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
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 www.bludogrunningclub.wordpress.com. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress.
Thank you for your support!!!