My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
Apr 20, 2014

When I first started running with Team in Training three years ago, I would feel a little bit awkward on those first few long runs when everyone who I was running with would inevitably ask what my connection to the cause was...and I didn't have one.


Then, this past September, my father went into the hospital for what seemed like a run-of-the-mill case of cellulitis. And never left. As it turned out, he had metastatic liver cancer. His liver was failing, which in turn spurred his kidneys to fail, and within two weeks he was gone.


We had no idea he even had cancer at all, and even if we had, there is no guarantee that rounds of chemo and surgery would have meant a cure for him because, especially for liver cancer, we are just not there yet. Which is why I have a mission-to help find cures and more effective treatments for cancers. To accomplish that mission, I’m participating in the NYC Marathon as a member of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training. Like the other members of TNT, I will be raising funds to help find cures and better treatments for cancer.


Even though I signed up for this marathon before any of this happened, a large part of me did it because I wanted my dad to be able to see me run a marathon. He hadn't been able to come to my previous two because of distance, but I knew that if I ran New York, he would have no excuses. Unfortunately, now he won't be there to see it and to tell me how proud he is of me. But I'll be thinking of him through all 26.2 miles. Of how strong he was, of what an amazing man he was, and of how much I don't want other people to have to feel this pain of having lost someone they love so dearly to such a terrible disease ever again.


Please make a donation in support of my efforts with Team In Training and help advance the research for cures.


Supporter Comments


    Daniel Bruno Jr.

    Thu Apr 24 05:31:51 EDT 2014

    "I am donating $15 for the pistachio shortbread cookies. Thanks Joanne - a great idea!"

    sandra meadows

    Thu Apr 24 06:32:23 EDT 2014

    "I won the bid for the chocolate hazelnut macaroons.. Best of luck to you :)"

    Holly Wittenmeyer

    Thu Apr 24 07:46:29 EDT 2014

    "For the Sesame Almond Biscotti Thins"

    Talia Jewell

    Sat Apr 26 11:20:38 EDT 2014

    "Thanks for doing this, Joanne! Great idea and great cause. I won the triple peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and the brown sugar cookies."

    David Macklem

    Fri Apr 25 11:50:04 EDT 2014

    "Part of the bake sale, the chocolate fudge brownies with buttercream frosting. Thanks for organizing a fun way to support an important cause. "

    Carrie B

    Thu Apr 24 11:26:23 EDT 2014

    "This donation is for the Momofuku Milk Bar Blueberries & Cream Cookies from the bake sale."

    Stephanie Wise

    Thu Apr 24 03:22:25 EDT 2014

    "Starbucks Espresso Brownies. "

    Meriem K

    Thu Apr 24 01:14:26 EDT 2014

    "For a great cause, and for my chocolate chip oreo cookies! :) Go Joanne! "

    Carolyn Brafman

    Thu Apr 24 01:10:01 EDT 2014

    "So happy to particpate in your virtual bake sale! I can't wait to try the breakfast biscotti! Good luck with your marathon!!"


    Thu Apr 24 12:07:39 EDT 2014

    "This was a great idea! Good luck on your run and thanks for letting us participate in your fundraising efforts. Excited for my coconut oil chocolate chip cookies :)"

    Stephanie Lewis

    Thu Apr 24 12:04:00 EDT 2014

    "Donating for the Nutella Stuffed Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies, PB+J Bars, and Caramel Crumb Bars from your bake sale. "

    Kelly Hutchinson

    Thu Apr 24 11:56:09 EDT 2014

    "Gluten free hazelnut brownies and gluten free madeleines"


    Thu Apr 24 11:52:59 EDT 2014

    "Yay Joanne! Thanks for doing this AGAIN!"

    Jacqueline Raposo

    Thu Apr 24 11:39:25 EDT 2014

    "Perfect blondies and sweet and salty pretzel m&m bars Thanks so much and good luck fundraising. This bake sale was a great idea! -Caitlin McDonnell"

    Caitlin McDonnell

    Thu Apr 24 11:31:56 EDT 2014

    "I won the Candied Pecans and Mint Chocolate Monster Bars!!"

    Kathleen Walkley

    Thu Apr 24 11:26:19 EDT 2014

    "Donation made in honor of my Dad, Larry Call. Also- part of the virtual bake sale. Salty Apple Shortbread."

    Jennifer Endicott

    Thu Apr 24 11:23:25 EDT 2014

    "Best wishes, Joanne -- happy to contribute in even a small way, and I'm thinking of your dad! (Also, I'm the proud winner of the rosemary shortbread from your bake sale!)"

    Megan Johnson

    Thu Apr 24 11:22:04 EDT 2014

    "I commend you for doing this, Joanne. Good luck!"

    Monica M.

    Tue Apr 22 12:09:40 EDT 2014

    "All the best with your run, Joanne. You can do it!"

    Helen Buxton

    Mon Apr 21 12:42:56 EDT 2014

    "I love that you are doing this Joanne - and I feel your loss. My nephew Doug is a survivor of childhood leukemia. We are so very grateful to have him. "

    Lynn Maxwell

    Mon Apr 21 06:11:48 EDT 2014

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $922.00 | Goal: $500.00
184 %

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My Thanks To

David Macklem $100.00
Daniel Bruno Jr. $100.00
Caitlin McDonnell $100.00
Kelly Hutchinson $75.00
Sally Newton $50.00
Holly Wittenmeyer $31.00
Janet $31.00
Talia Jewell $30.00
Kathleen Walkley $30.00
Kathleen Kennedy van Voor... $25.00
Lynn Maxwell $25.00
Carolyn Brafman $20.00
Stephanie Lewis $20.00
Megan Johnson $20.00
Michael Peters $15.00
sandra meadows $15.00
Meriem K $15.00
Monica M. $10.00
Carrie B  
Stephanie Wise  
Jacqueline Raposo  
Jennifer Endicott  
Stephanie Lewis  
Danguole Lekaviciute  
Helen Buxton