Running For a Cure

Running For a Cure
Aug 13, 2009 by Jessica Warner

left to right: my sister Julie, my mother Eileen, me. Photo circa 1979.

Twenty Six Years, Twenty Six Miles

NOTE: Scroll to the bottom of this page for updates!

"If you keep at it, one day something which at first appeared impossible will become merely something very difficult indeed."

I have some exciting news! Now through the end of the year I will be fundraising to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in their mission to end blood cancers. This exciting journey will end in running the Walt Disney World Marathon in Orlando, Florida with my sister Julie. On January 10, 2010 we will run a 26.2 mile course that will take us through all five of the Walt Disney World theme parks.

Why am I doing this?

In January of 1984, just over a month after her thirty-sixth birthday, and nearly eighteen years after her diagnosis, my mother Eileen lost her battle with lymphoma. Like so many others taken too soon by cancer, Eileen left behind her family; two little girls (aged six and four), a husband, her parents, and a brother, just to name a few.

Over 139,000 Americans are diagnosed with blood related cancers each year, and every nine minutes a patient dies. With your help, a cure can be found! It is my sincerest hope that one day there will be no more children losing parents to these cancers, no more spouses losing their partners, no more parents losing their children, no more brothers and sisters losing their siblings.

When Julie approached me earlier this summer with the suggestion that we run in the Disney event in memory of Mom, we were initially considering running the half marathon. When we realized that the twenty sixth anniversary of her death is a week after the race, we took it as a sign to go for it, and run the full 26.2 miles. That day, "Team Eileen" was born.

I have personally committed to raising $4,000 for the LLS. As a team, Julie and I aim to raise $6,400.

We can't do it without your support!

I am hoping you will consider making a $26 dollar donation in memory of Eileen and the 26th anniversary of her passing. Every little bit helps, so please know that whatever your donation may be, it is much appreciated. Donations are 100% tax deductible and 75% goes directly to the Leukemia and Lymphoma society's mission: finding a cure for blood cancers and improving the quality of life for patients and their families. Please pass the word on to your family, friends, and coworkers who may be interested in donating, and please ask your employer about matching charitable donations, you may be surprised at how generous they may be. If you are unable to donate at this time, please send us your positive energy!

I'd love to have my fundraising goal met by Christmas. I hope you'll visit this page often for updates on our progress!

If you'd like to learn more about Team In Training and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, visit

Thank you so much for your support. Julie and I will be thinking of your generosity when we cross the finish line together in January. GO TEAM EILEEN!

With love and gratitude,

Jessica Warner

UPDATE: December 2, 2009: My runs are getting longer and I ran 16 miles last Sunday. The big 20 miler is coming up and then we taper back in prep for the event. The Disney marathon is only 5 weeks from this weekend!

UPDATE: November 2, 2009: The winner of the Sur La Table gift card was drawn on Halloween, and the winner is Margaret Kinney. Thanks so much to all donors!!

It's not too late to get in on the Unbake Sale. Get some homemade frozen cookie dough now, and have hot, fresh cookies when you want them this holiday season!

UPDATE: October 27, 2009: Now is a great time to donate! Everyone who donates $26.20 or more now through October 30th will be entered into a drawing for a $40.00 gift card from Sur La Table. The winner will be announced here and on facebook on Halloween!

Halloween morning I will be running the Monster Dash half marathon (13.1 miles). My goal is to finish in 2 hours. Check back here to see how I did!

UPDATE: October 11, 2009: The Unbake Sale has begun! Email me at to place your order for frozen homemade cookie dough: Chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, or oatmeal chocolate chip! $10 a batch (makes 4 dozen cookies) or 3 for $25. That's a gross (144) cookies! Delivery available for an extra $2.

UPDATE: October 7, 2009: Upcoming fundraiser: "Unbake" Sale! Purchase homemade frozen cookie dough, and bake your own "from scratch" cookies when you want them! $10.00 a batch, each batch makes approx. 4 dozen cookies. Delivery available! More details and flavors announced soon!

UPDATE: September 23, 2009: Now is a great time to donate! Everyone who donates $26.20 or more now through October 30th will be entered into a drawing for a $40.00 gift card from Sur La Table. The winner will be announced here and on facebook on Halloween!

UPDATE: September 17, 2009: Check out my new Twitter page for frequent updates on my training and fundraising progress:


Supporter Comments

    "Hi Jessica- As you may or may not know, I lost my wife Karen to cancer a little over three years ago. In her particular case it was breast cancer, but I think anyone who has lost someone to cancer shares a certain camaraderie. Good luck with your run. I am very sorry that you missed out on so many years with your mother, but I have to imagine that she'd be proud of what you're doing in her memory."


    Tue Oct 27 12:47:36 EDT 2009

    "Have a great run!"

    Dr Kevin Schreifels

    Fri Dec 18 10:21:29 EST 2009

    "Good luck reaching your goal, Jack!"

    Sat Jan 19 12:45:31 EST 2019

    "Get after it Nichole!"

