My Fundraising Page

Running for These Ladies!
Mar 16, 2014 by Ellen Robertson

In 6 weeks I will lace up my sneakers for the Nike Women's Half Marathon. I do it for all survivors and fighters of these diseases, but in particular for two amazing women who were a big part of my time at UNC. First, and foremost, is Mandy, who started this whole thing through team STRONGER and her big bad fight against CANCER.

But there is another amazing woman who has touched thousands THOUSANDS of lives over the years at UNC, and I am beyond lucky to have had my time with her. Jean DeSaix is one of the few teachers who will gladly take on a huge lecture class every semester of and make those students feel greatful to have been in her presence. I had the pleasure of working with her not in the classroom but in extracurriculars, but she had that impact none the less. Now that I myself am a teacher in higher education, I often find myself emulating and wondering what Jean would do and how to be more like her. The entusiasm and smile that we all love, was only slightly dimmed during her fight, which took place during my 4 years at UNC. Lucklily she has gone on to impact more and receive her accolades she so rightly deserve.


So here I go, running miles, raising money, all with these two women and their personal stories as my fuel! 

Here I Go Again!
Jan 27, 2014

Teams are made up of individuals. Without them, there is no team.


Welcome to my Team In Training home page.


Some number of you have already donated to a cause to support, spur, or solidify my fledgling running career. This time I felt like I needed to go back to the source. You might recall my friend Mandy and how her challenge was got me started, so now I have finally joined Mandy's team, TEAM STRONGER, and will run with her in this race. This awesome woman has been through so much, with lymphoma being one of them, and like with my efforts for St Jude, I want to see and end to these horrible diseases.


I have a mission-to help find cures and more effective treatments for blood cancers. To accomplish that mission, I’m participating in the Nike Women's Half Marathon. Like the other members of TNT, I will be raising funds to help find cures and better treatments for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. I’m improving the quality of my life by participating and with your support, I can help improve the quality of life for patients and their families as well.


Please make a donation in support of my efforts with Team In Training and help advance the research for cures. I will bug you until you do, and thank you profusely once you have!!


Supporter Comments

    "You are awesome!"


    Thu Feb 06 12:04:35 EST 2014

    "Glad you are running with Mandy. You know I will support what ever you do!!"

    Martha Hays

    Mon Feb 10 04:01:14 EST 2014

    "Way to go Ellen See you soon Love, David and Cathy "

    David and Cathy

    Sun Mar 16 07:11:15 EDT 2014

    "Wish is was running with you!"

    Emily Gowdy & Paul Canady

    Sat Mar 29 05:32:26 EDT 2014

    "So proud of you!!"

    Leigh Mickalonis

    Sat Apr 05 02:23:30 EDT 2014

    "Ellen, Thank you for dedicating your miles in honor of those in your life that have fought for a cure! We can't wait to cheer you on! Love, The Coteys"

    Team Cotey

    Wed Apr 09 09:40:12 EDT 2014

    "Run like the wind, my friend!!! "

    Kim Coggin

    Tue Apr 08 09:54:41 EDT 2014

    "So close!"


    Tue Apr 08 09:08:00 EDT 2014

    "Run Ellen RUN! Proud of your efforts!"

    Catherine Monaghan

    Tue Apr 08 07:33:14 EDT 2014

    "Good luck Ellen!!"

    Ashley Faulk

    Fri Apr 04 08:45:38 EDT 2014

    "Goodluck Ellen!! Kick cancer in the butt one stride at a time!!!!! "

    Brittany Hoffer

    Sat Mar 29 12:50:20 EDT 2014

    "Thanks Ellen. You are an inspiration to all of us. <3"

    Else S. Robertson

    Sat Mar 29 11:18:54 EDT 2014

    "Final boost from here!"


    Sun Mar 16 08:40:54 EDT 2014

    "Thanks for letting me know! Linda"

    Linda Leonard

    Mon Feb 10 02:22:08 EST 2014

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $2,540.92 | Goal: $2,500.00
102 %

My Team

Team Total: $28,846.72 | Goal: $20,000.00

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My Thanks To

Megan Finkbine $100.00
David and Cathy $100.00
Linda Leonard $100.00
Gerry Cobb $100.00
Kate $80.00
Dennis Hays $75.00
Ashley Faulk $50.00
Ellen O Robertson $50.00
Brittany Hoffer $50.00
Team Cotey $25.00
Ann Nolen $25.00
Leigh Mickalonis $25.00
Jami Flick $25.00
Kim Coggin  
Catherine Monaghan  
Elizabeth Pape  
Jill Muth  
Beau Hays  
Stephanie Lancaster  
Else S. Robertson  
Emily Gowdy & Paul Canady  
Mary Wadleigh Harrison  
Cornelia shipp  
Gretchen Willard  
Ashton Fox  
Martha Hays  
Marilyn Hays  
Ellen M Robertson