Alex's Fundraising Page

Alex's Fundraising Page
Jul 23, 2009 by Alexandra DeGenova

Racing to Save Lives and to Remember

Welcome to my Team In Training home page.

As a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training, I'm getting ready to run a half marathon this fall. All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives.

On November 22, I will run the Women's Running Half Marathon in St. Petersburg, FL, in memory of my cousin Billy, who died of leukemia when he was only 22, and of my dad, Ben, who battled lymphoma before succumbing to skin cancer at age 38. Also on my mind during my training will be the real heroes of my team, those who are fighting blood cancers today.

Please donate as much as you can to help me to make it to St. Pete's and to help LLS continue to support patients and to find a cure for blood cancers.

I hope you will visit my web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress.

Thanks for your support!

Hi again everyone!

I'm still as excited as ever about my training and about this cause. It was awesome to go to the Team in Training winter season kick-off at Boston U. last Saturday. I was inspired to hear the stories of a myeloma survivor and past TNT participants. And it was wonderful to finally meet the rest of my training team and my coaches. Since then, I've started my first official week of training. It has been going okay, but I realize that I am not in the running shape that I once was because I'm out of practice. But, I'm confident that I'll build back up to it and beyond though, following my training schedule. My wish now is that it will stop being 90 degress and super humid everyday so that running outside is a bit more pleasant....

Thanks to all of you who have so graciously donated money to support me so far. I still have a long way to go to meet my fundraising goal (I'm at 17% as of today), but I have a few things planned to help me make up the difference. For one, my best friend from college, Johanna, has started a fundraising drive for me on her cooking blog. For each person who comments on the yummy veggie recipes that she posts in my honor (I'm a vegetarian and love food!), Joh will donate a certain amount to my cause. So, please get on her site to get some delicious and healthy new dinner ideas and leave a note to help me raise some more money!

Other fudraising projects will include a letter writing campaign and a speech at the Marblehead Rotary club on Sept. 24. Most of the letters should be going out in the mail early next week. So hopefully, you'll have gotten yours and it will have brought you here, by the time you reach this page.

Have a great weekend everyone! I will be enjoying birthday festivities-- and of course more training this coming week!



Hi All,

I can't believe it has been so long since I've updated my page! With how much I talk about my fundraising, race, and training (how much? A LOT), it is nutty that I haven't come back and jotted a little something here since August! Now October and well into training, I'm happy to say that it's going really well! I'm really loving my workout routine and feel like it has made me feel great way more than I ever used to without it. Long runs (i.e.-- 8 miles this week, 7 the week before and 9 next) with my team on Saturdays are helping me increase my mileage and confidence that I'll be able to do the full 13 miles come race day. Speaking of which, race day is fast approaching: a little over a month away!

I still have a lot of fundraising to do before then, but I am so greatful to all of you who've already given because you've brought me half way there already! Thanks again. The fundraising stuff that I've done so far has actually been fun and pushed me to reconnect with some friends that I haven't talked to in awhile. My roommate and I also held a fundraising party at our house a few weeks back. Several friends had a great time and helped to raise some dough at our Beirut/Pong for Charity FUNdraiser.

But, if you have any other great fundraising ideas or training tips feel free to pass them along my way. I'd love to hear them! Also, if you have friends/family who you think may like to help the cause, please direct them to this website. The more support and encouragement I get, whether monetary or words, the better!

Thank you all,


Hi Everyone!

This morning, I just did my longest run that I'll do before the race: 10 miles! Woo-hoo! Leading up the run this week, I was nervous about being too sore or being able to finish, but it went great! And to think that I was worried about having to run this far by myself too-- I ended up running almost all of it with the other people on my training team who are preparing for other races. It was great to have their support today, even as they ran a shorter distance than I did today because their races are a little farther off. And of course it's been great to have your support too! With only a few weeks left and some worries about how I'll get all the way to my 100% fundraising goal, I am amazed by the new donations that pour in from friends and family like you everyday. Thank you so much! It's making such a difference to me, and will make an even bigger impact on the cancer patients and their families whom your money helps! I'll probably be thanking you all everytime I see you now. I hope you don't get tired of hearing it!

Best wishes,


99%!! Thank you all for getting me this far! Your support has been amazing. (I hope there is a font size bigger than this for when I hit 100%...)

