My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
Apr 10, 2013

Welcome to my Team In Training home page.

My name is Laura and I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on May 11, 2012 at age 25. After six months of surgeries, biopsies, chemotherapy and radiation treatments, I was declared cancer free in October 2012! However, I am one of the lucky ones. Many people do not have a happy ending. If it wasn't for the research, hard work, dedication and sacrifice of many cancer fighters and healthcare professionals before me, I might not be here today.

There is still so much we don't know about lymphoma and other blood cancers, and far too many instances of secondary cancers and diseases related to current treatments still exist. We can do better. There's no way to change that without increased research funds and awareness.

While I was still going through cancer treatment in September last year, a good friend of mine sent me a video from the Stand Up to Cancer celebrity fundraiser. One of the speakers was the actor Michael Douglas, who recently fought and won a battle with stage 4 throat cancer. His words are pictured in the banner below and really touched my heart. They have become a personal mantra for me: Cancer didn't bring me to my knees; it brought me to my feet.

Rene (my husband) & I at Light the Night, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual fundraiser & awareness walk, in November 2012.

I am now making another stand against cancer. I have a mission-to help find cures and more effective treatments for blood cancers. To accomplish that mission, I’m participating in the Rock N' Roll half-marathon in San Diego on June 2, 2013 with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team-In-Training (TNT) program. The race takes place just three weeks after the one-year anniversary of my cancer diagnosis.

Like the other members of TNT, I will be raising funds to help find cures and better treatments for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. I’m improving the quality of my life by participating and with your support, I can help improve the quality of life for patients and their families as well.

I have pledged to raise $3,200 by the race, but would love to raise at least $2,000 by March 22 to secure my place on the team. The sooner I can raise my goal, the less stressful my training will be.

In addition to running for myself, I’m also running for several “honored heroes.” My good friend and fellow Louisiana-transplant living in Austin, Megan LeBleu, decided to support me and participate in my team-in-training. We are now running and fundraising for Team Jackie, in honor of Jackie Sharp. Jackie was the sister of Peggy Sharp (another teammate), and she passed away last year after a long battle with Chronic Mylegenous Leukemia. Together, our team has pledged to raise $150,000 to form a grant in Jackie’s name to help fund research to fight this disease.

My other honored heroes are:

Grant Hebert- My cousin, Mary’s, boyfriend who passed away from Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia in 2009 at age 20.

Dell Justice- Megan's uncle who fought and survived Lymphoma.

Brent Mesquit- A young husband, father, and airforce serviceman who is currently fighting multiple myeloma.

Jeannie Wannage- My friend, Katelyn’s mother, who fought and won her battle with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, but who sadly passed away in a car crash a few short years later.

If you would prefer to mail a check, please email me at for more information.

Any donation, no matter how small or large, will help further our mission.

Other ways you can support cancer patients is through blood and platelet donation. To find a donation center in your area, visit You can also register to become a bone marrow donor at

The day of my last radiation treatment in October 2012.


Supporter Comments

    "You're amazing!"

    Amber Huett

    Sun Mar 03 01:51:27 EST 2013

    "In honor of Laura Ybarra and Maria Cancienne, cancer survivors! Happy Birthday, Laura!"

    The Brauds

    Sat Apr 20 01:10:05 EDT 2013

    "Geaux Team Laura!"

    Amy Brittain

    Tue Apr 23 08:47:42 EDT 2013

    "Good luck Girl!"

    Alyssa Washington

    Sun Apr 28 05:25:18 EDT 2013

    "Best of luck! "

    Kristen Eason

    Tue Apr 23 11:04:51 EDT 2013

    "You are amazing!! Veanne"

    Veanne Torrez

    Mon Apr 22 08:28:54 EDT 2013

    "Happy Birthday!!"

    Doka Cullender

    Mon Apr 22 10:42:32 EDT 2013

    "Run hard, my brave friend :)"

    Kelli Eason

    Wed Apr 17 10:43:11 EDT 2013

    "Good luck, you go get girl!!!!!! We are so proud of you!!!! Love, Mimi and Mr Brion"

    Michelle Atzenhoffer

    Wed Apr 17 08:34:22 EDT 2013

    "You are an inspiration for those still in the battle. My 19 year old son is currently undergoing treatment for Stage 4B Hodgkins. You posted a link about a fundraiser his college baseball team had for him. That is how I found you. GOOD LUCK and thank you for being such a great voice for the cause ! Lisa"

    Lisa Conklin

    Wed Mar 27 11:22:19 EDT 2013

    "Xo, Britney"

    Brit Lombas

    Wed Mar 27 10:53:19 EDT 2013

    "Way to go Laura. We are so pround of you. Wally and Annette Wilson"

    Wally and Annette Wilson

    Tue Feb 26 12:12:31 EST 2013

    "Geaux Team Laura! We are so proud to support you and this cause. Your strength is an inspiration. Love, Fleur and Joey Williams "

    Fleur and Joey Williams

    Sat Feb 16 06:42:03 EST 2013

    "Good luck in your training Laura. This is a wonderful cause, way to give it a voice!"

