Nicole's Fundraising Page

Nicole's Fundraising Page
Jan 22, 2009 by Nicole Roesch

Racing to Save Lives

Welcome to my Team In Training home page. Training updates made March 3, 2009.

My personal story

I know what hearing a diagnosis of cancer feels like. You never think it can happen to you and your family and I still can't believe that cancer took my mom from us, but it affects thousands of families every day.

I remember the day my mom sat me down at the age of 10. She told me she had cancer and I had no idea what that meant at the time, or how it would eventually shape and change my whole entire life.

Now that I am a mother I can't even imagine what she was feeling that day. I can't fathom having to tell Luci that kind of information about her mom, nor do I ever want her or any child to have to live without his/her mother at such a young age.

Why I am doing this!

First, my incredible and very giving husband Gregg inspires me to be a better person each day, and after the birth of our daughter Lucia in November I am inspired to take on this adventure because of them.

There are a number of reasons for my participation == to support such a great charity and a great cause, to get fit and challenge myself physically, and to actively participate in raising funds for cancer research.

Our honored hero Max

Max, our Honored Hero for our Triathlon Teams, was originally diagnosed with T-Cell ALL (a form of leukemia) in December 2007 at age five. Max and his family have become very involved with Team In Training and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This past week (Feb 1st) we learned that Max has relapsed and his leukemia has come back. The best choice for Max's treatment is a high dosage of chemotherapy followed by a bone marrow transplant. The preferred match would be a sibling. His family is being tested this week. Next best is finding an "un-related match." That's where you can help!

I am registered with the National Marrow Donor Program - register today!!

Visit to find out more about donating!

To read more about Max's story visit

About my fundraising

I'm training to participate in a triathlon as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training. All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. I am completing this event in honor of all individuals who are battling cancer and in memory of those who have lost their lives to cancer, especially my mom Suzanne Dee. These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure!

Please make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance LLS's mission.

I hope you will visit my web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress. Thanks for your support!

I am training in honor of:


Wayne (Gabby) Sharp

Nancy Thomas

In memory of:

Suzanne Dee

Art Pogorzala

Col. William Blankinship

Training Updates

March 3, 2009

This past weekend was another huge step in my training. We rode from Loggerhead Park to Hobe Sound Beach, a total of 28 miles and then ran for 30 minutes (which I think is the equivalent of 2.6 miles). Monday was a day off and boy did I need it! My legs were shot. On Saturday we swam an intense workout also. I want to say we did about 1600 yards...maybe a bit more. I can't keep track. I am usually just thankful to be done at that point! Every weekend I am amazed at what was so tough to do in the past, I can achieve. I look forward to seeing my progress every weekend.

Feb 25

While I thought I would have a really long road ahead to compete in a triathlon, training is going surprisingly well. Everyday we do something == either run, bike or swim on our own and early morning weekends are reserved for team trainings.

This past weekend we rode (bicycles) from Lake Worth up to the Palm Beach inlet. It was a total of about 25 miles and the most scenic route with the ocean on one side and big mansions on the other.

A few weeks go I had to break down and purchase a road bike. It has certainly made training much easier. I purchased the clip-on pedals and have practiced getting my new 'shoes' in and out of them several times now. Well, in motorcycle racing they say there are only 2 kinds of people: those who have crashed and those who will. Cycling is no different! I have joined the "have crashed" segment. While leading our ride we came across a round about where we have to yield...I was yielding and the woman in the car stopped. I was unprepared and fell over. No major deal...I am glad I got it over with!

Feb 4

I continue on with my training - I swam the suggested 10 x 50s and doubled that! I figure I have a bit of catching up to do since I didn't get any training done last week (traveled to Grand Island, N Y). I swam at the North Palm Beach Country Club - what a beautiful pool...and I had it all to myself because it was 60 degrees outside.


