My Fundraising Page

Why I Am Returning
Nov 07, 2010

Well. I raised over $27,000 in 2010 for three races: Lavaman Triathlon, Cool Breeze Century Ride and the LA Half Marathon. I was the top fundraiser for LA and the #2 fundraiser for Lavaman. Wait, scratch this.

'We' raised over $27,000 in 2010 for I could not do any of this without the amazing support of friends and family, both the real and virtual kind. I always believe that people are good and that the world is good but never more so after the support shown to my family and to my fundraising efforts this past year. Yes 2010 saw my wife, Crea, fight cancer for the second time but there are so many tough stories out there. There are so many people raising money to rid the world of horrible things. To have so many of you give so much money to my efforts was humbling....truly humbling and thanks could never do justice to my gratitude.

Because of all the money we raised in 2010, there is a part of me that feels horrible for signing up to fundraise again. How can I ask for more money from the same people? I have a compelling story that most of you arriving here already know. I lost my father, lost my daughter and saw my wife get diagnosed with cancer while pregnant with my son....all within a short time period. (If you dont know my story you can go to the first entry of my GOOD PLUS ONE blog). There are many compelling stories out there. I coach for Team in Training and make a difference in my attempt to repay all the kindness shown to me but there are a lot of people volunteering for charities all around the world that need your help too (I actually try to give as much as I can to as many as I can myself).

So why fundraise again? Why ask again? I honestly did not have the answer clear in my head until today.......November 6, 2010. Today, I witnessed my wife, Crea, run her first marathon in Santa Barbara....the town she grew up in. Ask me her time........I could not tell you. Ask me where she placed in her age group or gender.......I could not tell you. What I can tell you is that after cancer came knocking on her door twice and after she shoved it to the curb twice............she was able to complete the very difficult task of running a hilly 26.2 miles at the Santa Barbara International Marathon. She was able to run through the town that held so many memories for her and teach the full marathon what she was capable of. She did it with a smile. She did it cancer free.

This is why I have to come back! This is why I have to ask for help yet again! I want other husbands to see their wives successfully survive cancer and run a marathon. I dont want to see children lose their parents from cancer and I dont want parents to lose their children from cancer and I want cancer to be moved from a disease of current times to a place in the history books when a cure is found. Today was an amazing day for my family. I want the world to have more amazing many more. If you have it within you to help me yet again, I would be grateful for your support. I do not have aspirations of being top fundraiser. I would like to raise $5,000 and make a dent in the longevity of cancer. If you do not have it in you to help........please know I understand and am very grateful for all the support I have received.


Supporter Comments

    "Go Santa"

    Lisa Hernandez

    Fri Nov 19 10:28:44 EST 2010

    "From one TNT teammate to another. You rock!"


    Sat Nov 20 12:07:19 EST 2010

    "Hope to see you at practice!"

    Clare Ryan

    Sat Nov 20 12:52:00 EST 2010

    "Thanks to Chris, Emily and Lori for raising money to help those of us with leukemia. Love you all!"


    Sat Jan 08 10:16:40 EST 2011

    "Keep up the great work. Go Team!"

    @blsloan - Bryan Sloan

    Sun Jan 09 11:21:04 EST 2011

    "Go Coach Chris!! Good luck, from one of your many TNT disciples."

    Sarah Hughes

    Sun Jan 09 11:29:01 EST 2011

    "Go Team!!"


    Sun Jan 09 11:47:19 EST 2011

    "You are such an inspiration! Good work!"


    Sat Feb 26 06:41:02 EST 2011

    "You are a true inspiration! "

    Kaleigh VanAlstine

    Mon Feb 28 11:28:40 EST 2011

    "Good Luck Chris! Thank you for continuing the fight and continuing to be such an inspiration and an amazing person of hope and strength. "

    Martine Forneret

    Sat Mar 26 06:08:40 EDT 2011

    "Saw the ebay auction... wonderful idea. Good luck with the goal... hope this little bit helps"

    Jamie Cole

    Thu Feb 03 08:18:37 EST 2011

    "Chris, Thanks for everything you've done to inspire Eileen and all of us. David"

    David Wolpe

    Mon Jan 24 10:09:20 EST 2011

    "All the best during the #Goofie. Here's one dollar for every mile plus a little extra for your warm up! #FightCancer"

    Christopher Hancock

    Sat Jan 08 07:37:38 EST 2011

    "I didn't know you were raising money this weekend. Go get that Goofy Challenge, and I hope to meet you here this weekend. Jason"

    Jason Zacher

    Sat Jan 08 09:49:23 EST 2011

    "Good luck!"