Perdictably perhaps, considering yesterday's post, we did it! With your help, WE raised $3600 to help LLS continue to research cancer treatments and cures and to continue aiding the families struggling to beat blood cancers everyday. Thank you all so much for getting me to 100% of my fundraising goal. If you'd like to continue to donate to the cause, don't let my $3600 minimum stop you. I will continue accepting donations on this page until at least my Nov. 22 race. Thank you all again for your generous support and friendship. And go Team in Training!

Best wishes,



Supporter Comments

    "Good luck! "


    Thu Aug 23 07:05:30 EDT 2018

    "We love, admire, and support the Huff family. They inspire us all! We will always be by your side! Love, Gary and Linda"


    Thu Aug 23 08:02:39 EDT 2018

    "Glad to see the photos and Barry doing well. Praying for clear sailing from here on. All the best to all 3 of you."


    Thu Aug 23 08:24:18 EDT 2018

    "From Madison Bigos & Family"


    Fri Aug 24 01:46:48 EDT 2018

    "Get well my friend. Frank & Toni"


    Fri Aug 24 06:45:06 EDT 2018

    "God bless you all!"


    Fri Sep 07 09:48:12 EDT 2018

    "Good luck Alex! "

    Dallase Scott

    Mon Oct 26 09:32:09 EDT 2009

    "Best wishes for a successful walk and many donations! Kelli Cohen Fein and Martin Fein"

    Christine Surka

    Tue Sep 11 10:42:56 EDT 2018

    "You are the bravest warriors out there! Fight on!"


    Sat Feb 10 10:55:40 EST 2018

    "I wish you lots of luck with this new challenge. I hope my small donation will help you reach your goal. I will be rooting for you on Nov. 22nd. I'll look forward to hearing how successful you've been. Lots of love, Gie"

    Irene Drewniak

    Sun Nov 15 12:42:54 EST 2009

    "Good luck, Alex. We are so proud of you! Can't wait to hear of your great success! Love, Don and Helen"

    Don and Helen Johnson

    Sun Nov 15 12:48:26 EST 2009

    "Congratulations Alex - you're my hero! Here is the result of the 5 Alex Runs, Joh Cooks posts on PGUK. We all believe in you!!! "

    Johanna Johnson

    Sun Nov 15 07:02:10 EST 2009

    "Thanks for running, Alex! My dad is currently battling recurrent lymphoma, and both he and my aunt have CLL, so I'm very familiar with this territory. Have a great run!!!"

    Liz Carver

    Sat Nov 07 11:58:03 EST 2009

    "I hate to miss the walk this year but I will be out of town. I hope we can get together soon."

    Christine Surka

    Mon Oct 22 12:33:26 EDT 2018

    "Wishing great success at this year's event. Happy to support the cause. Best, Joan Brassil"

    Christine Surka

    Mon Sep 10 01:49:27 EDT 2018

    "Fourth walk in honor of a great man, a dedicated and loving father, and a fantastic husband. Hope many of you will join me in our effort to fight all types of blood disease. Your donations will help others more than you know. thanks for your continuing to support LLS"

    Christine Surka

    Tue Sep 04 01:29:58 EDT 2018

    "Good Luck Alex! Hopefully this run inspires you to continue running more races."

    Aileen O'Rourke

    Fri Oct 16 05:07:13 EDT 2009

    "Good luck Alex, wonderful cause. I completed a marathon in Anchorage,AK in 1997 for LLS Team in Training for a little boy who was then in remission. Best to you and your teammates."

    Deborah DeWolfe

    Fri Oct 30 04:39:16 EDT 2009

    "Sorry I haven't been able to make it to your other events. Congrats and good luck!"

    Brendan Goodwin

    Tue Oct 13 01:23:57 EDT 2009

    "We think it's awesome that you're doing this Alex! Kick butt and Good Luck!"

    Ron and Ryan Smealy

    Fri Sep 04 10:09:06 EDT 2009

    "Alex, We can't make the event but are so moved by your family's losses to blood cancers; that you are doing this run;and the creativity in using the Pampered Chef cooking demo and product sales to raise money. We are very happy to support this worthy cause and applaud your commitment to it. Laurie and Larry Gerber"

    Laurie and Larry Gerber

    Tue Aug 25 08:22:51 EDT 2009

    "Good luck Halle!!"


