My Fundraising Page
Jan 28, 2009 by Katie Ryan
Racing to Save Lives
Welcome to my Team In Training home page. Scroll down to see the most recent updates!!!
I'm training to participate in the Rock and Roll Marathon in San Diego as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training. All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. 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! Every day I lace up my shoes and as I pause to wonder if I can really do this, I think of our team hero Sharon who is battling Lymphoma after beating breast cancer. I think of my four year old cousin Caleb Schneck who bravely takes his oral chemo medications. I finish tying my shoes and hit the pavement. The work I have ahead of me is quite small in comparison. My part in all this would be insignificant without you, because with your help, we can find a cure for blood cancer.
Please make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance LLS's mission.
I hope you will visit my web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress. If you would like to follow Caleb's amazing progress, you can go to the following link: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/calebschneck
Thanks for your support!
Day 3 of Fundraising Update
I have been inspired, humbled and simply amazed by what has occured in the past three days. People in Maryland whom I have never met have donated in generous amounts to this cause. I am completely overwhelmed by the love and kindness in the world. Every time you turn on the tv or radio or open a newpaper you are bombarded with stories of these tough economic times. Despite that, the love and humanity in this world shines abundantly by the acts of generousity displayed on this page. I cannot find the words to thank each and every one of you enough for what you have donated so far. Thank you for supporting Caleb, Sharon, me, and this incredible cause.
Week Three Update 3/2/09
Well I couldn't be any happier as I write this message, people I have yet to meet who know Caleb and his amazing family continue to donate to this cause. When people ask me what keeps me motivated on my long runs, the answer is simple. I think of all the people who have donated to this cause in support of finding a cure for blood cancers, in support of Caleb, Sharon, and in support of my efforts to make it across that finish line in San Diego! I may not know all of your faces but I think of your names as I run. Speaking of running , it has been gorgeous training weather here in Colorado. This Saturday my assistant coach graciously covered our volleyball practice for me so I could run with the team. I told my volleyball players I ran during their entire practice, the couldn't believe it! What a treat it was to run with other people who are dedicated to this cause. The hour and fifteen minutes went by surprisingly fast as I ran with my teammates and got to know them. We ran down a gorgeous path and when the going got tough in those last ten minutes I had all of you to thank for my inspriation to keep moving. Have a great week everyone!
Week Four Update 3/9/09
Hello again from unseasonably sunny Colorado! Yesterday it was 65 degrees here! That may not sound warm to all of you but here in Colorado that is shorts and t-shirt weather!Thank you again to all who have donated so far, I am 61% of the way there! Incredible! I continue to feel so inspired, humbled and blessed by all of the support. I have big news to share, I am going to visit Caleb and his famiy for spring break! I just bought the ticket and can't wait to see everyone! Melanie (Caleb's mom) emailed me and said that Caleb keeps talking about what he is going to do when Katie gets here! I am so excited to see him! I am looking foward to his brothers riding their bikes with me while I go on my training runs. Running at sea level and some entertaining kids to come along with me, what a treat! This Saturday I woke up at 7am and checked the weather for the team run, the forecast was 23 degrees with a 40 percent chance of snow..(but wait didn't I say earlier that Sunday it was 65 degrees, this is Colorado people, if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes!) needless to say I wasn't very excited about the cold. I bundled up and headed to Wash Park to meet the team. I met more new friends to run with and my coaches checked to make sure I am doing everything right to take care of the swelling that has started in my knee. We ran for one hour and forty five minutes!!!! I am so glad I was running with other people, on my own I would have been done after an hour. When it got tough as it usually does in the those final ten minutes I thought of Caleb and his treatments and if he can endure a spinal tap, I can do ten more minutes! I made it and surprisingly enough my knee feels pretty good today. I'll see how it does after today's run and a yoga class! Thanks again for all your donations and support! I will post new pictures of Caleb and I soon! Maryland here I come!