Go Big, Go Vegas and Go Team

Nikki and Parker
Sep 07, 2016 by Heather Collins

I've been posting a lot lately about my team and my running. Today, I want to post about something that happened this weekend at the Rockie's game. My teammate/friend Liz and I stood outside the stadium asking for donations on Labor Day. The fans - even the Giant's ones- were very generous! We raised $144 in about two hours!

There were lots of families at this game! Lots of kids, lots of out of town visitors. Lots of people came and talked to us. One stoic gentleman dropped a donation into the jar and said "my dad died of Leukemia" and kept walking to the game. I was touched. 

At one point, this little girl came over and got some beads for her and for her brother. She ended up sitting with her mom and brother on a bench not far from us. Soon, she came back with one set of beads. Her brother didn't want them! I could hear them chatting and picked up that little bro regretted that decision - so gave the beads back- along with some for mom. Not long after that, I heard a little voice ask, "Mom, what's cancer?" "Well", the mom began, and then gently explained what cancer was. Pretty soon, the little girl came back and silently dropped a $20 into the bucket. We thanked her and then turned to the mom to thank her. "One of my friends died from Leukemia when we were younger", she said. "I was just telling my kids about her. "  Her name was Nikki and I'll be running with her name on my jersey in November. 

We also met Parker. Parker's mom saw our sign and, as they passed, asked if this was a childhood cancer organization. We explained who we were with and then said something nice and then turned to go into the stadium. Soon after, they came back. "I like to give to organizations that support childhood cancers", she said. "Parker has leukemia- he's in remission" Que a big smile and a cute little dance from Parker! We beaded him up, gave him high fives and watched as he put the beads on his hat and danced some more. Seeing them walk togehter, as a family, into the stadium was priceless! This is why I run for LLS - and why I raise for them - to help make more moments like this possible. 

 

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I ran with Captain AmErika last weekend!
Aug 26, 2016 by Heather Collins

It's most definitely time for me to post on this blog again! I can't believe my last post was in May. Life has been a whirlwind since then. Training for the marathon is heading into full gear and I'm approaching consistintly running 20 miles on average. Wow...at least that means I'll get to buy cool new shoes soon'ish! We've been running speedwork at track for about a month now too. This is happening! 

Last weekend was my longest run since the Denver Rock n Roll last October. After the long run we had breakfast with our team Hero Erika - who ran with us, too. Hearing her story brought home the importance of funding cancer research and providing support to patients and their families. And,after we talked, Erika, I thought a lot about the importance of finding your inner superhero when times get rough!

Read Erika's story here https://www.facebook.com/TeamInTrainingRM/posts/10157319328270305 

I'm glad to have met you Erika - now you'll need to help me work on my superhero pose because it looks like I'm about to try to give someone a knuckle sandwich. 

On Saturday mornings the group does long runs, on Wednesday it's track and on many Thursday evenings I go to my local run club. Here I am being goofy at run club! See...I'm still smiling. Miles are increasing, but I'm still smiling! 

 

This is a shot from after track this week. I did a mile warm up, 2x2400's with an 800m recovery and then a mile cooldown. I also logged my fastest 1 mile pace ever! Yippee! 

...but I'm tired....and hungry...and rungry...and short ^

I hope you read Erika's story and were inspired by it. I am more than honored to be supporting our team Hero and fundraising to fight blood cancers. If you want to help, donate here on my page or come to one of our events.I'm about $2000 away from my goal and could really use your help and support! 

If contributing is out of reach - just share this and help get the word out. Every time I feel like giving up and get tired and don't want to head out the door on the run I realize remember the mission of the LLS and what we're doing. I remember stories about how they have supported research projects that developed new treatments and improved the lives of patients fighting blood cancer. Then...it's not so hard to  lace up, run and ask you all for money, too! 

I could cut/paste a list of where your money goes...and I'll do that soon in a post...but I think says more than words on a page ever could. Watch the video below...

 

https://youtu.be/IcrbDYEJbRg

 

Together, we can make someday today. 

 

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Mom's on the Mind
May 07, 2016 by Heather Collins

Like many of you, I have mom's on the mind right now. Of course we do - it's Mother's Day weekend! Also, for me, it's becuse my mother in law passed away last weekend after a long battle with Alzheimer's. I say battle, but it wasn't really...Alzheimer's wears you down and takes away your ability to fight... Saying it was a struggle would be more apt. 

This picture is of the two of us just this past February. She's the one giving the camera the stink-eye look! Louise is the woman on her right. If I remember correctly she's almost 100! She sometimes liked to hold my hand. Although on this visit she really just slept a lot. 

Here she is with her grand-dog Timmy (Who just happens to be a 5 year Osteosarcoma survivor - even though he had to loose a leg to get there!) 

I'm thinking a lot about my momma, too, this weekend. This picture was taken on my birthday this year - which also happened to be the day I completed my first race with Team in Training! 

My heart is just full of love and admiration for my momma this weekend - and for all of the surrogate moms in my life! I love you all! And, I am just amazed by my friends, family members, teammates, and coworkers who raise kids and head up families. 

So...to get to the point of this post. This year, in addition to running in memory of my Gma Ham and Dave's grandma Pearl Best, I am also running in honor of the mom of one of my friends. She is fighting multiple myeloma. Really fighting. We've met once...but I think of her often. If she can endure her treatments, I can run when I don't feel like it  and I can put myself out there to fundraise! Her daughter - also a strong momma and TNT alum - is also an inspiration! You guys rock! Everyday will be mother's day in your honor as I get ready for this next race! 

