Monica's Fundraising Page

Monica's Fundraising Page
Apr 23, 2009 by Monica Gonzalez


Hello everyone and welcome to my Team In Training home page! I am so HAPPY that you took time out of your day to learn more out my RACE TO SAVE LIVES.

On September 27th I will participate in the Westchester Triathlon as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training. I am SUPER EXCITED to compete in this endurance event which will include a.9 mile swim, a 26 mile cycling portion and a 6.5 mile run. It will be A LOT of hard work, but with your help and support I know I will SUCCEED.

When I first decided to participate in this event, I did it to get back in shape. After listening to and speaking with a former cancer survivor, I realized that this event is much bigger than me and my personal workout goals. It's about SAVING LIVES and helping hospitals get the resources and research necessary to fight against cancer. I am completing this event in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers. These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure!

All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. Please make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance LLS's mission. Remember no amount is too small because every little bit counts.

What $1 Can Do...

Why your fundraising dollars are so important:

-A donation of $25 provides patients and their loved ones with FREE booklets that contain up-to-date information on their disease and help them make informed decisions about their treatment options.

-A donation of $50 makes possible a Family Support group with a trained facilitator where comfort can be found and experiences can be shared among patients and family members.

-A donation of $100 helps supply laboratory researchers with supplies and materials critical to carrying out their search for cures.

-A donation of $1,000 makes possible one- on-one conversations with health care specialists who provide patients with information about their disease, treatment options, and helps prepare them with questions for their health care team.

I hope you will visit my web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress. Thanks for your support!


Yesterday, May 6th, I was able to meet my fellow teammates and the coaches who I will train with for the next 5 months. Honestly, I am a little nervous about all that is to come, but I'm ready for the challenge and I can't wait for the first group training session. WISH ME LUCK!


Ok so yesterday, May 13th was my first GTS (Group Training Session). The group basically ran 15 mins into Central Park (which seemed like an eternity) and 15 mins back out of Central Park. You'll all be happy to know I ran the entire 30 mins! WOO HOO! lol Let me just tell you that running for 30 mins on a treadmill is COMPLETELY different than running 30 mins outdoors on paths of concrete, gravel, and inclines. The second GPS will be this Saturday at 9AM. That's right people! I am devoting my sleep in/relax day to training for this thing so STAY TUNED...

WEEk 3

I made it on time to my Saturday workout in Central Park. For those of you who live in New York, you arleady know that it rained really hard for a good 15 minutes. Yes...I still completed training in the rain! Now I can never say the weather is too bad to workout lol.

On Wednesday, May 30th I had my second run GTS. This training was filled with running/squat drills. Basically you run every 4 mins and then do as many squats as you possibly do for 1 min. Can you feel the burn people?!! Well let me tall ya...I did lol. I can say that my body is getting used to the work out and my recovery time is becoming less and less. More updates to come ...

WEEKS 4 & 5

Week 4 was pretty much the same as week 3. Week 5 has just begun!

June 2nd is the first SWIM GTS. That's right people... Monica will swim! I hope I do better than I expect. Although I can keep myself afloat in the waters, I am by no means a swimmer. Maybe TNT can work miracles. Saturday will be the first bike GTS, which means I need to hurry up and get a bike lol. I will update you next week on how good (or how bad) I did. Either way I am going to stick with it!

WEEKS 6 & 7

As you know by now, I have started the swim portion of my training and it is clear to me that I've learned 2 things...1) chlorine does not taste good and 2) I need to work on my breathing. I actually like swimming more than the run portion of the training. In fact, I think running is now my least favorite thing to do in the world! lol On the upside of things, guess what?? MONICA NOW HAS HER VERY OWN ROAD BIKE!! Yes people! After much searching, analyzing, and comparing, I have finally found a road bike that is affordable and efficient! It's cute too lol (you know I'm still a girly girl). Anywho, this weekend will be the first time I train with it so I'm SUPER EXCITED. I still have to get a dorky helmet (safety first), which I will have before Saturday. I can't wait to update you guys on how it all goes! STAY TUNED :-)


I know it's been a while since I have updated but I definitely wanted to keep you guys posted. Training is getting really INTENSE! I have officially started training 5-6 days a week for at least an hour or more each session. The biking was a little discouraging at first, but now that I am becoming a master at switching gears, I am starting to get excited! Gear shifting is CRUCIAL when riding and definitely helps to ease the intensity of the ride if you do it correctly. During these weeks , we have had our first two BRICK trainings. Huh...whats a BRICK training you ask??? Well this is when you ride your bike for an hour (hills included) and then proceed to run for at least 30 mins after your legs feel like they are about to fall off! lol I am happy to say that I did NOT pass out lol. I am making major improvements in the RUN training! I'm not winded during the run and my recovery takes less time. I am finding that eating the right nutrients before and after the training DEFINITELY makes a difference in my stamina. Now the swimming is another story... I will keep you updating on my progress but for now, I think mastering that will be my hardest task. Check back soon!


