Nothing is Impossible

Nothing is Impossible
Jan 09, 2009 by Mohan Dutt

A Marathon Dream Comes True!

Event: San Diego Marathon

Distance Run: 26.2 miles

Date: 31-MAY-2009

Historic Moment (L-R): Caroline, Tich, Mohan, Katie & MaryAnne


!!!! Many Thanks to Meeting Expectations and OAUG for adveritisng their logo on my race gear !!!!



Ever since I started training for my first full marathon, I have been waiting to write this update for the last four months. There were two great miracles in May. Thanks to generous donors, I was successful in collecting enough donations to meet my fundraising minimum. The second miracle happened on the last Sunday in May. I crossed the finish line at the San Diego marathon after 26.2 miles and became what 1 out of every 1000 Americans are - a marathoner.

Over the last 21 years, more than 390,000 participants like me have raised nearly a billion dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Perhaps one of my donations this year will help cross the $1 Billion mark. A billion thanks to all my donors for this stupendous achievement. I have raised a total of nearly nine thousand dollars in 2008 and 2009.

I feel blessed and thankful for the support to help me achieve this near impossible personal dream of running a marathon. With profound gratitude from the world's newest marathoner.


Please read my marathon run blog - One Mile More and listen to some music while you read about my dream to run a race that was first run in 490 B.C. on the same day as my birthday!



$$Update #1 (02.09.09) - 111 days to race day. Reached 18.5% of fundraising goal. Will send out first batch of 55 e-mails to 2008 donors $$

$$Update #2 (02.14.09) - 106 days to race day. Ran 5k time trial in sub-40 min (39:30). Please keep the donations coming! $$

$$Update#3 (02.25.09) - 95 days to race day. Just crossed 25% of fundraising goal. Still a long way to go. Please help! $$

$$Update#4 (03.13.09) - 78 days to race day. Ran 8.27 miles at Pacifica on 03.07.09. Just crossed 39% of fundraising goal. If I'm lucky to get all corporate matches till now then I have 60% of my fundraising done. Sending out requests to co-workers today! $$

$$Update#5 (03.24.09) - 67 days to race day. Ran 12 miles at Portolla Valley on 03.21.09. If I get all the corporate matches, I will be 2/3rds done at $2009 and counting! $$

$$Update#6 (04.07.09) - 54 days to race day. Ran 14 miles at Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay on 04.04.09$$

$$Update#7 (04.15.09) - 45 days to race day. Crossed 50% of my fundraising minimum$$

$$Update#8 (04.19.09) - 41 days to race day. Ran 16 miles at Woodside on 04.18.09$$

$$Update#9 (04.22.09) - 38 days to race day. Sent out 333 fundraiser e-mails. I am so lucky to have generous friends! Now at 61% of my fundraising with another 22% of corporate matches waiting to appear online someday soon$$

$$Update#10(05.13.09) - 17 days to race day. Got corporate sponsorship from OAUG and ME! I will wear their logo. Now at 88% of my fundraising and that does NOT include corporate matches. Once those show up, I will be crossing my fundraising finish line. In today's economy, it is indeed a miracle! I am so fortunate to know so many who have taught me that the art of giving is the art of living$$

$$Update#11(05.18.09) - 12 days to race day. Ran 20 miles at Coyote Hills, San Jose on 05.16.09$$

$$Update#12(05.19.09) - 11 days to race day. Reached fundraising minimum after 105 days. At last, a miracle in May! Corporate matches still to appear to boost the total$$

$$Update#13(06.01.09) - Today is the day after. Enjoying the surreal feeling of being a marathoner. Yes! I ran 26.2 miles!$$

I can't cure cancer by running a marathon, but as part of a team of thousands of people working together with focus, determination and heart, we can find a cure. That's what Team In Training is all about. It is about being part of something much bigger and more powerful and more important than oneself.


Supporter Comments

    "Good luck Mohan!!!!!!! I think it is great that you are doing this!"

    Lily Fetterer

    Mon Feb 09 01:12:28 EST 2009

    "Go Mohan! You continue to amaze us."

    Tanuja & Akhil

    Sun Mar 01 01:09:12 EST 2009

    "Keep up the good work!!"


    Wed Mar 04 06:13:51 EST 2009

    "I really appreciate everybody who does something for somebody else without expectingf anything back in return. All the best."

