Welcome to Cancer Better Run's Fundraising Page

The Why.
Feb 19, 2017 by Karen Lindauer

On August 11th, 2016 I walked into a Patient First and 24 hours later learned I had cancer.  I will never forget the panic I felt when the doctor told me I had a mass in my chest that shouldn’t be there.  My mind immediately jumped to thoughts of lung cancer and I just knew I was going to die.  I was 36 years old, a wife, mother, daughter, sister, employee, friend, athlete, and good citizen, but none of those titles excused me from having cancer.  While I laid in my hospital bed waiting for a biopsy to be done and choking back a panic attack, an Oncologist walked into my room.  He said “Without even looking at the biopsy results, I can already tell this is cancerous”.  He told me he thought it was either Lymphoma or something worse.  Then he looked me straight in the eyes and said “We are dealing with a type of cancer that is curable”.  It took six days to get those biopsy results back.  Six days where my mind went to some of the darkest places it’s ever visited.  When that phone call came and I heard the reassuring voice of my Oncologist, Dr. Lee, tell me that I had a type of Lymphoma that has a high success rate due to a chemotherapy regimen that had recently been developed, I could finally breathe again.   If this doctor was telling me I was going to be ok, then I believed him.


That final clear PET scan did not come without a price though.  What I had to endure to get rid of that cancer in my body was brutal.  It was an experience that I can only describe as traumatic.  I’m going to be spending years in therapy to work out that one.  Cancer leaves you scarred, not just physically but mentally and emotionally.  Find someone who tells you they are the same person they were before they had cancer and I’ll buy you a unicorn.  


As happy as I am to be able to tell people I am done with treatments and the final PET scan was good, there is still a tornado of emotions going on inside me.  I am equal parts angry, scared, and relieved.  


I am relieved that there was a cure for my cancer.  I am relieved that there are smart people in this world that figured it out, and that there was money for them to do the research and clinical trials necessary.  I am relieved that I was in good, capable hands with Dr. Lee and his team. When Dr. Lee gave me that fatherly side-hug after my good results came in and told me how proud he was of me, it felt pretty darn amazing.


I am scared because I can no longer go through life feeling immune to bad things happening.  I can’t take anything for granted any more.  I don’t even like saying that I’m done with treatments because I’m scared if I say it too loud, someone might hear me and make the cancer come back.   I try to be strong and brave, but I am also human.  I know what lurks on the other side of that door and it’s a monster.


Then I am angry.  I am angry this happened to me.  I am angry that it happens to other people.  Cancer is such a horrible, horrible thing and no one should feel it’s wrath.  It’s this anger that makes me want to stand up and do something.  I’m not smart enough to find a cure but how I wish I was.  I’m not strong enough to be a person of support to a community of cancer patients.  I am ,however, motivated enough to run a marathon and raise money to help fund research and grants, as well as help other patients afford the medical care they need.  This anger inside me that says “ENOUGH!”.  Running a marathon is my way of saying "You can't take the best parts of me".


I can not do this alone.  My team can not do this alone.  We need your help.  Please consider donating, you never know how much it can make a difference.  It is because of donations made to help fund research, that Oncologists are able to look patients in the eyes and use the word “curable”. 

We're up and running (figuratively and literally!)
Feb 19, 2017 by Karen Lindauer


Thanks for clicking on our Team in Training's (TNT) fundraising page for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).  Separately, we are Karen L., Kristy, Steve, and Karen P. but together we make up Team “Cancer Better Run”.  We are a bunch of happy-go-lucky folks who share the love of a good run, laugh, and beverage (sometimes all at the same time).   Each of us has been touched by cancer in some way whether it be the loss of a close friend or family member, knowing someone who has/had cancer, or even being a cancer survivor themselves.  As our friend Carla always says, "Turn your scars into stars" so we are trying to do just that.  We want to work towards finding a cure for the horrible beast that is cancer.  Since none of us are smart enough to come up with this cure ourselves, we’ve decided we can at least help fund research done by the smart people.