    Emma, Garrett & Teagan Guidry

    Sat Feb 16 11:33:45 EST 2013

    "Way to go, Laura!!"

    Carey Kirby

    Thu Jan 31 09:15:06 EST 2013

    "Best of luck to you! I lost my sweet, wonderful, amazing Aunt 3 years ago to lymphoma, so I donate as often as I can towards finding a cure! Best wishes to you in your race and in your future health!!"

    Caroline McFarland Cikra

    Wed Jan 30 12:49:12 EST 2013

    "Geaux Team Laura! Good luck with your training and enjoy San Diego!!! Love, Cody & Danielle Fritz"

    Cody & Danielle Fritz

    Sat Jan 19 09:54:04 EST 2013

    "Good luck Luara! Robert & I are pulling for you!"

    Tyler LeBleu

    Mon Jan 21 12:21:26 EST 2013

    "Good luck in your training, Laura! "

    Alayna & Seth Fokakis

    Tue Jan 22 02:48:33 EST 2013

    "Laura, as you know, my husband also battled cancer last year and is a survivor. I wish my donation could be more.... Pam Spicer"

    Pam Spicer

    Thu Jan 24 09:52:39 EST 2013

    "We're behind you all the way! Go Linda!! From THE girls at A Girl & A Gun Women's Shooting League."

    A Girl & A Gun Women's Shooting League

    Fri Feb 01 01:50:56 EST 2013

    "Geaux Team Laura!"

    Theresa Weems

    Fri Feb 01 08:41:29 EST 2013

    "I admire your positie attitude and determination. Wishing you the very best! Your Realtor, Virginia Lazenby"

    Virginia Lazenby

    Tue Feb 05 03:31:24 EST 2013

    "You are such a strong, resilient person Laura! That donation is honor of you too! I know you will fight the fight not only for yourself, but for others as well. LIMES = SMILES!! :D lots of moo cow <3"

    Brittany H.

    Wed Feb 13 07:33:49 EST 2013

    "Way to go Laura! "

    Mark Hammonds

    Tue Feb 19 08:57:01 EST 2013

    "So happy and proud of you Laura! Can't wait to see you meet your goal!"

    Jessica Ross Bahr

    Wed Mar 27 11:25:11 EDT 2013

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $3,926.65 | Goal: $3,200.00
123 %

My Team

Team Total: $199,321.02 | Goal: $150,000.00

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We are sorry donations are no longer being accepted for this participant for this event.

In Honor of

Grant Hebert, Jeannie Wannage & Brent Mesquit

My Thanks To

Dell-Match $544.00
Mark Owens $544.00
A Girl & A Gun Women's Sh... $150.00
Chevron Humankind Matchin... $100.00
Katelyn Wannage $100.00
David Biderman $100.00
Karissa & John Dolan $100.00
Jessica Ross Bahr $100.00
Amber Huett $100.00
Emma, Garrett & Teagan Gu... $100.00
Theresa Weems $100.00
Cody & Danielle Fritz $100.00
tina duplechain $75.00
Raising Cane's USA LLC $51.40
Alyssa Washington $50.00
Amy Brittain $50.00
Kristen Eason $50.00
The Brauds $50.00
Kelli Eason $50.00
Sue Crowson $50.00
Janet Brittain $50.00
Mary Stewart $50.00
Lisa Conklin $50.00
Mark Hammonds $50.00
Fleur and Joey Williams $45.00
Veanne Torrez $25.00
Meagan Forbes $25.00
Michelle Atzenhoffer $25.00
Megan and Robert $25.00
Wally and Annette Wilson $25.00
Virginia Lazenby $25.00
Caroline McFarland Cikra $25.00
Will Washington $25.00
Amy Grace Wells $25.00
Pam Spicer $25.00
Alayna & Seth Fokakis $25.00
Tyler LeBleu $25.00
Doka Cullender $20.00
Brit Lombas $10.00
Carey Kirby $10.00
Brittany H. $5.00
Jason and Sarah