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A letter from Beth, Tanner's mom
Aug 12, 2011 by Emily Daniel

Mark and I are fundraising in honor of a sweet, spunky little girl named Tanner. I fell in love with her right away. I asked her mom Beth to share with everyone a letter of what your gift means to families like hers...

I thank God every day for the people who have come before us who raised the money that funded research that got my eight-year-old daughter, Tanner, where she is today -- exactly four days into our new life without chemo.

On June 1, 2009, a nervous young resident at Vanderbilt Children's fumbled through an explanation of abnormal white cells that led me to finally ask the question, "Are you trying to tell me she has leukemia?" Tanner was a normal, healthy five-year-old who had just finished her kindergarten year and was looking forward to a summer of swimming, ballet camp and vacation bible school. In one awful day, everything changed for the worse.

Tanner endured two years and three months of grueling, constant chemo treatments -- not because she had any complications, but because that is the normal treatment protocol for a girl with ALL (Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia). Boys, sadly, endure an extra year of treatment.

In the first month of treatment, Tanner had a port surgically implanted, two bone marrow biopsies, four doses of IV chemo and 30 days of high dose steroids. My feisty daughter could no longer walk up the stairs, couldn't get herself up off the floor without help, and needed a cane most of the time. She lay for long hours staring at the ceiling, completely robbed of her personality by the steroids.

She eventually watched as all her friends returned to school, held a virtual prisoner by her compromised immune system. She missed birthday parties, playdates, trips to the skating rink, and simple pleasures like eating out in a restaurant. She lost her hair not once, but twice. She gained fifteen pounds from steroids, only to lose it all, and then some, two months later. At some points, she became so overwhelmed by anxiety, that she needed anti-depressants to just help her function.

But, through it all, Tanner fought... and Mark and Emily ran. Because we all believe there is a better way; that no child should have to give up two or three years of their childhood to a disease we could potentially cure. We met Emily and Mark when Emily chaired the 2011 Man and Woman of the Year campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Tanner was honored to serve as Girl of the Year. Tanner and Emily immediately hit it off -- kindred silly spirits -- two people with boundless energy and hearts of gold who have a great desire to help others.

I'm so proud of my daughter for what she has accomplished, and am eternally grateful to people like Emily and Mark for all that they do to help families like ours. I'm ever mindful of my obligation to "pay it forward" and be sure that we are paving the way for more humane treatments for blood cancers, or, better yet, a cure! Please know that should you decide to support Emily and Mark by donating to their Team in Training run in Dublin, you will not only be supporting two wonderful and selfless people, but will also be helping to assure no family ever has to endure this nightmare again.

Thank you,

Beth Page

A Reason to Run
May 31, 2011

Racing to Save Lives

Welcome to Emily & Mark's Team In Training home page.

We are training to participate in the Adidas Dublin Marathon on October 31, 2011 as part of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training. It will be our first full marathon. It seems like a daunting task to raise $10,000 and to run 26.2. That is until you meet a child who has been battling cancer for over 2 years. Then it makes it seem almost easy.

We have been involved with LLS for 3 years with the Man Woman of the Year campaign. In 2009, I was a Woman of the Year candidate. The next year I co-chaired the campaign and Mark was a very active campaign volunteer. This year I am serving as the campaign chair and Mark is mentoring a candidate. When we started as volunteers, we didn't have a personal connection. Since then we've met so many people who's lives have been changed because of a blood cancer.

One little girl has captured our hearts. Her name is Tanner Page. She is seven. At age five, she was diagnosed with Leukemia (ALL). Tanner is beautiful, smart, sassy and so full of life. I'm not sure what it is about Tanner that caught me instantly, but we bonded right away, maybe it's her closeness in age to our boys or maybe it's that I see some of myself in her.

Tanner's mom, Beth, is an amazing lady. She rights a very real blog about Tanner's battle. Please read it. When you do, you will understand why we are committed to raising funds for research and patient support. And why LLS is relentless in their mission to find a cure.

Please make a donation to support our participation in Team In Training and help cure blood cancer!

We hope you will visit our web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see our progress. Thanks for your support!

Here we are with Tanner


Supporter Comments

    "Happy Birthday! Great job on the fundraising! Rock the Full in Ireland!"


    Fri Oct 14 11:00:24 EDT 2011

    "Happy fundraising (and training), girl! Let me know if I can do anything!"

    Liz Kazeck-Zinke

    Tue Jun 07 07:14:06 EDT 2011

    "Happy belated birthday Mark! Good luck on the race."

    Robert Dillingham

    Sat Jul 09 04:08:00 EDT 2011

    "Way to go!"


    Tue Jul 12 03:01:50 EDT 2011

    "We are praying for you on this journey! May God bless you and grant you the strength to push through the hard times and to complete this mission. Remember, upright, standing, and smiling...that's your goal for the finish. Keep Tanner's face in your mind and her laughter in your heart. Love you guys!!!"

    Kelly & Daryl

    Fri Aug 12 01:15:12 EDT 2011

    "So excited to be sharing this journey with you two! Hope to see you soon at a GTS! :)"

    Erin Stryker

    Sun Aug 14 01:16:58 EDT 2011

    "In hopes no one else has to endure what Tanner did! She's a beautiful little girl and I'm so glad that there are people like you that are fighting for her cause!"

    Susan Bakaitis

    Mon Sep 26 12:46:37 EDT 2011

    "Good luck Mark & Emily! You'll be in my thoughts and prayers! "

    Kristin Hoevel

    Tue Sep 27 09:22:35 EDT 2011

    "Good luck and have fun on your race! You are doing a wonderful thing!"

    Tamara Ludlam

    Sun Oct 09 06:32:33 EDT 2011

    "Good Luck and great job on your fundraising and training! Jennifer"

    Jennifer Flowers

    Mon Oct 10 01:25:33 EDT 2011

    "Happy 30th Birthday Emily! Congrats to you and Mark on this awesome endevour! "

    Kim Pettit

    Mon Oct 10 03:56:48 EDT 2011

    "Good luck Emily and Mark! Thanks for everything you guys do to support others in need!"

    John and Jennifer Burnette

    Sun Sep 18 08:45:30 EDT 2011

    "You guys ROCK! I'm excited for you both to run 26.2 miles, and for a great cause."

    Daniel Hudgins

    Mon Sep 12 11:42:49 EDT 2011

    "Any friend of Erin Bradley, is a friend of ours! Best of luck on this effort!"

    Landon & Jenn Owen

    Fri Sep 02 11:17:36 EDT 2011

    "Happy Birthday Mark! Love you!"

    Sarah Daniel

    Thu Jun 30 11:25:16 EDT 2011

    "Good luck with your fund raising and best wishes for your run in Dublin"


    Mon Aug 01 03:19:33 EDT 2011

Team Fundraising Total

Goal: $10,000.00
112 %
Donations: $11,150.00

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