My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
Oct 28, 2008 by Christian Hugener

From Couch Potato To Triathlete To Help Make A Cure Happen

My wife, Janice, and I are currently in training to compete in the Lavaman Triathlon on March 29, 2009.

Cancer has touched our lives in many ways over the past few years, and Janice and I have been looking for ways to pay forward the support we've received. Historically, our efforts have been limited to writing checks in support of various cancer fundraisers our friends and family were involved in.

However, two recent events == the death of our friend Mike Chisman and the diagnosis of our 2-year-old friend Audrey Orr with acute lymphobalstic leukemia == inspired us to do more.

So we decided to do a crazy thing, and team up with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and join Team In Training (TNT) to train (not the crazy part) and participate in the Lavaman Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii (the decidedly crazy part). We have 21 weeks to train to swim 1.2K, bike 40K and run 10K.

I'm competing in honor of Mike, who was diagnosed and received treatment while working on a project in Korea. Mike and I did many projects together and he is missed as a friend and a colleague.

Janice is competing in honor of Audrey, the daughter of John and Darrelyn Orr. Be sure to visit the Orr Family's blog for updates on Audrey and their quest for remission at

An estimated 894,543 Americans are living with leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children and young adults. Because of great advances in medical research, 5-year survival rates have jumped from 14% (in 1960) to 51% (in 2004). This medical research is funded by people LIKE US.

We need YOUR HELP in funding cancer research, education and patient services. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $600M in blood cancer research. LLS-funded research has led to key advances in understanding blood cancers and has helped produce new treatments to enhance and prolong lives. Please visit for more information.

As members of TNT, we are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. We are completing the Lavaman Triathlon in honor of all individuals (including Mike and Audrey) who are battling blood cancers. These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure!

Please make a donation to support our participation in TNT and help advance LLS's mission.

Janice and I will be training together (under the close supervision of our teenage son, Paden == who has already demonstrated that he could probably go out and complete this event tomorrow without any training whatsoever). We'll be keeping a weekly blog journaling our training.

We hope you will visit our web sites often. Be sure to check back frequently to check on our progress.

Thanks for your support!


Supporter Comments

    "Awesome job Rose!! Stay strong!"

    Sun Mar 10 01:44:38 EDT 2013

    "Success in all you do!!!"

    Sun Mar 10 02:11:46 EDT 2013

    "Rose - Stacey is our daughter."

    Sun May 05 10:55:12 EDT 2013

    "xxoo j"

    Janice Hugener

    Wed Nov 12 11:46:20 EST 2008


    Thu Sep 12 11:02:48 EDT 2013

    "I am April's aunt. April has been fighting breast cancer for 10 years. I pray for a cure. This month the breast cancer has spread to April's lymph nodes and she has had one removed from her neck. Walks like these are necessary. Thank you for doing this for April and all the others."

    Mon Aug 12 02:44:52 EDT 2013

    "Good Luck - sorry I can't walk this year. "

    Tue Aug 13 05:10:21 EDT 2013

    "I Love You, Sandy. Thanks for being you. "

    Thu Aug 15 12:43:16 EDT 2013

    "Your smile and your spirit will help light up the night, too, Sandy :)"

    Tue Sep 03 09:36:10 EDT 2013

    "Sandy, Thanks for doing this... Every dollar helps in this cause... Nancy"

    Thu Sep 26 03:13:17 EDT 2013

    "Fran, We are looking forward to being together in Scotland. Perhaps we can see some of your biking and running skills."

    Tue Feb 19 10:07:17 EST 2013

    "What a great thing to do! You both will do great. Have fun!"

    laura & jim tetlow

    Sat Mar 30 12:19:51 EDT 2013

    "So proud of you guys! Have made a small donation but it won't be the last between now and June. Best of luck x"

    laura & jim tetlow

    Tue Apr 09 08:33:13 EDT 2013

    "Not only will you survive, but you will THRIVE!"

    laura & jim tetlow

    Mon Sep 30 09:05:25 EDT 2013

    "Bravo, Christian. You always were way ahead of the rest :)"

    Debi Kellums

    Thu Feb 26 11:25:21 EST 2009

    "You go, Christian!"

    Sara Lieberum

    Tue Mar 24 11:53:33 EDT 2009

    "Go Christian and Janice! Watch our for the butt rash and the transitions! Good luck! With much love, The Ginns"

    David Karen and Spencer Ginn

    Wed Mar 25 08:58:31 EDT 2009

    " Maika'i Pomaika'i (Good Luck) "

    Greg Dunn

    Thu Mar 26 11:18:09 EDT 2009

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $6,155.00 | Goal: $5,500.00
112 %

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We are sorry donations are no longer being accepted for this participant for this event.

In Honor of

Mike Chisman

My Thanks To

Edith "Sam" Pierson $1500.00
Janice Rourke Hugener $760.00
Victor Bartholetti $650.00
Helen Meyer $250.00
Cindy and David Hoag $250.00
T Scott Schriefer $250.00
Janice Hugener $250.00
Lacie Marshall $220.00
Penny Marie Costa $190.00
Gavin McMillan $170.00
Penny Marie Costa $125.00
Janine Thompson $100.00
Garrett Caine $100.00
Greg Dunn $100.00
j kinkella $100.00
David Karen and Spencer G... $100.00
Bob and Kristan McCrobie $100.00
Sara Lieberum $100.00
laura & jim tetlow $100.00
JE Stone $100.00
Benjamin Kidwell Lein $100.00
ALan Geer $100.00
Fred Eckert $50.00
Robert Grubb $50.00
Nancy Donahoe $50.00
The Schiff Family $50.00
Mooselips $50.00
The Orr Family $50.00
Stefany Wilson $35.00
Scott Stone $30.00
Michael Perlmutter $25.00
Debi Kellums $25.00
Criss Niemann $25.00