My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
Jan 13, 2010 by Michele Segal

Running to Save Lives


Add $500 to the total on the right thanks to matching company donations yet to be processed.

Survived "Avenue of the Giants" on May 2 in beautiful Humboldt County. After the run, I could only bring myself to get ankle deep in the FREEZING river. Then had to walk downstairs backwards for several days :)

Thank you to the anonymous donor on 4/11. And to another anonymous donor on 6/20. I wish I knew who you were so I could thank you in person.


Welcome to my Team In Training home page.

I've signed up to run (slash walk) my 5th and 6th half marathons! Team in Training is going to help me reach my goal, and I'm going to help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society reach its goals of funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. Here is where you come in:

1) Run, hike or crosstrain with me

2) Make a monitary donation towards my fundraising goal

3) Donate time to help me fundraise

4) Help me plan a fundraiser (party time!!)

I'm betting I know 50 people willing to donate $26 ($1 per mile that I will run so you don't have to) to this amazing organization. Are you one of them?

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. Team In Training (TNT) recently reached the milestone of raising $1 billion for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, but there is more work to be done.

I know there are many worthy charities that need your help these days. If you choose to support this cause, know that over 75% of donations go towards their mission (less than 25% to administration/support costs), which many charitable organizations cannot say. And of course your donations are tax deductible (ID# 13-5644916).

It's easy to donate:

1. Online (to the right)

2. Send a check to me

3. Hand me cash

I'm running the Avenue of the Giants 1/2 Marathon on May 2nd and the Seattle Rock N Roll 1/2 Marathon on Sat Jun 26 Check back here to see my progress (both fundraising and training). Thanks in advance for your support!




LLS's work makes a difference:

  • An estimated 912,938 Americans are living with leukemia, Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and myeloma and myelodysplastic syndromes.
  • Every 10 minutes, someone dies from a blood cancer. That's 146 people each day, or more than six people every hour.
  • The overall five-year survival rate for children under five years old with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) was 3% in 1964 -- today it's 89%!

  • $1000 supports one week’s salary for a medical researcher at UCSF, Stanford, or Berkeley who may discover key information to developing curative treatments for blood cancers.
  • $500 provides a blood cancer patient with financial assistance for one year to help with transportation and co-pays
  • $75 is the average cost of tissue typing to become a bone marrow donor.
  • $50 is the cost of a CT scan
  • $35 pays for transportation expenses for a patient living in Northern California’s most rural areas to treatment at a comprehensive cancer center.
  • $5 is the cost of sending a newly diagnosed patient information about support and their disease



6/20 - Is it too late to get in shape for a half marathon that's in 6 days?

6/16 - Just getting over a nasty cold, but ran this morning

6/8 - 10 miles starting at the Berkeley Marina on Saturday and gym today

5/26 - Skipped track practice today but have a taining session at the gym tomorrow. Missing long run this weekend due to work :(

5/15 - Managed to finish 11 mi today (only cuz I missed the turnaround for 10... don't you hate when that happens!). Hadn't done much since Avenue so it was pretty painful :(

5/2 - Survived Avenue of the Giants. Great weather and had a blast hanging with my teammates!

4/27 - Sorry for the lack of updates; fnally replaced computer charger. Got up to 10mi on 4/17. Been running fewer miles since then to "taper". Just worked 3 days in a row so I could barely walk this morning and went to aqua aerobics instead of running. 4 days til "Avenue"

4/8 - Another 5mi on Tues, including the Lyon St stairs! Yoga last night and personal training today. Aiming for 8 this Saturday.

4/3 - I was sore for 4 days after personal training on Monday! Swam and ran on Thurs, boxing (aerobics) class on Fri. No TNT run today cuz of Easter. Luckily a friend motivated me to run 6 mi. 3 more donations rolled in recently. Fundraising dinner details TBA

3/27 - Somoene told me it was 6, but it was 7. Which is good cuz Avenue is only a month away.

3/25 - I hate hills.

3/19 - In Florida. Ran 4mi Thur and Fri but have a friend's wedding this weekend, so I'm taking a break. Miss my team motivating me to do LONG runs.

3/13 - Tues night buddy run wasn't my best ever. Weds personal training was brutal and I could barely walk Thur/Fri! Got a cold and skipped Sat long run but managed to go hiking/jogging so my calves finally loosened up.

