Apr 15, 2009 by Tara Roth

Racing to Save Lives

5.06.09 I have committed to completing the Dublin Marathon on October 26, 2009 (my first marathon!) in honor of all individuals battling blood cancer. More specifically I am doing this in memory of my aunt Mary King Lyon, one of the best people I've ever known. She passed away last fall due to complications with Leukemia. I am also participating in honor of Maya Cid, our honored teammate. Maya is 2 years old and was just diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL).

I want to do anything I can to help others from losing the people that they love to blood cancers. Enter the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training (TNT). Not only do the funds raised go towards research to find a cure, but the LLS also assists the families and patients affected by blood cancers by giving to them directly.

I will be posting regular updates on this website. Training begins in just a few days - yikes! I'm terrified of running 26.2 miles. I'm even more terrified of trying to raise my goal of $6,700. But in comparison to fighting for your life, these are little hurdles and I know they can be done... with your help and support!! No donation is too big or too small!!!

Please also visit my personal blog: http://taraintraining.blogspot.com/

How Your Donation Helps

$5 ... covers a patient's copay during treatment for antibiotics, antidepressants, antiviral and antifungal drugs

$12 ... pays for a patient's parking cost for one day at M.D. Anderson, the leading Houston-area cancer center

$13 ...covers the 20% copay on a month's supply of Gleevec, an oral molecularly-targeted chemotherapy drug funded by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

$25 ...provides patients and their loved ones with free booklets that contain up-to-date information on their disease and helps them make informed decisions about their treatment options

$50 ... makes Family Support groups possible with a trained facilitator where comfort can be found and experiences can be shared among patients and family members


If you prefer to make a donation with a check, please make the check out to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, or LLS and send it to :

Tara Roth

10 Leaf Trace Court

Spring, TX 77381

Thought for the Day


I saw this quote on the AIDS Ride fundraising website and really liked it.

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.

- Albert Schweitzer

Jewelry for a Cure


I've set up an Etsy (online marketplace) site to sell jewelry . 100% of the proceeds of my sales goes directly towards my fundraising! Please take a look and feel good about spending your money! It's jewelry for a cure! www.racing2savelives.etsy.com


Supporter Comments

    "Best of luck on your journey of becoming a pediatrician :)"

    Tara Roth

    Fri Nov 25 05:33:35 EST 2016

    "Keep it up Karen! You are doing great! Karen Strong!"

    Sarah Kelsey

    Wed Oct 05 03:05:43 EDT 2016

    "Giancarlo, I am proud of the boy you have become throughout this journey. Your smile, sense of humor, and kind heart gives us the strength to continue finding a cure. Love you so much."

    Tue Oct 18 04:22:45 EDT 2016

    "Giancarlo: You are an ambassador for looking adversity in the eye and kicking it's butt."

    Wed Oct 19 07:54:54 EDT 2016

    "STRENGTH is definitely in your soul and spirit � Keep being strong! We all LOVE YOU!!!"

    Mon Oct 24 12:51:25 EDT 2016

    "Admire your courage."

    Wed Oct 26 09:43:31 EDT 2016

    "Giancarlo, I love you very much and I am so proud of you. Lucia (Grandmother) "

    Thu Oct 27 04:21:46 EDT 2016

    "Your courage is amazing, Giancarlo. God bless you!"

    Tue Nov 01 09:24:56 EDT 2016

    "Giancarlo, God love you and has a plan for you that includes a healthy and happy life."

    Thu Nov 03 06:25:36 EDT 2016

    "Giancarlo you a strong and courageous boy. I'm so proud of you. I love you Tia Silvia. "

    Fri Nov 04 08:32:28 EDT 2016

    "Giancarlo and Family, Many blessings and prayers to you, as you keep up the fight and go on to victory. "

    Mon Nov 07 11:34:58 EST 2016

    "You're a true inspiration; keep up the fight young man! "

    Mon Nov 07 11:55:32 EST 2016

    "So happy you are doing great Giancarlo. Love, Lisa"

    Tue Nov 08 08:54:11 EST 2016

    "You are doing great Giancarlo. Love, Pam"

    Tue Nov 08 08:56:45 EST 2016

    "There is goodness everywhere, you just have to look and be open to it. "

    Wed Nov 09 09:34:12 EST 2016

    "You are an amazing young man! We are so proud of you! Much love from the Cornell family."

