Jody & Brian's fight against Cancer

Jody & Brian's fight against Cancer
Nov 11, 2009 by Brian Merrill

This year I got Brian to join me in my quest against cancer and together we are going to swim, bike and run our way to the big island of Hawaii and compete together at the Lavaman Olympic triathlon on March 28th.

We are training together to raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Having both lost our mothers to cancer this is a cause very near and dear to us. We wish our journey with cancer could have ended there but we have lost many since. Week two of training we had a friend diagnosed with Lymphoma which makes it all that much easier to get into the pool in the cold (we will be swimming in the ocean in January BRRRR), on the bikes when its rainy and windy and out running on the weekends. (Okay maybe it isnt that bad here in sunny San Diego, but it has been known to rain once every 163 days or so!!!) We know what cancer patients and what their families go through during this process and hope that with our training and your generous donations that it will make that journey for those diagnosed a bit easier.

Over the years you have all helped me to raise a TON of money and I am truly thankful. You are making a difference in so many peoples lives. Lives that you may know already, lives of those that will be diagnosed in the future and lives of thousands that you will never meet.

This year we are hoping to raise $10,000 between the both of us. The world may be in a recession but cancer didn’t seem to get that memo. Please consider donating to this cause!

If you are planning on doing some online shopping this season you can go through our fundraising portal at

and different stores automatically donate a certain percentage directly to our website!

You can also read about our athletic endeavors on our blog:

And yes, we realize how super cool we look in this picture!


Supporter Comments

    "Good luck guys!"

    Chris Oklota and Christina Theodore-Oklota

    Tue Dec 08 11:38:19 EST 2009

    "GO JODS & BRI!!! So impressed by you guys. I'll cheer you on from my comfy chair in snowy NH! xoxo! love you both! A, A, & A"

    Aimee & Andy Valeras

    Tue Dec 08 01:34:57 EST 2009

    "Good luck guys, we are so impressed with your dedication to this cause. It will help make a difference. "

    Liz & Jeff Campbell

    Mon Mar 15 07:59:55 EDT 2010

    "We love you, Jody!"

    Annette Koren, Harmon and Abe Jordan

    Sun Mar 21 11:56:37 EDT 2010

    "We want you two to share this donation and play nice during the race. Sorry to be so late this year. Wish you both good luck and success. We're so very proud of you both. Uncle Peter and Auntie Elaine"

    Aunt Elaine and Uncle Peter

    Wed Mar 17 08:58:35 EDT 2010

    "Good luck to both of you, we are so proud of you!!!!"

    Carol & Dave Buonomo

    Tue Mar 02 09:26:35 EST 2010

    "You two are amazing! We truly admire both of you for what you are doing. Best of Luck in March . Go Merrill's ! Kathy and Billy Carideo"

    Kathy and Bill Carideo

    Sun Feb 14 11:00:45 EST 2010

    "Im so proud of you both! What an amazing thing you are doing! Know that you both are making a difference!! Good luck and just be glad your not training in boston! "

    Katherine French

    Mon Feb 01 10:34:56 EST 2010

    "You both are an of luck in your training!"

    Pete, Ally, Tyler & Devin

    Mon Jan 25 08:29:33 EST 2010

    "Thank you for taking this on! As the wife of a survivor (Michael was diagnosed with Stage 3 NHL in 2002), I know how important every dollar raised can be. You guys rock!"

    Liora & Michael Gladstone

    Mon Jan 18 01:49:59 EST 2010

    "Fork it over Merrill! Kidding :) I was in awe of both of you before this, but seriously - being able to give to two worthy causes at once is awesome. Thanks guys!"

    Cristin Brown

    Mon Jan 18 01:21:09 EST 2010

    "Good luck, guys!"

    Tim Morin

    Thu Jan 14 05:25:31 EST 2010

    "Good Luck Bri and Jody, it's a great cause, my wife also lost her daughter to cancer... Make sure you post lots of pictures"

    Mark & Deb Flanagan

    Thu Dec 31 05:52:10 EST 2009

    "Good luck with your triathlon!"

