My Fundraising Page

i run for luca
Jul 22, 2011

When I joined Team in Training, I had very little knowledge about blood cancers. I have a friend who is in remission for Hodgkins but he has only ever mentioned it in passing. He has never shared the details and I met him long after he was in remission.

I could have joined a training program for any number of good causes; I was not emotionally attached to this one. Even though I thought running with a reason would be far better, more satisfying & more motivating than running just to run.

About a month ago, a high school friend started posting daily photos of her son Luca. Luca who went from this vibrant curly haired boy to a boy with a shaved head and tubes in his nose. There is a photo of his dad with newly bare scalp. Photos sleeping. Reading books. Being cradled by his parents, grandparents. It has been incredibly touching.

Luca was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia – AML – acute myeloid leukemia. His first round of chemo has not been successful. As they continue the second round, hoping for a better outcome, they are also furiously searching for a bone marrow donor for a possible transplant in September. Ten weeks away!! (I have more time to train for my half!)

Luca is about 18 months old . I am not even sure he has the words to describe what he feels, much less understand what is happening. I cannot even begin to imagine what his parents feel or how they make it through each day. I can only relate what its like to hear your dog has cancer. But a beautiful vibrant little boy?

Consumate researcher that I am, I have learned much about bone marrow transplants the past few days. I always envisioned the transplant process to be incredibly painful. NOT TRUE. In most cases, the process is similar to donating plasma or platelets. In a quarter of transplants, a surgical, outpatient procedure takes place with general or regional anesthesia. A bit sore for a few days after the surgery but then you’re back to normal.

I could bore you with statistics but really, what is needed is donors. You can go here to find out if you are medically eligible to be a bone marrow donor. You can register for the free test kit here. A couple of cheek swab samples later, you are placed on the donor list for any potential patient in need. And since ethnicity plays a major role in transplant success, there is a HUGE need for multi-racial donors. You can check out Mixed Marrow for additional information & statistics.

I encourage you to register to become a potential bone marrow donor – I sent for my free kit yesterday. Luca is half Turkish, half Caucasian – if you know anyone who is half Turk, half Caucasian, please beg them to become a potential bone marrow donor.



All photos taken by Luca’s family.

With a Little Help From My Friends
Jun 28, 2011

Welcome friends!!

I have wanted to join Team in Training for several years but the timing was never quite right. Now is the perfect time! I am signed up to run (yes, run!) the Nike Women's Half Marathon in one of my favorite cities - San Francisco! For the next 5 months (now 3.5 months!), I will be training my tail off 5 days a week so that I can run through the finish line come October.

My mileage is increasing every week - this past week (sun-fri), I ran 17 miles! No races or crazy obstacle course events scheduled for the next two months, minus a 4 mile run on the fourth of July. Since April 23rd when I started training with TnT - I have covered 138.5 miles on my own two feet!! My mileage increased 14% from May to June and I still have a few days left to run.

My training is twofold: on top of training 5 days a week, I must also fundraise. And that is where I need a lil help from my friends. I am incredibly grateful for any amount you are able to donate. Your donations help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma & myeloma from taking more lives. I am completing this event in honor of all individuals who are battling or have battled blood cancers. These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure!

I am so incredibly grateful to all my friends & family who have donated so far!! I cannot even begin to express how much it means to me. Each time I lace up my shoes and hit the road, I'm thinking of each of you. I also have a special tribute planned for you but will reveal it in a few months - once I reach my fundraising goal!

Please make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance LLS's mission.

You can check out my progress & photos, etc at Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress.

Thank you for your support!!!



Supporter Comments

    "Go get em Nicole. "


    Sat Sep 17 01:44:48 EDT 2011

    "You inspire me !! "

    Laura Jane Brougher

    Fri Sep 16 03:45:06 EDT 2011

    "Way to go Nicole!"

    The Lovrovich Family

    Wed Sep 07 07:03:25 EDT 2011

    "You are a ROCKSTAR!!!!!"

    Tom Price

    Thu Jul 21 05:18:08 EDT 2011

    "You go girl! I am with you every step of the way!"

    Marty Driggs

    Sun Jun 26 10:43:25 EDT 2011

    "You got it, Nicole! $26 smackers for you!"

    Jennifer Keene

    Wed Jun 22 05:08:03 EDT 2011

    "Good luck! Love, Melissa"

    Melissa Teng Towle

    Wed Jun 22 10:46:45 EDT 2011

    "Go get em Nicole - The Anderson's are behind you!"

    Dean Lisa Kelly and Maddie

    Sun Jun 19 09:59:49 EDT 2011

    "Supporting you and your goal's...You are an awesome champion for everyone you touch in life."

    Lori Velazquez

    Fri Jun 10 12:55:45 EDT 2011

    "You go girl! Keep us all updated on your mileage. :)"

    leigh sippel

    Fri Jun 03 12:47:23 EDT 2011

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $2,450.00 | Goal: $2,400.00
102 %

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In Honor of

luca & in memory of argentine

My Thanks To

Marty Driggs $250.00
Care Managment Ball Cap A... $125.00
Robert Duthie $125.00
Tom Price $100.00
Gerald Dolezal $100.00
Dee Jensen $100.00
leigh sippel $100.00
Kurt Presar $100.00
Audrey Johnson $100.00
linda duthie $70.00
Beth Edelheit $50.00
Melissa Teng Towle $50.00
Michelle Egelhoff $50.00
Kristen Thomson $50.00
Mahogany Latchie $40.00
Janine Johnson $40.00
Linda Duthie $35.00
Linda Duthie $35.00
Linda Duthie $30.00
Jennifer Keene $26.00
Robin Knutson $25.00
Danielle Microulis-Leonar... $25.00
Laura Jane Brougher $25.00
Michael Hardie $25.00
Tim Bohr $25.00
Danielle Microulis-Leonar... $25.00
Anonymous 2 $25.00
Anonymous $25.00
Barbara Sussex $25.00
Danielle Microulis-Leonar... $25.00
Floyd Prophet $25.00
Tasha Prichett $25.00
Bret Peyton $25.00
Ingrid Jean-Baptiste $25.00
Lori Velazquez $25.00
linda duthie $25.00
Kelsey Bishop $20.00
Kwok Chiang $20.00
michael hardie $20.00
Nicole Bishop $20.00
Nicole Bishop $14.00
Jim Kenney $10.00
janine johnson $10.00
William Leach  
The Lovrovich Family  
Tacoma City Marathon Asso...  
Dean Lisa Kelly and Maddi...