    Miki Reynolds

    Fri Nov 19 03:31:16 EST 2010

    "Chris Wilno: beatin' cancer- again. Inspirational."

    Rachel Chai

    Fri Nov 19 09:52:08 EST 2010

    "You rock dude! Thanks for all of the hard work for LLS!"

    Scott Clausen

    Sun Jan 09 11:17:42 EST 2011

    "Thanks for all you do to fight cancer! I'm proud to know you and fight alongside you."


    Sun Jan 09 11:08:19 EST 2011

    "Chris, You area a true inspiration! Thank you for all you do in the fight against cancer. We WILL beat this!!"

    Jennifer Zenuch

    Sun Jan 09 10:41:47 EST 2011

    "Thanks for all you do!!"


    Sun Jan 09 09:51:00 EST 2011



    Tue Mar 22 10:37:43 EDT 2011

    "Best wishes in your fundraising and your triathlon!"

    Rob Sandiford

    Tue Mar 22 12:22:10 EDT 2011

    "You are such an inspiration! Thanks for all you do to get us accross the finish line and to help find a cure!"

    LLS Supporter x2!

    Thu Mar 17 07:17:23 EDT 2011

    "Thank you for being such an incredible coach and inspiration to so many people."

    Traci McMurray

    Mon Mar 14 02:48:02 EDT 2011

    "You are truly an inspiration. Good luck and get after it!! xo"

    Trisha Hegeman

    Wed Mar 02 03:16:16 EST 2011

    "Chris - look forward to you hitting 100k very soon!"


    Wed Mar 02 12:39:07 EST 2011

    "Always awesome Chris. Can't wait to kick Madison's butt w/ you in September!"

    Dash Nash

    Wed Mar 02 12:28:17 EST 2011

    "Go Chris Go! See you in Hawaii!!!"

    Michael Kuhn

    Wed Mar 02 11:41:29 EST 2011

    "Congratulations Chris on your efforts to remove cancer forever. "


    Fri Feb 25 04:37:20 EST 2011

    "To all those who are fighting the good fight... After years of fighting lymphoma with a beyond amazing attitude, my cousin Steve received the heartbreaking message from the doctors last Sunday.... His body is rejecting the bone marrow transplant, which was his last chance for remission (without a miracle). Please remember to become a marrow donor so you can give someone else hope: And THANK YOU to Christopher for his tireless work to find a cure and painless treatments. Here's to $100,000 and $100,000 more!"

    @pinkessa-Inessa Vitko

    Thu Feb 24 03:38:36 EST 2011

    "Thanks for everything you do, Chris. Much love, brother."

    Javier Rivera

    Wed Feb 23 03:38:03 EST 2011

    "This donation was made in regards to a blog by Christopher Gates on"


    Wed Feb 16 04:29:51 EST 2011

    "Good luck and best wishes!"

    ArizonaVikingsFan (DN)

    Wed Feb 16 02:51:42 EST 2011

    "Thank you, Christopher, for fighting the good fight against cancer. People like you and efforts like this are going to make sure that this thing is eventually beaten."

    Christopher and Casey Gates

    Wed Feb 16 02:45:02 EST 2011

    "Go get 'em big guy!"

    Michael K. Burke

    Mon Feb 14 05:19:38 EST 2011

    "Good Luck Chris!"

    Jason & Melissa Liszewski

    Mon Feb 07 11:48:19 EST 2011

    "Keep doing the good work! "

    Josh and Elizabeth

    Sun Feb 06 11:44:12 EST 2011

    "Sorry to hear about the eBay fiasco. I know this isn't much, but wanted to help! Good luck in your endeavors."


    Sun Feb 06 02:14:20 EST 2011

    "Chris, as a survivor, you have become not only the most amazing coach ever, but a friend for life, I love you and your family..and will always be with you in spirit in whatever you do....goooo team!!"

    Laura Maloney

    Fri Feb 04 11:09:30 EST 2011

    "In memory of Jon Galinson... Thanks for all you do Coach!"

