My Fundraising Page
Jul 10, 2008 by Kristin Lloyd
Love Enables us to walk fearlessly, to run confidently, and to live victoriously!
Howdy family and friends! Welcome to my Team In Training home page.
You may be thinking that I have gone completely nuts, but I am training for the Chevron Houston marathon as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training. All of my team memebers are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives.
Much of my inspiration comes in running for honored teammates -- Matthew Maultsby and Christine Bencivengo who are battling blood cancers. These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure!
I would like to suggest the following sponsorship programs to you:
$20: Because leukemia is the leading cause of cancer-related death among children under the age of 20.
$26.20: Because that's the number of miles I'm running on January 17, 2009 in honor of all individuals suffering from blood cancers.
$88: Because there is now an 88% chance of survival for children under five years old who are diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia.
$288: Equivalent to $1 for each person who will be diagnosed with a blood cancer in the next 24 hours.
$500: Enough to provide one patient or family with financial assistance in a year.
$1,000: Cost on average for a one night stay at the hospital. Many patients visit the hospital numerous times and for extended periods while undergoing treatments.
I'll be ever so grateful if you, too, would join The Team, by donating as generously as you can. Donating on line is easy and secure, and you will get an e-mail confirmation moments after donating. If you prefer to donate by mail, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send a form and stamped envelope.
I hope you will visit my web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress. Thanks for your support!
August '08 - The entire month was a blur, and was spent getting to know our teammates and the park, and loosening up our limbs to gear up for our training season. We ran in Terry Hershey Park on trails I never knew existed until now. All in all, a good start to training!
September 13 - Our group training run got cancelled on Saturday morning because hurricane Ike was blowin through Houston. I need to drink more water, and I know that will make a difference when I run, but overall, I'm feeling good.
September 19 - I have officially made it through my first month of training. I began my journey on August 9 and this weekend we are running 8 miles. I have a long way to go in both training and fund raising. In order to achieve my goal I must reach 26.2 miles and $1,900.00. Without your support both will be impossible. My deadline for my fundraising is December 14, 2008. Thanks to everyone who has supported my effort to raise awareness and money for a very important cause.
October 27 - Well we have passed on into the double digit miles. This past weekend we ran 12 miles and for some reason my knees just started to give me trouble. I was so down hearted when I thought I wouldn’t be able to finish the marathon this January; after getting this far and forming great relationships I did not want to quit halfway through. I went to the doctor Monday morning and thank goodness it wasn’t my ACL or Meniscus; probably just a touch of tendonitis. This little set back made me appreciate all the wonderful things my body can do and if my knees are the only part of me I have to worry about then I’m doing good. Thank you for all of your support already; it looks like I’ll meet my goal of turning in all my fundraising money by December 14th. Ya’ll are AWESOME!
December 22 - Well I finally made it to 21 miles! The weather was perfect for our run this past weekend. I am so grateful for the many supporters who gave up their Saturday morning to bring us refreshments and encouragement; their presence truly helped me complete the mileage. All along the trails the team posted funny little markers:
“Toenails are for sissies”
“Running is a mental sport and we’re all insane!”
“I’ve got the runs”
“Running is cheaper than therapy”
It’s so hard to believe our group has come this far in just a few short months; I couldn’t help getting a little teary eyed after finishing the 21 miles. After battling with “runner’s knee” and unreliable ankles, this has been a difficult journey but not nearly as difficult as what the patients with blood cancers endure. I pray that their pain can be lessened through our efforts and that a cure can be found quickly.