not someday, today..
Jul 29, 2016 by Megan Tataje
Great news from my personal honoured teammate this morning!
We are living in an extraordinary moment. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is supporting research that is on the brink of incredible breakthroughs which have already begun to change the lives of thousands of patients. There are new treatments that can manage a person's condition with a daily pill, therapies which seek out cancer cells and kill them, and the use of a patient's own immune system to eradicate cancer not someday, but today. Jenn is living proof of this...
Our donations (yours and mine) have made this possible. And continues to make this possible. You've made a difference! Doesn't that knowledge give your heart and spirit a little lift in these difficult times? Feel free to donate again! Feel free to invite your friends and family to donate too!
I'll close out this update with some words from Jenn. I am so very grateful and happy to be able to share them with you...
I cannot express how much I appreciate the love and support that I have received the last 7 months. It has been an incredible journey and I have every intention of paying all the love, support and kindness forward.
The last 6 weeks following my 6th round of chemo have been a bit rough. I have had to take a step back and reevaluate my fitness goals. Fatigue got the best of me. I don't know that I will make my goal of running a full marathon by the end of the year, but that's okay.
Sending you all lots of love and thanks. Remember your health is the most important priority you have. Take care of yourself so you can take care of others.
Running To Make A Difference... Because Cancer Sucks
Jun 01, 2016
Welcome to the Team!
So glad you are a part of this journey...
Earlier this year, I signed up with Team In Training to complete a century ride in early June. Very exciting. Have never ridden 100 miles before. Have never been to Lake Tahoe before. And this ride would earn me my TNT Triple Crown! Awesome, awesome, awesome!! But in early April I was struck down with pneumonia and did nothing more strenuous than walk my dogs for almost 2 months. Not awesome. With not enough time left in the season to regain my lost fitness, I had to drop out of the century ride. Also not awesome.
In other not awesome news... there is a fairly extensive history of cancer in my extended family. Breast cancer, lymphoma, prostate cancer, brain cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, ocular melanoma, skin cancer...
I run with Team in Training (and cycle and tri) for my family. To celebrate their lives and support their struggles, to honour their memories and to raise funds in an effort to try in my own small way to help find a cure for cancers of all kinds.
Not long ago I learned that it was time to add another family member to the list of loved ones for whom I will continue to train and fund raise. My cousin Liz was just diagnosed with a rare form of uterine cancer, at the age of 25. Very Not Awesome. Read more about that here.
I truly believe that advances made in the field of one type of cancer research and the in development of new cancer treatments benefits people with all types of cancer. With our support, LLS has funded (and continues to fund) research into new treatments that have historically proved beneficial for multiple kinds of cancer.
Why wouldn't I want to be a part of that?!! Why wouldn't you??
If you are able, please make a donation now... so that one day young parents like Liz won't have to fear that their children will grow up without a mother. Together we CAN find a cure.
Now that I’m on the mend, it’s time to choose my next TNT event. This time around, I’ve decided to run the Detroit Free Press International Marathon (running through Detroit, across the border into Windsor, and back to Detroit! How fun is that going to be??) Training for a marathon during the hot and humid Virginia summer can be pretty daunting. But, not as daunting as a cancer diagnosis (which is why I continue to train and fundraise with TNT year after year). Raising $3000 is pretty daunting too, but with your support, I know I can do it!
It takes more than one person to make a team... and I'm asking you to be on mine. Send me kind words of encouragement and advice. Offer to join me for a mid-week training run. Make a donation. Make me dinner! Host a fundraiser. Ask your friends and families to make a donation... Help me to help the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society find a cure for blood cancers.
Our donations will go to fund treatments that save lives every day. Our donations will fund new research. Our donations also go to maintaining patient support programs, including financial assistance, peer-to-peer support groups, and caregiver support.
Patients (and their families) need these programs, they need cures and they need our support.
Please make a donation in support of my efforts with Team In Training, on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and help to get us all closer to a world without blood cancers.
I haven't been maintaining my blog of late, but I will start up again now... so if you're interested, you can follow my training progress here.
My TNT Journey (so far...)
- America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride (2016 – deferred due to illness)
- TriRock Philadelphia Olympic Triathlon (2015)
- Rock & Roll New Orleans Marathon (2015)
- Washington DC Nike Women's Half Marathon (2014)
- Baltimore Running Festival Marathon (2013)
- San Francisco Nike Women's Half Marathon (2011)
- Virginia Beach Rock & Roll Half Marathon (2010)
- Nashville Country Music Marathon (2010)
- SunTrust National Half Marathon (2010)
- Marine Corps Marathon (2009 – deferred due to injury)
- Yeungling Shamrock Marathon (2009)