Fight Towards the Cure!

Fight Towards the Cure!
Jan 26, 2009 by Amelia Gurley

Racing to Save Lives

Welcome to my Team In Training home page! As a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training, I'd like to thank you for your support and aid to cancer sufferers around the world. With your help, all of us on Team in Training are raising funds to help stop blood cancers from taking more lives.

This spring, I will be training for the Avia Wildflower triathlon at Monterey in honor of all individuals now battling blood cancers. Every 4 minutes, someone else is diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, or Hodgkin lymphoma, and every 10 minutes, someone dies. These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure!

My personal honorees for this triathlon are Caitlin Connolly, a testament to leukemia and lymphoma research and treatment., and Gil Lawton. As a three year old child, Caitlin was diagnosed with one of the most severe forms of childhood leukemia. Today, thanks to cutting-edge advances in childhood cancer treatment like those funded by LLS, she is a medical student, considering her own career in cancer treatment and research. Gil Lawton, my dear friend and neighbor, passed away several years ago from leukemia. I still remember how brightly he smiled, even while undergoing treatment, and I am proud to be able to honor his memory.

I am also racing in honor of Judy Davis, wife of the late Cal Davis. Judy's death inspired her husband to create the Judy Davis Foundation, which works to raise awareness of blood cancers and increase bone marrow registration, particularly among minority people. Thanks to his efforts, the numbers are now in the hundreds of thousands, and continuing to rise.

Other honorees include Bob Denig, who passed away in 1998, Rendel Rozier, who is still fighting, Lia Chandler, and LaTrina A. Johnson.

Remember, everybody, no support is too small!

If you can't give 1,00$, give 100$

If you can't give 50$, give 5$

If you can't give 5$, give 50 cents

If you can't give 50 cents, bookmark this link and email it to somebody who can!

Please come back often to see the progress towards my fundraising goal - and towards saving the lives of sufferers around the world.

If Humans Were Fish

If humans were fish...

Hold your breath

for a minute

And see how it feels.

Ten heartbeats, ten minutes...

Someone has died.

Hold your breath for a minute

Because you can stand

Because you care

Can you feel, can you hold? The heart in you ripping, this tearing of water,

Red-dripping, you feel:

Reaching for oxygen, reaching for-

The last thing we'd discover....

We are one in our blood.

[ poem by Amelia Gurley, Common Creative Ownership by Amelia Gurley - please cite]

Thank you for your support!


More information about the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Team in Training can be found at


Supporter Comments

    "do you remember me telling you about adrian? (check out baldy's blog via your search engine) it's still up. he was an inspiration and you are too - I'm so proud of you x"

    kate linderholm

    Fri Feb 06 10:46:00 EST 2009

    "We love you Amelia! Paul, Jill, & Noah Moore. Good luck!"

    Paul, Jill & Noah Moore

    Tue Feb 10 12:23:31 EST 2009

    "Love, hugs and proud kisses to you. Nana"

    Jeri Gurley

    Sun Mar 01 01:47:41 EST 2009

    "Wow. We are so impressed that you are doing this! We can't wait to hear about your adventures in this endeavor."

    Cassundra,Claire and Gracie

    Wed Mar 04 04:52:42 EST 2009

    "Amelia, Congratulations on your selflessness and commitment. Not only is this for an important cause, but it is also the least I could do in return for all of the support you and your family shown me over the years. I look forward to meeting you at some point, but, in the meantime, continued success and best of luck in this impressive, generous endeavor. Yours in admiration, Lionel"

    Lionel Neptune

    Fri Mar 06 01:16:26 EST 2009

    "good luck training amelia...this is a great challenge and a most worthy cause. [I work with your amazing Mom!]"

    lindy edward

    Fri Mar 13 11:52:50 EDT 2009

    "You go Amelia! I hope you have/had a wonderful race--we tend to get a bit behind here but I'm sure you can always use an extra donation. Love, C, S, K and D"

    Cynthia, Stuart, Kathryn and Derek

    Thu Mar 26 06:53:08 EDT 2009

    "I just found your website and love your poem! Here is a little more to speed you along--good luck to you and those with cancer! with fond memories of a similar effort with Jan years ago. Mary "

    Mary White

    Sun Mar 29 01:36:06 EDT 2009

    "With Love from the Downs Family"

    Alisa Oberschelp

    Mon May 02 11:24:00 EDT 2016

    "Wish I could do more."

    Alisa Oberschelp

    Tue May 10 02:05:00 EDT 2016

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $3,762.00 | Goal: $3,000.00
125 %

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In Honor of

Caitlin Connolly , Judy Davis, and Gil Lawton

My Thanks To

Amelia Gurley $260.00
Thomas Steuber $250.00
alison connolly $250.00
James Marquis $150.00
Anthony Bernier $100.00
Alisa Oberschelp $100.00
Barbara Brooks $100.00
Mary Chandler $100.00
Jeri Gurley $100.00
Eileen Reynolds $100.00
Danny Wu $90.00
Renee Hardy Gaston $90.00
Amelia Gurley $85.00
James Grunholzer $75.00
James Franicevich $75.00
Carol Lawton $75.00
richard schaper $75.00
Melissa Jacobson $75.00
Marian Mulkey $75.00
Dan Bundy Hutchison $50.00
Jeffrey Sandler Bayle $50.00
Mary White $50.00
Cynthia, Stuart, Kathryn ... $50.00
skip hilton $50.00
Kyle Vinther $50.00
David Emrich $50.00
Jonathan Klein $50.00
Ann Cassidy $50.00
Lisa,Steve,Hannah,&Maddie... $50.00
Lionel Neptune $50.00
Cassundra,Claire and Grac... $50.00
Maria Antoniadis $50.00
Ed Lichtig $50.00
Max Tomlinson $50.00
Mary Parise $45.00
Sarah Schwartz $45.00
Linette Martinez $40.00
D.L. Edwards $40.00
Darrell Christian $40.00
Shawn Nall $40.00
Laura Alpert $36.00
mark Freeman $36.00
Adele Linderholm $25.00
Emilia Bauleke $25.00
Yvonne Lindgren Fahrenkro... $25.00
Barry Green $25.00
The Bremers $25.00
Helen Bequette $25.00
Janice Jensen $25.00
Charmian Dobell $25.00
Duane Scott $25.00
Mary White $25.00
Jennifer Oliver-Goodwin $25.00
lindy edward $25.00
Chris Bucholtz $25.00
Paul, Jill & Noah Moore $25.00
kate linderholm $25.00
kate Beale $25.00
Pam-Anela Messenger $20.00
Jennifer Oliver-Goodwin $20.00
The Cyrs $20.00
Duane Adcox $5.00