THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!
Apr 20, 2011 by Jessica Stevens
To each and everyone of you who have contributed to my fundraising, you have blessed me byond measure!
To each and everyone of you who have prayed for me, you are my saving grace during those long runs on Saturdays! Don't stop, please!
So, now that I have hit just the fundraising 'minimum' I will continue to raise money for LLS! Why? Because it still matters to me to have as much money raised as I can during this season for blood related cancer research. Also, now 100% of any and all money I raise goes straight to LLS!!! How awesome is that? I LOVE IT!
Again, thank you all so much for your support. I don't know that I could truley express how much it means to me that you have supported me in so many ways. I know many of you gave out of your extermly tight budgets, thank you!
Now, a special 'shout out' if you will. To my anonymous donnor, YOU SO TOTALLY ROCK! And it's killing me to not know who you are, if you will, I'd love to know. Email me, leave a comment, come see me? Anything!
Love and hugs to each and every one of you!
Apr 15, 2011 by Jessica Stevens
Last Saturday was our 'train run'.
We left the house at 5am, drove to the Solana Beach Amtrack Station & met up with our Team. A quick train ride up to Oceanside Amtrack Station & it was time to get ready for our 14 mile run down the coast.
IT WAS AWESOME!
I love Team, my Soul Sister is great motivation to continue going & having my husband and kiddos doing a water stop was priceless!
IT WAS AWESOME!
Thank you for your prayers & continued support. I'm touched by so many that have given out of what little they have.
Tomorrow is 16 miles!
a good 12 miles
Apr 06, 2011 by Jessica Stevens
Last Saturday we had our 12 mile run.
It went very well.
I'm so thankful for all the volunteers out there providing water stops for us.
In thinking of those out early (willingly) on a Saturday morning, simply to serve us water, salty snacks & cheer us on makes me think. Think about what it takes to help find a cure for blood cancer(s)...
- Team In Training Campaign Manager & Coach who in turn need to find...
- Mentors for each season who can assist those who are...
- New or Alumni participants in training & fundraising with Team In Training & LLS who...
- Will be contacting every one on their email, facebook, work lists, etc to raise funds.
Also involved in this...
- Those volunteers out serving us at our "Water Stops"
- Office staff for Team In Training who process all our funds amongst so much more to keep our Managers, Coaches & Mentors encouraged and working hard!
- Countless hours to coordinate our training days/times, emails every week to our team to keep us going, finding water stop volunteers, mixing gatorade, getting ice water, pretzels, gu/gel, and the list goes on...
When I began writing this my head was spinning with how much and how many it must take to keep us all going. Still can't wrap my head around it all. There is so much.
So, I'll continue my training & fundraising. That's my part in all of this & I'm thankful to have the health and support of my husband to be able to do this!
25 Years Ago TODAY
Mar 30, 2011 by Jessica Stevens
A few facts to share about 25 years ago TODAY...
- I was an 11 year old little girl & was about to grow-up, very quickly!
- I had the best Daddy in the world. In. The. World!!
- It was Easter morning, a time to celebrate my Heavenly Father.
- I was tired, because sleeping on a small coffee table in a Family Waiting Area, isn't comfortable, for anyone!
- I was surrounded by family & loving friends.
- My Daddy had been in an 11 month battle with Leukemia.
- I cherished the hugs from my Aunt Alice & Grandma Guin.
- I was wearing my Daddy's favorite blue sweater. (With pretty pink leggings. It was the '80's!)
- My Daddy was healed, but not on earth.
- My Daddy was called Home & given a new, pain free body.
- It hurt, like nothing I would ever hope for anyone!
So, today I fight again blood cancers the best way I can. To the best of my ability.
I spread the word by being a part of Team In Training. I raise money to help fund reasearch for blood cancers. I will also be attending a meeting tonight, about becoming a mentor for Team In Training. I could be someone to help you sign up, raise funds & awareness for Leukemia & Lymphoma!!
You can join me by donating, or contacting me about being a part of Team In Training.
How will help? How will you make a difference?
I dare you to be a part of my story!
I double dare you, to start writing your own!!
Mar 28, 2011 by Jessica Stevens
On Saturday, we had 11 miles to run. I didn't go, I didn't do it!
Instead, a good friend & I had a brunch for our 4 year olds! Caylee & her best little girlfriend got to celebrate their birthday with a handful of friends. It was fun, all the pink Hello Kitty decor and gifts of course ;-)
So, on Sunday my Soul Sister & I set out on an 11 mile run without Team.
What did that mean to us...
- Maping out our own 11 mile course
- No water-stops/aide stations
- No team chats before we started out
- No "Motivational Moment" before our run
- No coach to remind us to keep our pace, keep our head up & keeping us encouraged
- No one yelling "Go TEAM" as we enter or leave a water-stop
- Not much support :-(
Nikki & I already knew the value of being part of Team In Training, but yesterdays run just reminded us how blessed we are to be a part of such a special organization!