lie and say that my finger slipped as I was clicking through the Nike Women's Marathon site and I "accidentally" registered. In fact, it was a totally conscious decision.


The second best decision I made was to train for this (totally daunting) challenge as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training. I joined the New York City team and have already met a great group of people, all of whom are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives.


Cancer has unfortunately found its way into my family too many times, so this was a no-brainer for me. I will be running in memory of my beloved grandfather, Hal Halvorsen, who died when I was in college after succoming to a rare non-Hodgkin lymphoma called Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia.


I am also running in honor of my nephew, DJ Kleckner. DJ was diagnosed at age 3 with juvenile astrocytoma (brain tumor) and endured many aggressive treatments at a very young age. Today, he is a cancer survivor at age 22. Life has been a challenge for DJ and I am humbled by the way he finds each day ... with a huge smile and even bigger heart.


So please consider making a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance LLS's mission to fund cancer research and provide patient services. Although we are all tightening the belt right now, any donation - in any amount - is warmly welcomed and greatly appreciated.


Be sure to check back here often for embarrassing pictures of me in running shorts as I work toward my goal of the big 26.2 And from the bottom of my heart, thanks for all your support!


Cindy


P.S. Please feel free to share personal stories of your own ... and as an added incentive, I'm inviting all donors to send me the name of either a cancer survivor or victim in honor of whom they are making a donation. For each name I receive, I will attach a ribbon to my singlet on marathon day to remind everyone why we're running.


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10/13/09

FIVE DAYS AWAY AND WE HIT OUR GOAL!!!!!!!!


Congratulations!


I am just two days away from flying out to San Francisco and have just hit my personal goal of $5,000!!!! That is a HUGE amount of money, people! (A big shout out to Matt Meagher and the whole Meagher clan for bringing me to the finish line!)


I couldn't be more excited as I start to pack for the trip. Five months of hardcore training (those hills!), determination and hitting people up for money for the LLS have all paid off. I feel ready to hit that 26.2-mile long course ... and you have raised money for people who truly need it. Once again, I am humbled by your generosity and raised up by all your words of encouragement.


I plan to blog during my trip, so please tune in and watch me in my final approach to being a marathon runner!


I love all of you very much and thank you - THANK YOU - again from the bottom of my heart for all you have done.


Whoo hooo .... I'm FINALLY running 26.2!


-C




9/15/09

We did it!


With just a month to go before the big day, we've hit our first goal!! All of you awesome people have come together to raise a whopping $3900 for cancer research. On behalf of my TNT team , LLS and all of our honored teammates, THANK YOU!


Of course, my lofty (yet totally reachable) goal of $5000 still stands ... so please tell friends and family about this little marathon experiment I'm conducting on October 18th. And don't forget to check in on my blog so you can be up-to-date on my latest running antics.


(Here's a hint: I've finished my 20-miler and I'm still alive to blog about it. And I haven't changed my mind about heading toward 26.2)


Thanks again for your infinite support and encouragement!


-C



7/23/09

Getting closer to marathon day ... and my goal, thanks to you!


Training is going really well. I am loving every minute of my TNT experience ... and yes, that includes even the hill workouts we have just started. We've started doing double-digit runs on Saturdays which are a total challenge but also a lot of fun.


Another thank you to everyone who has visited, donated, had words of encouragement and support ... or better yet, have shared a story of a friend or family member you'd like me to keep in mind as I train and race on October 18th. I am constantly reminded and humbled by the larger purpose here. As I started my training with my beloved family members in mind, I am now going to have many other ribbons to pin on my singlet on race day; other connections to the cause that you have brought to my attention.


I will be only periodically updating my TNT page from here on in. It's still the place to go to donate and to be reminded of why we're doing what we're doing ... but for more personal updates on my training and my TNT experience, please feel free to visit my blog.


Thank you again for all your love and support ... I couldn't do it without you!


-C



6/20/09

4 months and counting ... I'VE INCREASED MY FUNDRAISING GOAL!


Just finished an invigorating 9 mile run in Central Park and I am right on track for my marathon training. Each week we'll increase the mileage just a bit ... and TNT training is soooo good that every Saturday, my runs - while challenging - are becoming easier to do. Lots of good advice on how to run, breathe ... survive ...


I never thought I'd actually enjoy running with other people but now I prefer it! Above is a pic of just a few of my team members, including my TNT mentor, Shari, and a couple of fellow mentees, Tish and Jenn. They'll all be in San Francisco on October 18th and they are all also running for the cause.


To those who have donated so generously ... yet another THANK YOU! It's because of people like you that LLS has been able to do such great work over the years on behalf of cancer patients and their families. I'll do my best to make you proud that you have given to a great cause.


Before every practice, someone shares a "mission moment" for the entire team. Some have family or friends who have battled cancer, others know of someone through an acquaintance. But the common thread is that we all have a connection to the cause. Great reminder that this is a disease that somehow touches us each one of us.


I have increased my personal goal to raise $5,000 for LLS. This is at the request of a very good friend who challenged me to raise it so he'd kick in. Yet another good friend has floated the idea that should he give a certain amount, I allow him to pick out what I wear on race day. You see, I am open to suggestions when it comes to raising money for LLS. I need to hit my goal, so be creative ... I'm not above it!


Thanks for visiting ... and stay tuned for updates as I move into double-digit runs. October 18th is just around the corner .. Go Team!


-C



5/28/09

My first update!

I'm already three weeks into my training so thought I'd give everyone an update on my progress:


I am not yet running 26 miles.