    Mon Sep 17 05:25:41 EDT 2018

    "Blessed to have Halle as my roommate and close friend. The Huff family is my MN family away from home, and for this I am forever grateful. So proud of Halle & Becky for this race! Wishing Mr. Barry & fam the best <3"


    Mon Sep 17 11:41:36 EDT 2018

    "Love you Halle! See you soon. squill"


    Thu Aug 23 04:12:09 EDT 2018

    "So much love for you and your family &#10084; let's kick cancers butt! "


    Thu Aug 23 01:35:01 EDT 2018

    "Go Halle!"


    Thu Aug 23 01:17:49 EDT 2018

    "Congratulations on winning the drawing for $50 toward your fund raising at the TNT Kick Off this morning. This donation is in memory of Mitch Thune and came from Dayna Melby, a TNT Alumni, who sponsors the Mitch Thune Boot Hockey Tournament every year. She donated all of her proceeds this year to TNT teammates. "


    Sun Jun 10 04:43:42 EDT 2018

    "Good luck training, Alex! Thanks for running for such a great cause!"


    Sun Aug 02 12:06:45 EDT 2009

    "Strange amount but rounding up for a cure via an anonymous gift of love "

    Kevin Bishop

    Mon Aug 20 11:39:15 EDT 2018

    "I really enjoy having you on team this season Fran. You're a strong and inspirational rider. Go Team!"

    Kevin Bishop

    Mon Jun 04 02:34:12 EDT 2018

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $3,885.02 | Goal: $3,600.00
108 %

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My Thanks To

Anastasia and Damian Chun... $250.00
Jane Mazares $200.00
Alexandra DeGenova $176.00
Laurie and Larry Gerber $150.00
Don and Helen Johnson $100.00
Marie Degenova $100.00
Conrad McKinney $100.00
Tanya DeGenova $100.00
Gregory Mazares $100.00
Deborah DeWolfe $100.00
Louis CRESCIOLI $100.00
Gary Williamson $100.00
Rebecca Katz $100.00
Tanya DeGenova $100.00
Allison Hurney $100.00
Johanna Johnson $75.00
Frank Degenova $75.00
Ron and Ryan Smealy $75.00
Alexandra DeGenova $75.00
Alexandra DeGenova $69.00
Liz Carver $52.00
Irene Drewniak $50.00
Barbara Lazaris $50.00
Shaina Rafal $50.00
Jeff Schiller $50.00
Rachel Bratt $50.00
Alexandra DeGenova $50.00
Michael Malley $50.00
Aileen O'Rourke $50.00
Barbara Katz $50.00
Allen Schiller $50.00
Rory Mulligan $50.00
Kevin Bishop $50.00
James Fitzgerald $50.00
antoinette wysocki-sanche... $30.00
Christine Surka $30.00
Maria D'Alessandro $30.00
Katie Lynch $25.00
Katherine Anthony $25.00
Lynne Gertz $25.00
Andrew Simpson $25.00
Elizabeth Mahaffy $25.00
Dallase Scott $25.00
John Leary $25.00
David Crowley $25.00
Gabriel Lopez-Bernal $25.00
Ralph Davidson-Palmer $25.00
Brendan Goodwin $25.00
Karen, Mike & Nathaniel C... $25.00
Allison Ivers $25.00
Marsha Christensen $25.00
Corine Cognata $25.00
Margot Ivers $25.00
Kimberly Ferzoco $25.00
Audrey Goldenberg $25.00
Dan Kooken $25.00
Jeremy Robitaille $25.00
Jaime $25.00
Nate Hall $25.00
Kevin Church $25.00
Anonymous $25.00
Susan Sagisi $20.00
Jessica Soule $20.00
Ian Gunniss $20.00
Jen Gerber $20.00
Eric Johnson $20.00
Jeff Vargo Schiller $20.00
Anonymous $20.00
The Pampered Chef $18.02
Olivia Halt $15.00
Erin Kizer $10.00
Jacqueline Holmes $10.00
Rachel Levine $10.00
Justin Drake $10.00
Josh Williams $10.00
Greg Mazares $10.00
Josh Williams $10.00
Jack Melcher $5.00