Mar 13, 2011 by Allie Weese
Dear Family and Friends,
As many of you know, a year ago I had a heart transplant. I am now ready and able to start doing things that I was not able to do before my heart transplant. I have found that Leukemia/Lymphoma Society (LLS) can help me do this and allow me to give something back in return. In the last year I have been in and out of the hospital and have seen many different things. I had the unique and very difficult experience of going to the department where cancer patients were being given chemo. This experience has only added to the connection I feel to LLS. That is why I have joined Team in Training (the fundraising arm of LLS). They will prepare me to ride my bike for 100 miles around beautiful Lake Tahoe, in one day!
Since its inception the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has raised over a billion dollars. This has made a huge difference in the survival rates of blood cancer patients. Not only does the money raised go towards research, but it also goes towards patient services. Because of the support that I received during my recovery, I have realized just how important this aspect is for patients with blood cancers.
The financial commitment that I have made is $3,500. Donations can be made by check to the Leukemia Society. And of course, your donation is tax deductible. If you would like to make a donation and are able, it would be greatly appreciated if it could be made by Monday, April 18, 2011.
Thank you in advance for your support,
03/13/2011-This week we did a pretty hilly ride around El Sobrante, Lafayette, and Orinda-I did not know I could even get from El Sobrante to Lafayette on a bike! The ride was about 32 miles and was very fun, it was hilly, but it was nothing compared to Camino Alto or Calivarias. It was also very pretty and was not too hot-my favorite kind of day!
02/26/2011-I conquered Camino Alto!!!! I think I can say that I feel like a real cyclist now, I rode my longest ride, 25 EXTRENELY HILLY miles. Camino Alto is a HUGE hill in Mill Valley that was very hard to climb and I though I was never going to end. I felt so amazed that I was able to do this ride, I never thought I would be able to ride somehting like this-I definately could not have done it without my amazing coaches-my auntes and uncle-I am so fortunate!