    Eileen Ansel Wolpe

    Sun Jan 09 03:49:28 EST 2011

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $26,855.50 | Goal: $20,000.00
134 %

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My Thanks To

SBE $3800.00
David Wolpe $2500.00
Adam Carroll $1500.00
Johnson & Johnson $1000.00
James M Dugan $1000.00
Matthew Fantazier $1000.00
IAC $500.00
LLS Supporter x2! $500.00
IAC $500.00
Frederick Towns $500.00
Patricia Lou Harris $500.00
LLS Supporter! $500.00
Michael K. Burke $500.00
Direct TV $400.00
Direct TV $400.00
Lori Jomsky $400.00
Jason Ditri $400.00
Adam & Jody Del Vecchio $400.00
Christopher Wilno $300.00
marjorie wilno $250.00
Marcie Palenbaum $250.00
Todd Weinstein $200.00
The Conlon Family $130.00
Mark Kristof $125.00
David Floyd $100.00
Jemma Martin $100.00
joe sebok $100.00
Wicked+ $100.00
Miriam Sandy $100.00
Therese Soltis $100.00
Peter Cilella $100.00
Mark Tipton $100.00
Sara Schroer $100.00
Nick Gardner $100.00
Brian Ring $100.00
Jason & Melissa Liszewski $100.00
Christopher Rake $100.00
Abhay Kulkarni $100.00
Josh and Elizabeth $100.00
Laura Maloney $100.00
Bethany Chaney $100.00
Ron Harvey $100.00
Eileen Ansel Wolpe $100.00
Lori Jomsky $100.00
Rosalinda Batson $100.00
Emily Conlon $100.00
Christopher Wilno $100.00
Soichiro Kitano $90.00
Bobbie Enoch $80.00
Paul Partaine $75.00
Drew Murray $75.00
Dale Welzenbach $55.00
Rob Sandiford $50.00
Truc Nguyen $50.00
Fabrienne Rood $50.00
Amy Bockman $50.00
IAC $50.00
Barbara Fuller $50.00
Alfred Quiring $50.00
Darlene Andronaco $50.00
Judy Williamson $50.00
Ronald Kaloper Eldridge $50.00
JoAnn Beluch $50.00
Michael Miller $50.00
Matthew Barnette $50.00
Greg Durbin $50.00
Lisa Dracolakis $50.00
Trisha Hegeman $50.00
Dash Nash $50.00
Karene Katz $50.00
Donald Chomiak $50.00
@jenn_if_er $50.00
@LissaJoy $50.00
Eric Orvieto $50.00
Rommel Calderon $50.00
@pinkessa-Inessa Vitko $50.00
Javier Rivera $50.00
Calvin Lin $50.00
Jason Pozarowski $50.00
ArizonaVikingsFan (DN) $50.00
Christopher and Casey Gat... $50.00
Dena Grablowsky $50.00
Tom & Heather Bilhorn $50.00
Michael Miller $50.00
Michael Miller $50.00
Eric Orvieto $50.00
IronmanLongRunr $50.00
sitbones $50.00
Penny Sprague $50.00
Kristea Cancel $50.00
Brett DAvis $50.00
Anonymous $50.00
Kristy Gomes $50.00
Ron Harvey $50.00
Linda Vermeulen $40.00
Anthony Lane $40.00
K Melissa Galyon $40.00
Christopher Hancock $40.00
FujiTeamPro $40.00
Jason Zacher $39.30
Miki Reynolds $30.00
Michael Miller $26.20
Martine Forneret $25.00
Traci McMurray $25.00
@coolrunner72 $25.00
megan oconnor $25.00
@running4wishes $25.00
Jared Morell $25.00
Zsolt Kiraly $25.00
Abba7 $25.00
Josh Miggler $25.00
sx2700 $25.00
Caryn fishler $25.00
@PghRunner $25.00
Jamie Cole $25.00
Sarah Hughes $25.00
Michel Holtz $25.00
@blsloan - Bryan Sloan $25.00
DP_Turtle $25.00
Jennifer Zenuch $25.00
@jedijen31 $25.00
Edward Schober $25.00
Clare Ryan $25.00
Zsolt Kiraly $25.00
@runnernavymom $25.00
Fern Oliner $20.00
Meghan McConnell $20.00
Kaleigh VanAlstine $20.00
Lore Hernandez $20.00
Maura McCartan $20.00
Christy Noel $20.00
Jenna Chastain $20.00
Scott Clausen $20.00
Elizabeth Ryan $20.00
Nadim Bacchus $20.00
Candice Yee $20.00
Lisa Hernandez $20.00
@acokertx $20.00
Rachel Chai $20.00
Maura McCartan $20.00
MK $15.00
Amanda Witherow $10.00
V Lawton $10.00
Cherdenko (DN) $10.00
shirin Graber $10.00
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