My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
Jan 26, 2009 by Holly Heller-Ross

Racing to Save Lives


Welcome to my Team In Training home page.


I'm training to participate in an endurance event as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training. All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. I am completing this event in honor of all individuals 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!


Will you join me in supporting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society? On May 24th (my sister Avi's birthday!), I will be running the Vermont City Marathon with Team in Training (TNT). I was inspired to do this by my niece Kristen Johnson ( 2 marathons with TNT), the memory of my Mom and Pauline, and in honor of my local team hero Mason Snider.


I like running; it helps keep me healthy. I've run several half marathons, but never a full marathon. Running one with TNT seems manageable, unlike running from appointment to appointment trying to manage a disease like leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. Working as a team makes training for the race possible for me, fundraising as a team might eventually make more cures possible for all of us.


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 support!


5/25/09 Finished!!!!!! Thanks to everyone for your support!!! This was quite an amazing event. We ran through rain at the start, harder rain in the middle (which kept us cool but got our feet wet) , and then sun for the finish. The sun made the day a lot more pleasant for families and friends, but a bit harder for the runners. I got to run with Jay Mageria (who can run a marathon in his sleep and was running to support a first-time marathoner...go Amy!), and his friend John, another multi-marathoner; he was along for the fun of it. So they chatted and told jokes and traded insults while Amy and I concentrated on finishing the race. Jerry rode around on his bike giving us encouragement and bringing Amy dry socks. Jay's wife Kathy took tons of photos at strategic moments. Kathy's run this marathon before and will again someday I'm sure.

Then for a while I ran with another TNT participant from the Albany group. Stacey had been sick during the training and had only finished 14 miles. She managed 22 yesterday despite nausea and exhaustion but got pulled out because of an irregular heartbeat. She really wanted to finish, but 22 miles was already a huge accomplishment and the TNT coach was adamant that she stop. After that I ran with Jay and Amy again, while John ran ahead to get the darn thing over with!

At the finish, I got to see my Dad, Luce, Rebi and Pat, talk with Avi (the birthday girl) on the phone, saw Jamie and Trish, but missed seeing my girlfriends. (Marshia, MaryBeth, Beth, and Lisa had wanted to surpise me, but we never saw each other. They had a good time anyway, so they said!) Rebi, Pat, Jerry and I had a victory beer at the waterfront and that was that.

An epic event. Thanks again from the bottom of my heart.

Now.....in case you'd like to do more...my training partner Trish Myatt is still fund-raising for San Diego. her web page is http://pages.teamintraining.org/uny/rnr09/tmyatt

If you know of someone in your circles of friends who might help Trish out, feel free to pass this on.

Over and out,

Holly


5/19/09: Just a few more days and then the race. On Saturday Jamie, Trish and I ran the final long run, an 8 miler around the hills of Peru. When we started there was snow on the ground and now we're running through drifts of apple blossoms! I'm as ready as I'll ever be, and am deeply, deeply grateful for my family and friends. I feel as though you've all been right there with me. Special thanks to folks who sent in the last donations to get me to the fundraising goal: My sisters, disguised as Mole and Troll, (Avi, Rebi, Ruth, and of course Shantel) Patricia Miranda, Karen Volkman, Elin O'Hara-Gonya, Ann Arnold, Michelle Toth, and Al Mihalek.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society sent a recent email message that I wanted to share with you, as your contributions make these advances possible.

"Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $600 million in blood cancer research. We fund more blood cancer research than all other voluntary health agencies.

An LLS-funded researcher developed Gleevec, a pill for Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML). Now, more than 95 percent of newly diagnosed CML patients survive more than five years with a good quality of life. LLS was also instrumental in the development of Velcade, a targeted treatment approved for patients with multiple myeloma and mantle cell lymphoma."

Once again, thanks for participating in this with me.


