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Jun 07, 2013 by Zett-Alexandra Small

I just returned from completing my first Half Marathon!! We had the most wonderful time in San Diego between Team in Training activities and visiting with all our friends. I thought I would update everyone on the race activities. On the Saturday night before the race I attended the TNT Inspiration Dinner. I knew I would be inspired but I did not expect it to all hit me so hard. As soon as you walk into the lobby of the Hotel you hear the cheering and see all the people. What are they cheering for? Why me of course? The TNT staff and volunteers lined the lobby making a walk way for all of the TNT runners as they enter the ballroom. Purple flare is everywhere! I was very overwhelmed and tried to keep it all together, which was very hard for me. We had a nice carb loading dinner followed by guest speakers who drove the mission home. The whole evening was truly “inspirational.” That evening I stayed in the Team Hotel with running buddy Brittani although I wasn’t able to sleep. I was too excited and nervous! It was nice to start the day with the whole Team who has been together for months.

Fast forward to the race- it was PERFECT running weather! It was cool and overcast- just perfect. My friend Lauren ended up running with me the whole time, while Bryan, and our other friends were also out on the course. Obviously I didn’t know what to expect since I’ve never even run a 5K before, but the amount of Route support was phenomenal! It was one hilarious sign after another, followed by cheer group after cheer group, and of course tons of TNT Coaches (who I didn’t even know) supporting me along the way. Hearing “Go Team” everywhere was pretty cool!

The running itself was very challenging, but I had Lauren to distract me with stories, great live music and all those fans! When it was especially hard I dug deep and really thought about why I was there. I had lots of inspiration from my yellow finger tips to my bib. I knew I would cry at the finish line but the amount of times along the route I had to hold back tears I did not expect. As I ran I saw other bibs, saying why they were running. It puts it all into perspective. You just never know someone’s story. Many people asked me why I was running and it allowed me to talk about Mom.

The last mile Lauren and I booked it and I felt like some kind of celebrity with all that cheering! I was already crying on the last bit but when I finally crossed the finish line I just LOST it! Lauren just held me and let me let it all out. The race seemed to remind me that I’m still mourning Mom - a lot. When life is so busy I can just suppress my feelings but finally I was able to let it all out. I was a mess seeing my friend Paula and then again when I finally found Bryan and Zander. I didn’t even notice at first that Bryan, Tom, Erin and Zander were all wearing different shirts. Bryan surprised me with yellow and red (mom’s favorite colors) “Go Zett /Congrats Shirts.” Bryan has been my biggest fan throughout this journey always putting me first even though he was also running! So that leads me to my thank you- of course my loving Husband Bryan I truly couldn’t have done it without him and his sacrifices. My in-laws Linda and Wayne and my Dad were equally as supportive. My AU girls- we virtually trained and motivated each other for months and months even though we live thousands of miles apart! Girls- we did it! My TNT Team and Coach for helping me train and learn to run- especially Brittani for giving me a reason to wake up early. All my friends and cheerleaders over the months- thank you! And the biggest THANK YOU of all- to my donors! With your support I raised $3666 to fight cancer!!!!!! With each dollar raised it was one more push to train harder. THANK YOU for making a difference in my life and the lives of so many cancer patients!! And thank you for following my journey and supporting me every slow step at a time!

Lastly, I want to thank my Mom for continuing to inspire me. Mom- I know you were out there cheering VERY loudly for me! You are always in my heart- I love you!

I’m off to pick up my finish line photo….. (You can check out my ridiculous running photo proofs here. I told you I was emotional )

I'm Off to Fill The Frame
May 29, 2013 by Zett-Alexandra Small

Hello Dear Friends and Supporters!

Tomorrow I leave for San Diego and I had to write to once again say a quick thank you! It has been a LONG road but on Sunday I embark on my first half marathon! I can't believe it's finally here! I want to thank each of you for contributing to my fundraising efforts. I have raised over $3200!! Your support not only makes a difference in the fight against cancer, but in my journey too. I have thought of each donor and dollar on every training run. Remember when I said I this would be hard, well it has been, but your support has meant the world and has inspired me to keep going. I will certainly think of it on Sunday too!

So I am off to fill this frame that my good friend Karla gave me at the start of my journey! I will keep you updated on pictures and details too!

Thank you!



One Month to Go
May 02, 2013 by Zett-Alexandra Small

Hi Everyone!

I know I have been awful with posting but with one month to go I thought I should write. I cannot believe exactly one month from today I will be running my first half marathon. I am both excited and nervous. I have been busy with work but you should know I have kept up with my training. I've dragged my butt to late night runs when Bryan returns from class and woken up early too (which I hate almost as much as running). It has been challenging between work, my husband's schedule and oh of course having a baby! But I'm really proud of myself for doing it. One huge thing that has kept me going is all your support both financially and emotionally. I want you to know I appreciate all the kind words. And not one run training goes by without me thinking of two things 1) all the money you have donated to support me and 2) my Mom. Mom is the reason I agreed to do this afterall. When 4 of my college Besties agreed to do this run I didn't want to. I opted out. But I keep thinking of Mom's strength through treatment and how she pushed through. I know she wants me to do it, Her memory inspires me to keep my legs moving when I really want to stop. On my runs I'll even do my best internal impression of her cheering me on like she would on the soccer field... " COME ON ZETT MOOOOVE THOSE LEGS!" I hear you Mom and I'm still moving!