    The Fullers

    Thu Dec 31 05:01:18 EST 2009

    "Best wishes and Good bless you both. Love, Aunt Dotty & Uncle Henry"

    Dorothy Buonomo

    Thu Dec 31 01:21:53 EST 2009

    "Keep on truckin', you wild and crazy kids!! Bravehearts, both. Love, Jan"

    Janis & Bob Wheeler

    Thu Dec 31 10:07:48 EST 2009

    "go brian kick but! We are rooting for you! p & P"

    paula Demeo

    Wed Dec 30 10:08:29 EST 2009

    "Thanks for your efforts and dedication to a cause close to your hearts!!! Have a great trip!!!"

    Lisa & Randy Flanagan

    Wed Dec 30 07:54:34 EST 2009

    "I know the two of you will have a blast."

    Nick von Gymnich

    Wed Dec 30 05:04:55 EST 2009

    "You guys are amazing! Good luck with training."

    Kate Selfridge

    Wed Dec 30 04:22:56 EST 2009

    "Great work kids - let's have a beer soon and un-do some of that training. Go team!"

    Katie, Marcus, Rocky

    Wed Dec 30 03:33:29 EST 2009

    "Good luck guys!"

    Brian & Kara Losier

    Wed Dec 16 08:37:45 EST 2009

    "You are both amazing!"

    Karen Frank

    Wed Dec 09 11:30:10 EST 2009

    "I admire your devotion"

    joe stanislaw

    Tue Dec 08 05:33:48 EST 2009

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $6,115.00 | Goal: $5,500.00
111 %

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In Honor of

Betty Lou, Joan, Connie, Roberta, & Keri

My Thanks To

albert buonomo $500.00
Chris Oklota and Christin... $500.00
jason hartman $250.00
Aunt Elaine and Uncle Pet... $200.00
Liz & Jeff Campbell $100.00
carol breen $100.00
Scott McKee $100.00
Gig Moineau $100.00
James Kelley $100.00
Mack Brothers $100.00
Ann Chang $100.00
nancy fulginite $100.00
Janice Byrnes $100.00
The Fullers $100.00
Keith Watson $100.00
Rhonda Merrill $100.00
Janis & Bob Wheeler $100.00
Carol Centrella $100.00
paula Demeo $100.00
Karen Brennan $100.00
Maida Kelly $100.00
Julie Stanton $100.00
Katie, Marcus, Rocky $100.00
joe stanislaw $100.00
Pete, Ally, Tyler & Devin $75.00
Jill Fulginite $75.00
nathan wenig $75.00
Elaine Amara $50.00
James Johnston Jr. $50.00
Annette Koren, Harmon and... $50.00
Terry and Coleen Hines $50.00
Rick & Kristyn Burke $50.00
Carol & Dave Buonomo $50.00
Kathy and Bill Carideo $50.00
Joseph Mulone $50.00
Katherine French $50.00
Shaun Webb $50.00
Jason Adler $50.00
The Heath Family $50.00
Shannon Kerr $50.00
Deb & Keith Figlioli $50.00
Liora & Michael Gladstone $50.00
Cristin Brown $50.00
Jennifer Malenchini $50.00
Haley Byrnes $50.00
Joanne Doherty $50.00
Dorothy Buonomo $50.00
Andy & Paula Bertolino $50.00
Dorothea Pappas $50.00
Keri Bertolino $50.00
Tim Mahoney $50.00
Brian & Kara Losier $50.00
vanessa gormley $40.00
Erin Buonomo $30.00
Emily Emanuel $25.00
Jennifer Davis $25.00
Therese Conti $25.00
Jennie Bernat $25.00
Joyce Hock $25.00
Susan Ceurvels $25.00
Liza Dietrich $25.00
Tim Morin $25.00
Mark & Deb Flanagan $25.00
Lindsay & Mike Cannone $25.00
Traci Okula $25.00
Lisa & Randy Flanagan $25.00
Nick von Gymnich $25.00
don&jan lee $25.00
Kate Selfridge $25.00
Jessica Gould $25.00
Karen Frank $25.00
Courtney & Sean de Lacy $25.00
Dannielle Kissane  
Carol & Paul Winters  
Aimee & Andy Valeras