    Tue Nov 15 01:11:07 EST 2016

    "I'm very proud of your strength and will to beat this disease. We all know how hard you worked these past three years to commit to your treatment 100%. Also, we are very proud of your hard work and we are very blessed to have you in our life. May God continue to bless you with health and keep your flame inside always lit to help others with your contagious smile and humor. With all my love. Salvador Bortone (Daddy)"

    Fri Nov 18 01:14:26 EST 2016

    "Run, Tara, Run!!"

    Elise & Justin Stubbe

    Mon May 11 03:00:11 EDT 2009

    "Good luck! Lisa"

    Barbara Huber

    Wed Oct 18 09:31:59 EDT 2017

    "Good luck! "

    Barbara Huber

    Wed Sep 20 03:38:25 EDT 2017

    "We hope this will help others and find a cure. Miss my brother so very much."

    Thu Oct 05 09:24:01 EDT 2017

    "I'm very proud of you, Tara. You have a big heart. xx"

    Aunt Lauri

    Wed Jul 08 06:06:04 EDT 2009

    "Vatsal thanks for leading this great initiative in such a young age. Your mission to support the young hero and create the awareness about leukemia will have profound impact across the globe. Thanks for taking time out of your intense high school schedule and working for a social cause. Way to go Vatsal!"

    John Watson

    Fri Jan 05 01:43:49 EST 2018

    "AS my mom is a breast cancer survivor, I am all about supporting initiatives like this. Best of luck to you in your fundraising endeavor. It truly is a great cause that can make a difference in our world today. Best, Ki"

    John Watson

    Fri Jan 05 01:57:17 EST 2018

    "Go Vatsal, good to see you active for a good cause!! Pirkka "

    John Watson

    Sun Jan 07 04:51:36 EST 2018

    "Dear Vatsal, Thank you and its impressive to see you work on this fund raising initiative! I have have forwarded this to my colleagues at work and to our CSR team to see if there is anything they are able to do to help. I wish you the very best! Warm Regards, Sanjay Nambiar, New Jersey"

    John Watson

    Thu Feb 01 02:02:01 EST 2018

    "What a great thing you are doing Vatsal"

    John Watson

    Sun Feb 04 10:51:06 EST 2018

    "Great effort Vatsal!"

    John Watson

    Sat Mar 03 12:15:30 EST 2018

    "I can't think of a better cause than to help those afflicted with these terrible diseases. Thank you, both for raising awareness and for raising much-needed funds to spread hope where it is much needed."

    Renee Matsis

    Wed Feb 07 06:44:33 EST 2018

    "My Aunt Ann is currently battling cancer, and fighting valiantly. "

    Patricia Traylor

    Thu Feb 08 01:52:31 EST 2018

    "Congratulations! Always keep reaching for the stars "

    Patricia Traylor

    Sat Feb 17 05:46:15 EST 2018

    "Makayla we are so proud of the hard work you are doing! My dad died of pancreatic cancer. You are truly a student of the year in our books!!!"

    Patricia Traylor

    Sat Feb 17 08:39:30 EST 2018


    Patricia Traylor

    Tue Jan 16 06:17:14 EST 2018

    "Thank you Makayla for all you are doing to raise funds for such an important cause. I am very proud of you! I hope you reach your goal! Love, Uncle Arthur."

    Patricia Traylor

    Thu Jan 18 11:07:17 EST 2018

    "Good Luck!! You are Awesome!!!"

    Patricia Traylor

    Tue Jan 23 10:41:07 EST 2018

    "Proud of you, Makayla!"

    Patricia Traylor

    Thu Jan 25 12:57:06 EST 2018

    "Thank you for raising money for such an important cause! ~The Riso Family"

    Patricia Traylor

    Mon Jan 29 10:53:36 EST 2018

    "Makayla Dickerson"

    Patricia Traylor

    Tue Feb 06 08:31:38 EST 2018

    "Makayla we are ALL so very proud of you!! Love all your BOWLING supporters "

    Patricia Traylor

    Thu Feb 22 07:36:05 EST 2018

    "So proud of you Makayla !!!"

