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Apr 18, 2013
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Apr 18, 2013

Why I run

Have you ever had to wait to make a long walk from the lobby to a doctor’s office in the back of an oncology department to get test results?

I never want anyone else to have to make that walk without the absolute knowledge that they would be ok a still be able to follow their hopes and dreams regardless of the news. My story is one of being passed over by fate. Twice I have been brushed by a possible bought with cancer and both times come away with good news.

Most people having biopsies and testing are not as lucky. They hear strange words like Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or Acute T-cell leukemia. After my two near misses, a good friend had his thyroid cancer morph into a new kind of lymphoma. While having a beer with a friend to talk about helping him with this new challenge, I found out my favorite waitress at the local brewery had just been diagnosed with a baseball size Hodgkin’s Lymphoma mass in her chest. She was so young, so positive and all I could think was how unfair it was.

Sitting on top of my stack of mail was a mailer from the Leukemia and lymphoma Society. Someone had been generous enough to donate in my name at the previous Christmas and there was my mailer inviting me to do something. How could I say no. I am now involved in my sixth season of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. Not all of those seasons led to me crossing the finish line of a race, but each season raised dollars to research and patient care. And the research is making leaps and bounds now.

I train and finish an endurance event and you donate. If you donate to help make sure no parent has to outlive their child afflicted with cancers, great. If you donate because you think it is amazing that someone would get up early many days to run through the winter to train for an event just to save lives, great. I am nothing special. I just hate cancer. I sweat, you donate, and we beat cancer in our lifetime. It is really that simple.

The survival rate for childhood leukemia has gone from a coin toss to 89% plus in 20 some years. And it is the children that break my heart and continue to drive me. I know some incredible people who have been afflicted with various cancers, but it is the kids that get me. (Not kidding, no that’s the sun in my eye) I have learned more from very young lives cut short than from anything else in my experience. See below for Siona’s life lessons.

Please help; we are so close. Research funded by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has brought 19 of the last 30 cancer drugs to FDA approval. The targeted T-cell treatments in trial now are funded by LLS research. We are winning; help us get across the finish line.

Please donate generously and from your heart. The taxman will even give you a break for it.

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Jan 03, 2013

Let me tell you about the brave little girl below named Siona by sharing her life lesson’s

1. Live with a smile.

2. Never give up and always try your best.

3. Don’t complain about things that aren’t fair.

4. Be kind and accepting of people

5. Be happy with the small things in life such as hot cocoa at Starbucks or going to lunch with Daddy, mommy or Mr Lampy. (her brother)

6. Be positive and laugh out loud.

7. It’s okay to fly into the sky as long as you have lived with a purpose.

8. Always be kind to spiders because they too have a mommy and daddy.

9. Always be truthful and tell it like it is.

10. Always enjoy moments big or small.

11. Be “just the way you are.”

12. Make a difference in people’s lives.

I met Siona’s father Nigam two weeks after she lost her fight with Tcell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Nigam was choosing to live with purpose by training to run a marathon and raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. His dedication to his daughter leaves me in awe. He & I continue the fight today, join us.

You can be part of ending childhood cancers. Click Donate Now and fund research for a cure. Nineteen of the last 30 cancer drugs approved were funded by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Your donation helps ground breaking research targeted in the most promising areas of treatment and provides much needed patient services.

You donate; I agree to train and run a marathon in memory of Siona in the spring.

This will be my sixth season training for an endurance event while raising money to end all cancers.

Make your tax deductable donation now and help end all cancers.

If you prefer, you can send a check made out to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to me at the below address.

Thank you for your generous donation,

Michael Watkins

2442 NW Market St #395

Seattle WA 98107




Supporter Comments

    "Michael, thank you for your continued fight for a cancer cure. I am honored to support you in memory of Siona Shah. May you never kill another spider as they have a mom and dad too was one of her life lessons and I see Siona in ever spider I come across. In her short five years she made a huge impression and lasting memories for all she touched."

    Raffle Tix

    Sat Feb 16 05:43:22 EST 2013

    "Thanks for the chocolate! "

    Ilana Balint

    Sat Mar 16 08:52:24 EDT 2013

    "Thanks for your lending your muscles!!! "


    Mon Feb 04 04:09:51 EST 2013

    "Keep up the good work!"

    Kurt Conger

    Thu Nov 15 01:12:37 EST 2012

    "Go Michael!"


    Fri Jan 25 03:46:50 EST 2013

    "Michael, it's a pleasure being on the TEAM with you again. Your dedication to TNT and to finding a cure is inspirational. Thanks for keeping me smiling and moving forward out on the course! "


    Sun Jan 27 12:02:44 EST 2013

    "Go Michael!"


    Thu Jan 31 07:22:54 EST 2013

    "wine & chocolate"

    Sarah Dylan

    Sun Feb 24 04:53:59 EST 2013

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $2,351.00 | Goal: $2,500.00
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My Thanks To

John Spengler $100.00
Michael Watkins $60.00
Meg $50.00
Brenda Ann O'Leary $40.00
Kenneth Ohnemus $30.00
Microsoft (Morgan) $28.00
Anonymous $28.00
John Clarke $25.00
Microsoft (Morgan) $25.00
Kurt Conger $25.00
Cynthia Bowden $20.00
Sarah Dylan $20.00
Raffle Tix $20.00
Bex $20.00
Frisbie $20.00
Ilana Balint $15.00
Carrie Numata $10.00
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