Mo Lyons' Fundraising Webpage

Training Update!
May 29, 2012 by Mo Lyons

It's hard to believe I am less than a month away from my first half marathon! I have come so far since my first training run. It was only 3 miles and I had to walk a lot of it. At that point, the only thought that crossed my mind was that I would never be able to run 13.1 miles! I would look at my training calendar and see the mileage increasing every week and think to myself, there’s no way I can do that! I would wake up every morning with an "I can't" attitude. Slowly but surely, that “I can’t” would turn to “I can!” as I began to finish my long runs.


I have been training hard- running on my own 3-4 times a week and meeting my group on Saturday mornings to do the long runs. Training has been hard!! I have sore knees, blistered toes, and many unmotivated moments. On my longest run to date (10.5 miles!!) the pouring rain soaked me to the bone, and my knees ached, but I thought about how fortunate I am. I am fortunate to be able to feel this pain and to push through it, to be able to run, and to be able to do this for those who can't.


I have logged 172.3 miles while training for my half marathon! It’s hard to believe that I have gone from walking part of my first training run to breezing through a 6.5 mile run before work!


This has been such an incredible journey! The best part of this experience has come in a form that was definitely unexpected. The responses to my fundraising emails are what I have enjoyed the most. People have been so generous with sharing their memories of my grandmother Betty. I have learned so much about her and the impact she had on the people around her. This has brought me so much closer to her in a way I didn’t know was ever possible.


Thank you to all those who donated, who will donate, and who are thinking about donating! Your support means much more to me than just reaching my goal. I’m almost there, and the extra support from you would be just what I need to stay motivated!

Grandma Betty and (great) Uncle Bill as kids

My (great) Uncle Bill, passed away from non-Hodgekins lymphoma in 1999

Helena de Delgado Lerzundy- passed away from leukemia in 2003


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And So It Begins!
Apr 06, 2012 by Mo Lyons

I need your support!


Welcome to my fundraising webpage! I am going to run the Rock n Roll San Diego 1/2 Marathon.


To many this may not seem like a huge accomplishment, it seems like everyone is running 1/2 marathons these days. But to me this is HUGE! Up until this year I have never run more than 2 miles (I'm at an all time high of 3 miles now). These long lanky legs of mine are not runner's legs. I am not a runner and never planned on being one. Unlike many people, running a 1/2 or full marathon has never been on my bucket list. I am much more content with a marathon of drinking, eating and football: that is more my speed.


This has all changed since I signed on at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training. I have encountered so many inspirational people: cancer patients, survivors, friends and family who have lost someone to cancer and just average people wanting to do their part in finding a cure. I have stood on the sidelines and watched these people complete their endurance events and have seen their overwhelming sense of pride and accomplishment.



I have never been content with standing on the sidelines and now I feel that it's my time to make a difference. This is not so much about me taking on a 1/2 marathon as it's about helping find a cure for blood cancers. Lymphoma is the very cancer that robbed me of a life time of memories with my Grandmother Betty.


Please make a donation in support of my run. I am full of doubt that I will be able to run for 3 hours straight (yes it will take me that long), but every dollar you donate is a vote of confidence and will motivate me to train harder and not give up!


Giving up isn't an option.


Thank you for your support, I am more grateful than you know.


Mo


Ps. Check back often to check on my progress!


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Valentine's Bake Sale
Feb 22, 2012 by Mo Lyons

On Valentine's Day, I held a bake sale in my office to raise money for my half marathon! Thanks to my sisters who helped me all weekend baking and decorating, and my co-workers Jincy and Diana who pitched in on the baking and selling, it was such a success! It was fun to tap into my artisitic side and spread some Valentine's Cheer and raise funds for such an important cause.

Happy Valentine's Day!

xox


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Supporter Comments

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    "GO MO"
     

    Barbara Martin

    Sun Apr 08 03:10:16 EDT 2012

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    "Good luck with your run! We are rooting for you!"
     

    Margaret Dailey and Jenny Hall

    Wed Feb 15 11:58:57 EST 2012

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    "Good luck! What a labor of love in memory of your grandmother..."
     

    Monica Fullerton

    Wed Feb 15 10:50:09 EST 2012

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    "Best of luck in this noble venture."
     

    Suzy McQuown

    Tue Feb 14 04:28:53 EST 2012

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    "yay Mo! You got this! :) xoxo"
     

    Kim Walag

    Fri Jan 20 07:01:40 EST 2012

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    "Go Mo Go!"
     

    Diandra Kodl

    Wed Jan 18 04:50:58 EST 2012

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    "YOU GO, MO! XOX"
     

    DEDE

    Sun Jan 15 09:35:35 EST 2012

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    "I'll be cheering you on from the sidelines girl! Can't wait!"
     

    Cary - your coolest friend ever - Kennedy

    Wed Dec 21 04:15:01 EST 2011

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    "Go Mo Go!!!!"
     

    Matthew Campbell

    Tue Dec 06 02:55:37 EST 2011

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    "Run Mo, run!!"
     

    Adair Ahlers

    Wed Nov 30 10:43:15 EST 2011

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    "Way to go Mo!"
     

    Dennis

    Thu Oct 06 02:46:52 EDT 2011

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    "Hurray for you Mo! What a wonderful spirit you are! "
     

    Sally Hughes

    Sun Jun 03 09:59:26 EDT 2012

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    "Good Luck Mo! We all wish you well, love & miss you!"
     

    Courtney Somerville

    Wed May 16 01:15:05 EDT 2012

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    "HERE WE GO MO, HERE WE GO!"
     

    Mags & James

    Fri May 11 02:02:52 EDT 2012

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    "we are always so proud of you"
     

    Mom and Dad

    Thu May 10 02:49:22 EDT 2012

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    "Mo- you are doing such great things. Love you!"
     

    Chrisy

    Thu May 03 05:48:13 EDT 2012

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    "Heres to a Whale of a good time in San Diego! Go Team!!!"
     

    Benjamin Netter

    Fri Apr 27 02:05:27 EDT 2012

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    "God Bless and thank you. I know this will be an experience you will never forget. "
     

    Ann

    Wed Apr 11 06:06:13 EDT 2012

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    "Go Mo!! "
     

    Nicole Schade

    Wed Apr 11 03:28:35 EDT 2012

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    "We will miss you in Tahoe....have a great run....thanks for ALL that you do. ADF"
     

    Andrew Fredman

    Thu May 24 10:55:03 EDT 2012

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    "Go, MO!"
     

    Douglas Grover

    Wed May 30 04:09:29 EDT 2012

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    "Congrats Mo!!"
     

    Joanna Smith

    Tue May 08 10:44:39 EDT 2012

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $7,005.00 | Goal: $6,500.00
 
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In Memory of

Betty Lyons

My Thanks To

Deutsche Bank  
Bank of America  
Sally Hughes  
Mr. & Mrs. Mangiacotti  
Dianne Russo  
Douglas Grover  
Maya Minter  
Bridge Street Properties  
Richard Weiler, DDS  
Smyth Media Group  
Matthew Mangiacotti  
Courtney Grau  
Andrew Fredman  
Dan Murray  
Danielle Muller  
Lisa Brannigan  
Nancy Schwartz  
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Ted and Maureen Kundz  
Jared Marcus  
Robyn and Joel D'Alba  
Courtney Somerville  
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Daniel Walsh  
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Louise Matthews  
Bianca Rodriguez  
Mom and Dad  
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Stephen Mangiacotti  
Chrisy  
Christopher F Drake  
c anthony dwyer  
Kevin D'Arrigo  
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Ann  
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Vanessa  
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Dennis