My Fundraising Page

The Why.
Feb 19, 2017 by Karen Lindauer

By clicking on my fundraising page, this means you already know about my quest to fundraise for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as part of Team in Training.  What you may not know is exactly why I have decided to be a part of something so big.  On August 11th 2016, I walked into a Patient First with symptoms of chest tightness and 24 hours later learned I had cancer.  I have never felt more scared as I begged God for my life.  While I laid in that hospital bed waiting to get a biopsy, an Oncologist walked into my room to talk to me.  He said "Without even looking at the biopsy, I can already tell this is something cancerous".   He said he thought it was probably a type of Lymphoma or something worse. My heart stopped.  Then he looked me straight in the eyes and said "If it is Lymphoma, we are dealing with a type of cancer that is cureable".  Six days went by until I got the call that informed me I had Lymphoma, but it was "highly cureable".  When I heard those words, I could finally breathe for the first time in what felt like an enternity.  If this doctor was telling me I was going to be ok then I believed him.  



One thing I thought about a lot when I was going through my treatments was how thankful I was for all the "smart people" who figured out how to cure my cancer and all the other cancers out there.  Sadly, they are not all cureable but there are a many that are.  It's amazing the amount of people who shared their cancer stories with me.  It was hearing about their journeys that helped me get through mine.  There is no way to say "thank you" to my Oncologist, Dr. Lee, and the many people who helped me along the way.  The only way I can think of to show my appreciation is to help give back by fundrasing for this organization.  


It's because of donations made by good people like yourselves that make it possible for an Oncologist to fuse the word "cureable" in a sentence.  Due to the research and clinical trials completed by the National Institute of Health, they were able to come up with a highly successful chemotherapy regimen that destroyed the mass in my chest.   These research grants and clinical trials help save lives.  They helped save mine.


Thank you,



Running a half marathon after my 2nd round of chemotherapy.  People say "I can't believe you did that!" but I say "I can't imagine not doing it".  Running was what kept me sane.




My Fundraising Page
Jan 27, 2017


It takes more than one person to make up a team and that’s why I’m asking you to donate to my TNT fundraising page for TNT!

By participating as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) TNT, I am raising funds to help find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

Your donation will help fund treatments that save lives every day; like immnuotherapies that use a person’s own immune system to kill cancer. You may not know it, but every single donation helps save a life with breakthrough therapies such as these.

Patients need these cures and they need your support.

Please make a donation in support of my efforts with Team In Training and help get us all closer to a world without blood cancers.

Thank you!


Supporter Comments

    "In honor of your courage and awesome spirit!"

    Betty Demers

    Mon Jan 30 08:39:10 EST 2017

    "Go, Team, Go! You guys freakin' rock. Karen, I owe you for inspiring me to start running. Running has empowered me to know I can go anywhere and do anything with my own two feet. It's an awesome feeling. At a business conference, I had to name one thing that I changed drastically and what inspired me (or angered) me to do it. I wrote about how after 3 kids and a busy law practice, I had stopped exercising regularly or at all other than chasing kids around -how I could not believe that 13 years had passed, and I was not taking care of my physical self. Then, I saw your post about running the Crawlin Crab and something clicked. I immediately signed up for the Wicked because of you. I hadn't known about your diagnosis and was blown away that you still ran the 1/2. You're unbelievable! Thank you! It's been such an adventure, and I was able to pull John along, and now he's running the full. We wish you and your (our) team the best of luck. XOXO, Radlyn & John #teamjanda #breaktherock"


    Sun Feb 05 09:44:16 EST 2017

    "So inspirational Karen! Have the best time running NYC!"

    LeAnh Irish

    Fri Feb 10 06:13:02 EST 2017

    "You are a true inspiration, Karen!"

    Sarah Franklin

    Sun Feb 19 07:03:35 EST 2017

    "Karen, you are one of the bravest, most honest and caring people I have the honor to know. Your openness and honesty throughout your brave fight has been remarkable. You are an inspiration to all around you. Keep fighting. "

    Dawn H.

    Sun Feb 19 07:05:33 EST 2017

    "Karen - I am so proud to know you. You are so brave and strong. I am thinking of you. "

    Ashley Calkin

    Mon Feb 20 07:03:15 EST 2017

    "Karen L - best wishes "all the way""

    Anthony Palomata

    Mon Feb 20 07:05:41 EST 2017

    "So proud of you!! We love you-Whit and Laura"

    Laura Bragg

    Mon Feb 20 08:14:46 EST 2017

    "God bless! You're an awesome inspiration. I look forward to running with you again and getting to know you better. Keep shining rock star!"

    Jean Mulligan

    Mon Feb 20 02:13:28 EST 2017

    "Go get em, mama!!! Cheering for you and for all of those who have had to fight and all of us who may one day have to. "

    Kelsey Seibert

    Mon Feb 20 08:00:13 EST 2017

    "Good luck, Team! Karen- you continue to inspire me, and show us all what it means to live in the moment, choose happiness, and kick butt! Love you to pieces! "

    Katie Lawlor

    Wed Mar 22 06:33:43 EDT 2017

    "Karen I work with your mom and I'm a cancer survivor also. Wishing you the best"

    Mardee Carson

    Tue Apr 18 10:09:44 EDT 2017

    "Cancer has affected our family in so many ways, in memory of my cousin."

    Jane Southers - in memory Mary Helen Love

    Wed May 03 09:17:36 EDT 2017


    Erin O'Brien

    Mon May 22 03:07:22 EDT 2017

    "I love you, boo!! You're doing amazing things!!"

    Lyndsey Boyce

    Thu May 25 10:54:31 EDT 2017

    "Hey Karen - my donation for the new visor! Thanks Albe"

    Albe Rodenas

    Fri Jun 02 03:37:08 EDT 2017

    "Karen, you are a real life warrior. Always inspired and in awe of your honesty and bravery. Go get 'em, team!!!"

    Courtney Osborne & Family

    Sat Jun 10 03:07:59 EDT 2017

    "Remember our sweet Aunt and great aunt"

    Jane - Aunt Margaret

    Mon Oct 16 08:52:39 EDT 2017

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $4,576.34 | Goal: $3,500.00
131 %

My Team

Team Total: $17,196.20 | Goal: $14,000.00

Make a Donation

We are sorry donations are no longer being accepted for this participant for this event.

My Thanks To

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
Judy Barttels $20.00
Sarah Franklin $20.00
Jane - Aunt Margaret  
Albe Rodenas  
Jill Thomas  
Jane Southers - in memor...  
Mardee Carson  
Ashley Calkin  
Dawn H.