Grace's Fundraising Page

Cancer doesn’t quit and neither will I
Jul 21, 2011 by Grace Montalvo

I’ve done it again, I signed up with Team in Training to run the Women’s Nike Marathon in October and pledged to raise over $6000 to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This will be my eighth season participating with TNT. If you know me well you know how much this organization, the people and the mission have impacted my life. Not only have I been able to complete 2 marathons and 8 half marathons, but I have also raised over $20,000 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with the help of family and friends such as yourself.

This season my sister will be running alongside me (well, if she waits for me) running 26.2 miles and standing beside me raising funds as we kick cancer’s butt!

I joined TNT five years ago in honor of a complete stranger, Lisa Ward, a Hodgkin’s survivor. When I joined, I had no connection to blood cancers; this stranger’s disease was a good enough reason for me to run and raise funds. As the years went by, I met more and more people who have been affected by cancer and I have added them to my list of people that I run in honor of: Tom Jones, Olivia Ibarra, Lisa Ward, Shelly West, Lindsay Essery, Mike Henry, Phil Strauh Jr, Dr. Rey Vista. It saddens me that not only does this list continue to grow, but that some have now been placed in my list of people who I run in memory of: Tim Palmquist, Hector Perez, Dr. John Kyper & MaryAnn.

In April 2011, I ran the Zooma Half Marathon for the most important man in my life, my dad. He was diagnosed with cancer in March and just a couple weeks ago completed his chemotherapy and radiation treatments. We are still awaiting the outcome of the results and the surgery to come. After being involved with the Society for so many years, never would I have imagined that cancer would hit this close to home. I now run with a new and increased passion for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and its goal of finding a cure; for it is not only blood cancers that we are trying to cure, but Cancer alone. I will run for my dad, for my honored heroes and all those who have been affected by cancer. One day I know there will be a cure and not one more child, sister, mother, father, sister or brother will be affected by cancer. Until that day, the fight to find a cure continues. Will you help me make this dream a reality?

I truly hope you will donate today, either in honor of someone fighting cancer, in memory of someone who has been lost to cancer, or in appreciation of yourself or others you love not affected by cancer. Until there is a cure, there is no guarantee that our lives will go untouched by cancer. No donation is too small. Please donate today by clicking on the 'donate now' button on the side bar. Thank you in advance for helping me save lives one mile at a time!

For the Cure,

Grace Montalvo

"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." ~Helen Keller


Supporter Comments

    "Grace, this November will be 10 years since we lost my Daddy to Leukemia. We have to find a cure for your Daddy and all the other Daddy's out there (Mommy's too!)"

    Sarah Barrios Holder

    Mon Jun 06 11:32:33 EDT 2011

    "Pure Romance by Stacey & the SSS program (Sensuality, Sexuality, Survival) is dedicated to helping women improve their quality of life, most specifically intimacy issues, before, during and after cancer. Together we fight to cure cancer once and for all!"

    Pure Romance by Stacey

    Mon Jul 04 01:08:38 EDT 2011

    "GO TEAM!!!!"

    Nese Orlosky

    Wed Jul 27 09:47:41 EDT 2011

    "Fundraising Challenge"

    Laurile Higgins

    Mon Jul 25 06:23:15 EDT 2011

    "For the cure!"


    Sun Jul 24 05:16:53 EDT 2011

    "Go Grace! We support you!"

    Talley Family

    Fri Jul 08 06:42:54 EDT 2011

    "I miss running with you Grace!! Good luck!!!"

    Celina Watson

    Fri Nov 11 06:18:43 EST 2011

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $2,400.00 | Goal: $3,000.00
80 %

My Team

Team Total: $5,642.50 | Goal: $6,000.00

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My Thanks To

Celina Watson  
Julie Torrez  
Rycas LLC  
Active Network  
Clarissa Rodgers  
Tonya Thompson Mawyer  
Magda DeSalme  
Bernadette Gomez  
Elva Chapa  
Thomas Jones  
Jonathan Vela  
Brannock Berry  
Frank Liberto  
Barbara Slavin  
Gary Christensen  
Ommy Strauch, Jr  
Anne Wright  
Arabia Vargas  
Amelia Moreno  
Crystal Alfaro  
Daniel De la garza  
Nese Orlosky  
Andrea Campbell  
Manuel Davila  
Rebecca Montalvo  
Melissa Buentello  
elizabeth loftis  
Courtney Franson  
Laurile Higgins  
Allyson Maldonado  
Celeste Lukshis  
Donna Aragon  
Heather Miller  
Winston Crump  
Jeff Vista  
Tupperware Party  
Kim Tindall  
Talley Family  
I lost a bet  
Christine Sitzes  
Kelley Callanen  
Pure Romance by Stacey  
Michael Guerra  
Sarah Barrios Holder