100 Miles To Go

The weather outside is frightful...!
Dec 29, 2012 by Jonathan Puncochar

Wow, it was cold this morning! My buddy, David Cox, and I started out at 8AM on the Natchez Trace, where the beautiful arched bridge crosses highway 96. I think it was in the low 30's but it felt even colder due to the drizzle. Even with nice wool socks and full leather shoes, my toes were feeling it! The rest of my body was doing ok, thanks to some cold weather riding gear, long johns, REI hiking pants and my motorcycle riding gloves. If you saw me out there, you would have revoked my cool card! Even though it was really cold, it was great to spend time in a beautiful area and have good conversation. I do look forward to the weather getting warmer, unfortunately it will be a while, and I'm going to have to look for some electric socks I can ride in. I also need to get one of those ski masks that will just add to my suave presentation on the road, I'm sure! I hope that your Holidays have been something special for you, and if you would like to donate to fight blood cancer, please do, you will help someone that is unable to help themselves.

A Good First Week!
Dec 09, 2012 by Jonathan Puncochar

I can't believe the first week is over! I attended a bike maintenance and gear workshop on Saturday and learned that, even though it will be summertime, it is going to be COLD (probably 40 degrees to start with) when we bike Lake Tahoe! Apparently, it is a pretty high elevation and there will still be snow at the top. So the cold weather gear that I'll be decked out in to survive the winter training rides will most likely be what I wear in the race. Brrr! I also learned that I will be putting about 1,500-2,000 miles in training miles alone. It seems like everything I'm learning is pretty daunting and I have yet to have done my first training mile! A special thanks to Ansley Carter, Courtney Enloe, Keeley Puncochar, Chloe Puncochar, Bella Puncochar, Simone Puncochar and Mr./Ms. Anonymous for helping me reach my first milestone of $250 which earned me the training jersey shown below!

Many more miles to go and many more dollars to raise, so I'm taking it one mile/donation at a time! I hope you'll make a tax deductible donation on my page and help make it a little less daunting to reach my total goal of $3,900. Remember each dollar goes directly to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in the fight against blood cancers.

Today Is My Birthday, But This Isn't About Me.
Jan 30, 2013

I've finally joined something bigger than me, the fight against cancer. Over the past 20 years, I've had various friends and family affected by it, and most recently have been deeply saddened by the loss of a good friend Tim to colon cancer. For this, and other reasons, I've become especially motivated to become involved in something significant to help others. For those that know me, I love to help friends in many ways, like helping them move, helping them talk through difficult topics, and helping them eat delicious food. Those are easy for me, so now I've started something that will be difficult - I've joined The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) cycling Team In Training (TNT) to train for my first century bike ride, "America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride," a 100-mile journey around Lake Tahoe in Nevada and California. The ride is on June 2nd, which means have just under 6 months to not only train for 100 MILES, I will also need to raise my minimum fundraising goal of $3,900 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

This will be me

This will be the final destination of my journey

For each donation made, either here on my fundraising page, or in person with check or cash, one quarter of the donation helps me achieve my personal training goal, while the remaining three-quarters go directly to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's core mission: Research, Patient Services, and Advocacy. Not only does this non-profit organization fund valuable research for blood cancer treatments, they also provide invaluable patient services such as deductible assistance for blood cancer patients who can't afford their treatments, family and friend support resources, and they will assist patients with finding the right doctor for their condition. Did you know that one in every three people have a direct connection to blood cancer? When my wife, Keeley, trained for her first half marathon with Team In Training last season, we both thought we were among the lucky two with no connections. However, as she continued to spread the word about what she was doing, and why she was raising money, we learned a lot about ourselves. She lost her Grandfather Reed to Acute Leukemia, and I lost my Great Uncle Don to Lymphoma. This was a very emotional experience for us, and gave us an even greater connection to the cause. It was no longer about helping Keeley reach her personal running goal. More and more friends and co-workers started sharing their stories about people they knew affected by blood cancer, and we realized that this "Greater Purpose" was even greater than we knew.

To make a difference in the fight against blood cancers (which by the way include Leukemia, Lymphomca, Hodgkins Disease and Myeloma) is beyond overwhelming to do on my own, which is why I am doing it as part of a team. Among the Tennessee Chapter for TNT, I will be training (and most importantly, raising money) with others who are running or walking half and full marathons, triathlons, and "America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride." To do this as part of a team is not only empowering, it is all inclusive. You don't have to train by my side to help be a part of the Team. You can participate WITH ME by making a donation today. Today, RIGHT NOW, you can help someone who needs the help they can't get on their own. I'm committed to all the training it will take to complete this 100 mile bike ride, and I appreciate your commitment to fight cancer with me.

Today, is my 41st Birthday. If making a donation to help someone in need isn't enough motivation for you, please consider making a donation in support of my personal challenge. Consider it a birthday gift, knowing that three quarters of that gift will make someone else's day in addition to my own! Any donation amount is greatly appreciated. Any donation of 41 or more will be even more special!

I hope you'll return to my page throughout my journey and keep up with my blog. You can reach this page anytime by visiting Jon.isinTraining.org.

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Supporter Comments

    "Good luck!! I did a 200 mile bike ride that was spread out over four days in 2011. 50 miles wasn't that bad at all...I'm confident with a little training 100 will go just fine for you! Learn how to change a bike tire, and bring a CO2 pump with you... :)"

    Stephanie Mieras

    Thu Dec 06 12:54:05 EST 2012

    "I love you and am so proud of you. You can do this! Happy birthday!"

    Keeley Puncochar

    Thu Dec 06 07:34:55 EST 2012

    "Happy birthday from Chloe, Bella and Simone!"

