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Running for Roni
Jul 16, 2013

I have a mission-to help find cures and more effective treatments for blood cancers. To accomplish that mission, I’m participating in the Tufts 10K race on October 14th as a member of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training. Like the other members of TNT, I will be raising funds to help find cures and better treatments for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. I’m improving the quality of my life by participating and with your support, I can help improve the quality of life for patients and their families as well.

For me, this mission is personal. On December 26, 2000 my mother, Roni O'Brien, passed away after a painful and debilitating battle with Non-Hodgekins Lymphoma. Lymphoma robbed my mother of her strength, leaving her in a wheelchair with limited use of her arms and legs. But through it all her light remained bright. A nurse recalled the following interaction in our family physcian's office: My mom was coming in for a check up and a little boy with Downs Syndrome -a former student in my mom's special needs classroom- was leaving. He stopped and stared at my mother, aghast. The nurse tried to intervene but my mom told her it was alright and she said to the boy, "Come here and squeeze my hands as hard as you can." He did and she said, "Wow! You are strong! Now I am going to squeeze your hands as hard as I can. Are you ready?" He nodded in assent and then laughed, saying, "Come on, Mrs. O'Brien! You aren't even trying!" My mom said, "That is as hard as I can squeeze. That is why I have to be in this wheelchair and it is why I am at the doctor today. My body is sick and trying to get better." She was a teacher her entire life even in sickness she was designed to teach. In death she has continued to teach me: that I am stronger than I know, that no battle is too hard if you face it with your head held high, that God loves me through everything, and that family is the most important thing. She has continued to teach everyone in my family as we prepared for yet another battle with cancer - this time my father's. In the spring of 2005 my father was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocitic Leukemia. He is still battling this slow cancer today. The treatment they've been using has stopped being effective and they are looking at new options. New options only become available through research.

I've never run a full mile in my life. Ever. I run on the elliptical but that is not the same. I do intervals when I jog outside. This commitment will be a challenge and a half. I am committing to run 6.2 miles on October 14th for my mom and my dad and every other person out there who would run if they could. I will run in the hopes that each step I pound out will inspire others to stand up and make a difference in this world.

My personal fundraising goal is $800 - that is $100 for each year my dad has fought Leukemia. Please make a donation and/or offer a prayer in support of my efforts with Team In Training and help advance the research for cures.


Supporter Comments

    "You go, girlfriend! I, with many others, will have your back. Thank you for working on your 'Yes/No balance disorder' in such a constructive way for a powerful cause. Your friend! ~ David"

    David Crosby

    Wed Jul 17 05:51:47 EDT 2013

    "Kick it, Rev! Honduran maladies aside, you will be back to ramming speed in no time!"

    Reid Boswell

    Mon Aug 19 05:47:36 EDT 2013

    "I'm praying for you and your family, Audrey. xo"

    Rachel Nelson

    Mon Aug 19 08:51:11 EDT 2013

    "So proud of you! My mama also suffered from lymphoma. Thanks to people like you, and the research you continue to support, Mama lived for 35 years past her "terminal" diagnosis. Sending love and encouragement."

    Sam Faeth

    Mon Aug 26 12:07:06 EDT 2013

    "in memory of our daughter Roni who left us almost 13 years ago.....Suffered from Lymphoma...."

    Grammer and Grandpa

    Mon Aug 26 05:39:40 EDT 2013

    "Run, Audrey, Run!"

    Missy Greene

    Thu Aug 29 10:40:05 EDT 2013

    "YouGoFightWin. C N D "

    Chrissie n David

    Thu Aug 29 02:26:21 EDT 2013

    "Thinking of my friend, Roni, and her wonderful daughter! Good luck, Audrey"

    Dorothy Stevens

    Thu Aug 29 02:28:45 EDT 2013

    "Dear Rev. Audrey, this is a wonderful thing to do for your Mom and Dad. I'm rooting for you. I hope this will be an ongoing happening to help all who suffer from blood cancer. Love Aunt Ellen and Uncle Keith"

    Aunt Ellen and Uncle Keith

    Thu Aug 29 04:53:01 EDT 2013

    "Good for you Audrey! My husband Pete had Hodgekins Disease back in 1993/1994. He was diagnosed when Nicole was 7 months old and I was newly pregnant with Sarah. Now 19+ years later it was just a blip on our life adventure. Best of luck on your run and we will be thinking of you and your family that day!"

    Maryellen Kumiega

    Thu Aug 29 09:35:02 EDT 2013

    "Audrey, you're an inspiration!"

    Dina S.

    Sat Sep 07 10:53:10 EDT 2013

    "Go Audrey! We love you!! Dave and Brett"

    David McSweeney and Brett Johnson

    Fri Sep 13 09:09:36 EDT 2013

    " LOVE love that you are doing this Audrey!! "

    Randi Walker

    Thu Sep 26 08:29:57 EDT 2013

    "Way to go, Audrey! We love you!"

    Carolyn and Ben Pershouse

    Sat Oct 05 01:32:45 EDT 2013

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $2,119.14 | Goal: $800.00
265 %

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My Thanks To

Chrissie n David $124.00
La Bastoche $110.14
Maryellen Kumiega $100.00
Dorothy Stevens $100.00
Grammer and Grandpa $100.00
Sam Faeth $100.00
Rachel Nelson $100.00
Reid Boswell $100.00
David Crosby $100.00
Mary $25.00
Missy Greene $25.00
Holly Brown $25.00
Dina S. $20.00
Rhonda and Sarah at Epiph...  
Andrew Reese  
Carolyn and Ben Pershouse  
Randi Walker  
David McSweeney and Brett...  
William O'Brien  
Cayce & Elinor  
Virginia Wilder  
Aunt Ellen and Uncle Keit...  
Lynn Campbell  
Susan Kendall  
Stefanie Schumacher  
Dawn Campbell  
Tracey Kelly  
Marianne E. Brown  
Leigh Kelliher  
Sandy Nippes  
Aunt Mary & Al