Cynthia's Fundraising Page

The Countdown Begins!
Apr 01, 2013 by Cynthia Vissers

We are now in the month of the race! April 28th I will be running the streets of Washington, DC, thinking about the people we have lost from leukemia and lymphoma. And holding close to my heart those who are fighting.

I ran 13 miles last Saturday in prep for April 28th. It was a great practice run for me to test out a new fuel and get an idea of where I am at. I was thrilled when I finished the run in under my best half marathon time! Hopefully on race day I will feel even better and cruise to a new PR while running for others. Couldn't think of a better way to do it!

I am now under $1000 from my commitment and am asking you to consider donating now if you have not already...or even donate again if you are able. There are just 14 short days until the donation period ends. Please help LLS today!

Tutus for Fighting Cancer!
Mar 11, 2013 by Cynthia Vissers

Living in a house of all boys we own very few pink and purple items. I have a few girly colored shirts, but blue and green dominate my wardrobe as well. And the last time a tutu was in my house was, well never! Nonetheless I'm happy to share another fundraiser by my friend Rachael of Too Tutu Cute! Her shop is filled with adorable children's items and this month 20% of the sales from the Purple Reversible Tutu will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in support of my Team in Training efforts!

Now don't feel left out if you are only a kid at heart and have to have your hands on one! Rachael says she can make them in ANY size. For an adult size, Rachael gives these instructions:

  • she will need a waist measurement (it's an elastic waist so doesn't have to be exact).
  • she charges $1 per inch after 23" (the largest children's size she sells).
  • you could also order it in a plain purple which starts at $25 for the 23" waist and $1 per inch after than.
  • 10% still would go to LLS!
  • you can contact Rachael at or on Facebook about this special order.

So hope on over to her site and check it out!

The Difference of a Penny
Feb 28, 2013 by Cynthia Vissers

I'm all giddy about a penny today! Yes, I did say a penny. I do realize I am in the process of raising thousands of dollars and a penny is a fraction of that. Let me explain.

My two older sons (who are 8 and 6 years old) know that I am doing some fundraising to go along with my running but don't know many details. Thursday morning at breakfast they were asking questions about why I was doing it and how much money I needed. They had helped me count some money from the donation jar at VA Runner and asked what they could to do help. I told them that they would be able to help me ask for donations one day at VA Runner. The boys were thrilled with that idea. And also decided they were going to donate all the coins they find on the ground to LLS.

Fast forward to pick up after school. My 8 year old jumps in the car and excitedly hand me this:

I was confused about why my son, who saves every last cent to buy Legos, would be handing this to me. The he told me what it was. "It's for your donations, Mom."

I thought it was very sweet he was keeping good on his word from that morning. Until he told me that it was from his friend "who wanted to help people with cancer but that's all he had."

<insert me trying to hold it together with 4 just let out of school kids in the minivan>

So that penny, while it might not look like much, is a life saving coin. That 2nd grader gave all he had so someone he doesn't know can get the support and care they need to battle cancer.


Hear it from an Oncology Nurse
Feb 24, 2013 by Cynthia Vissers

Dela shared with us what LLS and TNT means to her and now it's my dear friend's turn. Lara is an oncology nurse and is helping me spread the word! See my personal blog here for the details!

Hear it from a Survivor
Feb 20, 2013 by Cynthia Vissers

Throughout my training thus far, I have come across many people whose lives have been touched by blood cancers. Either themselves, a dear friend, or family member has battled these cancers. It's heartbreaking to hear their stories, to know that their world is different because of those 3 traigc words, "You have cancer." I know Dela through a friend. This is Dela's story:

February 20, 2013

I am Dela and on 3/4/09 I was diagnosed with “ALL” Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It was a shock, considering I thought the pain and side effects were due to a major ear infection. “ALL” is one of the top cancers that affect children and has about 90% recovery rate. Unfortunately for adults, it is less common, with a much lower recovery rate.

My doctors and nurses gave me a notebook full of “ALL” information from the Leukemia & Lymphomia Society. It gave lots of great information, including how doctors and research centers are working together to cure all the Blood Cancers. Also included were programs that raise awareness and donations. The frightening part is that it can come back, even if in remission. The researchers can find a way to stop this, if they have the funds needed to do it.

Team in Training program works diligently, not only to raise important funds, but to spread awareness. Last year, I stood at the finish line of a race, congratulating each of our runners. It was an experience I will remember forever. For several months, before the event, participants and coaches met early each week and worked out, held info shops and helped each other with ideas to raise donations. On the day of the race, each coach and manager kept in close contact with each of our runners, by radioing the locations, how they are doing and if help is needed.

