My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
Oct 02, 2009 by Alyssa Rashbaum

You'll Never Know if You Don't Tri

Just four months ago, something amazing happened. On an average run through Central Park, someone called me a hero. That's strange, I thought, but then, New York is full of crazy people. I kept running. A few moments later it hit me - I'm wearing a Team In Training shirt, and the people who wear these purple tees are indeed heroes, logging miles and miles over months and months to raise funds for blood cancer research.

So four months into my new job at Team In Training, I'm ready to live up to the title that stranger gave me, by doing my first fundraising event, the Wildflower Triathlon. I'll be racing in honor of my brother, Jeremy, who is a Hodgkins disease survivor, and one of the strongest people I know.

In Jeremy's own words:

"I was diagnosed with Hodgkins disease in October 2001, a month before my 23rd birthday. It was scary but with the support of my incredible family and friends, and the amazing doctors and nurses at Weill Cornell Hospital, I continued to live a pretty normal life even while I was sick. I refused to let Cancer change who I was or keep me from doing the things I enjoyed. My hope is that we continue to commit the necessary resources to improve treatments and ultimately find a cure for all types of Cancer."

I've set a lofty goal: $10,000, more than double the fundraising minimum for this event. But hey, Team In Training and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society have set a pretty lofty goal too: finding a cure not for just blood cancers, but all cancers.

I've also set a lofty event goal: swimming, biking (some sort of awful hill called "Nasty Grade" is involved), and running! All in one day!

And I'll keep you updated on my progress at my training blog:

So why donate? There are a lot of reasons, but for now, I want to mention two of the aspects of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society that I think makes this organization so special:

Patient Financial Aid:

Imagine you're a patient being treated for cancer. Treatment itself isn't cheap, but on top of that, you now have to get yourself to and from the hospital for regular treatments -that's something insurance just doesn't cover. Patient Financial Aid is there to ease the burden by helping defray some of those transportation costs, as well as costs associated with chemo, medications, radiation therapy and blood and bone marrow lab tests.

Funding Research Grants:

In 2008 alone, LLS funded 129 research grants. In recent years, grants have helped researchers develop drugs like Gleevec, which has been shown to normalize blood cell counts in nearly all patients with CML. An oral drug with dramatically decreased side effects, Gleevec is enabling patients with CML to live more normal lives.

In addition to training updates, I'll also be giving more details on how your money is being used by LLS, as well as stories about other honored teammates.

Thank you in advance for taking this journey with me.


Supporter Comments

    "Good luck Alyssa! Sorry I can't make it to your fundraising event, but have a great time! Looking forward to seeing you again soon. -Yael"

    Yael Maxwell

    Wed Apr 07 10:24:42 EDT 2010

    "Thank you so much for doing this. Can we cheer you on?"

    Marcia and Steven Resnick

    Tue Jan 19 11:55:07 EST 2010

    "Alyssa- run like an antelope.... out of control! we're so proud of you and your awesome ambition!! "

    Hayley and Brian Levenson

    Mon Jan 04 08:21:45 EST 2010

    "Swim 'til your lungs burn, ride 'til your legs ache and run 'til your heart pounds thru your chest. Your effort will help stamp out this dread disease."

    Ned & Janet Fox

    Tue Dec 29 04:59:45 EST 2009

    "Alyssa, you give new meaning to the phrase "Doing well while doing good." You are an inspiration to us all, and we are very proud. But don't be afraid to bike in the cold! Love, Dad, Liz, Jamie, Sam and Lucy"

    Ken and Liz Rashbaum

    Wed Dec 23 11:28:50 EST 2009

    "Alyssa, We are so proud of your many accomplishments! Your energy, sense of purpose and dedication to this cause is admirable. We love you!!"

    Vicki & George Klein

    Thu Nov 26 12:20:00 EST 2009

    "Best of luck training and competing Alyssa! I'm so proud of you. "

    Kathryn Ages

    Tue Nov 24 12:20:19 EST 2009

    "kick ass alyss!!!"

    Dana & Ben Katz

    Wed Apr 07 04:59:47 EDT 2010

    "You are a rockstar! "

    Adam Wexler

    Mon Apr 05 02:39:06 EDT 2010

    "Good Job, kick some ass!"

    Gil Amado - Kick Ass Alyssa

    Fri Apr 02 02:26:37 EDT 2010

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $5,682.00 | Goal: $10,000.00
57 %

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My Thanks To

Fundraiser at Van Diemens $610.00
MIke Klatsky $250.00
George Klein $250.00
Marcia and Steven Resnick $250.00
The Ages Family $250.00
Ken and Liz Rashbaum $250.00
Jeremy Klein $250.00
Vicki & George Klein $250.00
Elizabeth Urda $100.00
Eric Holt $100.00
Adam Koch $100.00
Dave Klatsky $100.00
David and Hillary Sherman $100.00
Renee Gruenwald $100.00
Andrew Goldman $100.00
Andrew Roth $100.00
Ned & Janet Fox $100.00
Claire Kaplan $100.00
Felix Lurye $100.00
Cam Hope $88.00
Gregory Cogan $50.00
Matthew Mezvinsky $50.00
Steve Friedman $50.00
Max and Em $50.00
Abbe Haber $50.00
Laura Malick $50.00
John Moore $50.00
Marlo Kravetsky $50.00
Lisa Miller $50.00
Sari Schwarz $50.00
Brooke Shatles $50.00
Lisa Rashbaum-Stoloff $50.00
Jamie Silver $50.00
Jill Gianacoplos $50.00
Maya Peleg $50.00
Gil Amado - Kick Ass Alys... $37.00
Hayley and Brian Levenson $36.00
Karim & Krista Demirdache $35.00
Caren Lerner $25.00
Pfizer $25.00
Paul Lucas $25.00
David Lechner $25.00
Dana & Ben Katz $25.00
Yael Maxwell $25.00
Alison & David $25.00
Evaleen Minez $25.00
Anne B. $25.00
Toby Osofsky $25.00
Emily Lauffer $25.00
Alyson Shiffrin $25.00
Naomi Calla $25.00
Amy Sarno $25.00
Jessie Rubin $25.00
Asch Harwood $25.00
Steve Feldman $18.00
Lauren Passmore $10.00
Laura Chenoweth  
Lee & J.J. Helland  
Mike de la Merced  
Adam Wexler  
Brendan Cody  
Ilana Luft  
The Gagas  
Kathryn Ages