The idea to fundraise for the LLS came to Karen L. during one of her many loooong chemotherapy treatments this past fall to treat her diagnosis of Mediastinal Large B Cell Lymphoma.  As she sat there sipping her Coca-Cola and coloring her 100th picture, she thought “I want to do something to help others in my shoes”.  And so she thought and she thought, until a brilliant idea popped into her head.  “Running!  I love to run.  What if I used running as a way to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society?”   Karen didn’t want to run just any old race though.  She wanted to run one of the biggest marathons in the country and wanted her favorite running buddies to do it with her.  It didn’t take much convincing to talk Kristy and Steve into joining her.  Within seconds both had responded with an enthusiastic “YES!!!” to her question:  "Want to run the NY marathon with me as part of TNT?".  Karen P. joined in when she caught wind of our plan because she also wants to help give ol’ cancer the boot.


We greatly appreciate any donation you would like to offer whether it be $5, $50, or $5000 (ha, just kidding!  But seriously, we would skywrite you a “Thank you” if you did.).   LLS was able to invest $67.2 million in research in fiscal year 2015 to advance life-saving research because of people’s generous donations.  In case you are wondering “Does my donation really go to helping research and patient care?”, here is your answer.  This is what donations made possible in 2015:

·         invested $49.3 million in research

·         supported 268 research projects (and 22 Therapy Acceleration Program partnerships) in the United States, Canada and 7 other countries

·         provided co-pay assistance to patients

·         sponsored scientific conferences around the country

·         produced educational materials and videos

·         ran dozens of Family Support Groupsnationwide

Cancer sucks no matter which way you slice it.  No one knows that better than our teammate Karen.  Thanks to generous donations given to the LLS, it help fund the research conducted by the National Institute of Health to develop the treatment plan that saved Karen’s life.  We hope that by raising these funds to benefit the LLS, it will provide some assistance to the many others who will have to walk in her footsteps.  Please help us make that happen.

With love,

Karen L, Kristy, Steve, and Karen P.

Welcome to Cancer Better Run's Fundraising Page
Jan 27, 2017

As a single member of Team In Training I know you can help me do incredible things like save the lives of blood cancer patients! As part of a team, you can help us do even more like help advance promising therapies into permanent cures; but that takes time and help, your help!


Across the US TNT participants are training together as teams to prepare for a sports event that will support cures and access to treatments for blood cancer patients!

They will be raising funds to continue The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's funding of the breakthrough development of therapies that have already saved and continues to save thousands of lives. As a team, we are that much stronger, but still need the might of your support.

Please donate now to this TNT team and help us all get closer to a world without blood cancers!

Thank you!


Supporter Comments

    "Karen, you are one badass lady that I'm honored to know and call a friend! I'll be holding the rope for all of you as you show cancer who is the boss!!"

    Janet Dobson

    Sat Jan 28 05:38:14 EST 2017

    "Karen is such an amazing inspiration and I love supporting her and those around that have risen to the occasion to be by her side. You are all beautiful souls!!"

    Daniell Miller

    Thu Feb 02 07:54:49 EST 2017

    "You are all amazing and so strong! Continue to strive for greatness while supporting each other!"

    Adam Poole

    Fri Feb 03 12:08:37 EST 2017

    "Perfect crew to celebrate a kick butt cancer survivor!!!!"

    Teresa Allman

    Tue Feb 07 12:34:12 EST 2017

    "You all have taken on a hug challenge! What a wonderful example of friendship and team spirit. Go team Cancer Better Run!! Seth and Diane"

    Disne Larson

    Wed Feb 08 10:00:58 EST 2017

    "Cheering you on all the way!!!! "

    Cheryl Smith

    Wed Feb 08 12:48:43 EST 2017

    "Good luck team!"

    Michelle Dumas

    Fri Feb 10 06:01:58 EST 2017

    "So proud of this team"

    Abby Balderson

    Sun Feb 12 06:12:49 EST 2017

    "Karen and team, we're so proud of you and honored to call each of you friends! Love, Ashley and Ryan Conrad"

    Ryan and Ashley Conrad

    Sun Feb 12 08:10:12 EST 2017

    "LOVE the slogan, LOVE when people accidentally(or unknowingly) become the brightest beacons of light, shining so bright that it ignites the souls of others around them. Thank you for existing so intensely! And thank you, for showing the rest of us just how it's done!"