THIS JUST IN...EXTRA EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT....Monica has finally got the swim stroke down! YES people! That's right! I finally got the swim stroke down this week. I thought I had it before but I was sadly mistaken. This week I had a break through! Now once, I get the breathing down...I think I will be set! Although this was a tremendous feat for me, it is not the only thing that I accomplished this week. This week I finally ran my first 6.5 miles! WAIT...did you hear me???!!! I said I FINALLY RAN MY FIRST 6.5 MILES!!! WOOO HOOOOOO!!!!!! This Saturday's bike GTS went for an hour and 30 minutes. We went up and down the harlem hill a total of 6 times! For those of you who are not familar with Central Park...Harlem hill is SUPER STEEP. There was a time where I thought this kind of physically challenging activity would not be possible for me to do. I think I am on my way folks! I think I am on my way folks! Keep the support going and keep checking in. ...only 10 more weeks to go til race day!


Hi Everyone! Okay so I know that I haven't updated in a while but I wanted to keep you abreast of my progress. I officially have 3 weeks left until race day!! Whew! How time flys! Here are some significant things that have happened in the past few weeks...

  • First open water swim at Coney Island : Well, I panicked on this training. The whole green murky water thing didn't sit too well with me and I turned into a scattered swimming mess! lol The good news is that I still have time to practice in open water and make it count.
  • Timed 1-mile practice swim: This was a good day! It definitely gave me the confidence I needed. I had the stamina to complete the run. I was relaxed and consistent! Unforunately session time ran out and I had one more lap to go to complete the mile. My time was at 48 minutes! Let me point out that there was a time when I could not complete a full lap without stopping! lol
  • I'm completing the 6 mile runs with energy to spare. This is MAJOR for me. Now its time to work on my speed.

Ok so next week I plan on biking the actual race course. I will let you know how it goes. Race day is just around the corner! Stay tuned for the progress update. Thanks to all who have supported thus far. It means SO much to me!


It is September 24th... the day before the best day on earth (MY BIRTHDAY wooo hoooo) lol! However, more importantly, race day is on SUNDAY people! I never thought that this day would come so soon. It seems like just yesterday I started telling people that I, Monica Gonzalez, was going to run a triathlon and received stares of disbelief. Well the event is just days away and I feel as prepared as I'll ever be. I didn't get a chance to preview the bike course l, but I hear that its hilly! (YIKES) All the training I've done has physically prepared me for this moment so the only thing left is to prepare myself mentally. To do that...I have started to create my "amped up" playlist. These are songs that I will listen to from now until race day, that will motivate me to keep going through my pain of my run after I've swam almost a mile and biked for 25 miles! If you don't know by now Ipods/headphones are not allowed during the race so these songs will have to resound in my head. I am confident that it will work. WISH ME LUCK!

I can not express how grateful I am for all of my friends and family who have helped me through this challenging time. It is truly remarkable the support I have been given from not only my friends and family, but from co-workers and even strangers that stand up and lend support to this cause. The generosity that I have seen from each and everyone of you still amazes me. My only hope is that I make you all proud on race day and that one day I can lend support for something that you feel as passionate about. I never realized how many peoples' lives are affected by blood cancers, and moreso people that I am actually in contact with every day. This definitely was an eye-opening experience for me and I know the funds we have raised together will make a difference in someone's life. THANK YOU ALL!


Supporter Comments

    "Good luck Monica! I wanna see weekly posts on here about your progress :) "

    Heather DiRubba

    Thu May 07 05:21:11 EDT 2009

    "Hate that I can't be there for the walk! Good luck to all the angels walking for Phil! I'll be there in spirit! Phil is a rockstar and with all the support of his family and friends he will make it through this stronger than ever! ❤️"

    Monica Gonzalez

    Thu Sep 29 10:15:04 EDT 2016

    "Our prayers are with you. "

    Monica Gonzalez

    Sat Oct 01 08:05:34 EDT 2016

    "Thankful for you and your friendship."

    Vivian Cotte

    Thu Nov 17 12:01:29 EST 2016

    "God Bless "

    Beatrice & Sergio Gonzalez

    Wed Feb 08 07:02:19 EST 2017

    "Nadia Congrats on making your goal "

    Beatrice & Sergio Gonzalez

    Thu Feb 09 12:24:29 EST 2017

    "Matching Funds"

    Christine Gomez

    Sun Feb 26 03:49:27 EST 2017

    "Thank you for helping to fund a cure for blood cancers!"