3/6 - oops, missed the 3.5 mile turnaround for a 7mi run and accidentally ran 8mi.

3/4 - Sore from personal training. Also did some yoga and aqua aerobics this week. Ran about 4mi at Tuesday's buddy run and 3mi at tonight's track practice. Forecast for more rain on Sat :( Unfortunately donations have slowed down. I'm brainstorming alternate fundraising strategies...

2/27 - Ran about 5mi with JK last Tues (after she'd already done a spinning class!!). Was just proud of myself for going even tho it was sprinkling. But now can say I've run in full-on rain. It poured in Tennesses Valley this AM (~5.5mi). Plus, I was sore from personal training session at the gym yesterday (intro 3-pack). 15 donors have helped me get to almost the 1/3 mark!

2/20 - First Saturday practice. 5 miles! VERY much appreciate the food the mentors/honorees had ready afterwards.

2/19 - Have been running a few miles VERY occasionally. Went to my first official TNT track practice last night and it kicked my butt (14 laps). But not too horribly sore today. Ten very generous donors so far!


Supporter Comments

    "You are an inspiration - it is an honor to support you in this great cause!"

    Chriss Juarez

    Mon Jun 21 01:53:44 EDT 2010

    "Happy Birthday Michele.....We sooo admire your dedication to such worhty causes! Love, US"


    Wed Jun 09 03:03:20 EDT 2010

    "good job, Chele. We all have to fight the good fight. We all have our cause."

    Kim L. Thomas

    Fri May 14 12:06:48 EDT 2010

    "Enjoy the training, and I'll see you in June!"

    Ben Reilly

    Tue May 04 09:25:17 EDT 2010

    "Way to go Michele! I see you working hard for a great cause and I support you!"

    Melisa Hsu

    Wed Apr 21 05:11:36 EDT 2010

    "Keep up the good work. See you in June."

    Ket Mee

    Sat Apr 03 02:54:20 EDT 2010

    "Keep up the great work you do & wish I can be at the finish line cheering you on!! "

    Nilla Barros

    Sat Feb 27 11:49:34 EST 2010

    "Good luck, Michele!"

    Petra & Peter

    Sat Feb 20 07:44:44 EST 2010

    "Michele - you're awesome! Congrats on doing this. Rachel & Steve"

    Rachel & Steve

    Fri Feb 19 03:01:32 EST 2010

    "Good luck!"

    Vivian & Hugh

    Tue Feb 16 08:58:07 EST 2010

    "You go with your bad self!!"

    Daniel Mathason

    Tue Feb 16 08:13:17 EST 2010

    "Good luck with your training. I can't believe this is your 5th run! I still remember the joys of helping you party plan for the 1st one!"

    Denise Spillane

    Tue Feb 16 02:55:04 EST 2010

    "hey girl! i love your enthusiasm and hard work you're putting into this run! have fun! "


    Sun Apr 11 07:33:51 EDT 2010

    "Wooo Hoooo Michel. I'm so proud of you! Can't wait to hear the victory stories. Sad I can't be there to chear you on."


    Sat May 15 02:01:46 EDT 2010

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $2,800.12 | Goal: $2,900.00
97 %

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My Thanks To

Broadridge $450.00
Nilla Barros $200.00
California Pizza Kitchen,... $98.12
Connie Wong $75.00
Broadridge $50.00
Chriss Juarez $50.00
Steve Acheatel $50.00
Judy Kelly $50.00
Julie $50.00
Vijay Bhat $50.00
Melissa Zabala $50.00
Rosa Wu $50.00
Rebecca Darling $50.00
Javier Velazquez $40.00
Eric Norman $26.00
Barry Gross $26.00
Denise Spillane $26.00
Dan Sanders $25.00
Maura O'Day $25.00
Anonymous $25.00
JOHN & DEREK $25.00
Anonymous $25.00
Kerry Ford $25.00
Melisa Hsu $25.00
Daniel Mathason $25.00
Del-Camp Investments, Inc... $20.00
Rebecca Kuhle $20.00
Eddie Rivera $10.00
Becky Kaplan  
Vijay Bhat  
Pamela Ackel  
Kim L. Thomas  
Ben Reilly  
Ket Mee  
Petra & Peter  
Rachel & Steve  
Kelly Ackel  
Vivian & Hugh