5/10/09: Wow, 2 weeks since I've logged in my report. First, I went to my high altitute training in Albuquerque N.M. ( for the library instruction LOEX conference) , 5000 ft above sea level, my home sea level is about zero! Could not run my 12 miles, did 3 one day and 4 the next. Just could not breathe or run! Did have a great time seeing Alison, and hanging out with Bob and Sushmita a bit. Learned a lot for my work. Then yesterday, running 15 miles with Jamie, heading into the last 5 miles I was hit with pain in my left knee! Oh man! Jerry looked it up, certainly it's ITB, - iliotibial band syndrome . So, ice, stretching, rest...then back on the road. Race is coming up soon, so I need to be ready.

Many thanks to the Romeo Family, Tim Hartnett, Tracey Orkin, and Anne De la Chapelle for your contributions and support.


4/27/09: Cool/overcast day for the long run this weekend. A 12 miler for Jamie and me, 18 for Trish. We did lots of hills running on the back roads of Peru. After the run TNT held a bake sale, raising awareness and $$ for the society, getting lots of encouragement from all the shoppers who stopped by. Special thanks to my colleagues who participated in the gift card raffle (Mila won!), and Chantale Audet at the YMCA.


4/20/09: Read about an amazing walk by Jigme Norbu. Here is the news report from http://www.montereyherald.com/ci_12177402

"The Dalai Lama's nephew has finished a 900-mile walk across America to protest what he calls Chinese suppression of Tibetans.

After the four-week trek from Indiana to New York, Jigme Norbu's feet were full of painful blisters and were missing nails and the feeling in one toe. "But I feel energized, because the cause itself energizes me," Norbu said Saturday, a day after emerging from New Jersey through the Lincoln Tunnel. Norbu started his walk in Indianapolis on March 10, marking the 50th anniversary of a failed Tibetan rebellion against Chinese rule that resulted in the exile of the Dalai Lama over the Himalayas into India. "

Ok, so I ran 18 miles yesterday. I took some rest stops, had snacks and drinks, my running partners to chat with, even stopped briefly at my neighbors yard sale (Thanks Gina and Wally!) to use the restroom. It wasn't easy, my feet hurt, my left knee had some painful twinges, my thoughts strayed from a motivated purposeful mode to a "why again am I doing this?" mode...but I just kept going back to Mr. Nornu's comment. "But I feel energized, because the cause itself energizes me"

I don't know what impact his 900 mile walk will have, but the impact of my 26.2 mile run is clear. Better options, treatments, and family support for people with leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. That energizes me.

My sincere thanks this week to Aunt Jackie and Uncle Julie, and Chris Mullen for their wonderful contributions to this cause.


4/11/09: Easter weekend, sunny and cool. Fueled up on Friday with a great Seder with our neighbors and ran on Saturday, so we could enjoy the family celebrations on Sunday. 12 miles for me, 16 for Trish, and Jamie was home with pneumonia. On a 12 mile run you chat about lots of stuff (except while out of breath running uphill), so in fact I am really getting to know Trish and Jamie pretty well! Still 6 weeks to go, no injuries, training on schedule, fundraising getting closer...it's all good. My thanks to Apple Blossom Florist, Uncle Roger in the Big Apple, Carol, Patty, and Gina at work, and Donna Hackett from the YMCA for wonderful donations this week.


4/4/09: Another Saturday long run (16 miles), this time in drizzle. It actually worked well to keep us cooled off, but we were hoping not to get drenched. Trish ran ahead to finish her 10 and the Jamie and I did the last 6 at a slower pace. I must say the last few miles I did weren't so much a run as a sluggish forward motion...nothing to brag about that's for sure. I'm trusting in the TNT training program, they say I'll be able to do 26.2 if I stay on this schedule...

Thanks to Sandy Rascoe for her donation and encouragement, and to all my colleagues who are planning to bake something for the sale on the 11th!


3/28/09: We ran on Saturday, as that fit better in the schedules and tomorrow is supposed to be a steady rain. Today was beautiful, great temp and sunny! Only 10 miles for me this time, still felt like a challenge, especially up the hills. Thanks to Ona and Jeff, Dad, and Mary and George Hoffman for donations this week. I also started the Borders gift card raffle at work, thanks to Patty for buying the first ticket and donating the roll of tickets.


