My Fundraising Page

Kara's Half Marathon for Haley
Aug 04, 2016



On May 21, 2015, my good friend’s ten year old niece, Haley, was diagnosed with High Risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and the journey with ALL began. I have joined TEAM HALEY. We are a group of family and friends who are participating in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training program and we have a goal of raising $100,000 for research for better cures and treatment for childhood leukemia. I will be doing the Vancouver WA Half Marathon in Haley’s honor!


Haley has endured hundreds of oral chemotherapy doses at home, over 100 rounds of intravenous chemotherapy, 25 spinal tap chemotherapy injections, 5 blood transfusions, and spent over 70 days in the hospital. She endured hair loss twice, weight gain and weight loss. Haley is now in the maintenance phase of treatment which lasts for two years and includes oral chemotherapy daily and chemotherapy through her port once a month at the clinic.



Thanks to organizations like LLS who fund groundbreaking research, the survival rate for children with ALL increased from less than 5% in the 1960’s to a survival rate of over 92% today. To quote Haley’s Mom, Kressent: “Now 92% sounds pretty good, right? However, when it's your child and there is an 8% chance that they may not survive, I for one, do not like that. I want to live in a world where I can say "there is a 100% cure rate for childhood cancer!!!!"


ALL is the most common cancer in children. Many children can be cured with intensive multi-drug treatments, but these can have debilitating side effects. More effective and less toxic therapies are urgently needed for patients of all ages. 


I am fighting for Haley and other blood cancer patients! I want Haley to know that I’ve done everything I can to help find a cure for childhood leukemia.


Every dollar makes a difference! Thank you for your support!!


Here is a short video of Haley’s journey with ALL:


Supporter Comments

    "Way to go Kara! You'll do awesome. -Aimee and Hanna"

    Aimee McAuliffe

    Tue Sep 13 11:14:09 EDT 2016

    "I love the Team in Training organization, such a fantastic experience I had, good luck to you and to Haley!! My donation is in memory of Michelle Davidowitz, a colleague and friend of mine that recently lost her battle to cancer. Cancer sucks, keep fighting the cause!!"

    Iliana Rommel

    Wed Sep 14 12:50:16 EDT 2016

    "Go Team Haley"

    Bev & Jan Bekooy

    Tue Sep 20 06:18:49 EDT 2016

    "Planet Fitness is excited to be a part of the team to help raise money for team Haley."

    Planet Fitness

    Wed Aug 17 06:14:22 EDT 2016

    "Our donation is in memory of my father and all the other loved ones, both family and friends, that we have lost to cancer."

    Kara and Chris Bekooy

    Tue Oct 18 10:46:45 EDT 2016

    "Volunteers - thank you for doing this!!"

    Diane Wood

    Sun Sep 18 02:07:35 EDT 2016

    "Great job, Kara!"

    Jim Baumbach

    Sat Sep 17 01:54:58 EDT 2016

    "Go Braxton and Kara! Have a great run.... Keep the positive energy Haley......"

    Milla Family

    Wed Sep 14 12:36:12 EDT 2016

    "Go Team Haley!!!"

    The Ekbergs

    Wed Sep 14 12:06:05 EDT 2016

    "Love you Kara - GO TEAM HALEY!!! "

    Jennifer Crosby

    Tue Sep 13 05:30:47 EDT 2016

    "Have a great run Kara! "

    Erika Howerton

    Tue Sep 13 03:38:48 EDT 2016

    "Have a great run! "

    Melissa Rapp

    Tue Sep 20 04:12:18 EDT 2016

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $2,519.93 | Goal: $2,500.00
101 %

My Team

Team Total: $155,094.66 | Goal: $100,000.00

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My Thanks To

Kara and Chris Bekooy $1100.00
Planet Fitness $500.00
Erin McClune $250.00
The Ekbergs $100.00
Erika Howerton $100.00
Bev & Jan Bekooy $50.00
Diane Wood $50.00
Milla Family $50.00
Aimee McAuliffe $25.00
Jennifer Crosby $25.00
Melissa Rapp  
Powell Family  
Jim Baumbach  
Iliana Rommel  
Kristy Olson