 

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The Grandmother Season
Mar 20, 2016 by Heather Collins

Last Fall season, I ran for my step-grandmother Margaret Cunningham. Toward the end of the season, I found out that my husbands grandmother, Pearl Best, also died of blood cancer! This year, I'll be running in her memory, too. I don't know much about her...yet! Stay tuned. 

 

In lieu of a picture - check out this link  How many people can say there is a butte in their home state named after their relatives! 

 

In other news...I've decided to train for the FULL marathon. I still don't believe I'm saying that...but it's true. I am. We'll talk about this later. 

 

If you're wanting to donate - maybe donate a dollar per mile that I run! Show me you think I can do this! I'm not convinced yet ;) 

 

Pictures to follow in next post! 

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Go Big, Go Vegas and Go Team!
Mar 12, 2016

WELCOME TO MY TEAM IN TRAINING (TNT) HOME PAGE!

 

 

I'm at it again, runnin' for a good cause with great people for an amazing organization. Did you know that Team in Training was voted the Best Charity Training Program in 2015 by Competitor Magazine? I'm honored to be part of the Team again this year.  

 

I branded my last fundraising effort  my "Be Brave" campaign. I challenged myself to be social, to do things I'd never done or was afraid to try.  I made friends, met heroes, ran faster than I ever thought possible, and, most importantly, helped raise funds that raise awareness of and support blood cancer researchers, patients and their families. My step-dad and I ran the race together in memory of his mom, Margaret who died of blood cancer. 

 

This year, my motto is "Go Big and Go Vegas"! I have a higher fundraising goal, I'm contemplating going for the full marathon instead of the half and I'm fighting bigger personal battles during the training and race season. All of this pales in comparison to the struggles blood cancer patients, their families and researchers go through on a daily basis. Let's all be a team help and help fight this battle together! 

 

It takes more than one person to make up a team and that’s why I’m asking you to donate to my TNT fundraising page for TNT! By participating as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) TNT, I am raising funds to help find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

 

Your  gift will help fund treatments that save lives every day; like immunotherapies that use a person’s own immune system to kill cancer. You may not know it, but every single donation helps save a life with breakthrough therapies such as these. Patients need these cures and they need your support.

 

Please make a gift in support of my efforts with Team In Training and help get us all closer to a world without blood cancers.

 

Thank you!

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Supporter Comments

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    "I just want to honor my mom--thankfully we've not been through cancer though she's had her own share of medical issues. I'm grateful that she's relatively healthy and still here, and I'm grateful for people like you, Heather, who work to help other moms facing cancer have a cure."
     

    Liz vonRentzell

    Sat May 07 04:51:24 EDT 2016

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    "Go, Heather, Go! "
     

    Braelin Pantel

    Sat Jul 02 08:31:21 EDT 2016

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    "Happy Birthday Heather! You are an amazing person and runner. Eric and I wish you a fantastic race and hope this helps in reaching your goals. Looking forward to seeing you soon. Much Love! :) <3"
     

    Heather Alvarado

    Wed Oct 19 12:18:34 EDT 2016

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    "Thanks for all you're doing Heather. WOOT WOOT. Keep inspiring and running. "
     

    Mara Connolly

    Wed Oct 19 12:53:45 EDT 2016

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    "Go for it&#128526;"
     

    Alex Komodore

    Fri Nov 11 02:51:40 EST 2016

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    "Go Heather!!! "
     

    Josh & Katia Lutz

    Wed Oct 26 12:53:12 EDT 2016

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    "You are awesome!"
     

    Jennifer Cunningham

    Wed Oct 26 12:27:37 EDT 2016

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    "Good luck with the run! Love ya! "
     

    Momma

    Wed Oct 26 10:58:26 EDT 2016

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    "Happy Birthday to my most favorite pace car, um, I mean runner! Can't wait for Vegas!"
     

    Kathi Smith

    Tue Oct 18 10:59:00 EDT 2016

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    "Go Heather and team!"
     

    The Price Family

    Wed Sep 07 11:01:24 EDT 2016

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    "Run Heather, run!"
     

    Karen Windness

    Tue Sep 06 10:59:04 EDT 2016

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    "I know it's not much. But I know how hard it is to raise money for something you believe in. Praying you reach your goal. Thank you for doing this. "
     

    Amanda Arjona

    Mon Jul 11 09:11:01 EDT 2016

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    "You go girl!! I'm proud to know you."
     

    Jude Brundage

    Wed May 11 06:19:33 EDT 2016

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    "Keep running!"
     

    Karen & Butch Hand

    Wed Oct 26 05:16:35 EDT 2016

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In Honor of

Jean Erter and in Memory of Gma Ham & Pearl Best

My Thanks To

Alex Komodore  
DAN & SHIRLEY  
Karen & Butch Hand  
Elizabeth Glesner  
Josh & Katia Lutz  
Jennifer Cunningham  
Momma  
Miranda Z  
Mara Connolly  
Heather Alvarado  
Kathi Smith  
Beads  
Michelle Holmberg  
Nicole Bauer  
The Price Family  
Karen Windness  
Beads/Gear  
Amanda Arjona  
Braelin Pantel  
Jude Brundage  
Liz vonRentzell