My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
May 06, 2008 by Lyssa Thaden

We made it 26.2 - and couldn't have done it without you! THANK YOU!

We need your help. Some of you may know that Marilyn has been fighting non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The reality is that enough research has been completed that today she is living – a statement that would not have been true 10 years ago. However, we are a long way from a permanent cure.

That’s why this year Lyssa, Johanna and Bob are going to be walking along side Marilyn at the Nike Women’s Marathon with Team in Training – raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. We will be taking over 52,000 steps in this marathon. That is one step for each person that will die from a blood cancer this year. We may not be cancer researchers (and you likely aren’t either), but together we can help to support LLS as they support research and patient services for the thousands of people affected by blood cancers each year.

This year your participation with us is even more precious, as Marilyn was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. While she has undergone surgery and will complete follow up care, this also impacts her current lymphoma treatment. Helping her to achieve this milestone event is important to her and to us.

So, please, make a donation to support our participation in Team in Training and help advance LLS’s mission. You are helping to save Marilyn’s life, and the lives of so many others. Tell us who we can honor for you by adding the names of your loved ones to our honor board. Tell your friends, coworkers and family about our cause, and ask them to participate as well. If you work for a company that sponsors matching donations, double or triple your contribution in that way. Every penny counts!

Feel free to make your 100% tax-deductible donation online here. Or, if you prefer, you can mail a check made out to LLS (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) to:

Lyssa Thaden

PO Box 10774

Spokane, WA 99207

We thank you in advance for your support (financially and otherwise!), and hope that you will continue to cheer us on all along the way.


Lyssa, Johanna, Bob & Marilyn

  • Lyssa:
  • Johanna:
  • Bob & Marilyn:

In Honor Of:

  • Marilyn Thaden
  • George Bolks
  • Curtis Edlin
  • Kari Brewer
  • JoAnn Johnson
  • Dan Rose
  • Chole Corlett
  • Larry Kaul
  • E.C. Thomason
  • Brenda Griffis
  • Ken Tenny
  • Bernadette Shintaffer
  • Jeffrey Pride
  • Rosalie Pride
  • Butch Dye
  • Tara Davis

In Memory Of:

  • Drew Murray
  • James W. McGowan
  • Deena Barber
  • Gerda Schechter
  • Lela Wilson
  • Jack Swanson

10.17.2008: Blog from Lyssa

We are leaving for San Francisco today! Many thanks to those of you who joined us virtually and in person for "cause-mos" last week, and for all of the generous donations and encouraging emails and conversations over the past few days. This truly will be an experience of a lifetime - and we couldn't have done it without your support. I know I've said it before, but I just need to write it one more time: Team in Training and LLS provide hope to so many people who are struggling with cancer. It's that simple. HOPE! But, in the struggle for your life, hope is often in short supply. Thank you for helping to keep the light shining just a little longer and a little brighter. With exceptional gratitude for a living mom... WALK ON!!

10.6.2008: Blog from Lyssa

Yesterday was the Portland Marathon! And, I am proud to say that every one of our Team participants successfully crossed the finish line. I will admit that I did not have a great running day. I faught nausea and side aches most of the 26.2 miles. But, Josh ran with me from mile 5 - going a turtle pace for him - but beside me the whole painful way. I know that what I endured was nothing compared to a round of chemo or a bone marrow transplant. And, at the end of the race there was a finish for me. There is never a finish line when you have cancer. Just hope for the next water stop. For the eventual cure, RUN ON!

9.20.2008: Blog from Lyssa

Yesterday we lost a survivor. Jack Swanson, a local running icon, lost his battle with leukemia. He had run over 200 marathons, and was always a friendly face as both a runner and a volunteer. Jack will be missed. For those who can't, RUN ON for a cure...

9.11.2008: Blog from Lyssa

Today is a day of national sorrow. It is also a day of both hope and anxiety for me. Today my mom has two chemo treatments - one for her lymphoma, and then another for her breast cancer. I'm sure it's stress induced, but I ran about 12 miles in a numb place, stuck between tears and hope. And I can't help but think of those of you who have been there for me, my mom, and my family over the distance. Whether it is on the course, through your words of encouragement, your hours of assistance, or your donation - you help to make a difference. This weekend I will be out on the trail for our 20 mile run. And I will be taking your good deeds with me to help me to the end, as together, we reach for a cure. Thank you, thank you, thank you! RUN ON for a cure!