    Chrischa Ives

    Mon Feb 20 06:50:34 EST 2017

    "Karen continues to inspire me, I am so grateful and excited to watch her and her team kick ass in this race!!!"

    Joy Cox

    Mon Feb 20 10:41:22 EST 2017

    "Wish this was 10X's this amount...Karen is an inspiration! "


    Tue Feb 21 02:52:10 EST 2017

    "Karen, I'm a longtime hiking buddy/church friend of you mom's and also absolutely in awe of the way you've tackled this health challenge. The best to you - both in this fund raising drive and as you continue to beat cancer. Beve Ware"

    Beveret Ware

    Tue Feb 21 09:11:12 EST 2017

    "Go get them team!"

    Hobie Ritzel

    Fri Feb 24 05:23:41 EST 2017

    "Keep fighting the good fight. Finish your race. Keep the faith. "

    Lynn Dove

    Fri Feb 24 07:40:09 EST 2017

    "So excited for your journey to take you here! "

    Cynthia Ruggles

    Fri Feb 24 10:10:25 EST 2017

    "Good Luck Girls! Great goals and great cause!!"

    Kelly Austin

    Sat Feb 25 06:55:51 EST 2017

    "Karen - you are strong, courageous and inspiring. Steve, Kristy and Karen are rock stars too. Good luck in training for NYC17. With this donation, all I ask are 26.2 fun-filled miles thru NYC (how can it not be with this group) and a free bar of wax next time I'm in S&A."

    Albe Rodenas

    Tue Feb 28 02:33:25 EST 2017

    "Betty & bill whittaker "

    Bill and Betty Whittaker

    Tue Feb 28 05:58:41 EST 2017

    "El Burrito, Lucky you have a bunch of girls on your team. I usually don't contribute to Dude's causes! LOL Great cause, keep up the great work!! Can't wait to track you all in NYC!"


    Thu Mar 02 11:44:44 EST 2017

    "Good luck, Cancer Better Run!"

    Janet & Bill Raftery

    Sat Mar 04 01:17:55 EST 2017

    "Good luck with your fundraising and marathon!!! "

    Leah Nelson

    Sun Mar 05 10:16:59 EST 2017

    "Great cause Steve lambert"

    Jeff Skomski

    Sat Mar 11 10:07:18 EST 2017

    "You all are simply amazing! Thank you for raising this money to make a stand against this "thing" that has touched so many of our lives. "

    Sarah Kim

    Mon Mar 13 02:58:48 EDT 2017

    "You guys are wonderful people who have brought joy and sunshine to my life (Sean's too)! We thank you for letting us be a part of your life. You guys Rock!"

    Jean and Sean Mulligan

    Wed Mar 15 04:41:18 EDT 2017

    "Go TEAM! Glad to support each of you on this very special journey! ♡ Josh and Shannon"

    Shannon and Josh Wade

    Sun Mar 19 10:11:04 EDT 2017

    "We will always miss her smile."


    Sun Apr 02 02:51:35 EDT 2017

    "Thank you for raising money for such a worthy cause. I will gladly wear my new hat proudly. I will be at Orange Crush if you want to deliver it there. "

    Susan Gibbs

    Wed Apr 05 10:24:45 EDT 2017

    "I love all of you and very proud of y'all! Go get it! 💪🏻👊🏻❤"

    Joan Horton

    Thu Apr 06 07:19:38 EDT 2017

    "Boco Hat!"

    Albe Rodenas

    Thu Apr 06 04:41:17 EDT 2017

    "Cancer better run hat :-) I'm so proud of you all!!!"

