My Fundraising Page

Going Back To Cali
Jul 25, 2013

I began working for the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society part time back in May of 2011. A year later I got a full time position with LLS's Team In Training program. When I started last May, I was supporting two half marathon and marathon teams - the Chicago and Nike Women's Marathon team.

You may be thinking, why would anyone in their right mind want to run 13.1 or 26.2 miles? Well trust me that thought has crossed my mind a time or two! In October of 2012, I traveled to San Francisco with my Nike team to cheer them on and find out what all this marathon business was really about. The entire event weekend experience blew my mind. Not only did my small but mighty team of 28 individuals all cross the finish line on race day, but they also raised over $90,000 for LLS. The feeling was so overwhelming and I was so proud to have been able to support them throughout this experience.

The whole experience was a huge inspiration to me. I knew that the feeling of pride I felt for my team that weekend was not even close to the sense of pride they must have felt for themselves, and I knew that was a feeling I wanted to experience. That is why this year I decided that I am going back to California with Team In Training. The only difference is this time I won't be cheering from the side lines. I will be running 26.2 miles in the San Diego Rock 'N' Roll Marathon on June 2nd.

A whole bunch of feelings came to mind when I clicked the "Register" button online. Scared, nervous, excited, determined and I am sure a "Am I delusional?" popped into my mind at one point. But the reasons I have to complete this thing far outweigh the excuses not to do it. What is my reason you ask? The LLS mission: To find a cure for all blood cancers and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its inception LLS has provided over $875 million to support research and is one of the last remaining voluntary health organizations to provide financial assitance to its constituents.

While I have no personal connection to the mission, my time as an employee with the organization has introduced me to so many incredible people: patients, survivors and others who have been affected by blood cancers. I have heard so many uplifting and heartbreaking stories. The strength and bravery of these people is my inspiration. If they can endure all the things that come with a cancer diagnosis, why can't I endure 26.2 miles? So in honor of everyone I have met throughout my LLS journey, I have committed to crossing the finish line while raising $3,000 for LLS.

Please help me cross the finish line in San Diego by making a 100% tax deductible donation to my fundraising page. 78.1% of all funds raised go directly back towards funding the mission.




Supporter Comments

    "I'm so proud of/excited for you!"

    Carey Garrett

    Mon Feb 18 07:15:31 EST 2013

    "Enjoy your first marathon in sunny San Diego. You are awesome for taking on the challenge of training for and running a marathon and most importantly fundraising to beat blood cancer. We love you and are so proud of you - Kimberly, Ken and Carolina Go Team and Go Jennie!"

    Kimberly Williams

    Wed May 15 10:13:39 EDT 2013

    "You are a rock star and I know you are going to do great!"

    Roberta McCunney

    Thu Apr 25 05:17:09 EDT 2013

    "I'm so proud of you, Jennie! You are going to do great in San Diego. I believe in you!! I just wish I could be at the finish line to watch you cross it. LLS and those they serve are lucky to have you. Love you! "

    Megan Steinbauer

    Thu May 09 08:47:04 EDT 2013

    "Thank you for doing this Jennie. Good luck! You will do great!"

    Cynthia Tatis

    Sun Jun 02 12:16:28 EDT 2013

    "Thanks for your hard work!"

    Pamela & Harold McCuller

    Mon Apr 01 05:12:26 EDT 2013

    "Go Jennie Go! We are so proud of you. Mark, Jessica and Clara"

    Clara Gibson

    Tue Feb 26 03:33:56 EST 2013

    "Proud of you! Go TEAM!!"

    Mary Liebman

    Tue Feb 19 03:32:33 EST 2013

    "Congratulations on signing up for your first TNT Marathon! Thank you for all you do for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I am donating in honor of my Dad, who lost his battle in 2011. This Marathon always holds a special place in my heart because it's pretty close to the anniversary of his passing. Ken & Kimberly ran it two years ago and had a very touching tribute to him. Keep up the good work! Good luck on your run!!!! Allie"

    Allie Fennell

    Mon Feb 18 04:20:20 EST 2013

    "You're almost there girl! I'm so proud of you!! "

    Amy Meyer

    Wed May 22 03:14:29 EDT 2013

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $2,900.00 | Goal: $3,000.00
97 %

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My Thanks To

Susan Ellis $252.00
Allie Fennell $250.00
Kimberly Williams $150.00
Dickie Sherman $100.00
Nancy and Mike Cochran $100.00
Anonymous $100.00
Pro Networker $73.00
Aaron Guest $50.00
Alison Middleton $50.00
Joseph Dozier $50.00
Amy Meyer $50.00
Katie French $50.00
Megan Steinbauer $50.00
Christie Collins $50.00
Pamela & Harold McCuller $50.00
Clara Gibson $50.00
Jennie Ellis $50.00
Chris Bower $25.00
Cynthia Tatis $25.00
Gina Harrison $25.00
Lynn Boland $25.00
Rob Packer $25.00
Carey Garrett $25.00
Justin Jasiulevicius $10.00
Anonymous $1.78
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