My Fundraising Page

This Time, the Stakes are Higher
May 19, 2012

UPDATE (05/06/2012): The Washington and Alaka Teams raised over $710,000 for LLS patients and their families this season!! Plus, I ran the Vancouver BMO Half-Marathon and set a new Personal Record (PR) of 2:10:58!!! See below for more details.

UPDATE (04/22/2012): Had to make the difficult decision to not run the Madrid Marathon. Read below for more details.



Sunday, was race day. I think I was still jet lagged from my flight from Spain, but that helped me wake up at 5:00am. The few minutes before the race are is always a little nerve wracking. You're standing there with thousands (10,000 to be precise) of runners and wondering "why am I doing this again?".

It was an absolutely beautiful day in Vancouver: blue skies, sunny and not to hot / not too cold. Just perfect. The race course was incredible: it started by going downhill (YES!) and more than 90% of the race was either along the water or through parks. Stunning!

I was feeling a little tired, at times wanting to stop, but I kept going. It was encouraging to see 2 of my running friends right in front of me and passing them from time to time. I completed the Vancouver Half Marathon in one piece and happy. I was surprised when I saw my finish time: 2:10:58 - my fastest race yet!

I gathered with my team after the race and the conversation centered around finish times and next races. While still in pain from running 13.1 miles (21.1kms), I got online and signed up for another half-marathon in June. Wish me luck!



Race day has come and gone. Now you're probably wondering how I did. On Saturday, April 21st (day before the race), I started getting a cold, which turned into an asthma attack, which led to a 5-hr hospital stay and made me unable to compete in what supposed to be my first full-marathon.

It wasn't an easy decision for me to not run. I have trained for 6 months for this race and talked to all of you about it nonstop! I was ready and pumped to do it. On Friday (2 days before race day), in Madrid, I actually ran the last 5km of the course with my coaches and teammates and felt great. It's a blow to go from that feeling of strength to one of weakness. I had to put my pride aside, put aside any thoughts I had about disappointing all my family and friends who have encouraged me throughout this journey and think of my health.

Although I didn't participate in the race, I was able to meet my teammates at the finish line to congratulate them and it was great to share in their happiness. They all did great and I'm so proud of them! Most importantly, our team raised $173,566 (so far) for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and that is definitely worth celebrating.

I've signed up to run the Vancouver Half-Marathon on May 6th with Team in Training. I'm currently trying to see if there's a way I can switch from the half-marathon to the full-marathon. If this doesn't work, I'll find another full-marathon to run. I'm determined to do this.

Thank you all for your support, for helping me raise over $5,000 for a cause that is very close to my heart and for encouraging me throughout this journey. Now, I'm off to a short run along the Barcelona beaches! I've got another race coming up! Hasta luego!

My team with their medals (and me at the very back)


Here I am, again, raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).

On April 22, 2012, I'll be participating in the Madrid Marathon as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training. All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives.

In the last 3 years, I've done 3 half-marathons with Team in Training (TNT) and, with your help, I have raised over $4,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This time, I'm raising the stakes. I will run my first ever full-marathon (42.2 kms or 26.2 miles) and I've committed to raising $5,000. I am also donating my time by volunteering about 5 hours/week as a mentor. As a TNT mentor, I encourage participants, help them with their training and with their fundraising efforts so that we can raise as many funds as possible. When a few people join forces, a lot can be done!

Through my journey with Team in Training, I've had the honor of meeting many incredible individuals who have been touched by a blood cancer. Some shared their own survival stories, others shared heart-breaking stories of family members who didn't make it, and most share their current battle.

In order to put an end to all this, I need your help. The way I see it, I’ll do the hard part. I'll wake up at 6am on weekends; train in the rain, cold, snow; take ice baths (yikes!), improve my eating habits (bye-bye Cheetos); go out in public and do ridiculous things to raise more funds (like wearing a tutu in public - picture to come)! All I ask of you is that you donate a few dollars.

Here’s an example of how the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has spent some of the money we have raised through Team in Training (TNT):

“TNT has raised more than 1 billion dollars since 1988. Some of this money funded research that led to the development of the breakthrough cancer drug Gleevec. First approved to treat patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia, it's now being tested for patients with breast, ovarian and prostate cancer as well as nerve, brain and small cell lung cancers. And Gleevec is also being tested on melanoma and other diseases.”

Contributions of any size will be greatly appreciated, and are 100% tax-deductible. On behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, thank you very much for your support. I greatly appreciate your generosity.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me to ask questions, offer encouragement or express your disbelief that I could actually run 26.2 miles (42.2 kms). And visit my page often to see my progress and read about my running and fundraising adventures!

With warmest regards,


This season's mentors and captains

Coach Kevin teaching us all about shoes and socks

Selling beads to hardcore Cougar fans. We raised $2500 doing this!

Go Team!!

Our run was dedicated to Jessica, Coach Lori's sister, who started chemo today

Dec 31, 2001 * 32F - Last day of the year and we still went out for a run!

Picture taken at Gasworks Park (Fremont).

What a great spot to finish a run!

I came, I ran, I conquered!

A quick water break at Alki beach

It was 36F and super windy, but we were still out there for a 80-min run. I love my team!

We all ran 10-12 miles and look at how happy we look!

With other Team in Training Mentors after a 90-min run

The girls and I selling beads (and wearing tutus) at the Sounders FC game.

We were able to raise over $1,200!

One of the last runs of the season - maybe I can do this after all?

Finally got our race day jerseys!


Supporter Comments

    "It's great that you're doing this Natasha :)"

    Mai Al-Quraini

    Fri Mar 09 04:51:43 EST 2012

    "Great job, and good luck!"

    Karan P Singh

    Tue Nov 08 02:44:41 EST 2011

    "Best of Luck in the Marathon!"

    Ameesh Paleja

    Sat Nov 05 09:51:01 EDT 2011

    "You are too amazing! I can't wait to see the pictures of you crossing the finish line in Madrid! Trop fort! :)"


    Wed Mar 14 10:53:31 EDT 2012

    "Great job Natasha! Keep up the good work. You are working very hard towards a great cause! Your motivation is very inspirational."

    Emma Nardi

    Sun Feb 19 04:14:43 EST 2012

    "Natasha- Here is the payment for the FB auction items. Glad you were able to raise so much for your run and for LLS. I am a friend of Mandy's (however it works out we don't see each other very often.) I live in Seattle near Green Lake. Would it be possible to have the items dropped off at my house or at my work? I'm sure we will be able to work it out. Thanks! Laura"

    Laura Mitchell

    Mon Feb 13 08:06:35 EST 2012

    "hi natasha this is uncle,this year i will donate small amount,for your fund raiceing."

    velummylum kandiah

    Mon Jan 16 10:05:41 EST 2012

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $5,112.00 | Goal: $5,000.00
102 %

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