    Abby Balderson

    Sat Apr 08 04:28:17 EDT 2017

    "The spinning ladies!!! Ragan P, Nicole H, Summer K, Holly C, Erin D, Lindsay S, Elise J, Kelly P, Cindy R, Kristin R, Lauren R, Allison B, Kate D, Liz S, Heather F, jand Janet D. "


    Sun Apr 09 04:45:37 EDT 2017

    "Continue to do amazing things my friends :) "

    Adam Poole

    Sat Apr 15 08:09:54 EDT 2017

    "Together! Love, Jim & Kim "

    Jim & Kim Stemple

    Sat Apr 15 06:17:41 EDT 2017

    "Cancer Better Run!"

    Jennifer McNamara

    Sun Apr 16 05:39:18 EDT 2017

    "Thank you to everyone who purchased our hats!"

    BOCO Hats

    Mon Apr 17 09:25:31 EDT 2017

    "So proud of my fellow Wolfpack team members!"

    Brian Walker

    Wed Apr 26 03:17:55 EDT 2017

    "Wishing you all the best in your fundraising and training endeavors. You are all amazing! So glad to be a little part of this great thing you are doing! xoxo!!"

    Stephanie Quiney

    Mon May 01 05:48:49 EDT 2017

    "We're behind you guys! Go team, go!"

    Jean & Sean Mulligan

    Tue May 02 04:51:34 EDT 2017

    "Bike raffle, please!"


    Wed May 17 09:07:54 EDT 2017

    "Can't wait to watch you guys take on NYC! Your team is truly an inspiration, and the money raised will help so many. (Tank Top and Bike Raffle) Megan and Rick Overbey"

    Megan and Rick Overbey

    Thu May 18 08:43:43 EDT 2017

    "Raffle and t-shirt money!!"


    Mon May 22 02:10:45 EDT 2017

    "Good Luck and see ya in NYC! GO TEAM!!!"

    Michael & Corinne Aselin

    Tue May 23 07:47:23 EDT 2017

    "You guys are awesome and these funds will make a difference. "

    Hobie Ritzel

    Wed May 24 08:17:57 EDT 2017

    "March Madness"

    Steven Lambert

    Wed May 24 10:50:52 EDT 2017

    "Slow Ride"


    Thu May 25 12:17:11 EDT 2017

    "For Visor...."


    Thu Jun 01 10:00:04 EDT 2017

    "This is just awesome. Best wishes!!!"

    Tracy Koprowski

    Thu Jun 01 10:13:41 EDT 2017

    "We're excited for the concert tonight!!"

    Diane Larson

    Sat Jun 03 12:20:59 EDT 2017

    "Payment for the visor!"

    Cindy Ruggles

    Sat Jun 03 01:14:39 EDT 2017

    "You guys are so inspiring! Love your creative juices that you have applied to this worthy cause!"

    John Chandler

    Sat Jun 03 02:34:52 EDT 2017

Team Fundraising Total

Goal: $14,000.00
109 %
Donations: $15,254.61

Donate to our Team

Join Cancer Better Run in the Mission to wipe out blood cancer:

 Titanium $1,000.00
 Platinum $500.00
 Gold $250.00
 Silver $100.00
 Super $50.00
 Star $25.00
 Other $