    Patricia Traylor

    Fri Feb 23 05:51:50 EST 2018

    "Way to go Makayla! You’re doing GOOD things!"

    Patricia Traylor

    Sat Mar 03 10:24:09 EST 2018

    "Makayla I'm so proud of you. Love, Grandmommy "

    Patricia Traylor

    Sat Mar 03 02:46:23 EST 2018

    "We love you Love Top Dog"

    Patricia Traylor

    Sat Mar 03 04:46:20 EST 2018

    "It makes my heart happy that our young people get involved in things that make a difference. We support your noble efforts Tyler"

    Donald Burt

    Fri Mar 02 01:45:15 EST 2018

    "Good luck Niki and Tyler! You are already people of the year in my book!"

    Donald Burt

    Mon Feb 19 11:15:13 EST 2018

    "I admire your discipline to train for a marathon! Best of luck for a great cause."

    Barb Sheetz & Linda Eisenhard

    Tue Jul 21 04:47:51 EDT 2009

    "Hey Tara, remember me?? Kate Stewart sent me the link to your page.... so I just thought I'd help out. Best of luck!"

    Chris Sadowsky

    Mon Aug 03 03:09:39 EDT 2009

    "Right move in right Direction.Keep up Good work Team."

    Mon Apr 16 01:30:15 EDT 2018

    "Pelase keep doing great job you are doing, wish you best luck"

    Wed Apr 18 04:30:25 EDT 2018

    "Best Wishes, you are doing great job for the Country"

    Wed Apr 18 04:34:10 EDT 2018

    "Polymershapes hopes this helps in the fight!"

    Thu Jun 07 06:08:49 EDT 2018

    "Thank you for all the hard work to eliminate this illness . "

    Thu Jun 07 07:48:09 EDT 2018

    "Good luck in your continued strive to finding a cure for this disease. God speed. Anthony"

    Thu Jun 07 10:51:32 EDT 2018

    "Good luck Tara! I live in London. Maybe I can pop over to Dublin for the race and give you some support!! "

    Emily Porter

    Tue Aug 04 05:35:25 EDT 2009

    "You go girl!! I am so impressed with your dedication to running and commitment to this cause. I'll be cheering you on from afar!"

    Kirsten Chojnicki

    Thu Jun 14 08:28:58 EDT 2018

    "GO KATE!!!! You are the bomb and you have the biggest heart! So proud of you! Love you, sister!"

    Kirsten Chojnicki

    Thu Jun 14 11:51:14 EDT 2018

    "So proud of you Kate, what a great cause! And from your father �Run like the wind!�"

    Kirsten Chojnicki

    Thu Jun 14 08:37:40 EDT 2018

    "Don't stop running Kate! Keep it up even in your 60's!!! Chuck "

    Kirsten Chojnicki

    Fri Jun 15 11:07:10 EDT 2018

    "We are so proud of what you are doing and accomplishing!"

    Kirsten Chojnicki

    Sat Jun 16 07:38:59 EDT 2018

    "Good Luck, Kate! So nice to see that you're using your passion to help others!"

    Kirsten Chojnicki

    Sat Jun 16 08:39:33 EDT 2018

    "Let us know the exact date so we can be with you in spirit."

    Kirsten Chojnicki

    Sun Jun 17 06:38:49 EDT 2018

    "You are a rock star Kate -good luck at the race!"

    Kirsten Chojnicki

    Sun Jun 17 07:58:54 EDT 2018

    "You never cease to amaze me! "

    Kirsten Chojnicki

    Tue Jun 19 11:53:25 EDT 2018

    "Run free, run happy! All the best, Kate, from the MacItos"

    Kirsten Chojnicki

    Tue Jun 19 01:38:26 EDT 2018


    Fri Apr 20 07:19:31 EDT 2018

    "Tara, we are cheering for you from PA! What a great cause! "

    The Bunda Family

    Wed Aug 05 08:06:09 EDT 2009

    "Phi Kappa Sigma, University of Alabama"

    Wed Apr 11 08:50:32 EDT 2018

    "Good luck Matt! "

    Thu Apr 12 08:53:34 EDT 2018

    "Good luck Matt!"

    Mon Apr 16 09:56:58 EDT 2018

    "Good Luck!"