However ... I meet with my TNT teammates on Tuesdays after work and Saturday mornings so we can, well, run. I've already met an inspiring group of people all committed to this cause ... and we also have some honored teammates who are battling cancer today. One of the coaches had some sound advice: when you're feeling the pain on a long run, just think of the people you're running for. Chances are, they've felt pain far beyond the mere muscle exhaustion you may be feeling. Sounds obvious, but I kept it in mind during our last run and it really did keep me motivated.


That said, a big THANK YOU to all my family and friends who have already donated! People stepped in hours after I got my page up and running and it really touched me. But I have a way to go to hit my goal ... so please consider giving to the cause and I'll be sure to update often as I get closer to my goal ... one mile at a time.


-C



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Supporter Comments

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    "Good Luck Annabelle!!"
     

    Erin Connolly

    Thu Feb 16 10:45:23 EST 2017

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    "Fabulous Cindy! So happy you chose to to run your first marathon back home! See you at the finish!"
     

    gina glasser clemens

    Wed May 27 04:40:52 EDT 2009

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    "Supporting you all. What a great cause! Way to go Jen! "
     

    Sat Feb 18 10:40:28 EST 2017

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    "Sorry I cannot walk with you on February 25th, but hopefully this will get you closer to your target of $500. "
     

    Sun Feb 19 04:24:45 EST 2017

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    "Best of luck with your Walk Jennifer. My thoughts and prayers continue for you. "
     

    Thu Feb 23 09:12:01 EST 2017

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    "Best of luck to you. "
     

    Fri Feb 24 10:15:34 EST 2017

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    "$1/minute. Kill it !!"
     

    Aileen Arellano

    Tue Feb 07 07:50:25 EST 2017

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    "Hannah's bake sales and bracelet sales"
     

    Fri Mar 31 04:28:35 EDT 2017

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    "Good Luck Cindy! Bella -8J"
     

    Shelly Scannell

    Sun Sep 06 04:14:22 EDT 2009

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    "YOU NEEEEEEED MONEY!!!!!"
     

    Matt DeNinno

    Tue Sep 08 01:55:23 EDT 2009

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    "Way to go! One month and counting now - so stay strong. I plan on run/walk/crawling this w/ you next year...cheers"
     

    Chaz

    Wed Sep 09 03:35:25 EDT 2009

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    "Go for it Cindy!"
     

    Valerie Montellano

    Tue Sep 15 01:47:33 EDT 2009

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    " we give you our ultimate respect and support for commiting yourself to this.... i lost 2 pounds just reading the blog. good for you and your team... we love you... the Galli's (your brother and his family)."
     

    Don Galli

    Tue Oct 06 10:19:52 EDT 2009

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    "You go girl! So proud of you. Let me tell you, you sign up to help TNT but the gift you receive back will change you forever! GO TEAM!!"
     

    Erin Kvistad

    Thu May 21 01:27:08 EDT 2009

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    "Hannah, I'm really proud of you for doing this. You are an extraordinary person! "
     

    Tue Apr 04 10:22:09 EDT 2017

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    "Go Hannah! Such a wonderful cause!"
     

    Tue Apr 04 09:29:34 EDT 2017

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    "Love you, Hannah! Keep up the good work!"
     

    Wed Mar 29 07:02:32 EDT 2017

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    "Hannah Allen's fundraising for Valentines day, and selling bracelets to date"
     

    Sun Mar 12 12:43:38 EDT 2017

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    "Hannah, I wanted to let you know how proud I am of you for your fundraising - keep up the good work! Love, Auntie Kate"
     

    Wed Mar 08 09:57:08 EST 2017

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    "Good Luck Meghan!"
     

    Aileen Arellano

    Mon Mar 06 11:50:54 EST 2017

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    "Meghan Belotti. Race your heart out! My Sweet "
     

    Aileen Arellano

    Wed Feb 15 07:29:07 EST 2017

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    "You go girl! You'll do fantastic!"
     

    Aileen Arellano

    Mon May 25 11:47:31 EDT 2009

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    "Clip in and pedal HARD!"
     

    Wed Mar 15 09:33:34 EDT 2017

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    "You got this team! Pedal to the metal!"
     

    Fri Mar 10 08:56:57 EST 2017

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    "The Motz Corporation is happy to donate to this great cause."
     

    Mon Mar 06 09:19:42 EST 2017

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    "Go Team!"
     

    Melissa Crawford

    Thu Jul 30 03:51:51 EDT 2009

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    "Who's better than you? Good luck, great cause."
     

    Larry Posner

    Thu Aug 27 07:01:18 EDT 2009

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    "Way to go......we're really proud of you"
     

    The Meagher Family

    Tue Oct 13 10:45:57 EDT 2009

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    "great way to spend a weekend in SF! Bestefar would love it. DJ and all whose lives will be helped by cancer research thank you. "
     

    Mom and Ken

    Wed Jul 15 01:40:39 EDT 2009

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    "Cindy, wow! a marathon. DJ should be so proud of Auntie Cindy. Your pal, sandy"
     

    sandra Lee

    Tue Jun 09 02:36:39 EDT 2009

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    "break a leg...no don't! good luck!"
     

    The Halvorsens of San Ramon

    Fri Jun 05 04:39:01 EDT 2009

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    "Go get em Cuz! We'll be cheering you on from SoCal."
     

    Pete, Allison & Juliet Halvorsen

    Sat May 23 11:50:12 EDT 2009

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    "Thanks Annabelle and Team for taking on such an important cause!! "
     

    Erin Connolly

    Wed Feb 08 06:58:10 EST 2017

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    "You go girl! So proud of you. Michelle"
     

    Michelle Threde

    Fri Jul 24 01:34:21 EDT 2009

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    "We're excited for you! TNT is an amazing experience."
     

    Scott and Heather

    Mon May 25 08:08:05 EDT 2009

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $5,000.00 | Goal: $5,000.00
 
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