My Fundraising Page

Carla's Fundraising Page
Apr 10, 2011

Welcome to my Team In Training home page!

UPDATE: Special thanks to all of my donors and especially to the wonderful A & Team at Simplicity Decor for hosting a fundraising shopping night for LLS on Wednesday, April 20!

I'm training to participate in an adventure hike in Yosemite as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training. As a Team In Training member, I am raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. As many of you know, I tend to be pretty busy - work at Microsoft and my volunteer work on the Wing It Productions and Washington Wilderness Coalition boards is plenty to keep my schedule full. So why add something else to my plate now?

For me, the answer is simple. In February 2010, my dad was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). He spent most of February and part of March in the hospital undergoing aggressive treatment that included emptying out all of his existing blood and replacing it with clean blood. Finally, he was well enough to go home, with the expectation that he would return to the hospital for a second round of aggressive treatment about 2 weeks later. Unfortunately, he had a separate complication with his blood that prevented additional treatment, and the doctor initiated in-home hospice care. On May 4th, he was gone.

I was stunned by how quickly everything happened. My dad and my mom had just visited me in Seattle for Christmas. My mom had surgery earlier in 2009, and the main concern I had was that she would be ok for the trip. When they arrived, my mom was fairly fit, but my dad was fatigued just walking through the air museum, and we ultimately took him to emergency room the day before he was scheduled to leave. They gave him a pint of blood to get his strength up. My dad and I joked about his vampiric tendencies. The doctors wanted him to stay to have more tests, but he wanted to go home, and I saw him off at the airport. The next time I saw him, he was in the hospital, alert but struggling, and the time after that, he was already in a coma.

For those who may have wondered about its origins, I have my dad's sense of humor. Because of him, I know which way the smoke blows when two electric trains are moving towards each other on opposing tracks.

I also have my dad's sense of doing what is right. Participating in finding a cure for blood cancer is the right thing to do. When Dad left Seattle, I still thought that whatever was wrong would be something the doctors could treat with a pill. Unfortunately, I was wrong. I am joining LLS' efforts so that the next daughter telling her father goodbye at the airport and believing that there is a pill for that fatigue problem can be right.

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!


Supporter Comments

    "Keep up the good work!"

    Rebecca, Cory, and Sophia

    Mon Feb 14 05:06:58 EST 2011

    "You go Girl!!!! I am so-o very proud you are my sister!!! LY, B"

    Becky Conley

    Wed Feb 23 09:14:27 EST 2011

    "Go Carla Go!"

    Jack Chen

    Thu May 05 09:35:18 EDT 2011

    "Go, Carla. Go, g-g-go Carla."

    Nancy Gesk

    Thu Jun 16 05:43:40 EDT 2011

    "Go Carla! Best of luck with your hike! "

    Sarah Barnes

    Tue Jun 14 07:14:09 EDT 2011

    "I'm going to try this again - for some reason it didn't go through and that's bugging me. This will give you a nice round number and best wishes on your hike!"

    Nalani Askov

    Fri Jun 10 09:09:00 EDT 2011

    "It would bug me too. :) Go team!!!"


    Fri Jun 10 05:10:48 EDT 2011

    "Carla, we are behind you all the way!"

    Margaret David

    Sun Apr 17 07:53:37 EDT 2011

    "You rock!"

    Megan Yoshimura

    Tue Apr 12 06:23:08 EDT 2011

    "Good luck with the hike!"

    Michael Alcorta

    Tue Apr 12 02:46:30 EDT 2011

    "Carla, I was very moved by your letter about your dad. Thanks for caring about the next daughter out there. Warmly, Susan"

    Susan Glenn

    Sat Apr 09 08:43:34 EDT 2011

    "You are amazing!! "

    Elizabeth OKeefe

    Tue Mar 15 02:38:09 EDT 2011

    "Trinity Church will be praying for you, Carla. Roll Tide. (-: "

    The Barnes Family

    Wed Feb 09 10:41:18 EST 2011

    "Your Dad would be so proud. Thank you for having the courage to make a difference."

    Angela Villar

    Wed Feb 02 08:29:30 EST 2011

    "Cancer sucks. Let's beat it up, for your Dad. :)"

    Cheri & Patrick

    Wed Feb 02 08:27:39 EST 2011

    "Carla - Thanks for making a difference. "


    Sat Jan 29 04:41:53 EST 2011

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $4,106.00 | Goal: $3,900.00
105 %

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My Thanks To

Microsoft $600.00
Bert & Ernie $600.00
Simplicity Decor $271.13
Jack Chen $135.00
Microsoft $100.00
Megan Millard $100.00
Microsoft $100.00
David Hwang $100.00
Microsoft $100.00
Microsoft $100.00
Megan Yoshimura $100.00
Michael Alcorta $100.00
Rebecca Schwartz $100.00
Microsoft $100.00
Rebecca, Cory, and Sophia $100.00
The Barnes Family $100.00
Cheri & Patrick $100.00
Nancy Gesk $50.00
Microsoft $50.00
Colin O'Connor $50.00
Microsoft $50.00
James Dunn $50.00
Microsoft $50.00
Susan Glenn $50.00
Bert & Ernie $50.00
Brian Green $50.00
Microsoft $35.00
Elizabeth OKeefe $35.00
Microsoft $25.00
Sarah Barnes $25.00
Rajeev Dutt $25.00
Barak Gale $25.00
Microsoft $25.00
Joseph Shmait $25.00
Erin Farrell $25.00
Dana Delott $25.00
Gina Bryant $25.00
Brian Rostron $25.00
Nicholaus Leverett $25.00
Angela Villar $25.00
Nalani Askov $25.00
Nalani Askov $5.00
Anonymous $4.87
Margaret David  
Shannon Snead  
Becky Conley  
Alice Henley