Donate to a Team Member

Thanks To

Surf Contest $200.00
James Medd $100.00
elizabeth psimas $100.00
Robert Psimas $100.00
Meghan Raftery $100.00
Dayna Goldberg $100.00
Harvey and Joyce Seargean... $100.00
Alexandra East $50.00
JoAnn Turner $50.00
Michelle Quaglino $50.00
missy thieman $30.00
Holly Coriell $25.00
Steven A Lambert $25.00
Erica Levinton $25.00
Virginia McCarthy $25.00
Nicole Yeany $20.00
Mandy Rondeau $20.00
Christopher Spinelli  
Heidi Calma  
Caryn & Chip Neidhold  
Jennie Phaneuf  
Tasha Frederick  
Elizabeth Moyer  
Jessica Abbott  
MIndy Siyufy  
Kathryn McIntyre  
kelly barba  
Surf Contest $447.00
Surf & Adventure $296.00
Surf Contest $160.00
Rick Richter $100.00
Janet Dallas $50.00
Uncle Mark and Aunt Marci... $50.00
Blackwater Engines $50.00
Tiffany and Craig Wynn $50.00
Lisa Newell $25.00
Karen $25.00
Shelley Scott $25.00
DYLAN & MARIA $25.00
Debbie Lambert $25.00
Rebekah Yohe $20.00
Becky & Steve Wyatt  
Julie Fink  
Elizabeth Bolner  
Shannon Facchina  
Catrina Ralston $262.17
Ruth Maute $250.00
Rick Richter $150.00
Brynn & Camryn $50.00
Diane Larson $30.00
Lucia Labella $26.25
Erin O'Brien $25.01
Amy Sokol  
Diane Larson  
Debbie Puckett  
Diane Larson  
Bonnie Keuhne  
Jean Mulligan $250.00
Kathleen Keller $100.00
Danny Cruce $100.00
Laura Bragg $100.00
Anthony Palomata $100.00
Courtney Osborne & Famil... $50.00
Katie Lawlor $50.00
LeAnh Irish $50.00
Betty Demers $50.00
Megan Lanum $25.00
Lyndsey Boyce $25.00
Kelsey Seibert $25.00
Erin O'Brien $24.43
Sarah Franklin $20.00
Albe Rodenas  
Jill Thomas  
Jane Southers - in memor...  
Mardee Carson  
Ashley Calkin  
Dawn H.  
Anonymous $1619.00
Anonymous $550.00
BOCO Hats $380.00
boco visors $350.00
Chili-Dog $250.00
Maria Jacob $250.00
Janet Dobson $250.00
Diane Larson $150.00
John Chandler $100.00
Kerry Johnson $100.00
Nancy Psimas $100.00
Captain Don $100.00
Shannon and Josh Wade $100.00
Jean and Sean Mulligan $100.00
Denise Singleton $100.00
Anonymous $100.00
Cheryl Smith $100.00
Hobie Ritzel $50.00
Michael & Corinne Aselin $50.00
Megan and Rick Overbey $50.00
Anne & William Conrad $50.00
Albe Rodenas $50.00
Cynthia Ruggles $50.00
Lynn Dove $50.00
Hobie Ritzel $50.00
Markus Moest $50.00
Rachel Kemp $50.00
Kristen and Steven Lawren... $50.00
Surf & Adventure Co $40.00
Jean & Sean Mulligan $40.00
Jenny Raines $40.00
Abby Balderson $35.00
Abby Balderson $35.00
Surf & Adventure Co. $30.00
Tiffany Rhodes $25.00
Cindy Ruggles $25.00
Anonymous $25.00
Steven Lambert $25.00
Jennifer McNamara $25.00
Susan Gibbs $25.00
Anonymous $25.00
Lauren Sharp $25.00
Laura Bucci $25.00
Connie McKeon $25.00
Jeff Skomski $25.00
Kelly Austin $25.00
Shelley Mcdonnell $25.00
Chrischa Ives $25.00
Kristin Baldwin $25.00
Tracy Koprowski $20.00
Joy Cox $15.00
Meena Lenn  
Laura Wood  
Braden Wicks  
Crazy Good Donuts  
Stephanie Quiney  
Brian Walker  
Jim & Kim Stemple  
Adam Poole  
Ashley Wykle  
Radlyn Mendoza  
Liz McVey  
Jen Bibb  
Albe Rodenas  
Joan Horton  
David and Jane Southers  
Ryan and Kristin Hatchef  
Cindy Ruggles  
Michelle Dumas  
Sarah Kim  
Janet Dierstein  
Leah Nelson  
Janet & Bill Raftery  
Bill and Betty Whittaker  
Beveret Ware  
Laura Wood  
Robin Williams  
Ryan and Ashley Conrad  
Michelle Dumas  
Stephen Vandergrifft  
Cindy Cajulis  
Allison Dery  
Sarah Buckhalter  
Disne Larson  
Shelley Sowers  
Kathleen White  
Teresa Allman  
Adam Poole  
Daniell Miller