UPDATE (9/1/2008): For those of you in the Miles City, MT area, you might know of Kari Brewer. She is a nurse in cardiac rehabiliation; she also is a professional photographer with her own studio. She volunteered her time to photograph cancer survivors ala Calendar Girls as a Relay for Life benefit in Miles City, Montana. (Marilyn is Miss January!) Shortly after completion of the calendar she was diagnosed with acute aggressive lymphoma. She spent three weeks in ICU in Billings receiving intense treatment and is now in the oncology wing, hopeful that she will be able to return home with a good report. She is honored to be an honoree for whom Bob and Marilyn Thaden are especially walking.

To purchase a calendar: Contact Tony Galia at or (406) 234-7931 (leave message if no one is home). Or, send $15/calendar plus $4 postage to Rt 1, Box 2345, Miles City, MT 59301.

For those of you familiar with Saint George's School in Spokane, WA, you may have known Deena Barber. Deena sadly passed away this past Tuesday (8/26) from lung failure. She had been a Hodgkins Lymphoma survivor. Lyssa is honored to walk and run in this generous and kind woman's memory.


8.24.2008: Blog from Lyssa

Ah, it is finally that time again in the training season when I get to say, "Yeah, this weekend is a short run. It's just 12 miles!" I still can't believe that those words would ever come to anyone's mind, much less that I would say them out loud. But there you have it. The body can endure a fair amount of punishment. Yet, I am also reminded that my long miles are nothing compared to chemo. That's why this week I am running for George - our honored teammate from last season, and from many seasons actually. The sight of George at a water stop, him living and breathing still, despite long odds, continues to give me hope. RUN ON! (And, thanks, George!)

8.17.2008: Blog from Lyssa

Some of you may know that last year I ran the Portland marathon with TNT. It was such a moving experience, both for me and for so many people who are searching for some glimmer of hope in the race for a cure for cancer. That's why I am honored to be back this year as co-captain of the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene TNT Team. We are truly changing lives!

However, I will also admit that this has been a difficult season with my mom's recent breast cancer diagnoses. While she continues to maintain a positive outlook, it is emotionally draining to have to do battle yet again. Each day becomes ever more precious.

And, the support of others also becomes even more important. The thoughtfulness of so many of you overwhelms me at times. Please know how grateful we all are...

This week's special thank you goes to the participants of the MSHA Summer Institute. While your donations are not yet reflected here, your generosity made my mom's day. Thank you SO MUCH!

8.10.2008: Blog from Lyssa

This weekend I ran for Curtis - one of this season's Honored Teammates. He just got back the great news from his 6 month checkup - he is currently cancer free. As I shared with the team, this moment - when you get to celebrate the results of the often horrible treatment hoping for a cure - is what we run for. This is what we raise money for. This is why we spread the message. There is hope! And, for Curtis and his family especially, today is a good day. RUN ON!

8.4.2008: Blog from Lyssa

This morning I ran 9 lonely miles on a loop from the bottom of the Billings’ rimrocks, up Zimmerman Trail, along the highway, and back down Airport Road. I have been hanging out at the hospital this weekend (having missed the Team’s Halfway Party), watching my mom slowly recover from her mastectomy surgery. They say that today should be the day that she can go home. Fingers crossed that it will be, and that the journey home and the journey to recovery will be swift. But just what is swift when dealing with cancer and surgery requires new definitions. Thanks for all of your continued support. RUN ON!

7.27.2008: Blog from Lyssa

This weekend was a healing weekend for one of our teammates. She lost her dad to Leukemia several years ago, but hasn’t talked much about it publically. She shared her devastating story with the group today. These are the moments when Team in Training is as much for the participants as those we train for. The people involved in this organization are wonderful caring people, who also happen to be helping to change the world. RUN ON!

7.20.2008: Blog from Lyssa

This was my first weekend back in four weeks, and it was great to see everyone. Before I left, I had apologized to the team in advance for leaving them and asked that they keep doing what they were doing – training hard and raising money. When I left, the Spokane team and the Tri-Cities team had raised about $35,000 together. I am thrilled to report that the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene team alone is now up to $70,000! RUN ON for a cure!

