"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." Sir Winston Churchill
Mar 14, 2013 by Alejandro Garcia
My family and I continue to rack up the miles, and have also been working just as hard at raising funds that will support Cancer Research and Patient Services. Unfortnately, every 4 minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer and every 10 minutes someone dies. With that in mind, I hope that you will consider joing our team and help us to reach our goals. You can still make a donation here on my TNT fund raising page, you can collect funds on our behalf at work or from your family and friends, you can spread the word and encourage others to donate, you can contact me to see how you can help, and of course you can participate in the Splash Dash, which is the 5K event that will be taking place at the Lyford Sports Complex on April 13, 2013 at 10:00 am. (you can register for this event at http://www.active.com/running/lyford-tx/splash-dash-5k-2013 )
My kids have continued to inspire me, and I am thankful that they have been able to share this experience with me. Now I ask that you consider joining us, and make this event one that will be fun for everyone that particiates. If you cannot make the event, then please consider sending us the name of a loved one that has been impacted by cancer, and we can run in honor of them. If you can make it, then please make a t-shirt to honor a loved one that has beaten cancer, is batteling cancer, or who has lost their fight against cancer.
You Can Change the World Forever
Feb 22, 2013 by Alejandro Garcia
A memorial or tribute donation is an appropriate way to remember a special person while at the same time helping others. Thoughtful cancer memorial donations and tribute gifts make it possible for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) to continue funding cancer research, as well as patient services. The money raised by my son and I will be utilized to benefit patients that reside in South Texas. We encourage you to give a charitable donation, and hope that you realize that you can really help to change the world, because of people like you, we are even closer to a world without CANCER.
The following are a few stories, and examples of the change that you could create for patients here in South Texas.
Alex is a leukemia survivor and has been in remission since 2011. Alex previously was diagnosised with Lymphoma, and the cure for his cancer was also the cause of his Leukemia. After two years of intensive chemotherapy treatment for lymphoma, five-year-old Alex was officially cancer free. But, a week after his sixth birthday, Alex began experiencing night sweats and bruising. After going to the hospital and undergoing many tests, Alex and his family learned the chemotherapy he received to treat his lymphoma had caused a genetic mutation. Alex had cancer, again. But thanks to innovative research and new treatments, he was able to once again say that he was and is Cancer Free.
Douglas is a malt lymphoma/duodium survivor and has been in remission since 2004.
Douglas' story begins with a cat scan -- the animal variety. The family pet would sit on his stomach and stare at the same spot on his belly for hours. After a routine upper endoscopy to check for reflux, the doctors found something much worse. Douglas had lymphoma. Thanks to his cat's animal instinct and on-going cancer research, Doug is now able to say that he is Cancer Free, and I hope his story encourages you to not ignore your pets "Animal Instinct."
Judie was diagnosed chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) survivor and has benefited fromGleevec, which is a treatment developed by research that was funded by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The day Judie was diagnosed with CML she called a friend who was a medical technologist. Her friend answered Judie's questions and connected her with Dr. Brian Druker. During this time, Judie decided not to have a bone marrow transplant and continued treatment with interferon. Two years passed and Judie found out the interferon was no longer working. After hearing the news she went and saw Dr. Druker -- her name went on the list to start STI571 (Gleevec) in January 1999. Judie was the ninth person to enter the phase I drug study for CML and became part of the effort to change the course of treatment for a once-devastating cancer diagnosis.
These are just a few stories, out of thousands, that demonstrate that Cancer Research is changing the world as we know it. I hope that you can find it within yourself to make a donation today or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out other ways that you can make a difference. We no longer need to fear cancer, yet Cancer should FEAR US, because together we are going to CHANGE the World FOREVER. As mentioned earlier, you can make a donation in honor or memory of a friend or a loved one. Your contribution to commemorate someone who's touched your life helps advance LLS's mission. When making a memorial or tribute donation please make sure to post a message that let your voice be heard. Thank you for taking the time to read my post, and May God Bless you and your loved ones.
Cancer may have started the fight, but TOGETHER WE will finish it.
Feb 22, 2013
Cancer may have started the fight, but TOGETHER WE will finish it.
On February 2, my son Alex and I attended the Team In Training Kickoff which was a lot of fun. While there we were able to meet fellow runners, as well as our coach who will be preparing us for our Marathon on June 2, 2013. In addition, we were able to meet some of our Honored Teammates Al DeLeon who has been in remission for 25 years and is aslo a TNT Mentor, and Sarah a 12 year old who is full of life and happiness, who has recently gone into remission after fighting Leukemia.
