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:
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.
Did you know that every day, 146 people lose their fight with blood cancer?