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Killing it in the Butt One Mile at a Time.
Aug 02, 2011


My name is Jenna Benn, I am 29 years old, and I am a survivor of Grey Zone Lymphoma. Grey Zone Lymphoma is a disease that affects less than 500 people worldwide. While we may be few in number, we are determined, committed and passionate about finding a cure.

After 6 months of flu like symptoms, weight-loss and nerve pain, I was officially diagnosed with Cancer on December 20, 2010.

I will never forget the out of body experience that ensued when I heard those three words.

With just three words, my hopes and dreams were abruptly taken from me, and my life was put on hold.

I had no idea how to navigate and exist in this new chaotic, terrifying, and uncertain Cancerous world.

How did I get here?

Up until this point I was a healthy. I worked out regularly, watched what I ate, and made sure to keep regular doctors appointments. In December, my team of doctors at Northwestern University Hospital found 3 large tumors resting on my heart, lungs and in my neck.

My life after diagnosis moved at lightning speed. I underwent fertility treatments, multiple surgeries, scans, and then started a very aggressive chemotherapy regimen called R-Epoch. My regimen required 6 rounds of 5- day in patient hospitalization, where I received 120 hours of continuous chemotherapy.

I stand here before you today, 6 months later, with no sign of disease.

Throughout my journey, I realized I needed to figure out creative ways to hold on to my spirit. Cancer may have come uninvited, but I had a choice about which parts of me I was willing to sacrifice. She may have ravaged my body, but I refused to let her take my mind, heart, and soul.

I chose to beat Cancer through writing.

I chose to beat Cancer through singing at the top of my lungs.

I chose to beat Cancer through dancing alone in my room.

I chose to beat Cancer by running.

I was never a runner before Cancer. I actually hated running. After my diagnosis I found running to be therapeutic because it allowed me to process my feelings and reconnect with a body that I no longer understood.

Throughout my treatment, I have been running 6 miles a session-one mile for every round of chemotherapy.

On September 11, 2011, 4 months after the completion of my treatments, I will be running in the 15th Annual Chicago ½ marathon with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).

LLS is an organization that raises millions of dollars a year to fight blood Cancers. I have a special connection to LLS as it was responsible for discovering the drug Rituxin which has saved my life. I will be forever grateful to LLS for their work in raising awareness and finding a cure for Blood Cancer.

I ask that you join me in Killing Cancer in the Butt one mile at a time.

I am running this race for the Cancer Crushing Warriors that are fighting and desperately waiting for a cure.

I am running this race for your family and friends that have been cruelly touched by this disease.

And I am running this race for you- my army of supporters, cheerleaders, and dancers who have lifted me up and provided me with tremendous ammunition throughout my fight.

I encourage you to give generously.

With affection and admiration,


To Learn more about my story please visit my blog

A special thank you to all those that attended Yoga for a Cure hosted by brillant instructor Becky Strauss. To all participants and supporters that chose to breath deep, move slowly, and focus on this moment- I thank you.

Don't miss our next Twist Out Cancer event on August 11, 2011 at the Hideout Chicago. Starting at 8pm artists Jesse Palter and the Alter Ego, Laser Love and the Heated Heat, Deanna Neil on the Ukelele and DJ David Pelerin will be gracing the stage to help show us what twisting out Cancer really looks like.

Jonny Imerman, Founder of Imerman's Angels will be speaking at the event.

Anthony Ponce from NBC5 will be the event's emcee.

Come join me on the dance floor.

Twist because you can, because you should, because you must.

Tickets are $25.00 in advance, $36,00 at the door.

Tp purhcase tickets online go to https://www.hideoutchicago.​com/event/41343/

This Winter I am pleased to announce that I am the Illinois Chapter's Honored Hero! For those of you that are interested in participating in an event with TNT - now is the time to get involved!


Supporter Comments

    "I'm so inspired by your positive energy - congratulations on tackling everything hereafter with as much fortitude and optimism as ever."

    Claire Shoolin

    Sun Apr 24 05:46:10 EDT 2011

    "Keep rockin my lovely Jenna. The world needs more people like you :) LOVE YOU. "

    Ilana Chriqui

    Sun Apr 24 06:48:50 EDT 2011

    "So proud of you J! You never cease to amaze/inspire me."

    Yael Brunwasser

    Sun Apr 24 09:18:47 EDT 2011

    "We love you Jenna and are so impressed with all you do and who you are. Kasey is so fortunate to have you as a best friend."

    Stephen and Wendi Passen

    Sat May 21 08:04:41 EDT 2011

    "We think about you every day!"

    Linda and Jack Goldenberg

    Sat May 21 08:19:00 EDT 2011

    "Jenna go hard..."

    Rachel Goldenberg

    Sun Aug 28 07:03:08 EDT 2011

    "Jenna, thinking of you always. You are an amazing source of strength and inspiration, keep on fighting!!!!"

