Kyx's Fundraising Page

Oct 12, 2011

Racing to Save Lives

Welcome to my Team In Training fundraising page. Feel free to check back each time to track my progress. Also, share this with your friends and family.

My Progress this week: 60 miles

My fundraising deadline: October 14, 2011(extension)

My Personal Goal: $3000.00 (or more)

Why I do this?

October 10, 4am, we lost my husband's grandma's sister to lymphoma. She was a mother of 5 and a Lola to 8. She was a vibrant lady with so much passion for her loved ones. She was 83 but she lost her fight to blood cancer. This is the reason I leave my kids to go out Saturdays to train for a 100 mile bike ride for 20 weeks. A cure has yet to be found and many, mostly children, lose their lives to blood cancer.

My ride journal for the week

ONE MORE WEEK TO GO. Vegas here I come, 100 miles here I go! I dont know if i can make a 100 miles but i will give it my best. For every mile I ride, I will dedicate it to someone who is affected by blood cancer.

PLS. CAN YOU SPARE EVEN $5 TO SAVE A CHILD'S LIFE? $5 may not seem much to you but it can help find a cure for blood cancer. if each one of your FB friends will donate even just $5, that would be a lot of $5 all together. this can make a whole difference in someone's life who is struggling with blood cancer everyday. it is just one starbucks you can live without, or one happy meal or even a pack of cigarettes you can give up. just a $5 donation can go a long way in helping find a cure. so please find it in your heart to donate and save someone's life.

I am reaching out to all of you to make donations for the cause. also, if you may forward this to your friends and family so they too can help in finding a cure.

I'll see you in the finish line.


History of TNT

If you are a first time visitor, you may be asking, "What is Team in Training?" Give us a moment to tell you about it.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training is the world's largest endurance sports training program. The program provides training to run or walk marathons and half marathons or participate in triathlons and century cycle rides, as well as hikes.

As members of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training, and along with your support, we are raising funds to CURE CANCERS like leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma, many other blood cancers, and cancer as a whole!

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's roots stretch back to 1949, when the de Villiers family experienced the devastation of leukemia with the death of their 16-year-old son, Robert Roesler de Villiers. Family members and friends declared war on the disease by creating The Robert Roesler de Villiers Foundation, funding research to find a cure. The foundation later became The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

In 1988, Bruce Cleland of Rye, NY formed a team that raised funds and trained to run the New York City Marathon in honor of Cleland's daughter Georgia, a leukemia survivor. The team of 38 runners raised $322,000 for LLS's Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter.

Because of the pioneering efforts of Cleland and the Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter, Team In Training was born and has grown into what it is today.


I will be riding a 103 mile century in Vegas this saturday in memory of our beloved Lola Edith. Truth be told, I am not well-trained for this ride for many reasons but one thing for sure, I will finish as much as I could in honor of her memory. If God permits, I can cross the finish line. We love you and you will truly be missed Lola Edith.


Honored Teammate – Austin Gatus

Every year, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society selects people to act as Honored Teammates for the Team In Training Programs. Our Honored Teammates help to keep the challenges faced by patients and their families foremost in our minds as we work to find a cure. They remind us of the courageous individuals we are supporting through our efforts.

The Viva Bike Vegas team is fortunate to have 14 year old Austin Gatus of El Cajon as their Honored Teammate.

At the age of nine, Austin was diagnosed with a fast progressing type of leukemia known as ALL. He was only a fourth grader at the time – an all around active and talented kid. No one could have ever imagined it would be Austin to take this journey and fight for his life.

Since diagnosis, Austin has endured 3 ½ years of chemotherapy and has had to overcome many unforeseen complications with his treatment, including hypersensitvity to medication and multiple major surgeries that resulted in removal of cysts, a splenectomy and partial pancreatectomy. Although Austin endured many setbacks during his treatment, he stayed strong and brave through his ordeal. He is still a patient at Rady Children’s Hospital with follow up visits and monthly blood checks as well as visits to other specialists for other issues at the hospital. Even while in treatment, Austin continued to be a great role model by volunteering his time to support wonderful causes and raising childhood cancer awareness. He is grateful to call himself a cancer survivor!

By sharing his story with the world, Austin wants to inspire people to become more aware of blood cancers and encourages everyone he meets to do one nice thing everyday for others. His reasoning: “because it is important to help and care about other people.”