    Lindsey McDonald Dorsey

    Mon Jan 21 08:14:15 EST 2019

    "Good luck Jack!"

    Mon Jan 21 08:03:08 EST 2019

    "Jack, thank you for being a part of Jimmy's Team Stayin' Alive. This is a great cause! From the Ryan/Ramstack Family and Friends"

    Sun Mar 03 07:25:28 EST 2019

    "Best of Luck! Tamie Friday"

    Lindsey McDonald Dorsey

    Fri Mar 08 08:31:39 EST 2019

    "Good racing Nichole! Thank you for your hard work for a good cause. Mike and Joanne"

    Lindsey McDonald Dorsey

    Sun Mar 10 08:25:19 EDT 2019

    "Your Babci would be so proud of you today, as she always was!! oxox"

    Lindsey McDonald Dorsey

    Thu Mar 14 10:10:54 EDT 2019

    "Such a great cause, you’re doing an amazing thing! 💗 Love The Kopplin’s "

    Lindsey McDonald Dorsey

    Sat Mar 23 09:13:04 EDT 2019

    "Great work Nichole! I wish you much success!"

    Lindsey McDonald Dorsey

    Sun Mar 24 03:53:10 EDT 2019

    "Nichole, what a great cause! Good luck tonight! "

    Lindsey McDonald Dorsey

    Fri Mar 29 04:09:17 EDT 2019

    "So proud of you, girl! Race on"

    Lindsey McDonald Dorsey

    Sat Mar 30 07:47:03 EDT 2019

    "Nichole, Thanks for helping to raise funds for LLS. Vicki"

    Lindsey McDonald Dorsey

    Mon Apr 01 06:20:51 EDT 2019

    "Go Auntie Nichole, Love Reese and Dakota"

    Lindsey McDonald Dorsey

    Tue Mar 26 09:12:09 EDT 2019

    "Good luck Nichole!!!"

    Lindsey McDonald Dorsey

    Tue Jan 22 04:54:15 EST 2019

    "Way to go Nichole. Enjoy Tahoe!"

    Lindsey McDonald Dorsey

    Tue Jan 22 09:54:45 EST 2019

    "Happy Birthday, JW!"

    Peter G.

    Mon Dec 28 04:25:08 EST 2009

    "Rock on, Jess! You've been amazing through this whole process."

    Amy Berg

    Sun Dec 27 08:49:28 EST 2009

    "Jessica, You're an inspiration! I hope you not only reach your running goal, but that you reach your fundraising goal as well! Looking forward to meeting you this weekend in person! Rachel"

    Rachel Hultman

    Mon Oct 26 12:12:49 EDT 2009

    "Go Jessica! I'll be thinking of you, your mom, and your sister. You can do it!"

    Julie Kesti

    Thu Sep 10 10:10:14 EDT 2009

    "Go Team Eileen!"


    Wed Sep 09 07:33:48 EDT 2009

    "Thanks for running on behalf of all our mothers, Jessica!"

    Mark H. Anbinder

    Tue Oct 13 04:55:24 EDT 2009

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $4,102.88 | Goal: $4,000.00
103 %

My Team

Team Total: $7,030.88 | Goal: $6,300.00

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In Memory of

Eileen Reynolds Warner

My Thanks To

The Mediation Center $300.00
Katherine Goodale $250.00
Thomas Reynolds $130.00
Scott Hartman $100.00
Dr Kevin Schreifels $100.00
christine anderson $100.00
Blake $100.00
Patricia Freiert $100.00
Michael Meliniotis $100.00
Laura Reynolds $100.00
Kirin Loomis $50.00
Teresita Robles $50.00
Elizabeth Furr $50.00
Rohn Industries $50.00
Christin Pool $50.00
Julie Kesti $50.00
Drew Blanc $50.00
Ann Braton $50.00
Fredin Family $45.00
Benjamin Bartlein $36.00
Mark H. Anbinder $36.00
Christy Gilman $33.33
Tony Pollock $30.00
James Wright $30.00
Melis Arik $30.00
Denise Tonkinson $30.00
Rachel Hultman $30.00
Kathryn Scanlan $30.00
Cathy McKinna $27.00
Fannie Livaditis $27.00
Margaret Kinney $26.50
Michael Freiert $26.20
Amy Pagett $26.20
Jessica Lindgren $26.20
Darin Kalisak $26.20
kristina sorensen $26.00
Anonymous $26.00
Tara $26.00
Aon Foundation $25.00
Peter G. $25.00
Sarah Wolf $25.00
Annie Bosworth Foley $25.00
Chris Pederson $25.00
Zach Coulter $25.00
Brandon Vickers $25.00
Lindsey McDonald Dorsey $25.00
Heather L. $25.00
Aaron Gipe $25.00
Lanniray Jordan $20.00
Laramic Sasseville $12.00
Benjamin Tucker $10.00
Cyrstal Therese $10.00
Brandon Vickers $10.00
Jolene Kowalzek $10.00
Rosemarie Freiert $5.00
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