    Jenny and Chaim Indig

    Tue Sep 06 10:01:42 EDT 2011

    "Jenna you go girl! I'll be thinking of you! Download "Bad" by MJ:) Take One video... Your an inspiration, love u Good luck"

    Lauren Miller

    Wed Sep 07 11:39:34 EDT 2011

    "May you go from strength to strength!"

    Bernard, Danny, & Miriam Cherkasov-Cohen

    Wed May 18 10:45:16 EDT 2011

    "Way to go Jenna!!! We've been thinking about you and loved dancing with you on the dance floor :)"

    Stephanie Finkelstein

    Wed May 11 01:55:13 EDT 2011

    "Thank you for being such an inspiration. I am so happy to hear how well you are doing. Much love always."

    Melissa Wener

    Sun May 08 10:47:10 EDT 2011

    "Jenna! you are truly an inspiration ! so proud of you and so humbled by your incessant strength and determination:) what's next?!... love you xoxox "

    Jessica Sharafi

    Fri May 06 02:36:35 EDT 2011

    "rock it, jenna! "


    Tue May 03 06:55:46 EDT 2011

    "Jenna, Good luck w/the rest of your treatment and of course, w/the half marathon. I continue to be impressed and inspired by your positive attitude, resilience, and courage. Always continue to KIITB. M BTW, the 108 is b/c it's 6x Chai "


    Tue Apr 26 07:19:52 EDT 2011

    "Jenna: I'm holding your hand every step. I'm amazed by your accomplishments. Lots of love, Holly"

    Holly & Michael Schechter

    Mon Apr 25 12:20:27 EDT 2011

    "Jenna! I'm so incredibly proud of you! You kicked some butt... and hard!!! Run like the wind lady. You're a true inspiration. xx"

    Joelle Maslaton

    Mon Apr 25 08:43:10 EDT 2011

    "Go Jenna! Hope you have great weather the day of the run!"

    Julie Mizock Seltzer

    Sun Apr 24 07:29:23 EDT 2011

    "I hope your marathon on Sunday went well. "

    Paul E Hoelschen III

    Wed Sep 14 08:23:57 EDT 2011

    "Jenna, you are a true inspiration to me & many others. I wish you the best & will be honored to stand at the starting line with you on race day. Good luck!"

    Shelley Merz

    Mon Aug 29 11:44:58 EDT 2011


    Jess Seidman

    Fri Aug 12 12:41:01 EDT 2011

    "My dear - you are an inspiration. Sorry I missed last night - I was twisting for you! Sending so much love and admiration your way. XXOO - Doug"

    Doug Adolph

    Fri Aug 12 09:45:16 EDT 2011

    "We wish you well....You are so brave. "

    Linda and Mitch Saranow

    Fri Aug 12 07:13:24 EDT 2011

    "Amazing! I am so proud of you!!!!"

    Sarah Palestrant

    Mon Aug 01 11:06:35 EDT 2011

    "Jenna, you continue to inspire me to cherish each moment. Keep killing it in the butt! "

    Alizah Salario

    Mon Aug 01 10:55:57 EDT 2011

    "You are in inspiration Jenna! I know you will make this goal! Good luck in training for the 1/2 marathon!!!"

    Andrea Iwaniuk

    Thu Jul 07 10:48:47 EDT 2011

    "Good luck running! "


    Wed Jun 22 03:04:02 EDT 2011

    "I just saw the videos and you were terrific and you look terrific. I think you may have new career ahead of you!"

    Monnye Gross & Ken Solomon

    Mon Jun 06 11:19:31 EDT 2011

    "see you the 11th!!! :)"

    Hanne & Ian Nataf

    Thu May 19 09:47:55 EDT 2011

    "I beat it - so will you!"

    Dr. William Finkelstein

    Sat May 07 10:40:44 EDT 2011

    "You're amazing Jenna!"

    Roslyn Turner

    Mon Aug 15 05:41:42 EDT 2011

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $18,942.36 | Goal: $18,000.00
105 %