6.15.2008: Blog from Lyssa

This weekend’s post will be my last for a month. I am headed off to the UK for four glorious weeks of travel. However, I must also continue to train (which may prove to be a bit difficult at times – we’ll see…). This is also a sad week, as my feline companion of 11 years herself has contracted a form of fast-growing cancer and we had to say goodbye to her. Whether it is our human friends or our furry critters, cancer is devastating. RUN ON!

6.7.2008: Blog from Lyssa

The rains have been falling in Spokane, and our trails are flooded in places. This creates small obstacles during our runs, along with the pretty chill weather. Regardless, we have quickly climbed to running 5-6 miles already, and it feels good to be back in the rhythm of running and walking. RUN ON!

5.24.2008: Blog from Lyssa

Today was our first team practice. And all I can say is that this is going to be a great season! RUN ON!

5.10.2008: Blog from Lyssa

Today marked the Team in Training Kick Off event. We have almost 50 people registered with our local Team this season. It looks like it very well may be a record year. And, since it is the 20th Anniversary Year of TNT, and TNT believes that we will make it to the $1 billion mark this year, I think a record-breaker would be fantastic. I am already excited about the great energy and enthusiasm that was generated by our volunteer mentors, coaches and participants. And, I am honored to be co-captain of this team. I expect great things will happen! RUN ON for a cure!


Supporter Comments

    "Go, daughter go!"

    Jeanne Urban

    Tue Aug 12 02:30:50 EDT 2008

    "Go, daughter in law, go!"

    Judy Thaden

    Tue Aug 12 02:38:23 EDT 2008

    "With you all the way, love!"

    Robert Thaden

    Tue Aug 12 02:41:16 EDT 2008

    "Our spirits walk with you!"

    Tom Mensing

    Mon Aug 18 11:29:52 EDT 2008

    "Go Nicole & Michael!"

    Tom Mensing

    Tue Mar 29 09:25:01 EDT 2011

    "i'd sure love to donate to chris, if only i had confirmation this was his page."

    John Ride

    Tue Feb 08 06:47:05 EST 2011

    "Good luck big brother :)! You're changing the world with each of these things you're doing. Keep it up!"

    John Ride

    Wed Feb 09 06:05:52 EST 2011

    "Love it!!"

    John Ride

    Thu Feb 10 01:43:43 EST 2011

    "You are doing such a great thing Krisi!! Good Luck with your fundraising!"

    Beau Phillips

    Thu Sep 29 01:47:58 EDT 2011

    "Good luck running, all you Thadens. Thanks for giving me an opportunity to help. Claudia"

    Claudia Montagne

    Wed Sep 10 01:35:37 EDT 2008

    "Way to go Karla! I am so proud of you."

    Thu Dec 01 11:50:59 EST 2011

    "Best of luck in your battle against Lymphoma!"

    Mon Oct 10 12:29:59 EDT 2011

    "This is awesome that you are doing this for your Uncle Mark."

    Thu Sep 22 03:09:59 EDT 2011

    "We will keep Mark in our Prayers."

    Thu Sep 22 03:10:20 EDT 2011

    "Great job! "

    Thu Sep 22 08:48:55 EDT 2011

    "I hope the walk is a great experience. We're pulling for Mark."

    Fri Sep 23 12:25:10 EDT 2011

    "Get Well!"

    Sun Sep 25 03:13:56 EDT 2011

    "In honor of Marilyn, blessings to you; and in memory of my father-in-law who passed from NHL."

    Kristen Nelson

    Thu Sep 11 12:39:39 EDT 2008

    "Good luck Sandy & Corey!!"

    Laura Dossa

    Wed Sep 28 07:52:08 EDT 2011

    "Marilyn, Bob and family, Fran and I are glad to know a couragous person like Marilyn and the rest of you. Hope you have a good walk. Sherman"

    Sherman E Oland

    Sat Sep 13 05:55:24 EDT 2008

    "We are so proud of you and your efforts, Lyssa. You are truly an inspiration! We love you!!! xoxoxoxo, Kim & Kenneth"

    Kim Schreck

    Mon Sep 15 03:14:25 EDT 2008

    "My family and I are praying for you and your family. "

    Fri Oct 07 07:21:01 EDT 2011

    "go get'em"

    June Genger

    Thu Jan 12 03:42:24 EST 2012

    "Joan - Thank you for your continued efforts - best of luck to you - karyn"

    Sun Jan 29 05:23:25 EST 2012

    "Go Joan! I hope to be in Tahoe and will see you as SAG this season!"