    Anna Dsenis

    Wed Mar 29 02:24:39 EDT 2017

    "Russ - Good Luck & not sure which race you're doing but if it's Santa Rosa, I'll see you there! GO TEAM!!"

    Christine Gomez

    Mon Apr 10 02:03:01 EDT 2017

    "Very Proud of you. Your efforts to help this cause are honorable and tell us just how wonderful you are. "

    Anna Dsenis

    Tue Apr 11 11:25:20 EDT 2017

    "Good luck Morgan this is great work you are doing! "

    Anna Dsenis

    Thu Apr 20 11:57:56 EDT 2017

    "Good luck with the great work that you do! Donation requested by Morgan."

    Anna Dsenis

    Fri Apr 21 01:05:14 EDT 2017

    "I am very proud of you Morgan. This is a great cause and I really appreciate your effort and drive. Keep working towards changing the world! - Samantha"

    Anna Dsenis

    Fri Apr 21 06:51:32 EDT 2017

    "The Jason family is very happy to see you involved in such a great campaign and wishes you the good luck in your fundraising. "

    Anna Dsenis

    Tue May 02 11:18:08 EDT 2017

    "Very proud of you Morgan, Kim and I support you 100%. You have become an awesome, caring young lady and we love you very much. "

    Anna Dsenis

    Sat May 06 06:02:55 EDT 2017

    "In memory of my dad - I miss you!"

    Anna Dsenis

    Thu May 18 09:52:56 EDT 2017

    "So proud of you babe for supporting this great organization and their wonderful work. "

    Anna Dsenis

    Fri May 19 10:17:05 EDT 2017

    "Miss you, Danny! Julianne"

    Thu Jun 01 10:17:51 EDT 2017

    "So proud of your hard work and dedication!"

    Sat Jun 03 04:32:05 EDT 2017

    "Love you sista! I wish we had more to donate ): "

    Thu Jun 08 04:27:22 EDT 2017

    "Love you Shurrice! So proud of you!"

    Sat Jun 10 06:19:10 EDT 2017

    "Thanks for being such a great friend. Good Luck! "

    Thu Jun 29 07:06:19 EDT 2017

    "Thank you for giving your time to a worthy cause and may our fathers sipirt be with you the day of your race !!"

    Sat Jul 01 11:35:33 EDT 2017

    "Keep up the great work Russell"

    Christine Gomez

    Tue Jul 18 08:23:37 EDT 2017

    "Always happy to support the amazing athletes that do amazing things for this incredible organization -- get out there and kill it! GO TEAM :)"

    Christine Gomez

    Mon Jul 24 03:45:38 EDT 2017

    "Good luck and have fun! "

    Christine Gomez

    Mon Jul 24 04:32:24 EDT 2017

    "Can't wait to cheer you on. Go Russell"

    Christine Gomez

    Mon Jul 24 04:37:29 EDT 2017

    "Great cause and good luck on the Triathlon!"

    Maggie Reilly-Brooks

    Fri Aug 14 01:19:51 EDT 2009

    "TNT, Whoo-hoo!"


    Fri Aug 14 09:03:04 EDT 2009

    "Monica, I love u Honey. U got this in the bag. We will be there every step of the way with you."

    Katrina Francis

    Sat Jun 13 02:18:34 EDT 2009

    "Good luck quita! If I'm in town then I will be at the finish line with a juicy burger for you LOL. MWUA! Get it girl!"

    Devin Price

    Mon May 11 08:56:33 EDT 2009

    "Andy, you & Judy are amazing and I hope you have a ride that enriches your lives ... as it does for so many with blood cancers! XXOO, Terry"

    Thu May 25 02:46:20 EDT 2017

    "Good luck with your training, Russ. Looking forward to seeing you out on the Ironman course!"

    Christine Gomez

    Tue May 23 04:44:56 EDT 2017

    "Great cause and challenging race! Best of luck, Russ!"

    Christine Gomez

    Fri May 05 03:05:38 EDT 2017

    "Good luck Morgan! "

    Anna Dsenis

    Thu Apr 20 12:58:19 EDT 2017

    "Always inspiring! "

    Christine Gomez

    Thu Apr 06 11:40:25 EDT 2017

    "Good luck! So very proud. Your doing great work to help make a difference. "

    Anna Dsenis

    Tue Apr 04 06:47:56 EDT 2017

    "Good luck"

    Mon Mar 13 10:43:28 EDT 2017

    "Have fun!"

