My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
Sep 02, 2009 by Camille Kelley

Racing to Save Lives

Dear Friends and Family,

After much encouragement from my parents, and through the desire to do something meaningful with my early adulthood, I have decided to train for and participate in the Honolulu Marathon with Team in Training! This means that I must raise at least a total of $5,000 by December 1st for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Team in Training is a nonprofit endurance program that benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The $5,000 that I have pledged to raise will be used to help find a cure for the blood cancers: leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and Hodgkin's disease.

As daunting as the prospect of running 26 miles and raising thousands of dollars in a few months may be, I have always found that the most frightening and challenging experiences I choose to participate in are often the most rewarding. However, this particular experience carries an especially meaningful significance to me.

Many of you know that my brother, Ryan, died of leukemia almost six years ago, though many of the memories of his presence and the pain of watching him undergo intensive treatment remain vivid in my mind.

Ryan was diagnosed halfway through his senior year and my sophomore year in high school, when he was seventeen, and I was fifteen. He was immediately forced to spend six months undergoing intensive chemotherapy and hospitalization, away from his friends and the outside world, while I continued through high school, plagued with worry over my brother's health, and desperate to help him in any way possible.

However, after Ryan had already been in treatment for several months, I was finally given the chance to help him, through donating my bone marrow. After months of at home isolation and hospital recovery, Ryan was finally able to be a teenager again. He and I joked that sharing the same bone marrow gave us a special connection, as though we were chemically bonded in a science fiction-like operation to become mutant super-siblings that could sense each other's thoughts and feelings (which in a way, was actually quite true).

As exciting as Ryan's recovery was for me, and the rest of my family, our happiness was short-lived. Only a few months after he was able to live outside the restrictions of the hospital and at-home isolation, he relapsed. Once again, Ryan was faced with intensive chemotherapy, and after weeks of treatment, his condition steadily became worse, and he died the day after Thanksgiving. He was nineteen, and I was seventeen.

Since Ryan's death, my family has become very involved with fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, from my sister's involvement with the Light the Night Walk, to my mother's participation as a team member and a coach for many Team in Training events.

At this exciting and unsure moment in my life-between school and a steady career, I want to dedicate my time and energy towards doing things that are truly meaningful to me. I know that supporting such an important cause as The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as challenging myself to accomplish something so wonderfully (and perhaps insanely) ambitious, will make my life more fulfilling, but more importantly, will help the lives of many others who are desperately in need of a cure.

Please make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance LLS's mission.

I hope you will visit my web site often.

Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress. Thanks for your


I have also started a blog, at at this site,

I will write about my fundraising and training be sure to visit it as much as possible, and send the link (as well as this one) out to all of your friends and family!


Supporter Comments

    "You go girl ! Ryan would be so proud."

    Maryl Landess

    Sat Sep 12 01:29:25 EDT 2009

    "So glad to be able to help, Camille! Good luck...and never, ever surrender! "

    John & Susan Racanelli

    Sun Sep 13 07:31:30 EDT 2009

    "fantastic work you are doing!"

    Maryl's Matching Friend

    Sun Sep 13 09:31:24 EDT 2009

    "Go Team!!!"

    Joyce Amann

    Mon Nov 23 12:35:03 EST 2009

    "Good Luck Camille!!! You will do great!"

    Soni and Tom Hannigan

    Mon Nov 23 04:34:25 EST 2009

    "Great party, Camille! Run like a girl for all of us :-)"

    Nancy McCroskey

    Mon Nov 23 01:34:02 EST 2009

    "Good luck Camille - I'm sure you'll do well and hope you have a good time. Your travels sound like lots of fun!"

    Edith Gong

    Fri Nov 06 05:58:11 EST 2009

    "Dear Camille: So proud of you for all you are doing...and for your continued and generous efforts to this worthy cause. Much Love to You"


    Mon Nov 02 12:35:30 EST 2009

    "Camille, Have a great run, and when it seems hard, just think of how lucky you are to be able to do it! Much love, Lezlee, George, Conness and all"

    Lezlee Miller

    Mon Oct 26 12:16:22 EDT 2009

    "Go Camille!"

    Bill & Linda Morales-Covello

    Sun Oct 11 06:15:28 EDT 2009

    "Go Camille!! "

    Dawn Coupe

    Mon Sep 14 11:12:28 EDT 2009

    "I so applaud your efforts! From knowing your mom the way I do, I'm guessing the persistence runs in your family, so stick to the calendar and you'll do fine! :-) (yep, always a coach.. (-:) Hugs to you!!"

    Janna Clark

    Fri Sep 11 12:13:39 EDT 2009

    "Go Camille!"


    Sun Nov 15 05:24:21 EST 2009

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $7,510.20 | Goal: $5,000.00
150 %

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My Thanks To

Applied Materials $500.00
James Landess $500.00
Ann Milne Ramsay $500.00
The Paul & Silvia Edwards... $250.00
Charles Shaw $250.00
Raffle from Fund-raising... $244.00
Janna Clark Presley $150.00
Dawn Coupe $150.00
John & Susan Racanelli $150.00
John Barr $140.00
Anonymous $126.20
Simply Delicious Sweets &... $100.00
Ocean View Lodge #143 IOO... $100.00
John Barr $100.00
Rebekah Wong $100.00
N. J. Struck $100.00
Nancy McCroskey $100.00
James Landess $100.00
Patricia Bentley $100.00
James Owens $100.00
Victor Tigerman $100.00
T J Mathew $100.00
Michelle Torda $100.00
Martin Kingshill McMahon $100.00
Taos Mountain, Inc $100.00
Anonymous $100.00
Maryl's Matching Friend $100.00
Julie Ingber $100.00
Maryl Landess $100.00
Carrie Fisher $100.00
Judith Bradley $100.00
Michele Marshall $100.00
raffle $90.00
Garrett Zimmer $80.00
Martin Kingshill McMahon $65.00
Dianne Passen $55.00
Melinda King $55.00
H B Gelatt $50.00
Clifford Pettit $50.00
John Moseley $50.00
Patrick Baldwin $50.00
Victoria Jayswal $50.00
Willliam McCroskey $50.00
Nancy Minnig $50.00
Nancy Hwang $50.00
Chris Drost-Hansen $50.00
Joyce Amann $50.00
Anonymous $50.00
David Shue $50.00
Vonnie Bassett $50.00
Rebecca Allen $50.00
Edith Gong $50.00
Kendall Kelly $50.00
Ginnie $50.00
Colleen Norby $50.00
Pen Walk Team $50.00
Mike & Lani Donath $50.00
Bill & Linda Morales-Cove... $50.00
Michael Roland Clausager $50.00
Dawn Coupe $50.00
Anonymous $50.00
Albe and Ray Larsen $40.00
Trisha McGrath $30.00
Soni and Tom Hannigan $30.00
Patricia Freeman $25.00
Kathryn White $25.00
Susan Hatfield $25.00
Deanne Spears $25.00
Cari Craven $25.00
El Granada Beverage & Vid... $25.00
Mark & Marnie Kelley $25.00
Anonymous $25.00
Scott Harrison $25.00
Lezlee Miller $25.00
James Clarke $25.00
Marie Tolar $25.00
Margaret Nordensten $25.00
Lisa G. Kinney $25.00
Brian Kuhn $25.00
barbara fitzgerald $25.00
sandy davis $25.00
marnie kelley $25.00
Mark & Marnie Kelley $20.00
William Morales Covello $20.00
Richard Moy $20.00
Mary Sheridan $15.00
William Morales Covello $10.00
Rev. Eugene Hill $10.00
Lani Stoner $10.00
Camille Kelley  
Janna Clark