I'm so close to my goal. So I've created another fundraiser for the Derby check it out here:

and again- thank you SO much for all your support!

N0 Turning back- Day One of TNT
Feb 09, 2013 by Zett-Alexandra Small

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Today was my first day of training for the San Diego RNR Half Marathon and my first time doing anything with the Team in Training group. I was very nervous since I didn't know what to expect. Sure I knew the first day of training would be "easy" compared to the 0 to 10K app I've been using the last 5 weeks, but what is "easy" on paper means nothing to me. I decided early on I will have to take one day at a time, and that is my plan.

I arrived a bit early and went up to the group of friendly faces in purple. One person came right over and said hello and asked if I was there for the IronMan or Triathon Group. I said, "Um no?!?" She was very sincere in helping me find my OTHER group, but I already felt a bit like an idiot looking at all the fit people in this group. "Nope I'm with the beginner scared as s*** group!," is what I thought! After that , I met my group, my Coach, and my mentor. We all exchanged greetings and started to get to know each other. I enjoyed hearing everyone's stories and reasons for participating. It is my story, their stories, and all of your stories that will carry me through this journey. I also loved hearing about everyone's background. There were so many different levels of fitness. It is here that I learned I am not alone. The actual training was 30 minutes of a walk /run combination, which was perfect for this beginner. I love the TNT philoshly of being conservative to help you build your base and get you to the starting line injury free! And by the end of Day 1, I already felt motivated and part of this special group of people coming together to push themselves and do good in the world.

I will continue to keep everyone posted on my progress. Each of you are helping to not only encourgage me but also hold me accountable. When I woke up this morning at 5:45am and drove an hour while very groggy to our Training Site and again when I got tired today while running, I kept chanting to myself "$1625, $1625 (how much I have raised so far)!!! They are counting on you Zett, you got this!"

So thank you not only for supporting me but also motivating me to do my best every day. I want to make you proud, and I WILL continue to wake up early ( I love sleep by the way), I will continue to push myself physically, and I will continue to fight to raise money for a cure for cancer once and for all! Once again- Thank you for supporting me on this journey! Day 1 down- a million to go! PS- best part of Day 1- receiving my Purple TNT Shirt!

Jan 22, 2013 by Zett-Alexandra Small

I hate running! I mean loathe, despise- HATE!!! Not only do I hate running but I’m bad at it. And growing up in the Scheinbaum family - we are kind of competitive, so doing things I’m not good at is tough. But there is one thing I HATE more than running and that is CANCER! Pancreatic Cancer took my Mom Marybeth on October 2, 2012. Cancer took her when I needed her most and during one of the scariest, happiest and most confusing times in my life- right after having my son Alexander. I miss her every day and it breaks my heart thinking about what she will miss in our lives.

But My Mom was such a fighter. During the 14 months of her diagnosis she lived with us in Houston while she received treatment at MD Anderson. It literally wasn’t until her last two weeks that she admitted pain. She fought so very hard. And in her final conversations she talked about how to make an impact in the fight against Cancer. So it is with that I am embarking on a journey out of my comfort zone. I will be running the 2013 Rock N Roll San Diego Half Marathon in June. I have to do this. I have to go out of my comfort zone. But I have to make a difference while doing it. I decided to not just run it for me, but for My Mom’s legacy and for those that can’t fight. I am running to benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and all those fighting cancer. I will need all of your support not just in donations, but in spirit. I’m not exaggerating when I say this will be hard for me. But I know it’s nothing compared to what my Mom went through. So with my Mom in my heart and all of you beside me- I know I CAN DO IT!

I hope you will consider donating. Thank you again for your friendship and support this past year.

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Supporter Comments

    "You go girl! So proud of you and so happy to contribute. You'll be amazing!"

    Katie Pryor

    Tue Jan 22 09:50:14 EST 2013

    "GO ZETT GO!!!! So proud of you!!! xoxo Sarah"

    Sarah Beth Thornton

    Tue Jan 22 10:40:38 EST 2013

    "Using this event as a catalyst for good health, and honoring mom and so many, many, other patients, survivors, caregivers and their families is a tremendous tribute. All my"

    mark scheinbaum

    Tue Jan 22 10:59:18 EST 2013

    "So excited for you! What a great achievement! Happy training!"


    Tue Jan 22 11:54:26 EST 2013

    "In honor of Marybeth and all ya'll did for her."

    Marc Menasco

    Wed Jan 23 05:36:24 EST 2013

    "In honor of Marybeth and all ya'll did for her."

    Marc Menasco

    Wed Jan 23 05:37:06 EST 2013

    "I love you! I know you can do it."