    Sun Jan 29 05:37:32 EST 2012

    "Good luck Joan! I wish I could be riding with you! You are amazing!"

    Sat Feb 11 11:43:44 EST 2012

    "Lookin to riding with you this season. Jim"

    Fri Feb 03 11:48:04 EST 2012

    "Go Chad!"

    Barbara Lezon

    Tue Feb 14 03:16:57 EST 2012

    "Chad - Good luck helping the cause. Your commitment goes a long way! "

    Barbara Lezon

    Wed Feb 15 01:47:17 EST 2012

    "I think this is a very worthy cause. I would contribute more if I could. "

    Barbara Lezon

    Tue Feb 21 11:09:00 EST 2012

    "God bless you, Chad."

    Barbara Lezon

    Tue Mar 06 10:32:00 EST 2012

    "Chad, Train like we did 20 years ago for wrestling and you'll do fine :) God Speed!"

    Barbara Lezon

    Wed Mar 14 06:16:23 EDT 2012

    "Chad...Thank you reaching out and asking me to support you in your Team In Training Event. It will be 3 years July 20th that my father lost his life to Leukemia. As you can imagine this is a ver personal cause for me.! I completed my first Team In Training event Spring 2010 and it was truly an amazing, powerful, and moving event for me. We are helping to save live. Miss you, Love you, and Good Luck on your Race Day...!!!"

    Barbara Lezon

    Wed Mar 21 08:21:55 EDT 2012

    "Good luck reaching your goal."

    Mon Apr 30 11:24:55 EDT 2012

    "Good luck Diane!"

    Sun May 13 11:48:34 EDT 2012

    "Kyle - This donation helps the scientists and doctors find solutions but the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and through you, provides the healing and hope. I am inspired by your testimony and your witness and my constant prayer for your life is that through your devotion and your works, family after family comes to know Jesus Christ as they face what must be one of life's most difficult challenges -- a sick child for whom you, yourself can do very little to fix. Keep on truckin'! Greg"

    Joseph Leonard

    Sun Jul 15 12:05:08 EDT 2012

    "You go Kyle! AND congrats on all levels, Tyler! We send our love and support! The Silbergs"

    Joseph Leonard

    Fri Aug 31 07:00:16 EDT 2012

    "I am inspired by your fighting spirit."

    Joseph Leonard

    Sat Oct 20 10:30:55 EDT 2012

    "I am proud of you Girl! Good Luck!"

    Chio Flores

    Fri Feb 10 01:41:12 EST 2012


    Calla & Sam Rodell

    Fri Feb 10 01:54:15 EST 2012

    "Lyssa, You go girl, thanks for all your support with Maja's first Marathon. You brighten everyones day! We will be thinking of you. Calla "

    Calla & Sam Rodell

    Thu Oct 09 04:54:51 EDT 2008

    "Lyssa, thanks for all your support! I'm giving with prayers for your mom's continued vitality... a fellow SLP."

    Mary Jane Newkirk

    Sat Oct 11 09:56:11 EDT 2008

    "Lyssa! Thank you so much for getting me involved with Team in Training, It has been such an incredible gift! As Grandpa Jerry would say, 'you're one of my favorites!!' Best of luck with San Francisco!! Go girl go! Maja"


    Sat Oct 11 03:40:42 EDT 2008

    "GO FIONA!!!"


    Mon Nov 19 03:00:28 EST 2012

    "Happy Marathon Birthday Fiona - you are crazy - but in an inspirational, doing good way : )"


    Fri Jan 18 12:19:34 EST 2013

    "Good Luck Fiona! Am so impressed with all your training and dedication, it's all going to pay off! Lots of love Sally, Dave & Teddy xxx"


    Sun Jan 20 10:44:38 EST 2013

    "You can do it Fiona! Proud of you!"


    Wed Oct 17 10:43:07 EDT 2012

    "You geaux girl!"


    Thu Oct 18 10:20:47 EDT 2012

    "Good luck with the training!"


    Tue Aug 07 03:44:15 EDT 2012

    "GO Fiona!"


