My Fundraising Page
Aug 14, 2009 by Cathi Weiser
Running to Save Lives
Hello Everyone, Welcome to my Team In Training home page!
Mission Statement: I am raising funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) as a participant in their Team In Training program and I'm asking you to help by making a donation to my fundraising campaign. I am doing my part by training for and running the Disney World Marathon on January 10, 2010.
I want you to know that each donation helps accelerate finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. More than 823,000 Americans are battling these blood cancers. I am hoping that my participation in Team In Training will help bring them hope and support.
On behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, thank you very much for your support. I greatly appreciate your generosity.
So it's almost time! Things have been so hectic, and it's been hard to keep my schedule consistent, but I'm still working as hard as i can!
School is out for the holidays, which is so nice! My family is in town and even though we are all busy with our own stuff every day, it's nice to see them every day!
I ran into a friend the other day at a luncheon who said, "I got your email, what are you fundraising for again?" I told her about the Marathon and Team in Training and that the funds raised go to The leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and she asked, "But WHY are you raising money for LLS, do you have a personal reason?". I told her about the honored teammates that I am running for and that it's also about the personal challenge for me. She smiled, said ok, see you later, and did not donate. Since then I've thought a lot about my fundraising and about why I'm running and why I'm asking my friends to donate. When I started this journey I didn't think I could possibly need more reasons. As I gathered more honored teammates who have had personal struggles with blood cancer, and I was running for THEM, I thought that was enough. Maybe I was wrong, I am a bit of a 'bleeding heart', I know that.
So, I've been running and thinking, thinking and running- what is my personal story directly tying me to this cause? Then I remembered the reason I don't like to take my Rhumatiod medication, because a side effect is Lymphoma. Lymphoma- seriously. And my RA has been worse lately (between training and stress!) so I've had to take the medicine weekly. And I hate it because of the possible side effects, but my daily pain has been severe enough that I'd rather deal with the side effects than live in constant pain now.
So there it is- my gory story of why raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is important to me, personally. And for all the other people like me in the world, who hurt too much to run. This is for them too.
I have one week left- SEVEN days- until Monday January 28, 2009! Please help me reach my goal by donating, then by sending this message along to everyone you know! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, guidance, words of inspiration or anything else to offer. The Lord knows I can use all the help I can get!!
See you at the Finish Line, January 10, 2010, Disney World!!
I can't believe it's already November! This fall is just flying by! And soon I'll be in Disney running a marathon!! I recommitted to the TEAM on October 30, so I'm all in now- no backing out! I found out today that because I ran a half-marathon in less than 2:45 in the past 2 years I can start in the appropriate 'corral' for my time, rather than in the last one! Woo hoo!
This past weekend I ran my furthest distance ever- 16 miles! Didn't feel too bad either! Training is moving right along, so it's time for me to put fundraising into high-gear. I'm 25% of the way to my goal, which leaves a good bit of room to grow. We are planning a yard sale here soon with all the proceeds designated to go to LLS, so if you live in the area you can support me by donating items to sell or by coming by to buy something! I will definitely send out details when we get a date nailed down!
Please help me by giving whatever small thing you can and by sharing my story with your friends! My goal of running is awesome, but the money raised for Blood Cancers is the most important part of this whole adventure for me!
Remember to pass my info along and to visit every-so-often for updates!
Thanks To All!!
Hello everyone! I figured now would be a good time to update you all and start putting some more buzz out there to jumpstart my fundraising. I am 13% of the way to my goal, which I am so VERY thankful for, but that means I still have a long way to go (in miles and dollars!).
I have been running 4-5 days a week, and run up to an 8 miles distance in one run. I had a little snag in scheduling my runs and had to be creative to get the distances in, but I have been able to work it out. I joined a gym last week too, and started some strength training (Oooww!) I'm having a great time, and working really hard to make sure I'm well prepared on Marathon Day!
My goal of $5000 absolutely has to be met by December 28th, but my recommitment date is October 30, 2009. If I were at least halfway to my goal by then, it'd be a much lighter load to bear. So my 'mini-goal' is $2500 by October 30, 2009.
Next week I'm running 8 miles again. It's hard and it's long, but once you get past 2 miles itâ€™s not so bad. And when I think of all the people out there who can't run, who can't go outside, or who can't be with their loved ones anymore, I'm ready to run some more!
Thank you all for your support and keep checking for updates!
It occurred to me that if my friends are forwarding my email (like I asked them to) you may end up here without knowing much about me. Or maybe you do know a little about me, but there's always more to tell, so here's my story:
I am a 31 year old single mom of 2 very special, unique girls. Haydee is 7, very smart and very sensitive. After she was born I sort of drifted along, working, taking college classes here and there, but I didn't have a real plan, I just knew we would all be alright. In 2005 my mom and I participated in the Disney 1/2 marathon with Team in Training. Mom had broken her hip running a few years prior (stress fracture from running) and it was a special time for us together. Later that year Elie, who is now 4, was born. Within that same month my grandparents both passed away. I cannot begin to explain the void that created in my heart, which was filled with the love for my family and my daughters. 2 weeks after Elie was born we learned that she had a rare chromosome abnormality. At the time when I felt like it my challenges had piled as high as possible i began having my own health problems. It took about 4 months to figure out what was wrong with me and I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Then it took several more months to find the right tools to make me better, to help me operate without daily overbearing pain. Elie was just a baby with lots of Doctor Appts and therapies weekly, and Haydee was just an amazing little helper. It was a very tough, painful & stressful time, but I made it through to become an even stronger person than I was before, and it's been an amazing journey uphill from there.
As time went on and I was able to manage my RA better I began to exercise more, very low impact with yoga and pilates at first. Elie didn't walk until she was two, so I had pretty strong arms from all the carrying!! I started running again here and there and in 2008 I did another 1/2 marathon in Seaside. I have been moving forward with my life, my goals and my fitness slowly but surely and after thinking long and hard about it, decided this year would be a good time for me to train to do a Full Marathon. My pain is managed pretty well, and I believe it will get better with more exercise. I have been so blessed in so many ways. Strangers and friends alike amaze and inspire me daily with the kindnesses they have shown me and my two amazing daughters. I am so excited to continue my journey to being a better person and to be able to give something to a meaningful cause at the same time!
So, I am training to participate in the Walt Disney World Marathon as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training. The goal and purpose of Team In Training is to raise funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. I am completing this event in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers. My honored teammate is Shelby, a 13 year old girl who was diagnosed with Leukemia as a 4 year old. Shelby was considered cured in April 2007, but still has many days when she doesn't have the energy to go to school. She is in 7th grade and misses seeing her friends. My Grandfather, Richardson Ashby Wilson died 4 years ago of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma after fighting it for years and years. I am now also running for my friend Cynthia's cousin (Lola's niece) Christine, who lost her battle with leukemia when she was only 21 years old, in 1990. I am running in honor of Jason Thompson, a local 28 year old who was just recently diagnosed with cancer. He is being treated very aggressively, and I can imagine it has been very difficult for him. If you would like to know about Jason's story you can go to his website: kickingitforjason.com
If any of you would like me to honor someone you know with my run, please do not hesitate to let me know!
To support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, I am running the Walt Disney World MARATHON (that's 26.2 miles)! I hope you will support me in my goal to run and to raise money and awareness for a VERY important cause! Please make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance LLS's mission.
I hope you will visit my web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress. Thanks for your support!