Since the Kickoff, Alex and I have been training daily, and we both make time to workout during our lunch breaks, as well as on Saturdays at our team trainings. We have also been preparing for various fundraising events, such as a community garage sale on March 9, 2013 in Harlingen, our first attempt at hosting a 5K run, which is the "Splash Dash" in Lyford, TX on April 20,2013, and even a raffle which first place will be an IPAD and various gift cards. We continue to search for new avenues to raise funds, and continue to need the help of our friends and family to speard the word, as well as to donate to a great cause. As you know, all the funds we raise will go to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Most recently I celebrated my 30th birthday, and it was a great day for my family and I. I truely feel blessed, and know that this year will be a great one. My family and I will be working hard to Fight Cancer on Mile at a time, and hope that you can add to our success by donating and/or participating in one or all of our events. Please don't forget to return to our page, as we hope to keep you up to date with our experience as we prepare for our Marathon and continue to raise funds. Thank you and God Bless.
Dear Friends and Family,
My dad and I recently decided to make a personal commitment to help find a cure for cancer with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). We have joined their exciting training and fundraising program called Team in Training (TNT), and they are training me to run a marathon! In June, we will challenge ourselves to run 26.2 miles at the Rock 'N' Roll Marathon in San Diego!
The mission of TNT and LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. They are making wonderful strides in the survivorship rate for blood cancers by funding over 200 select researchers worldwide. They are developing miracle drugs, such as Gleevec (funded solely by TNT participants). This is a successful alternative to traditional chemotherapy for chronic myelogenous leukemia patients, and it is also being positively tested on many other forms of cancer.
Our goal is to raise $10,000 for LLS! To do this, we need your help! That’s why I am writing, asking you to please contribute towards a great cause, one I believe in and am willing to work very hard to earn your contribution. Our heart, mind, and muscles will help us accomplish the physical goal of completing the marathon, but accomplishing our financial goal cannot be done without financial sponsors.
We are asking for donations of $26, which is one dollar for every mile we run, but that is just a suggestion. Perhaps you are thinking, that you would like to be more generous, and in that case please donate $50, $100, or $500!! However, no matter how large or how small, every little bit helps, and every donation is greatly appreciated. Also, every donation that is at least $5 is a tax write-off. If you are able to support my dad and I in this mission with a financial donation, please donate using a debit or credit card at my online fundraising website:
This is the fastest and easiest way to make a donation. Even if you do not make a donation, we encourage you to visit our website and view our training progress. We update it often with the amount of mileage we ran at practice and how we performed.
If it is more convenient, you may also make a check or money order out to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and mail it to us at:
PO Box 829
Sebastian, TX 78594
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.
For the cure!
Alejandro Javier Garcia
The Power to Be Your Best
My world has changed so much in the last 6 years, but through it all I know that the decisions that I have made have been ones that would benefit others. When I chose to adopt my four boys, I knew that my life would never be the same. However, in doing so I also knew that their lives would also be changed forever. Much like any other parent, I have had to face numerous obstacles as I have tried to raise responsible and caring young men. At this point in my life, I am trying to look for new ways to improve the person/father that I am, and in doing so, I want to show my children that there is much that they can do to make a difference in the world. During the past month, I came across Team in Training, which is a part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and I instantly knew that this was the program for me. Team In Training is an endurance sports training program in which participants train for marathons, century bike rides and triathlons while fundraising to support the mission of the Society's work.
Many of us have been deeply affected by loved ones who have fought or are currently battling some form of cancer. Some of you who are reading this may be waging your own battle against cancer right now. Well, I along with my oldest son Alex have decided to no longer wait for the fight to come to us. We joined in on the efforts to fight cancer one mile at a time. Alex and I will be training to complete the Rock-N-Roll Marathon this Summer on June 2, 2013.
With that said, while we train over the next four months, Alex and I will also be raising funds that will go towards research, advocacy and patient services. Between the two of us, we are hoping to network with you and your family and friends to reach our goal of raising $10,000. However, four months is not a lot of time, and we hope that you will take the time to donate, as well as encourage other to donate (i.e.- family, friends, co-workers, corporations). Our goal will only be possible with your help, so please donate online at our website http://pages.teamintraining.org/sctx/rnr13/TodayIsaGIFT. As you are making you contributions, please continue to visit our website weekly so we can keep you up to date on our training and fundraising progress.
We would not leave a loved one alone to fight Cancer, so we are asking that you join in on this fight, and together we can beat cancer. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or concerns, and thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter, as well as for the donation that you have chosen to make.