Each Team in Training member was so dedicated to finding a cure for blood cancers and always went above and beyond. As I went through chemo, blood transfusions, sickness, I knew that they were out there fighting for me!

If you talk to a Team in Training member, shake their hand and ask how you can help them. This is not a job to them. This is their passion, to find a cure so those of us who can’t run will be able to, again.

Dela Hight, “ALL” Survivor since 3/2009

Dela in April 2009

Dela in June 2009

Dela in July 2012

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Supporter Comments

    "Cynthia, you are such an inspiration! I am also dedicating this gift to my mom who died four years ago from colon cancer. You would have loved her. She was also a runner and committed to good health and fitness. It means so much to have awesome, strong women like you and her to keep us all going!"


    Tue Jan 08 01:24:30 EST 2013

    "In memory of my dad, the kindest man I've ever known, with much love and appreciation. He was so proud of his family and was a model of loving kindness."

    Janet Carson

    Tue Jan 08 01:33:15 EST 2013

    "Go Cynthia! You are an inspiration and an AMAZING person! "

    sarah maulden

    Tue Jan 08 02:34:37 EST 2013

    "You are an inspiration, Cynthia! "

    The DeCarli Family

    Thu Jan 10 02:16:00 EST 2013

    "Thank you for running in memory of your grandfathers - two exceptional men!"

    Jacqueline Anderson

    Wed Jan 16 05:24:12 EST 2013

    "For my cousin who is still battling lymphoma at 62!"

    Emily Howes

    Wed Jan 16 05:28:26 EST 2013

    "Cynthia, I am dedicating my donation in honor of my mom and you! My mom has Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (DX 2009) and has also had lung cancer. She has fought these diseases with courage beyond belief. You have done the same. You both continue to be an inspiration to me and others for your strength and tenacity in battling cancer. ROCK ON! "

    Patricia Williamson

    Wed Jan 16 05:32:07 EST 2013

    "In honor of my father, Kirk Suvak, who has battled lymphoma for many years. He received a stem-cell transplant in August of 2011 and remains under a doctor's care. He continues to amaze me every day!"

    Michele Coates

    Mon Jan 21 01:46:20 EST 2013

    "Way to go, Cynthia. Run, Sista, Run!"

    kristal albertson

    Tue Jan 22 10:41:16 EST 2013

    "Cheering you on from Boulder!"

    Denise Dollar

    Tue Jan 29 09:15:34 EST 2013

    "You'll get there..."

    Clay and Jillian Murray

    Thu Feb 07 10:50:37 EST 2013

    "Go you ba&*%s mother runner!"

    Dimity McDowell

    Thu Feb 07 12:58:55 EST 2013

    "Go Cynthia! You always inspire me:) Melodie"

    Melodie Honsinger

    Thu Feb 07 02:31:16 EST 2013

    "So proud of you Cynthia! Keep on keeping on-"

    Lara Gaston

    Fri Feb 08 08:33:17 EST 2013

    "Have a fantastic run, sista!!"

    Merridy Ruggiero

    Fri Feb 08 04:48:41 EST 2013

    "I'm so glad that you're running like crazy! I miss our runs at the lake (while Allie went for a swim). Keep up the miles and the great work- we'll do another one together someday!"

    Chris and Roberta Garvin

    Fri Feb 08 07:48:06 EST 2013

    "I lost one of my best friends to lymphoma last year. Bravo Cynthia!"

    Carol Widman

    Sat Feb 09 06:18:41 EST 2013

    "I loved both of your grandpas! I remember your grandpa singing to little baby Brandon...what a sweet memory! I was able to spend more time with Grandpa grandpa and I am blessed to have known his love. I hope their spirit carries you strong through your training, race and in life! Love you and so proud of you!"

    Jennifer Lundstrum

    Sun Feb 10 05:31:10 EST 2013

    "Donations from the jar at VA Runner! Thanks runners!"

    Jar from VA Runner

    Mon Feb 11 01:36:49 EST 2013

    "Every time I look on here you make me cry! I'm so proud of you I could bust. Keep on going, girl!"

    Vickie Graham

    Mon Feb 11 04:31:37 EST 2013

    "you. are. wicked. awesome."

    gregory greven

    Tue Feb 12 09:00:45 EST 2013

    "Run like the wind, Cynthia!!"

    Kurt and Kathi Graves

    Sat Feb 16 11:59:06 EST 2013

    "We love you Aunt Cya. Great job. You rock!!"