Supporter Comments

    "Nicole- Good luck with your fundraiser! It's such a great cause, and I know it's near and dear to your heart. Best wishes, Tiffany "

    Tiffany Bismarck

    Tue Feb 03 03:19:06 EST 2009

    "Tracy, I am honored to be part of your fight and your drive to smash out cancer. You know I think last time I saw you I was at M.D. Anderson visiting mom. Well we lost her just over two years ago to her fight with ovarian cancer. When I get through this 36 month maintenance stage I plan on fighting somehow. Cancer touches us all, one way or another. If not personally then through a friend or loved one. If it has not yet... just wait... it will. Hope to see you sometime soon. Cant believe how quick Taylor is growing up. Sincerely, Chris"

    Tiffany Bismarck

    Mon Aug 26 11:06:49 EDT 2013

    "We wish you all the best! Love, Karin & Todd"

    Karin & Todd Roesch

    Tue Feb 03 06:41:34 EST 2009

    "Nic - You are INCREDIBLE!!! From one TnT Alum to another - GO TEAM!!!!"

    Ted Hughes

    Wed Feb 04 01:08:11 EST 2009

    "I know that your Mom is as proud of you as we all are! She lives on in you and now in Luci, too!!"

    Sue El-Sharif

    Wed Feb 04 12:30:56 EST 2009

    "You go mom! We'll keep the wine cold at the finish line!!"

    Patrick and Alexis Weis

    Thu Feb 05 07:45:36 EST 2009

    "Hello Team, Sorry for the short notice this year on the Walk. Lets try our best to get together again for this great cause in memory on Karen and all those suffering from this horrible disease. We started late with the fundraising....But the walk still goes on. I would appreciate any donations to our team "Our Shooting Star Karen Libreros" I look forward to seeing as many people as I can representing our team. Remember to wear the pins with Karen's picture and the Orange shirts, as orange represents leukemia awareness. Plain orange shirts work too. This year I have rubber wristbands with our team name for $5 each. Each sold goes towards our team fundraising total. Thank You All, Vanessa"

    Paul & Mary Zacchigna

    Mon Sep 09 12:28:52 EDT 2013

    "Karen, Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. It still hasn't fully hit me that you are gone. It sometimes helps me to think, "Karen is out and about having fun with her friends" as you always did. I was with you from the very beginning of this illness, to the bitter end. Watching you go through your good days and bad days wasn't easy but I knew I couldn't and wouldn't leave your side. Sitting right next to you as you got your chemo was heart breaking but you kept smiling, you were so strong. You fought until the very end. I know you're up there, watching over all of us who miss you so much. I love you and can't wait until the day we meet again. Forever in my heart. <3"

    Paul & Mary Zacchigna

    Mon Sep 23 08:42:02 EDT 2013

    "Para mi abuela querida, Nena. Te amo mucho... mucho, mucho, mucho!"

    Betsy Cali

    Wed Nov 06 02:14:36 EST 2013

    "You go lady! One mile at a time - happy training!"

    Thu Nov 07 08:56:48 EST 2013

    "Go Ellen! Go Team!"

    Tue Dec 03 11:15:35 EST 2013

    "Go Ellen! "

    Sun Dec 08 01:50:17 EST 2013

    "Congrats Ellen! You are awesome and I'm so excited to support your run again! "

    Fri Dec 13 06:47:44 EST 2013

    "Happy birthday Ellen!! Congrats on getting out there for another season!"

    Mon Dec 23 09:09:09 EST 2013

    "Keep up the great work Nic!! "


    Thu Feb 12 04:37:59 EST 2009

    "You go girl! Your Mom was a great lady and she would be proud of you !!!"

    Jen and Paul

    Mon Feb 16 08:30:22 EST 2009

    "great job tami very proud of you you always give so much to help others."

    Patricia Lochren

    Thu Sep 05 02:03:30 EDT 2013

    "Good Luck Ellen!! I know you're going to rock Nike again!! Wish I could be there. "

    Fri Dec 27 10:18:37 EST 2013

    "You go Ellen!!"