3/23/09: Longest run so far yesterday morning (14 miles) and I'm very grateful for Jamie and Trish, for snacks and company. I really don't think I would run that far on my own. I wanted to stop at mile 5 and at mile 10 and mile 13!!!

Sadly, I then spent the afternoon sitting with Gene Arnold and family saying goodbye. He passed away this morning. He wasn't in pain, wasn't alone, and I believe is now very happy. The sorrow is for us and for Ann and Charlie and Amie, Gene is at peace. Thanks to Rebi for staying overnight so Charlie would have family with him and the rest of us could get some sleep.

I want to thank Marshia and Susan for donations, and Uncle Roger for the phone call this week, and my son Ravi for his good advice about breaking in my new sneakers!


3/15/09: The Ides of March! Ran my 10 miles by myself earlier than the group meeting so I could be home in the afternoon to hang out with Butch and Shantel. I did a 7 mile loop, then got some water at home and did the last three. We had a pizza party and everyone (Mila, Butch, and Shantel) helped clip brush in the back yard. Beautiful day in the high 40's! Have a few more toe blisters, but otherwise the training is going just fine.


3/9/09: Nice and slow long run around Peru yesterday (12 miles) with Jamie. The rest of the group was busy/out-of-town/or ran on Saturday. We did a 6 mile loop, stopped for drinks and to rest a bit, then another 6 mile loop. Saw some ducks and a flock of chickens! I've got a nasty cold that got worse during the rest of the day, taking it easy now. Thanks for all the support so far, including donations from Mary and Tom Armstrong, Nancy Hoshlyk, Anne Marie Spear, and Janet Lichtensteiger-Kelly.


3/1/09: First day of March, and a cool day for the long run (8 miles). We did a route in Peru for a change, and not too many hills! Only one blister so far. Thanks to my Dad for the newspaper clipping about the Florida woman training for a run across the Sahara, thanks to Scott Utley for the encouraging phone call, thanks to Lisa D for her generous donation, also to Cheri and Lee, and Danny White at Adirondack Molding.


2/22/09: Today's long run was inside at the YMCA, the outside group run was cancelled because of expected snow. It was not as much fun as trying to catch up with Jamie and Trish, and I did take some water breaks. Thanks to Leisa and Kim, Penny and Stubby, Darlene and Rick, Janine, Lisa and Marybeth for donations this week.


2/15/09: 2nd long run was a bit harder, maybe because I donated blood on Monday? Anyhow, I made my 7 mile distance, but it was pretty slow. By next Sunday's 10 miles I should be fully recovered. Thanks for all the donations so far, including Lawrence Shanley from Peru Pharmacy , Butch Morgan, and Alison!


2/9/09: The first run was super and a good challenge for me. After a review of training and some fundraising tips we did 9 miles at a nice pace. My mentor Jamie was great to run with as she just chatted along and kept my mind off my pounding feet! Thanks for donations from Debra, Natalie, Pat Miranda, Avi, Ruth and Pat.


2/8/09: getting ready for my first group run, 1:30 today at the U.S. Oval. I'm a bit nervous, hoping I can keep up with the other folks! Lovely weather today...about 35 F and a light drizzle. It's sure better than 10 below zero!

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    "Love you Mila! See you tomorrow with walking shoes on!!!"
     

    Fri Oct 18 10:21:58 EDT 2013

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    "Thanks for stopping by my fundraising page! Feel free to leave a comment! :) "
     

    Pat Holstrom

    Fri Aug 16 01:18:38 EDT 2013

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    "Holly, An inspiring and wonderful goal. Thank you and good luck. Love, Patty"
     

    Patty Bentley

    Thu Apr 09 11:07:43 EDT 2009

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    "We are proud of you! Pat, Rebi, Maryssa, Shantel, and Cassidy You are making a difference."
     

    Romeo Family

    Fri May 01 08:28:37 EDT 2009

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    "we're always there for you!"
     

    mole and troll

    Mon May 18 01:28:25 EDT 2009

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    "In memory of Mom and my friend Wilson."
     