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My Thanks To

Jenna Benn $3885.00
Sylvia Neil and Dan Fisch... $1000.00
Kellner Family $1000.00
Sandy and Hayden Dent $500.00
Baby Eli $500.00
Amir Motamedi $400.00
Marvin Benn $300.00
Andrea, Edwin & Neely Ben... $300.00
Linda and Mitch Saranow $250.00
Theodore Eisenberg $250.00
Stephen and Wendi Passen $250.00
Steve Juhasz & Barb Brige... $250.00
Jeff Gordon $250.00
Theodore Eisenberg $250.00
Jenna Benn $250.00
Marjorie Skolnik $200.00
beth fisher $200.00
Patricia Smith $180.00
Shoshanna Weinberg $150.00
Little Eli $148.00
Perry Gdalevitch $118.00
Anonymous $108.00
Mollie Isaacson $100.18
Karla Dunston $100.00
Jenna Benn $100.00
Jenny and Chaim Indig $100.00
Richard Strauss $100.00
Ann Clark Kirkpatrick $100.00
Annie Kellner $100.00
laura cooper $100.00
Ari Kushner $100.00
Shevrin Family $100.00
David Victorson $100.00
Simone Burrows $100.00
Sarah Palestrant $100.00
Samantha Margolis $100.00
Barry Le Vine $100.00
Penny Retsos $100.00
Monnye Gross & Ken Solomo... $100.00
Linda and Jack Goldenberg $100.00
Lonnie Nasatir $100.00
Jessica Sharafi $100.00
Rachel Seymour $100.00
Marianna Couvaras $100.00
Lauren and Brian Beem $100.00
Linda Stern $100.00
Bonnie Rochman $100.00
Julie & Matt Epley $100.00
Suzanne Courtheoux $100.00
Vicki Newman $100.00
Samantha Jackson $100.00
Ethan Zohn $100.00
Joelle Maslaton $100.00
Larry Serota $100.00
Andrew Schultz $80.00
Hanne & Ian Nataf $77.00
Kasey Passen $75.00
Alana and Steven Green $72.00
Liz Foreman $72.00
Susan Berman $72.00
Kasey Passen $72.00
Stephanie Finkelstein $72.00
Leslie Fields $54.00
David Kurzmann & Kate Fel... $54.00
Alex Kemeny $54.00
sally silvers $54.00
Eytan Bayme $50.18
Tammy Berman $50.00
Amy Tardiff Sam Pakraftar $50.00
Lauren Miller $50.00
Mark Bartosic $50.00
Laura Sonego $50.00
Roslyn Turner $50.00
Laura Stern-Levin $50.00
jamie feinzimer $50.00
Noreen Karadsheh $50.00
David Arama $50.00
Carina Bachofen $50.00
Doug Adolph $50.00
Inti Velez $50.00
Adam and Jill Lerner $50.00
john lapolla $50.00
Morgan Williams $50.00
Kristina Kilmer $50.00
Mark Juster & Elana Stern $50.00
Dr. William Finkelstein $50.00
Elizabeth Hill $50.00
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elaine carberry $50.00
Michael Mahoney $50.00
Alexandra Wang $50.00
Becky Obeler and Scott No... $50.00
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Jennifer H Katz $50.00
Iris Marreck $50.00
Marc Smoler $50.00
Courtney Smolen $50.00
Ari Sorek $50.00
Elizabeth Warshaw $50.00
Peter Kimball $40.00
Melvin Shapiro $36.00
Lynn and Adam Grossman $36.00
Melissa Krisztal $36.00
Robyn Traub $36.00
Alizah Salario $36.00
Anonymous $36.00
Nicole Frehsee $36.00
charles gross $36.00
Bernard, Danny, & Miriam ... $36.00
Lauren Ackerman & Family $36.00
Joshua and Lauren Taustei... $36.00
Emily Eisenberg and Scott... $36.00
Yael Brunwasser $36.00
Sarah Paseltiner $35.00
Jenna Benn $25.00
Marleen van Gulick $25.00
Liat Hilelson $25.00
Ruth Sang $25.00
Danny Valenzuela $25.00
Stacy Rudd $25.00
Marjorie Fox $25.00
Victoria Lowerson $25.00
Lisa Roth $25.00
Ayelet Israeli $25.00
Avigail Sagy $25.00
Andrea Iwaniuk $25.00
Martha Whipple $25.00
Jaclyn Eisenberg $25.00
Andre Ohnona $25.00
David Stonehill $25.00
Taryn Brickman $25.00
Annette Ruzicka $25.00
Joanna Myszka $25.00
Beth Katznelson $25.00
Michael Engels $25.00
David Segal $25.00
liza behles $25.00
Jennifer Rosario $25.00
Jenny Johnson $25.00
Rachael Thompson $25.00
Mary Muszynski $25.00
Brett Dobbs $25.00
Becca Wallach $25.00
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Austin Hartley-Leonard $25.00
Kristin Cole $25.00
Eytan Bensoussan $25.00
Betsy Rubinstein $25.00
Jessica Vogel $25.00
Julie Mizock Seltzer $25.00
Ilana Chriqui $25.00
Claire Shoolin $25.00
Sabrina Bercovitch $25.00
Bill and Lindsay Gray $25.00
Alexandra Kakon $25.00
Jenna Benn $20.00
Michelle Kallick $20.00
Paul E Hoelschen III $18.00
lisa nussbaum $18.00
Kimberly Fischer $18.00
Melissa Wener $18.00
kerri herman $18.00
Yossi Lanton $18.00
Adam Brelow $18.00
Joel Singerman $18.00
Paul E Hoelschen III $15.00
tamar kugler $15.00
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