Running to Survive
Mar 23, 2012
Dear friends and family,
I need your help. I am training and fund raising again this year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and to participate in the Nike Woman's Half Marathon in October.
LLS works hard to find a cure for all blood related cancers. It also assists cancer victims and shares valuable information from their research with other cancer organizations.
2009 was my first Nike event, it was awesome with such a large team of us from Wenatchee! It was special as it marked my 20 years since having Hodgkin's Lymphoma. In San Francisco 20 years prior, I had gone to Stanford for a doctor consult and cancer treatment plan. Returning there 20 years later, it was like a celebration of being cancer free and being able to give back to cancer research that made it possible for me to not only run, but have a full life. From that first experience with Team In Training, I learned that I can run and that I actually enjoy it!
Jenny Mathews was on our 2009 team and was a 4 time cancer survivor, she walked the full marathon and was amazing. Unfortunately the evil cancer returned, just a few months later she lost the battle. It is for her and folks like her that we need to continue!!
Since my husband Mark's bicycle accident almost 2 years ago, many things have changed in our lives. We have a new home to accommodate our needs. Also, Mark has a care giver in the mornings that gets him up and ready for the day. Because of his encouragement, I am able to go to the gym a few times a week, running and taking care of myself so I can take better care of him. My training each day does great things for my health and spirit. Imagine what your support does to help encourage cancer patients and their families! The LLS funded research has played a key role in dramatically increasing survival rates and overall quality of life.
Being involved with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and having the time to run and train each day is a blessing. It gives me a reason for running. I am able to head out the door every morning and train for this marathon. It is so good for me to look forward to a weekend away in San Francisco, see the sights, and enjoy the view as I run along with 20,000 others, inspired by cheering crowds and encouraged along the way with great support. When I cross that finish line it is a great feeling of accomplishment, that we all had a part in the continuing fight for a cure! I look forward to doing it again! Lord willing, it will be the third time.
I am now a full time care giver for my husband, and each day is not easy! But I am still so thankful for his support in me doing this! He likes it when I am running....I am less stressed.
If you would like to help support me, and all of those who are battling cancer, there are a few ways you can donate. My secure website is up and running, you can go there to make a donation. I am also happy to accept checks made out to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, or cash. All donations are tax deductible and are greatly appreciated. Thanks so much for being a part of this journey with me, and for helping me raise awareness of blood cancers. Together we can give an awesome gift to those battling cancer.
“You haven't really lived until you have done something for someone who cant ever repay you.”--Unknown
My Fundraising Page
Mar 06, 2012
Teams are made up of individuals. Without them, there is no team.
Welcome to my Team In Training home page.
I have a mission-to help find cures and more effective treatments for blood cancers. To accomplish that mission, I’m participating in a sports endurance event as a member of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training. Like the other members of TNT, I will be raising funds to help find cures and better treatments for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. I’m improving the quality of my life by participating and with your support, I can help improve the quality of life for patients and their families as well.
Please make a donation in support of my efforts with Team In Training and help advance the research for cures.