Goofy's Half and a Race Challenge

Yanni's Fundraising Page
Sep 21, 2012

My name is Yanni, and I am a survivor


**** Yes, I am shooting for the star and just raised my personal fundraising goal! ***


My dear family and friends,


I had so much fun during my (first!) marathon at WDW and am so proud of my own accomplishment that I want to take it to the next level. I want to keep pushing my limit and see where it will take me.


Life is short, and being a survivor, I am being reminded every day to live my life to the fullest and welcome any challenge ahead of me and to dream big. I want to be able to look back and say, yep, did that, done that. Oh did that one too, so did that one. Is that too much? Maybe, but I’m about to go all out here.


I’m going to run Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge. Yes. 13.1 miles AND 26.2 miles of crazy. 39.3 miles, back to back. Half Marathon on Saturday, January 12, 2013 and Full Marathon on Sunday, January 13, 2013 with Team in Training (TNT)


In the next six months, I'll be running all over Seattle and vicinity , increasing my miles each week so I can run those pesky 39.3 total Miles within 24 hours. . I know I can do it. I know I will do great.


Why I am running


I'm one of the lucky survivor who can have some new normalcy in life because a lot of smart people put thousands of hours and a lot of money into research and development to improve my quality of life. I have lost friends, and watch few of them suffer. I felt helpless and often wonder if I can do more to help than what I already did.


This event allow me to do something, and it will allow YOU to do something as well. Remember all those times you asked me if there's anything you can do for me? This is one of those.


Some of you have been so generously supporting me in my previous fundraising efforts and I thank you very much from the bottom of my heart, however, I am going to shamelessly ask again for your help. Why? Because not only you are helping ME, you are giving me and the rest of the blood cancer survivor hope. You are helping give the families of the survivors tremendous support because that’s what the money you are giving for. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society offered incredible support to a particular patient AND their family.


TNT's endurance training program whose goal is to support, through fundraising and advocacy, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission to improve the quality of life for patients with leukemia and related blood cancers to aid in search for a cure, to improve public and professional education, along with advocacy and community service.


I'm so thrilled to be participating in this wonderful event, but as is true with so many things that are really worth doing, this can't be a solo effort. I need your support not only to raise the $10,000 donation but also to muster up the internal strength I know I will need to meet the physical and emotional challenge that lie ahead.


Please express your support in one or more of the following ways:


  • Donate online to my online fundraising page here
  • Send a tax-deductible donation made out to LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY to me. Please email me directly, and I'll give you my address to send the check to or do a donation online via my personal fundraising page here
  • Help me spread the word about what I'm doing. Mention the Disney Marathon to 3 friends and ask if they'd be interested in sponsoring me? wait, make that 5 friends!
  • Many companies match their employees charitable giving, if you decided to support me and do a donation, please ask your human resources about it and ask them to match your gift!
  • Send me your inspirational and encouraging thoughts, poems, jokes, stories etc via email at yanni_robel@msn.com. Oh I could use a lot of pray to for the success of this run and continuous health for me as well!
  • Follow my training progress at http://yannirobel.com/running and cheer me via twitter as I train. You can follow me on twitter at @YanniRobel

Thank you for considering a donation to this worthy cause and for supporting the cause that I believe in and be part of saving life. I personally thank YOU.


Much love,

Yanni



Do you know that every five minutes, someone in United States diagnosed with blood cancer?

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Supporter's Comments

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    "Good luck Yanni!!! Get the ice bath ready for Saturday night! ;-)"
     

    Greg Gonzalez

    Wed Aug 08 10:25:48 EDT 2012

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    "We love you so much and know you're giving your all . . . Happy Birthday, John!!"
     

    Mom & Dad Robel

    Tue Aug 14 11:20:49 EDT 2012

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    "Go Yanni Go!"
     

    Saurabh Vegda (@vegda)

    Wed Aug 15 02:10:16 EDT 2012

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    "Good luck on your training and runs!"
     

    Mark Seabourne

    Thu Aug 16 11:48:32 EDT 2012

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    "Run like the wind!"
     

    Stacy Schatz

    Sat Aug 18 01:57:09 EDT 2012

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    "Thank you for doing this!"
     

    Robin Yamaguchi

    Tue Aug 21 10:07:09 EDT 2012

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    "Good luck!!!"
     

    Tina Gislason

    Fri Sep 21 04:20:25 EDT 2012

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    "Good luck Yanni! You are definitely "goofy" for taking on this challenge :-)"
     

    Liz Brock

    Tue Oct 16 01:59:44 EDT 2012

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    "Way to go, Yanni! We're praying for you. "
     

    Joseph Webb Webb

    Wed Oct 31 03:23:20 EDT 2012

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    "Way to go, Yanni! A rare blood cancer claimed my mother-in-law many years ago. Thanks for fighting the good fight."
     

    Kris Taylor

    Wed Oct 31 05:16:05 EDT 2012

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    "Glad to be a part of your fund raising goal. Your personal story inspires me to treasure each day and be thankful for a healthy family. I enjoy a daily run and hearing about your challenge in January keeps me motivated to hit the street and not the buffet :) Doug Purnell (@SQLNikon)"
     

    Doug Purnell

    Tue Nov 27 11:57:21 EST 2012

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    "Nick and I are so grateful for your friendship and are so proud of you and how you continue to fight against blood cancer and win! We love you so much! Nick and Mindy Rose"
     

    Nick and Mindy Rose

    Mon Dec 31 02:32:53 EST 2012

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    "Yanni, you're kicking cancer's butt... this back to back half and full marathon are gonna be a cinch! ;-)"
     

    Sarah Strate

    Sat Nov 03 10:16:25 EDT 2012

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    "Go on Yanni with your bad self! You rock! "
     

    Anonymous

    Thu Nov 01 10:39:00 EDT 2012

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    "Best Wishes to you Yanni. "
     

    Mala Mahadevan

    Wed Oct 31 06:05:04 EDT 2012

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    "Praying for you Yanni. Run like the wind! You're such an inspiration."
     

    Matt Slocum

    Wed Oct 31 02:56:26 EDT 2012

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    "Go Yanni!"
     

    Kendra Little

    Tue Aug 14 05:22:50 EDT 2012

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    "Run Yanni Run!"
     

    @DBA_ANDY

    Wed Aug 08 10:07:22 EDT 2012

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    "Good luck, Yanni!"
     

    Ed Leighton-Dick

    Wed Jan 09 12:02:58 EST 2013

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $3,700.90 | Goal: $3,700.90
 
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