    Wed Feb 08 08:54:38 EST 2017

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    "Mike Fullam, you've always had a big heart! "
     

    Thu Aug 17 10:28:44 EDT 2017

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    "Sorry for your loss! I am always so inspired by your fundraising and volunteer efforts. "
     

    Wed Aug 23 12:34:09 EDT 2017

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    "Best of luck in your fund raising effort. Ariel is a terrific person and deserves to win. "
     

    Thu Feb 23 10:16:32 EST 2017

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    "Wine & Chocolate Tasting"
     

    Sun Mar 26 09:00:06 EDT 2017

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    "We're proud of Anna - and of course Emer."
     

    Murray Heller

    Mon Mar 21 07:48:36 EDT 2016

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    "Great work Team!"
     

    Murray Heller

    Fri Mar 25 07:18:19 EDT 2016

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    "Thanks for doing this!! "
     

    Murray Heller

    Tue Apr 05 02:27:44 EDT 2016

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    "Best of luck with all the fundraising. Very worthy cause. Well done Emer. You're some woman xxxx"
     

    Murray Heller

    Tue Apr 05 05:05:30 EDT 2016

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    "Nice work <3"
     

    Murray Heller

    Wed Apr 06 04:41:47 EDT 2016

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    "Well done don don. Sorry about the cheese &#128521;"
     

    Murray Heller

    Fri Apr 15 02:32:01 EDT 2016

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    "Good job for supporting such a great cause. "
     

    Murray Heller

    Wed Apr 20 10:18:53 EDT 2016

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    "Keep up the good work! X "
     

    Murray Heller

    Sat Apr 30 08:10:25 EDT 2016

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    "Well done on your relentlessness. "
     

    Murray Heller

    Thu Jun 02 06:24:58 EDT 2016

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    "I'll be claiming my free drink when I see you back in SF in the new year ;) Get luck Don, so proud of you for dedicating your time and effort to such a great cause. xxxx "
     

    Murray Heller

    Fri Jun 03 04:09:32 EDT 2016

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    "Go Noelle!"
     

    Mon Jan 20 03:36:10 EST 2014

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    "You're an inspiration, Noelle!"
     

    Mon Jan 20 09:12:41 EST 2014

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    "Go Noelle! "
     

    Mon Feb 24 02:44:26 EST 2014

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    "I think what you're doing is amazing! Good luck in Hawaii. "
     

    Fri Mar 28 04:41:02 EDT 2014

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    "Dear Holly, Better late than never...I realized about halfway back to Pdam that I never did give you a check. Sounds like it was a wonderful experience. "
     

    Holly Chambers

    Wed May 27 06:10:36 EDT 2009

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    "Thank you, Holly, for helping stamp out cancer."
     

    Shantel Heller

    Sun May 17 09:55:03 EDT 2009

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    "GO Noelle! So proud of you to take on this personal challenge! "
     

    Tue Mar 04 04:21:27 EST 2014

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    "Win and in the process win for charity."
     

    Wed Feb 26 11:05:02 EST 2014

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    "God is Blessing you through this fundraising in helping others. Keep trusting in Him! We're so proud of you and we know you will do great. Keep up the good fight. In Christ and much love: Tiff, Doug & the kids."
     

    Wed Feb 26 10:05:37 EST 2014

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    "Good Luck! You can do it"
     

    Mon Feb 24 03:54:47 EST 2014

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    "You Go Girl!"
     

    Wed Feb 19 12:58:11 EST 2014

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    "Awesome work! "
     

    Tue Feb 11 09:01:44 EST 2014

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    "I'll be there in spirit 3/30! you go girl, my hero."
     

    Thu Jan 23 07:04:51 EST 2014

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    "Go Noelle!"
     

    Fri Jan 17 02:23:20 EST 2014

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    "Go Noelle! So excited you're doing this!"
     

    Mon Jan 13 06:46:30 EST 2014

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    "Best of luck, Noelle!"
     

    Thu Jan 09 12:18:45 EST 2014

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    "You're a superstar Noelle! Good luck!!!"
     

    Wed Jan 08 07:47:47 EST 2014

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    "Go, Noelle!! Hugs, Ruth"
     

    Sat Dec 28 06:22:55 EST 2013

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    "Thank you Amanda!"
     