    Tue Dec 31 02:55:17 EST 2013

    "Go Ellen go!"

    Sat Jan 11 07:50:44 EST 2014

    "Way to go - year #2! Really wish I were coming to join you again.... but I will be there in spirit! Great job!"

    Sun Jan 26 10:50:57 EST 2014

    "Thank you for making the commitment to help find a cure! I wish I could be there again this year. Have fun!"

    Mon Jan 27 07:24:04 EST 2014

    "Good luck, Ellen!"

    Mon Jan 27 03:12:27 EST 2014

    "Go Ellen!! You rock for doing this and you are amazing ;)"

    Thu Feb 27 08:52:54 EST 2014

    "Yay, Ellen!! :)"

    Fri Feb 28 08:15:20 EST 2014

    "My friend Ed passed on February 25th, 2014 after a long courageous battle with leukemia. He was a tremendous actor, friend and kind soul and only 45. He gave a good fight. My father, Bill Verner, died from leukemia in 1989 at the age of 53. It sure would be nice to have him around to pontificate about the state of the world and the ADKS. Knock it on it's ass Ellen! Go for it! xo"

    Wed Mar 05 02:47:59 EST 2014

    "Go get 'em, Allen!!"

    Sun Mar 16 12:20:28 EDT 2014

    "thank you for inspiring me!"

    Sun Mar 30 07:43:00 EDT 2014

    "Sparkle on Ellen! xo Sparkly Soul"

    Wed Apr 09 01:53:27 EDT 2014

    "Good luck, Ellen! "

    Tue Apr 15 07:19:13 EDT 2014

    "For my DAD. For your MOM. Thanks for making a difference."

    Art Pogorzala

    Fri Feb 20 09:54:08 EST 2009

    "Go get 'em girl!"

    Jeff Toney

    Sat Feb 21 01:37:11 EST 2009

    "Good luck Nicole. What a great thing you are doing!"

    Mike Endres

    Wed Feb 25 01:22:26 EST 2009

    "Good luck and thanks again from Rebecca, Tom, and John"

    John Linder

    Mon Mar 09 09:40:55 EDT 2009

    "We wish you the best We love you!!!!"

    Sebastian & Julie

    Wed Mar 25 08:34:13 EDT 2009

    "Nikki, You are doing an amazing thing in the memory of your mother and for your current friends and family. I also lost my mother to cancer and I know how hard it can be. Just know that she is smiling down on you and giving you the strength to continue your training and finish the race!!! Good luck! Dan"

    Dan Neary

    Tue Apr 07 09:30:06 EDT 2009

    "Nicole, Watching you grow up, knowing Suzanne and the special lady she was, Yes Gregg, she would be proud, we we are too!"

    Mr. Reg Next Door

    Thu Apr 23 05:47:06 EDT 2009

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $2,575.00 | Goal: $3,000.00
86 %

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In Memory of

Suzanne Dee

My Thanks To

Jen and Paul $500.00
Art Pogorzala $300.00
Janice L Garvey $250.00
Robert and Ilene Dee, No... $250.00
Gregg $100.00
Carol & Gary Roesch $100.00
Karin & Todd Roesch $100.00
Patricia Lochren $75.00
Dan Neary $50.00
John Linder $50.00
Mike Endres $50.00
Jacqueline (Garvey) White... $50.00
Victor & Lorraine Stopa $50.00
Paul & Mary Zacchigna $50.00
Patrick and Alexis Weis $50.00
Ernie Kneuer $50.00
Ted Hughes $50.00
Sebastian & Julie $25.00
Bill & Donna Metzger $25.00
Patricia Lochren $25.00
Sascha Stopa-Chavez $25.00
Betsy Cali $25.00
Teddy & Jim Linenfelser $10.00
Dominick & Lois Affuso $10.00
Ginny and Ed Nichols $10.00
Laurie Mack $10.00
Mr. Reg Next Door  
Jeff Toney  
Sue Thomas  
Sue El-Sharif  
Tiffany Bismarck