    Ramajayam Iyer

    Thu Apr 23 08:20:50 EDT 2009

    "Good luck, Mohan! "

    John Piwowar

    Sat May 02 09:14:57 EDT 2009

    "Best of luck to you Mohan. How inspiring!"

    Pam McCulloh

    Sat May 16 12:47:47 EDT 2009

    "Thank you Jodie for being a member of TEAM NINJA!"

    Jack Sorg

    Mon Sep 09 11:47:14 EDT 2013

    "Love you Mary!"

    Sat Sep 10 09:37:31 EDT 2016

    "Go Mary!"

    Tue Sep 27 02:36:57 EDT 2016

    "In memory of the inspirational women we've loved and remain in our hearts."

    Amman Syed

    Thu Oct 13 10:05:21 EDT 2016

    "A beautiful women that is remembered and truly missed by Anne and Norma"

    Amman Syed

    Thu Oct 13 07:45:16 EDT 2016

    "I'm walking in memory of Josette - who showed me what beauty and strength can be found in the special bonds we share with women. We miss you Diva Josette!"

    Amman Syed

    Wed Oct 12 12:19:28 EDT 2016

    "Cheering you on all the way!!! Go Mary, Anna & Harrison!"

    Tue Oct 04 09:36:33 EDT 2016

    "Mary, this walk is near and dear to my heart. I'm so happy to have met you and support you in this cause. I can't be there for the walk, but will be there in spirit, for both you and in memory of my father."

    Mon Oct 03 12:14:42 EDT 2016

    "We admire your cheerful pluckiness and love having you in our neighborhood. David and Terry"

    Sat Oct 01 07:56:15 EDT 2016

    "Go Mary, GO!!!!"

    Tue Sep 27 05:32:23 EDT 2016

    "Today, and in all the days to come, believe in your heart that everything is going to be all right."

    Sun Sep 25 09:31:05 EDT 2016

    "Mary, keep up the awesomeness! "

    Fri Sep 16 01:46:32 EDT 2016

    "Mary, you're one tough cookie and an inspiration!"

    Fri Sep 16 01:36:11 EDT 2016

    "Hoping to join you in person!"

    Fri Sep 16 01:29:48 EDT 2016

    "always thinking of you Mary! Love -Mike"

    Tue Sep 13 04:55:56 EDT 2016

    "Go Mary's Team!!"

    Sat Sep 10 09:33:23 EDT 2016

    "To my loving sister and be comforted that Jack's legacy lives on through you, your children and all of those that he touched."

    Thu Oct 08 12:54:58 EDT 2015

    "Thank you Mr Brayden! "

    Mon Sep 09 12:50:37 EDT 2013

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $3,180.00 | Goal: $2,900.00
110 %

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My Thanks To

Jack Sorg $262.00
Oracle $250.00
Chong Sy $250.00
Genitivi LLC $250.00
Jennifer Berg $150.00
Kim Burt $100.00
Binita Wagle $100.00
OAUG $100.00
Meeting Expectations, Inc... $100.00
Milind Wagle $100.00
Kanwarjeet Batra $100.00
Haseeb (PerryVan inc) $100.00
Rajan Misquita $100.00
Jagath Junutula $100.00
David Quan $88.00
Jeff Hare $50.00
Madhavi Jagadam $50.00
Vaibhav Gupta $50.00
Geoff Gongwer $50.00
Christine Gerrans $50.00
Ashwani Rishi $50.00
Oracle $50.00
Kalyan Manchikanti $50.00
Sandeepan Mukherjee $50.00
Pam McCulloh $40.00
Bijay Jaiswal $30.00
Brooke Bueno $25.00
Floyd Teter $25.00
Michael Brown $25.00
Manish Varshney $25.00
Brian Donahue $25.00
Amman Syed $25.00
Surachart Opun $25.00
John Diego $25.00
Anil Madhireddy $25.00
Ajay Jotwani $25.00
Oracle $25.00
Pranav Sathe $25.00
Hemasri Chava $25.00
Lily Fetterer $25.00
Thankachan Mathew $15.00
Vaidyanathan Mohan $10.00
Lourdes Benito $10.00
John Piwowar  
Ramajayam Iyer  
Tanuja & Akhil