    Tue Aug 07 09:02:58 EDT 2012

    "Fiona, Your race will be a wonderful tribute. May the wind be at your back. "


    Wed Aug 08 08:11:43 EDT 2012

    ":) "


    Mon Aug 20 09:53:54 EDT 2012

    "A great cause - good luck! S x"


    Tue Aug 21 03:27:54 EDT 2012

    "Good luck with your training, Fiona!!!! "


    Fri Aug 31 01:46:56 EDT 2012

    "Go get 'em Fi!"


    Thu Oct 18 04:21:21 EDT 2012

    "This makes me so proud. Good luck, UJ!"

    John Nord

    Tue May 08 10:39:22 EDT 2012

    "Go Kim and Natalie!!! We are so proud of you!"

    Thu Oct 18 11:34:49 EDT 2012

    "Go, Natalie!"

    Thu Oct 18 02:43:45 EDT 2012

    "I'm very proud of you, Nat. "

    Tue Sep 04 12:03:53 EDT 2012

    "Good luck on your training and race. "

    Thu Sep 13 07:42:45 EDT 2012

    "Keep up the Good Work Natalie!"

    Fri Sep 21 05:50:45 EDT 2012


    Fri Oct 19 12:00:13 EDT 2012

    "How fantastic of both of you to be doing it together! Go team!"

    Fri Oct 19 12:31:08 EDT 2012

    "Good Luck and Happy Running for a great cause! "

    Mon Nov 26 11:49:03 EST 2012

    "You are so inspiring! "

    Sun Apr 01 08:59:55 EDT 2012

    "Lyssa ~ I will be cheering you on from SD! I'm inspired by your commitment to this important cause and your training. Enjoy the 26.2 and your entire experience. -Becky"

    Eric & Becky Thompson

    Sun Oct 19 01:03:11 EDT 2008


    Tue Jul 24 03:32:07 EDT 2012

    "You're rapidly becoming my other running hero! Bust that 4 hour mark for another £50.00. Andrew & Sophie"

    Suzie Johnson

    Thu Jun 21 10:36:01 EDT 2012

    "Sorry it took me so long to support your mission, but I guess I must say that cliche--better late than never. My prayers, on the other hand, are constant for you and your Mom, Lyssa."

    Diana Mateer

    Mon Nov 17 04:13:56 EST 2008

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $8,741.00 | Goal: $10,000.00
87 %

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My Thanks To

Bank of America $1000.00
Richard Bartels $1000.00
Robert Thaden $1000.00
Robert Chlopak $500.00
VIDA LANDA $500.00
Carlisle Krusi $500.00
Peter Schechter $500.00
Judy Thaden $500.00
Jeanne Urban $500.00
Suzie Johnson $100.00
Valerie Gonzalez $100.00
Jennifer Pierce $100.00
Kim Schreck $100.00
Dee Mobley $100.00
Rachel Stansberry $100.00
William Carrier $100.00
Beau Phillips $100.00
John Ride $100.00
Doreen Oyadomari $100.00
Charles Laudenbach $50.00
Michael Amaloo $50.00
Emily Yeager $50.00
Carie Weeks $50.00
Calla & Sam Rodell $50.00
Chio Flores $50.00
Barbara Lezon $50.00
Florence Cuneo $50.00
Anne Juel $50.00
Barbara Cole $50.00
Georgia Heaphy $50.00
Claudia Montagne $50.00
Tom Mensing $50.00
Mary Jane Newkirk $26.00
Diana Mateer $25.00
Kathryn Sutton $25.00
Megan Roland $25.00
Sam Tenny $25.00
Gwen Nowak $25.00
Sherri Peterson $25.00
John Nord $25.00
Maja $25.00
Joseph Leonard $25.00
Cynthia DeBord $25.00
June Genger $25.00
Sherman E Oland $25.00
Laura Dossa $25.00
Grace Leaf $25.00
Deb Haggerty $25.00
Lorri Coulter $25.00
Kristen Nelson $25.00
Loreen Folsom $25.00
Donna Schramm $25.00
Suzin J Kratina $25.00
James Hauptman $25.00
Valeria Schmauch $25.00
Allison Failing $25.00
Jean Card $25.00
Joan Carelli $20.00
Vida Landa $20.00
Michael Dyrdahl $20.00
Frank Gary $20.00
Christine Merriman $15.00
Amy Tooke $10.00
Pearl Hamano $10.00
Eric & Becky Thompson  
Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Davy