Madeline's Fundraising Page: LLS Team in Training Half Ironman (70.3)

Why LLS and Team in Training?
May 05, 2016 by Madeline Emsick

It’s hard to believe that a year ago I was volunteering with Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for Light the Night Walk and Man/Woman of the Year. I was partially roped into volunteering by one of my best friend’s Anna, but also because the mission of LLS had some punch behind it. I had no idea that less than a year later, I would be diving in head first to fundraise for an organization whose mission has taken on a completely new meaning to me.

On June 12th I will be competing in my first half Ironman in memory of my Uncle Rich and in Honor of my cousin Ally. My Uncle Rich passed away on December 22, 2015 after a 3-month journey battling cancer. My brave 12 year-old cousin Ally is currently undergoing 22 week treatment of chemo and radiation for Synovial Sarcoma in Chicago.

Watching the pain cancer has caused my family and the strength it takes to fight it, I didn’t want to sit on the sidelines while another family member was going through treatment. In solidarity, I have been training with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training of the KC Chapter. To send encouragement or to follow Ally's journey check out her page Allys Allies

Through the Team in Training, we have had the support of a coach, a training regiment, nutritional advice, a great group of athletes with a common goal, and lots of support. Beside the challenge of training for and running/biking/swimming 70.3 miles, we are also committed to fundraise to support the Society in its battle against blood-related cancers. Leukemia is the number one disease killer of children.


As of today I have swum 16.5 miles, biked 380 miles (410 after today’s ride), and ran 68 miles. As to be expected of a Midwest Spring, there have been some tough days of training in rainy, cold, and windy weather. BUT with Uncle Rich’s spirit, the inspiration of Ally’s strength and our whole LLS team, I feel so honored to be a part of something much bigger than me.


While significant progress has been made, there is more work to be done in the fight against these diseases!


Supporter Comments

    "Go get em' Maddie Girl! So proud of you. "

    Anna Welchman

    Tue May 03 11:07:24 EDT 2016

    "Good Luck Mads!!! You'll do great! This is amazing! "

    Kelsey OBrien

    Tue May 03 11:45:18 EDT 2016

    "So proud of you for getting involved with LLS in support of your family. Good Luck!!"

    Erin Maupin

    Tue May 03 11:50:09 EDT 2016

    "Rock on Madeline!!!!!"

    Terry Clark

    Tue May 03 11:57:56 EDT 2016

    "Maddie I am SO proud of you!!! It's been fun working out with you here and there. You are truly an inspiration to me as a triathlete. I can't wait to hear all about your adventure. Wishing you the best of luck! "

    Lauren Kenney

    Tue May 03 12:00:34 EDT 2016

    "So proud of your dedication to your training and to raising awareness!! Love you!!"

    Jacqueline Titus

    Tue May 03 12:05:37 EDT 2016

    "I'm so proud of you, Maddie! "

    Elizabeth A Daldalian

    Tue May 03 12:56:56 EDT 2016

    "Maddie you are such a rockstar! I'm so proud of you, keep up the hard work! "

    Mel Murnan

    Tue May 03 08:32:50 EDT 2016

    "Madeline, you rock! Cancer has touched my life many times over. It's so great to see you are fighting back. Blessings, Paula Chiles"

    Paula Chiles

    Wed May 04 08:45:43 EDT 2016

    "Go get em"

    Dave & Dottie Mosby

    Thu May 05 11:00:53 EDT 2016

    "Way to go Madeline! Thanks for your commitment to the LLS."

    Chadd and Liane Currier

    Thu May 05 05:10:14 EDT 2016

    "So incredibly proud of you! "

    Cata & Thomas

    Wed Jun 01 11:20:36 EDT 2016

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $1,335.60 | Goal: $2,000.00
67 %

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In Honor of

Ally Peek

My Thanks To

Chadd and Liane Currier $100.00
Cris Christenson $100.00
Dave & Dottie Mosby $100.00
Madsen/Mellor Award $100.00
Lauren Kenney $70.30
Anna Welchman $70.30
Nancy Gibson $70.00
Donna Payne $70.00
Mel Murnan $50.00
Terry Clark $50.00
Cata & Thomas $40.00
Mallory Schock $30.00
Janis Dickey $30.00
Beth Pittman $30.00
Shelley Brodie $25.00
Mary Cussen $25.00
Amy Cottrell $25.00
Cunningham Appraisal LLC $25.00
Maggi Hacker $25.00
Erin Maupin $25.00
Elizabeth A Daldalian $15.00
Joseph Davis  
Paula Chiles  
Andrew Eanes Hannah Eanes  
Michael Kelly  
Jacqueline Titus  
Kelsey OBrien