My Fundraising Page

I Made It!
Mar 24, 2014 by Laura McConnell

I finished the race, and I think I'll let the picture do the talking.


I don't know why this is coming through so hard to read. It won't let me fix it. Sorry!

I did well until about mile eleven, when my left knee started giving my trouble, but thanks to my handy running app (RunKeeper), I pushed on and finished under my personal goal time of 2:45:00, even with one potty break and some knee-resting walking breaks in 11-12.5, which was my only real struggle. Cardio fine. Muscles not so much.

But I made it, and with your help, I made 110% of my goal, which was the whole point.

Thanks, guys! I did take you with me, by the way. :)

And the rest of that jersey, well...yeah.

For Leif, and for my Aunt Clara, who is beyond super cool and who survived Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma many years ago. She just went into assisted living recently, and I was reminded of her stuggles in this life, which have been many - but she persevered. Thus the second tag. Besides, she and I have quoted "when I am an old woman, I shall wear purple" to one another for decades. It seemed only right.

Tomorrow's the Day!
Mar 22, 2014 by Laura McConnell

I run tomorrow. Thank you to all my donors, and I'll see you on the other side!

Summary Post
Mar 10, 2014 by Laura McConnell


Who: Me!
What: The Rock'n'Roll Dallas Half Marathon.
Where: Dallas, silly.
When: March 23, 2014.
Why: For Leif, because he was my friend, and because cancer sucks.

Tomorrow  is my fundraising deadline (though this page will run a while longer and still accept donations). I'd really love to make 110% of my orginal goal. If you can help, I'd appreciate it! I'm still running!

If You Ever Wonder Why We Ride the Carousel...
Mar 07, 2014 by Laura McConnell

...we do it for the stories we can tell.*

I went away to the dog sled races this past week. As usual, I had a great time in the cold working on dogs. I also played spades, drank tea, learned a new game, and collected many new stories in the book of my mind. Since several people I ran into on the trail couldn't quite place my buddy Leif (which I find ironic given his own face blindness), here's another picture, just for them.

Man, I love this shirt. And while I still haven't seen this elusive beast, I have to believe it's out there, haunting the North Maine Woods. Piranhamoose for the win. *grin*

I took a week off training to head up north, but I'm back at it now, and it's still progressive. It's time to start tapering now, since the race is coming sooner rather than later these days. I'm off for a run now, and wish you all nothing but the best. Thank you again for your donations, and I'll let you know how it goes when the time comes!

*Credit to Jimmy Buffett for that lyric, and to Petra, for forever joining it to the Can-Am.

Just Keep Swimming...
Feb 15, 2014 by Laura McConnell

...or running, as the case may be. I'm still hanging in there. It's progressive. Though running is still a challenge for me (what would be the point if it wasn't?), I'm getting there. I'm up to nine miles on my long runs, and plan for ten today. And though I'm certainly not the fastest runner, I am running all that way, which is huge for me. Thank you so much to everyone for your support. It means the world to me, and though I've reached my goal, I still appreciate every additional percentage point we gain together! You all rock!

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Supporter Comments

    "Grandma Stelly, in addition to the stroke, had a form of Adult Leukemia. She was the most courageous person I have ever known."

    Elizabeth Cook

    Thu Nov 14 02:51:56 EST 2013

    "For my friend Wabbit, a loyal and true friend to the end. xo "

    Taj Sabih

    Fri Nov 15 12:05:36 EST 2013

    "Huge hugs of comfort to you ♥"

    Patricia Scott

    Sat Nov 16 01:49:53 EST 2013

    "With lots of love and support for Becky from Texas!"

    Kristen Lago

    Sat Nov 16 01:54:58 EST 2013

    "This one's for you, Leif. That's really all there is to say."

    Laura McConnell

    Sat Nov 16 01:55:07 EST 2013

    "You got this Wabbit!"

    Michael C. Dougherty

    Fri Nov 22 09:46:08 EST 2013

    "Hope this helps some and I wish it could be more."

    Marty Dwyer

    Fri Nov 22 11:33:27 EST 2013

    "For all those who left, and all those who remember and honor them."

    Alasdair Stuart

    Thu Nov 28 08:54:19 EST 2013

    "Moving on is a simple thing What it leaves behind is hard. You know the sleeping feel no more pain, and the living all are scarred."

    Jonethan De.

    Sat Nov 30 10:06:28 EST 2013

    "I would love it if cancer got run over by a bus but under your running shoes is probably better...."

    Scott Giroux

    Sun Dec 01 12:38:47 EST 2013

    "for you wabbit and for my mom *hugs*"

    Carolyn Luck

    Tue Dec 03 01:05:28 EST 2013

    "We are mighty"

    Martin Firrell

    Thu Dec 05 05:00:05 EST 2013

    "Good luck with the race Wabbit! Love Hels, D and E! xx"

    Helen Pritchard

    Sat Dec 07 11:31:58 EST 2013

    "For a good cause, for wabbit, and for the memory of her friend Leif and Leif's family and friends. I can't wait for "cancer" to be something of the past. "


    Sun Dec 08 11:00:22 EST 2013

    "Hope this helps to make your goal. Happy Holidays Carol & Archie Pease"

    Carol & Archie Pease

    Fri Dec 13 11:34:42 EST 2013

    "Run Wabbit. Run like the wind! You can do this!"

    Iris Fox

    Thu Jan 02 02:08:38 EST 2014

    "Great to meet your goal! Now lets see how far you exceed it until that actual run. Thanks for doing this Laura."

    Prudence Merton

    Sat Jan 04 09:03:48 EST 2014

    "Kick it in the @ss! As you always do ;) For Leif, for my brother-in-law diagnosed in August, for all the Fighters and the Fighters standing beside them. Run baby, run."


    Fri Feb 14 12:48:14 EST 2014

    "You keep running woman! I'll be cheering you on. Cindy"


    Mon Mar 10 10:43:30 EDT 2014

    "Way to go Mac. Congratulations! Sheila"

    Sheila Morrissey

    Fri Mar 28 10:16:40 EDT 2014

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $1,901.00 | Goal: $1,701.00
112 %

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In Memory of

Leif Weaver

My Thanks To

Dawn Russo $250.00
lpff $200.00
Life Alert Employees $175.00
Jim Wenger $100.00
Scott Giroux $100.00
Jonethan De. $100.00
Brandie Cox $100.00
Elizabeth Cook $100.00
Nick Pesut $50.00
Carol & Archie Pease $50.00
Barbara Pease $50.00
Laura McConnell $50.00
Kristen Lago $50.00
Taj Sabih $50.00
Alasdair Stuart $40.00
dragonfly $25.00
Iris Fox $25.00
Stephen Cook $25.00
Martin Firrell $25.00
Carolyn Luck $25.00
Corinne Ponsford $25.00
Marty Dwyer $25.00
Mary McConnell $25.00
Patricia Scott $25.00
Michael C. Dougherty $20.00
Helen Pritchard $16.00
Sheila Morrissey  
Prudence Merton