    Vivian Cotte

    Tue Nov 29 08:45:57 EST 2016

    "You go girl! Love you!"

    Vivian Cotte

    Fri Nov 04 07:02:17 EDT 2016

    "So proud of you, sistah! I hope to see you again soon!"

    Vivian Cotte

    Fri Nov 04 04:50:23 EDT 2016

    "Good Luck from Last Man Standing 2nd Place Winner"

    Vivian Cotte

    Mon Oct 31 11:42:25 EDT 2016

    "I appreciate your tenacity in a cause very dear to my heart. I thought what the hell I give you the first donation. A ten for TENacity."

    Vivian Cotte

    Mon Oct 31 09:57:45 EDT 2016

    "My dear sister Amy has been fighting leukemia for 14 years. Thank you for going out and doing this fund raiser. "

    Sat Oct 15 05:16:31 EDT 2016

    "I love you!"

    Sat Oct 15 01:27:40 EDT 2016

    "Have a great walk"

    Sat Oct 15 07:58:11 EDT 2016

    "Stacy, I wish I was there to walk with you. You will beat this! All my love, Mom"

    Wed Oct 12 04:21:28 EDT 2016

    "Facing this challenge in your life is not easy. One way is to remain in good spirits and eager to win this battle. Being surrounded by loving family and friends who are praying, and full of encouragement for your quick recovery...and home again soon"

    Monica Gonzalez

    Wed Oct 05 01:16:53 EDT 2016

    "Fight On Phil!"

    Monica Gonzalez

    Wed Oct 05 10:23:22 EDT 2016

    "Go, Team Phil, GO!! "

    Monica Gonzalez

    Thu Sep 29 09:10:36 EDT 2016

    "Fight on Phil! Prayers for you and your family"

    Monica Gonzalez

    Tue Sep 27 07:13:41 EDT 2016

    "Praying for the family. Good luck with the walk. Wish we could be there"

    Monica Gonzalez

    Tue Sep 27 04:34:49 EDT 2016

    "Good Luck!"


    Wed Sep 02 11:04:07 EDT 2009

    "Push! Push! Push!!!!!"


    Tue Jun 16 03:36:15 EDT 2009

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $4,437.50 | Goal: $3,000.00
148 %

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My Thanks To

AETN $1162.50
Monica Gonzalez $470.00
Beatrice & Sergio Gonzale... $200.00
Jason Pollard $155.00
Monica Gonzalez $115.00
The Friends of AFD Inc $100.00
Philippe Lambert Kahn $100.00
Darla Price $100.00
Lynn Gardner $75.00
Kathleen Williams $75.00
Adlah Donastorg, Jr $50.00
Nicole M Tucker $50.00
Matthew Neary $50.00
Beverly Onwubere $50.00
Brian Carter $50.00
Katrina Francis $50.00
Brooke Dean $50.00
Maurice Gantt $50.00
Gleana Albritton $50.00
Danielle Sanchez $50.00
Nate Darwish $35.00
Kathie Gordon $35.00
Michael Ortiz $25.00
Amy Twum-Barimah $25.00
Jonathan Strickling $25.00
Sonia Gonzalez $25.00
Valarie Gathers-Nicholas $25.00
kristian bradley $25.00
Crystal Young $25.00
Catherine Mirra $25.00
Felicia $25.00
Eileen Fitzpatrick $25.00
Toya Williams $25.00
heather graham $25.00
Anonymous $25.00
Dawn Menzel $25.00
Adeela Collins $25.00
Cishawn $25.00
Tanisha Malcom $25.00
Serena Wills $25.00
Tracey Scott $25.00
Christine Gomez $25.00
Joshua Gross $25.00
Anna Dsenis $25.00
Ingrid LaCourt $25.00
Jaime Holliday $25.00
Kristen Burns $25.00
Eileen Fitzpatrick $25.00
Karen Alters $25.00
Devin Price $25.00
Christopher Bagnall $25.00
Vivian Cotte $25.00
Heather DiRubba $25.00
Nate Darwish $20.00
Diana Serrano $20.00
Kimberly Gilmore $20.00
Matthew Ryan $20.00
Kathleen Williams $20.00
Steven Moore $20.00
Peter Gaffney $20.00
Deloras Gudaitis $15.00
Ashley Gillen $15.00
David Shanks $15.00
Andrea Young $10.00
Brian Sousa $10.00
Nnamdi Osuagwu $10.00
Stephanie Onwubere $5.00
Jasmine Genross-Alexander  
Maggie Reilly-Brooks  
Janine Franciosa