Rock N Roll to the Space Needle!

Rock N Roll to the Space Needle!
Jan 25, 2010 by Sheena Caines

You think running a marathon and all this fundraising is tough? Try chemo... or radiation... or a bone marrow transplant. or all of them before your 3rd birthday.


Normally our family and friends participate in either Light the Night or Relay for Life, but this year I decided to up the stakes. I chose the Rock n Roll Marathon in Seattle, on June 26, 2010 (With the RnR 1/2 Marathon in San Diego on June 6 as a training event). Team in Training will be whipping my butt into shape!


I'm running in memory of my nephew CJ, who was diagnosed with Leukemia (myelodysplasia) when he was almost 2 years old. After multiple rounds of chemo and radiation, he received a bone marrow transplant and went into remission. Unfortunately his remission was short-lived and his leukemia came back with a vengeance. In 2002, at the age of 3 1/2, he lost his fight.


Something to think about:

I came across the idea of asking others to give up Starbucks for one week, and put that $ towards saving a life. Us coffee lovers (or tea - you know I love my London Fog!) may find that hard to grasp, but I'm not asking you not to drink coffee, I'm asking for you to not spend $5 on coffee for 2 days. That estimate on the coffee for 2 days is $10.

The simple question is - will you donate $10? (and if you would like to donate more, it's very much appreciated!)


I understand not everyone goes to Starbucks, I'm just trying to put it into perspective (most of us eat out or drink though, so skipping out on 2 value meals or 2 cocktails this month would be more than $10!). And the reality is, for most, it's not a whole lot. I completely understand that asking every person to donate $25/$50/$100 is a lot to ask, and that's why I'm trying to make it easier on the individual perspective, while I sit and ask everyone to get involved. If you aren't able to donate, I just ask that you forward my link to your family and friends. Every donation is one step closer to finding a cure.


Since the day I started training on January 30th, I've gotten so many "Why are you running that far?!," "I don't see why you're trying to fundraise so much," and "26.2 miles? Girl, you're crazy!" statements thrown at me. These words run through my head with every stride I take:


My hair may be sweaty and matted, but at least it won't fall out. I may be drained, but I know my energy will come back. I may be tired, but I know it's not the kind of tired that makes you not want able to face the world. I may be in pain, but it's nothing like the pain of a port-a-cath being surgically inserted into your chest, or a thick needle into your hip. My feet may be swollen from endless miles, but at least I have the strength to stand on them. I may be bruised, dirty and scraped, but I know that I will heal. I may ache, but it isn't to the point where your bones are literally aching. I may not be able to envision the end of my run, but at least there isn't a question mark for my tomorrow. THIS is why I run.


The life you save may be that of a loved one, or your very own.



my blog will be updated in more detail:

http://sheenabean.tumblr.com/

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FUNDRAISER!

Hitachi has been generous enough to donate a 32" LCD flat-panel HDTV to use as a raffle item. If you would like to purchase raffle tickets, please let me know. They are 1 for $5, 5 for $20 or 15 for $50.

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Supporter Comments

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    "Good luck to you Sheena!! :)"
     

    Mallory Devlin

    Thu Feb 25 01:16:09 EST 2010

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    "Viel Glueck Sheena!! :)"
     

    Holly Farrell

    Sat Feb 27 01:00:05 EST 2010

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    "Hello Sheena, I should have done this sooner! Best Wishes to you on this awesome mission! I am very proud of you. Love, Roxanne Miranda & Family"
     

    Roxanne Miranda

    Fri Apr 02 02:02:13 EDT 2010

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    "Best of luck! :)"
     

    Andy Lewandowski

    Tue Mar 23 08:27:18 EDT 2010

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    "Great job, Sheena! You're almost to your fundraising goal!"
     

    Kerem Bardot

    Fri Mar 05 09:27:08 EST 2010

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    "I hope this will help you! I miss you!"
     

    Addison Conrad-Whitehead

    Mon Feb 22 09:20:20 EST 2010

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    "mommy loves and misses you so much so much baby boy! we will be together again one day! I Love You!!!"
     

    Stephanie Caines

    Mon Feb 22 01:47:16 EST 2010

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    "Im so proud of you Sheena! Your email about starbucks and putting everything into perspective really made me understand you more. Great job friend!"
     

    Alina Belarde

    Fri Feb 12 01:53:02 EST 2010

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    "God Bless and Best of Luck!"
     

    William Kim's Taekwondo Center

    Tue Feb 09 03:17:08 EST 2010

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    "Congratulations Sheena for taking on such a great challenge for a wonderful organization."
     

    Vickie Barclay

    Tue Feb 02 06:07:31 EST 2010

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    "Good luck Sheena! I think it is so great you are doing this. You are going to have such a great time and meet such great people!!!! "
     

    Erin Barclay

    Mon Feb 01 07:38:32 EST 2010

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    "Good luck, Sheena!"
     

    Adrienne Richart

    Sun Jan 31 10:55:19 EST 2010

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    "Good luck, Sheena!!"
     

    Chris Kjonaas

    Fri Jan 29 06:10:04 EST 2010

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    "Best of luck, Sheena!"
     

    Aileen Brown

    Wed Mar 03 04:03:13 EST 2010

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    "Thank you for doing this! Best of luck!"
     

    Mary Schuelke

    Sun Feb 28 12:28:10 EST 2010

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    "Good luck, Sheena! You are doing a GREAT thing here!! xoxox Holly"
     

    Holly Devlin

    Sat Feb 27 11:21:07 EST 2010

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    "Thank you for doing this in memory and honor of so many!"
     

    Denise Pendergast

    Mon Feb 08 12:34:58 EST 2010

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $1,095.63 | Goal: $4,595.00
 
24 %

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In Memory of

CJ Campbell

My Thanks To

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Sheena Caines  
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Maya Caldwell  
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Sheena Caines  
Juliette Norico  
Juan Romagosa  
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