    Kaatje Kraft

    Wed Aug 05 07:16:30 EDT 2009

    "I'd give more if I could. I'll be thinking of you on my little 1-2 mile runs."

    Amy Kelly

    Fri Aug 07 08:16:25 EDT 2009

    "Go Tara!! Thank you for making the bracelets. Have fun in Dublin. "

    Lisa Csikos

    Sat Aug 08 08:25:27 EDT 2009

    "26.2 miles and a very nice cause!"

    Nathan Toke

    Tue Aug 11 02:00:22 EDT 2009

    "For those patchwork earrings!"

    Julia and Leon

    Mon Aug 17 07:03:05 EDT 2009

    "Sorry I can't spare more. Good luck! "


    Sat Aug 22 12:00:05 EDT 2009

    "Go Tara!!!"

    Matt,Michelle,Sydney,and Zachary

    Sun Aug 23 06:32:46 EDT 2009

    "woohoo jewelry sales! "


    Wed Aug 26 03:18:36 EDT 2009

    "Happy Birthday, Tara!!! I am soooo proud of you! Love ya, Kim"

    Kim, Jimmy, Baxter, Doxie, Millie, Noodle, Zeke & Jasper

    Wed Sep 16 10:38:31 EDT 2009

    "Go Tara!"

    Lisa McChesney Kinlaw

    Wed Sep 23 04:18:04 EDT 2009

    "Good luck!!! You are such a great person!!!"

    Jennifer, Robert, and Jackson

    Mon Oct 05 04:24:28 EDT 2009

    "More jewelry! whooopee!!"


    Wed Oct 07 02:49:06 EDT 2009

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $6,905.77 | Goal: $6,700.00
103 %

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My Thanks To

racing2savelives.etsy.com $533.94
www.racing2savelives.etsy... $500.00
Meredith R. $350.00
Matt,Michelle,Sydney,and ... $250.00
Anonymous in New Jersey $250.00
Barbara Smith $250.00
maggi king jones $250.00
Elise & Justin Stubbe $250.00
Covidien $200.00
Colin Preis $200.00
Robb Preis $200.00
john chojnicki $150.00
Stuart Ashbaugh $100.00
Kim, Jimmy, Baxter, Doxie... $100.00
StrawberryHedgehog.com $100.00
Kimberly Roth $100.00
margaret jones $100.00
Gary and Eleanore Roth $100.00
Timothy Wetzel $100.00
The Bunda Family $100.00
Timothy & Brenda Roth $100.00
Joseph Chautin HCCB, LLP $100.00
Barb Sheetz & Linda Eisen... $100.00
Gary and Eleanore Roth $100.00
Alexis Hurley $100.00
Kristina Peter $75.00
Tara Roth $75.00
Tara Roth $70.00
Jeffrey Roth $70.00
margaret jones $60.00
Harriet MacCracken Stump $50.00
John West $50.00
Emily Caldwell $50.00
Mandi Perkins $50.00
Gary And Eleanore Roth $50.00
Ida McCutcheon $50.00
Anonymous $50.00
Alka Tripathy $50.00
Kirsten Chojnicki $50.00
Peter Lindberg $50.00
Chris Sadowsky $50.00
Patricia Traylor $50.00
Renee Matsis $50.00
Margaret Denison $50.00
Aunt Lauri $50.00
Barbara Huber $50.00
Kim Genareau $50.00
Sarah Koch-Feldman $50.00
Sarah Kelsey $50.00
Maurits Thayer $35.00
Karen Greene $30.00
Kristi Diller $30.00
Nathan Toke $26.20
Amie Meese $25.00
Jennifer, Robert, and Jac... $25.00
Lisa McChesney Kinlaw $25.00
Lisa Csikos $25.00
Kaatje Kraft $25.00
Megan O'Shea $25.00
Heather Smoll $25.00
Karen Bell $25.00
Emily Porter $25.00
Donald Burt $25.00
John Watson $25.00
Brittany Brand $20.00
elizabeth rampe $10.00
Kassandra Fisher $10.00
Tara Roth $10.00
Miriam $10.00
Julia and Leon $10.00
Amy Kelly $10.00
Kristin Lamb $10.00
Brooke Braatz $5.00
Kayla Iacovino $5.00
Melinda Shimizu $5.00
Sarah Kelsey $1.00