Two years ago when I first signed up for Team in Training my reasons were selfish to an extent, though I wanted to help out with the cause, I also wanted to get back in shape. My motivations were shallow I admit. Then, a friend had told me about a fraternity brother's fight with lymphoma and a boy named Coycoy who struggles with leukemia everyday, the disease had hit close to home. Brod Caloi was an advocate for outreach programs for the needy. He encourages other resident brods to engage in such worthwhile activites. When he was undergoing chemotherapy, he was in a treatment program which allowed an underprivileged patient to received the same treatment he did. He put up a good fight against Lymphoma but towards the end, it came back despite the chemo and his body gave out. Coycoy's story was shared to me by a friend. He lives in the Philippines and has a limited source of medical help due to the family's financial constraint. He battles with the disease everyday in his young life. Their story changed my life.

Thereafter, I hear stories of how people's lives are affected by the disease. A mom lost his son to myeloma. A fraternity brother finding out his brother-in-law is diagnosed with blood cancer. My father-in-law's co-worker's son is diagnosed with leukemia. A daughter aiding her dad in chemotherapy. The list goes on and on. So, everytime I go out to train for my century ride, no matter how tired I get I can't give up. I remind myself that the people I'm doing this for gets more tired of battling the disease everyday but never gives up. Or when it gets too frustrating raising funds and get little or no support, I am reminded of how frustrating it may get not getting a cure. I look at my children and I am thankful everyday for their good health. I hear these stories and I realize it's time to give back and help out.


Once again, I am participating in an endurance event as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training with more meaning, doing all that I can to make sure I cross that finish line. All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma and other blood cancers from taking more lives. I am completing this event in honor of Brod Caloi Calub, the little boy named Coycoy, my honored teammate Austin Gatus and all individuals who are battling blood cancers everyday of their lives. These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - A CURE!

Like another friend had said, "the victims of cancer have no option of quitting." I, too, will not quit. For every donation someone makes, I will make sure I will finish that hundred miles. For those who are battling cancer everyday, I will make sure that I will reach my fundraising goal.

Please make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance LLS's mission. With this generosity, you and I can help fight against these diseases and hopefully help in finding a cure. You and I can make a good difference in the lives affected by it, the lives of the people these diseases have taken and the loved ones that support them unconditionally.

Also, share this to your family and friends so they too can contribute to the fight. I hope you will visit my web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress.

Thanks for your support and your kind generosity!



Supporter Comments

    "Good luck & God Bless You and the family your are helping."

    Susan B. Woodard

    Tue May 31 11:43:50 EDT 2011

    "Good luck Kyx on your Vegas century!"

    Dominique Michaud on behalf of Sub5

    Sat Oct 01 03:54:19 EDT 2011

    "Have an awesome time in Las Vegas! I Hope this gets you closer to your goal! All of us at Sub.5 Are proud of all of you."

    Jason Schutz

    Sat Oct 01 10:06:38 EDT 2011

    "Go Rochielle! Thank you for doing this!"

    Cherrie Fernandez

    Fri Oct 07 10:37:55 EDT 2011

    "go go go bucaicai"


    Sat Oct 08 12:42:48 EDT 2011

    "you can do it mommy cai"

    julius jocson

    Sat Oct 08 12:46:44 EDT 2011

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $3,275.00 | Goal: $3,000.00
109 %

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In Honor of

Caloi Calub, Coycoy and Austin Gatus

My Thanks To

Qualcomm $500.00
Todd Sutherland $500.00
Crutchfield $300.00
Jason Schutz $200.00
Susan Sutherland $200.00
Gerald Nies $100.00
Danilo & Cristeta Jocson $100.00
John E. Lofthus, DDS $100.00
Dominique Michaud on beha... $100.00
Simone Bittenbinder $100.00
Andy Green $100.00
Keith Engelke $100.00
Jon Davis on behalf of Su... $100.00
Ed Short $50.00
Michelle Llegaria $50.00
Randal Luce $50.00
Benito Solis $25.00
Irma Lopez $25.00
Cherrie Fernandez $25.00
anna cervo $25.00
Greg PEREZ $25.00
Manny Maramara $25.00
Angel Freeze $25.00
Carlos Buzon $25.00
Kai Rassweiler $20.00
Jasmine Burke $20.00
Susan Woodard $15.00
Lee Patterson $15.00
julius jocson $10.00
aganetching $10.00
Czeth Michael Gerona $10.00
jose rodis $5.00
Shane Pulsingay $5.00
john jocson $5.00
Cynthia Jocson $5.00
Karen G $5.00
Susan B. Woodard