    Chloe, Bella, Simone Puncochar

    Fri Dec 07 06:55:16 EST 2012

    "Go Jon!!"


    Fri Dec 07 03:46:33 EST 2012

    "You go Jon!"

    Ansley Carter

    Fri Dec 07 06:58:52 EST 2012

    "Good luck!"

    Courtney Enloe

    Sun Dec 09 01:03:55 EST 2012

    "Enjoy your quest at road biking. Tahoe will be gorgeous! Thanks for helping LLS. "

    Sheryl Handley

    Wed Dec 19 05:47:11 EST 2012

    "Jon, you are a real inspiration, good luck!"

    Sandy Garrett

    Thu Jan 03 04:06:49 EST 2013

    "Thank you for doing this. I lost my mom to leukemia last year. I miss her everyday."

    Stephanie Davis

    Fri Jan 04 05:44:49 EST 2013

    "GO JOn Go"

    Noel Patterson

    Thu Feb 07 02:24:43 EST 2013

    "Wishing you the best Jon!"

    Anitha Manoharan

    Thu Feb 07 02:26:40 EST 2013

    "Giving back is who we are. With admiration, Lea"

    Lea Latendresse

    Thu Feb 07 04:41:13 EST 2013

    "I'll donate to anyone making a difference. Way to go Jon! Keep up the great "service to others" work!"

    Jon Howe

    Thu Feb 07 07:59:25 EST 2013

    "Good Luck Jon!"

    Richard Dennison

    Fri Feb 08 11:03:37 EST 2013

    "Thank you for raising money to solve this problem."

    Elizabeth Lindsay

    Sat Feb 09 12:29:01 EST 2013

    "Good luck Jon!"

    Amy Parker

    Wed Feb 13 09:59:14 EST 2013

    "Good Luck Jon and team!!!"

    Tanya Springer

    Wed Feb 13 03:51:03 EST 2013

    "Of course we miss you! Take care, and good luck in your fund raising efforts."

    Caren Spencer-Smith

    Sat Feb 16 01:01:16 EST 2013

    "Fight on! Much success."


    Fri Feb 22 01:45:53 EST 2013

    "Jon - Good Luck! I ran a mini-marathon with team in training last year. It's a great experience! Julie"

    Julie Brown

    Tue Feb 26 08:37:43 EST 2013

    "A noble cause indeed. Best of luck in your training and fundraising efforts Jon!"

    Thomas Head

    Thu Feb 28 04:37:04 EST 2013

    "My brother-law, James was a wonderful loving and giving person. Cancer took his final gift of life."

    Janet McMahon

    Fri Mar 01 04:24:59 EST 2013

    "Good luck!"

    Kurt Shepherd

    Mon Mar 04 02:44:37 EST 2013

    "Jon, Good luck and have fun! Dave"

    Dave Puncochar

    Tue Mar 05 07:23:41 EST 2013

    " I know my donation will benefit others. Good Luck Jon and Team...ride hard!"

    Maggie Spaulding

    Thu Mar 07 07:55:15 EST 2013

    "Good luck Jon. I know my donation will go to a good cause. "

    Mona Holt

    Sun Mar 10 09:28:20 EDT 2013

    "Lennetta G is fighting cancer right now. Beat it SO bad it is sorry it met you, Lennetta!!!"

    Scott Layden

    Tue Mar 12 10:03:11 EDT 2013

    "Good Luck Jon! Hope to join you on future rides."

    G. Whit James

    Wed Mar 13 10:35:51 EDT 2013

    "The Perry's are proud of you Jon!"

    Brad and Stacey Perry

    Wed Mar 20 12:45:41 EDT 2013

    "Nice work, hermano!"

    Micah Puncochar

    Wed Mar 20 09:07:14 EDT 2013

    "Go get 'em, Jon."

    Mark Tornow

    Sat Jun 01 10:32:41 EDT 2013

    "Hey Jon, Sorry this took so long. I just remembered today. It was really great hanging out with you guys the other day. Hope you have a great week! Blessings, Joshua MacLeod "

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My Fundraising Total

Raised: $4,785.00 | Goal: $5,000.00
96 %

My Team

Team Total: $16,532.37 | Goal: $18,000.00

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My Thanks To

Rick & Christine Puncocha... $550.00
The HCA Foundation $500.00
Jon Puncochar $261.00
HCA Foundation $200.00
Andie Roberts $200.00
Anonymous $150.00
G. Whit James $100.00
Maggie Spaulding $100.00
Richard Dennison $70.00
Kurt Shepherd $70.00
How to Plant a Business $50.00
Mark Tornow $50.00
Dave Puncochar $50.00
David Cox $50.00
Julie Brown $50.00
Tanya Springer $50.00
Ann Hatcher $50.00
Lea Latendresse $50.00
Pam Conley $50.00
Courtney Enloe $50.00
Ansley Carter $50.00
Keeley Puncochar $50.00
Yard Sale $44.00
Jonathan Puncochar $37.50
Richard Dennison $26.50
Denise Fuson $25.00
Anonymous $25.00
Thomas Head $25.00
Cynthia Reid $25.00
Bill Bailey $25.00
Caren Spencer-Smith $25.00
Jon Howe $25.00
Dave Catino $25.00
Brian Vander Mey $25.00
Anitha Manoharan $25.00
Noel Patterson $25.00
Sheryl Handley $25.00
Carrie Miller $25.00
Stephanie Mieras $25.00
Chloe, Bella, Simone Punc... $16.00
Jon Puncochar $15.00
Amanda Antle $5.00
Meaghan O'Bryan $5.00
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