    Pico Marchant

    Tue Feb 26 10:09:14 EST 2013

    "Eric and I are really proud of you for doing this, Cynthia! We're donating in memory not only of your grandparents, but also of my mother, who died of CLL in 1996. "

    Eric and Carla Vissers

    Tue Feb 26 01:50:44 EST 2013

    "You are doing a great job :) Keep up the great work and run long!"

    Bethany Hagberg

    Fri Mar 01 11:22:03 EST 2013

    "VA Runner - shoes"


    Sat Mar 02 04:10:23 EST 2013

    "Semper Fidelis!"

    Jake Hubbard

    Mon Mar 11 09:46:15 EDT 2013

    "Hi Cynthia, you're running for a great cause!"

    Bukowski Family

    Sun Mar 17 05:01:38 EDT 2013

    "Thank you for running for a great cause. Keep your enthusiasm going."

    Mary Lundstrum

    Wed Apr 03 04:00:47 EDT 2013

    "cynthia thanks for being just a wonderful person and a role model for all those who struggle with cancer issues. you are a insperation :) ~bambi"

    Bambi Risden

    Wed Apr 03 09:03:07 EDT 2013

    "This money is donated from the great customers at Too Tutu Cute who purchased three of our Purple Reversable Tutus. Keep up the Great work Cynthia and good luck in DC! Happy Cancerversary!"

    Too Tutu Cute

    Wed Apr 03 09:27:09 EDT 2013

    "Cynthia, you are such an inspiration to every one! Lots of luck to you on this race! Thinking of you always!!! xox, The Baggs"

    Gina Baggs

    Wed Apr 03 10:15:43 EDT 2013

    "You're an INSPIRATION to us all! I'm proud to call you my friend!!! Love you, Pez"

    Beth McGee

    Wed Apr 03 11:01:39 EDT 2013

    "Run with your heart Cynthia!"


    Tue Apr 09 01:12:28 EDT 2013

    "Proud to say you were my teacher. You are truly an inspiration!"

    Beth Howland

    Wed Apr 10 12:20:47 EDT 2013

    "Great job Cynthia! !!"

    Melissa Berardino

    Fri May 03 01:13:25 EDT 2013

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $4,515.00 | Goal: $3,400.00
133 %

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In Memory of

Poppa and Grandpa

My Thanks To

Alvin Vissers $500.00
VARunner Charitable Commu... $140.00
Michael Dunn $100.00
Amy Kish $100.00
Bukowski Family $100.00
Dianne Vissers $100.00
Chris and Roberta Garvin $100.00
clifford lundstrum $100.00
Patricia Williamson $100.00
Jar from VA Runner and mi... $91.04
gregory greven $75.00
Jar from VA Runner and Sp... $64.24
Anonymous $60.00
Jar from VA Runner $52.19
Melissa Berardino $50.00
Jody Russell $50.00
Beth McGee $50.00
Mary Lundstrum $50.00
Sean P. Zickert $50.00
Neil Messer $50.00
Eric and Carla Vissers $50.00
Jennifer Lundstrum $50.00
Carol Widman $50.00
Too Tutu Cute $30.00
Scarbroughs $25.00
Jar from VA Runner $25.00
Steven Russell $25.00
Christine Burgess $25.00
Jennine Supon $25.00
Jessica Semian $25.00
Jennifer Holder $25.00
Joe and Laura Henson $25.00
Bethany Hagberg $25.00
Pico Marchant $25.00
Kurt and Kathi Graves $25.00
Lara Gaston $25.00
Sara Gross $25.00
Melodie Honsinger $25.00
Dimity McDowell $25.00
Clay and Jillian Murray $25.00
Michele Coates $25.00
Tara Hatzenbuhler $25.00
Kenneth Papier $20.00
Sonja Williams $20.00
Daniel Wheeling $20.00
Butterlfy Strong $14.53
Beth Howland $10.00
Katie Lewis $10.00
Bambi Risden $10.00
Linda Livingstone  
Katherine Stafford  
Beth Hagemeyer  
Gina Baggs  
Cheryl Greenway  
DeWitt and Eileen Black  
Jake Hubbard  
Sara Vissers  
Nathan Kimmel  
Vickie Graham  
Merridy Ruggiero  
Nikeya Green  
Richard Collins  
Denise Dollar  
kristal albertson  
Emily Howes  
Jacqueline Anderson  
The DeCarli Family  
sarah maulden  
Janet Carson  
Tiffany Obenhein