    Mon Oct 17 07:34:30 EDT 2016

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    "Wonderful cause Amanda."
     

    Mon Oct 03 04:42:40 EDT 2016

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    "Way to go, Amanda! Great cause. Good luck!"
     

    Thu Sep 29 05:07:10 EDT 2016

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    "We are happy to donate toward Amanda Gebler's walk. Cathy and Tom Beckett"
     

    Mon Sep 26 10:15:27 EDT 2016

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    "This donation is for Amanda Gebler and her team."
     

    Sun Sep 25 09:44:23 EDT 2016

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    "Fair play for all the hard work Donners!"
     

    Murray Heller

    Sun Jun 05 01:02:53 EDT 2016

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    "I appreciated the msgs and your still joyfully goal orientated hope ya get back for a visit sometime"
     

    Murray Heller

    Sat Jun 04 02:53:21 EDT 2016

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    "Beter late than never . Good stuff out of you . "
     

    Murray Heller

    Fri Jun 03 03:12:06 EDT 2016

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    "Good on ya donners your persistence is inspiring! Xx"
     

    Murray Heller

    Fri Jun 03 12:32:21 EDT 2016

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    "Good luck Team Imagine!! xxx"
     

    Murray Heller

    Fri Apr 29 06:25:28 EDT 2016

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    "Great cause"
     

    Murray Heller

    Fri Apr 29 12:53:47 EDT 2016

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    "Those Helmsworths are sooo dreamy "
     

    Murray Heller

    Thu Apr 21 09:39:48 EDT 2016

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    "Go Emer! "
     

    Murray Heller

    Wed Apr 20 12:51:08 EDT 2016

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    "You go girl! M"
     

    Murray Heller

    Tue Apr 19 10:22:13 EDT 2016

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    "Good Luck in meeting your goal Emer. Danny, Tony, and Brad"
     

    Murray Heller

    Mon Apr 11 06:05:38 EDT 2016

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    "Go Emer Go!"
     

    Murray Heller

    Fri Mar 25 04:42:39 EDT 2016

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    "Blessings to all. Keep up the good work. Terry and Ramon Ferro"
     

    Murray Heller

    Mon Mar 21 11:52:51 EDT 2016

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    "Wine & Chocolate night :)"
     

    Wed Mar 29 12:56:28 EDT 2017

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    "Wine and Chocolate donation"
     

    Mon Mar 13 10:10:05 EDT 2017

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    "Good luck to Ariel and her (your) team!"
     

    Mon Feb 27 09:30:39 EST 2017

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    "With light, Michael :)"
     

    Thu Mar 30 11:24:04 EDT 2017

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    "In honor of Lili a wonderful special person I feel lucky to know. "
     

    Christina Mullen

    Thu Oct 06 08:20:08 EDT 2016

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    "Hi Sayuri, I just saw this email about your fundraising for Leukemia Society. I didn't know you were active in this cause. Did you walk for someone in your family or in honor of someone you lost? Anyways, I wanted to wish you lots of love and health."
     

    Pat Holstrom

    Tue Nov 12 07:15:49 EST 2013

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    "Always in my heart. I wil always remeber your smile. "
     

    Fri Oct 18 06:55:17 EDT 2013

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    "I'm expecting you to do a great job. I know you will do your best. Good luck!"
     

    Fri Nov 11 03:32:22 EST 2016

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    "Great Job Kathy....you can do it:)"
     

    Wed Nov 09 11:32:56 EST 2016

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    "Thank you Noey for keeping the fight alive. Good luck on this emotional and physical journey. Proud of you."
     

    Thu Jan 23 03:21:01 EST 2014

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $2,185.00 | Goal: $2,000.00
 
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Tim Hartnett  
Mila Su  
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Patricia Miranda  
Anne de la Chapelle  
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Romeo Family  
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Janine Sorrell  
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Butch Morgan  
Peru Pharmacy Inc  
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Alison Armstrong  
Pat Holstrom  
Natalie Peck  
Debra Kimok  
Patricia Miranda  
avi and ruth heller