My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
Jun 08, 2012

TNT Week 20 Update


Hard to believe there is less than three weeks until the big Pacific Crest triathlon in Bend, OR.

Last weekend I participated in the Issaquah Triathlon, my first actual triathlon event (500 yard open water swim, 15 mile bike, 3.2 mile run). Lake Sammamish was a brisk and refreshing 60 degrees the day of the race. Some might classify waking up at 5am on a Saturday to swim in cold water by choice as “crazy”, and now that I think about it I do too, but I remind myself of the reason behind my efforts: to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

In other news, the “Hops for Hope” fundraiser back in April was a great success. We were able to raise a little over $1,200 for LLS during the event through donated raffle prizes and silent auction items.

A big “THANK YOU” to everyone who has already supported my efforts towards the LLS. Because of you I am very close (almost 90%) to reaching my fundraising goal of $4,000 by June 15th.

Any donation amount during this “homestretch” of my fundraising is greatly appreciated (seriously any amount)! The LLS and I thank you for your support.



Saturday, April 21st from 7-10pm

Forza Coffee in Green Lake

*Come out and enjoy great music, food/drink specials, and AWESOME raffle prizes all benefiting LLS!!

*Ukelele rock cover band TheCastaways will be providing the tunes all night long.

Prizes include:

*Dinner and show for two at Teatro ZinZanni

*Beecher's apprentice cheese making class, tasting, and lunch for two

*ExOfficio athletic gear

*Gregg's Cycle bike tune up

*Woodland Park Zoo admission tickets

*EMP admisstion tickets


TNT Week 9 Update


I know many of you have been waiting on bated breath for a status update on my TNT training. Well you asked for it, you got it!

On Saturday we did our first “brick” workout. These particular “bricks” consisted of alternating running for about a mile and then biking for 4 miles over and over and over again. Good times!

For those of you in the greater Seattle area, I am organizing a “Hops for Hope” raffle fundraiser that will take place at Forza Coffee Green Lake on Saturday, April 21st 2012. I already received some AWESOME raffle prizes like Teatro ZinZanni dinner/show tickets, Beecher’s Cheese making/tasting/and gourmet lunch for two, athletic apparel from ExOfficio, and more. A ukelele rock coverband "The Castaways" will be providing the tunes and Forza will be offering the beer, wine, and food specials.

A HUGE thanks to friends and family who have already helped me raise $1,426.87. My goal is to reach the 50% mark of by this Friday. Know your support is appreciated!!


TNT Week 3 Update

Greetings friends! This past Sunday marked the end of the third week of TNT. On Saturday we went on a 22-mile bike ride in Redmond, WA (home of Nintendo US). The wind was fierce and the rain was relentless…good times! Judging by the track of mud on my back after the ride, I learned some bike fenders might be a wise purchase in the not too distant future.

After the ride I was presented with a TNT sweatshirt for the first of many donation goals. I wanted to send many thanks to all who have already donated to LLS, but know I still have a long way to go in order to reach my $4,000 goal.

Your support is greatly appreciated. Three weeks down, 21 more to go!


Hello and welcome to my Team In Training (TNT) homepage!

Thank you for your interest in supporting me in a great cause, fundraising for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). For the past couple of years I have enjoyed running recreationally for no other reason than for my own enjoyment. I have decided to step out of my comfort zone in order to complete the Pacific Crest triathlon this summer in Bend, OR. If I can contribute to a great cause, train with like-minded individuals, and challenge myself to something new, why not?

I haven’t swam since the days of Camp Horseshoe or really ridden a bike since 7th grade, so this should be interesting.

The money we raise through TNT 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 TNT and help advance the research to find cures. Every bit counts! Donations are tax deductible.

Thank you for your support and Go Team!

Mike Toole


Supporter Comments

    "GREAT JOB, FIANCEE!!! Very proud of you :)"

    Kristen Ruehlmann

    Thu Feb 02 04:18:00 EST 2012

    "Go Team and Go Hardbodies!"

    Richard Leist

    Thu Feb 02 05:21:39 EST 2012

    "Do it brother Ekim!"

    Jonathan Lee Yeager

    Fri Feb 03 03:20:15 EST 2012

    "Go Mike! We miss you and Kristen around the Villa!!"

    Ellen Gildersleeve

    Fri Feb 03 06:45:12 EST 2012

    "Go Mike Go! And come back the right coast sometime soon!"

    Jason and Vanessa Toole

    Wed Feb 08 05:30:53 EST 2012

    "Congrats Mike! We are so proud of you and wish you luck! We really wish we could have given you more money to help you reach your goal but we are moving into a a new house on Monday. Come visit soon!"

    Steve and Brandy Toole

    Thu Feb 23 06:41:12 EST 2012

    "Pam Mandel is a member of the Castaways, the uke band playing at Hops for Hope on Saturday April 21st. She is my niece and the niece of my brother, Jack Mandel, who lost his battle with Leukemia this past winter. It is through her that I heard of your event. I am sorry I cannot be there to support the effort in person and especially to hear Pam rock out with the rest of the Castaways - if you get this before the event, tell her I am there in spirit. Hope the night is what you need it to be. Good luck with your training; you are doing a great thing. With admiration and respect. Pam's Aunt Phyllis"

    Phyllis Mandel

    Fri Apr 20 02:57:09 EDT 2012

    "Go Mike Go! We are so proud of you"

    Ritu Bahl

    Fri May 25 07:23:51 EDT 2012

    "Go Mike!!! Great work on the event"

    Adam Kornfield

    Fri Jun 08 10:47:00 EDT 2012

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $3,479.87 | Goal: $4,000.00
87 %

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My Thanks To

"Hops for Hope" Raffle Do... $320.00
Anthony Salisbury $275.00
Elizabeth Bader $260.00
Phyllis Mandel $250.00
Daddio & Mom! $200.00
David Ruehlmann $200.00
Murray MacDonald $157.00
Jordan Collins $151.00
Thomas Parke $101.00
Ritu Bahl $100.00
D Elizabeth Adams $100.00
Dr. Thomas Check $100.00
Kristen Ruehlmann $100.00
Edward Toole $75.00
Cathleen Panus $50.00
Joanie and Jim Warunek $50.00
David Harriger $50.00
Matt Kunitz $50.00
John Toole $50.00
Thomas Check $50.00
Jason and Vanessa Toole $50.00
Alison Small $50.00
Kelly Castillo $50.00
Richard Leist $50.00
Jennifer Rubright $40.00
Michael Nguyen $25.00
Trang Phung $25.00
Betty Pirnick Pirnick Kah... $25.00
Deborah Nelson $25.00
Laura Leannah $25.00
Karen Schlueter $25.00
Rosemary Schlueter $25.00
Steve and Brandy Toole $25.00
Ben Sugarwala $25.00
Ellen Gildersleeve $25.00
andrea rehrig $25.00
Jonathan Lee Yeager $25.00
Timothy Bradley $20.00
Joshua Brooks $15.87
Benjamin Kornfield $10.00
Adam Kornfield $10.00
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Michael Toole