    Devon Keating

    Wed Jan 23 06:28:34 EST 2013

    "Just wait until you're running the marathon with your purple jersey and your LLS shoe tag. Each time you get tired, some random stranger will run up next to you and share their Team in Training story with you. When you're getting wild-eyed, some spectator will shout "GO TEAM!" and help you get your focus back. You're going to be so proud, tired and, buoyed by the kindness of runners when you cross that finish line!! Go Zett!"

    Elizabeth Dale-Deines

    Wed Jan 23 07:26:57 EST 2013

    "As they say in the military....Get some!! Proud of you! "

    Oliver & Kelly Stormer

    Wed Jan 23 08:00:47 EST 2013

    " Both our Mom's-Together in heaven."

    Denny Thomas

    Wed Jan 23 09:03:37 EST 2013

    "Good luck running Zett!!! I know many people who have run for TNT and LOVED the experience :) YOU GO GIRL!"

    Nichole Gregalot

    Wed Jan 23 09:30:04 EST 2013

    "Good luck Zett!! I will be running right beside you in spirit. You can do this!!!"

    Glorimar Carchi

    Wed Jan 23 10:21:32 EST 2013

    "Good luck, Zett! I know you can do this and your mom is proud of you, and guiding you with her spirit from the heavens above. "

    Alexis Tirado

    Wed Jan 23 10:22:18 EST 2013

    "Lots of love, Zett! xoxo The Birmingham Family"

    Danielle and Gerard Birmingham

    Wed Jan 23 10:34:05 EST 2013

    "For those in my family, yours, and the millions of others who have suffered from cancer. Zett you are a constant reminder that we can work hard and imrpove not just our own lives but the lives of many. Get out there and kick (cancer's) ass!"

    Karla Saia

    Wed Jan 23 11:19:49 EST 2013

    "Zett, all you have to do is swing your arm really really fast and it will be a breeze!! I love you and the cherished memories I hold of your mom. Her love will carry you through! "

    Sarah Mammolito

    Wed Jan 23 11:23:18 EST 2013

    "I'm so proud of you, and I can't wait to see you finish your first half marathon!!! I love you!!!"

    Bryan Small

    Wed Jan 23 06:14:03 EST 2013

    "You are amazing! Turning the sadness of your heart into a heart full of love for those 6in need is admirable. Continue working hard for your run and I am sure that you will succeed! Much love.32"

    Ana Cruz

    Wed Jan 23 07:22:07 EST 2013

    "This is a great way to take control of your own health, honor your mom and raise awareness of cancer's toll. When you undertake something, it gets done. There is no doubt in my mind that you will run across that finish line. God speed. Linda and Wayne Small"

    linda and Wayne Small

    Wed Jan 23 08:31:55 EST 2013

    "My first (and only so far!) marathon was the Disney Marathon in which I did through Team In Training...what a life changing experience! We are so proud of you...all the way from Richmond, Virginia!!! We love and miss you guys!"

    Robert and Jenny Betts

    Fri Jan 25 01:07:03 EST 2013

    "Zett, I'm so proud of you for doing this for your mom! You're incredible. :) "

    Kelly O

    Wed Jan 30 09:24:59 EST 2013

    "Our mothers are ridiculously proud of you, and they will be at the finish line!!! xoxoxoxoxoox Proud of you!"

    Donna Schaneen

    Thu Jan 31 01:52:47 EST 2013

    "Go, Zett! You're enthusiastic support to so many people doesn't go unnoticed and happy to be part of the group supporting you now in your efforts. Good luck and you can do it! "

    Stephanie Rogers

    Mon Feb 11 09:30:19 EST 2013

    "Zett, you are a wonderful tribute to your Mom. Much success with your training, and when your spirits lag, try dancing with Brian like you did at "your" party thrown by us."

    Pam Gallagher

    Thu Feb 14 06:25:22 EST 2013

    "Looks like I am the only one playing so that gives me a good chance of winning, right? With my luck I will miss every one in which case I will forfeit the movie card. Fair?"


    Sat Feb 16 12:51:53 EST 2013

    "Zett, Your mom & Phillip are both smiling down on you. This donation is from the PMS Philanthropy Mem Fund we set up in Phillip's memory for only the worthiest of causes of which this is certainly one! We love you, Bonnie, Alan, Laura and we know Phillip too!"

    The Silverman Family

    Sun Feb 17 10:18:33 EST 2013

    "Hi Zett Good Luck Ron Filante"


    Tue Feb 19 09:23:59 EST 2013

    "GO TEAM!!! "

    Carol & John Osterhaus

    Tue Feb 19 10:42:06 EST 2013

    "Love to you, Zett!"

    Brooke Everhart

    Tue Feb 19 11:27:19 EST 2013

    "Happy to support you in reaching your goals."


    Thu Feb 21 05:34:38 EST 2013

    "Good for you,Zett. Proud to support you, and remembering my friend, your mom! Love you!!"

    Margot and Dennis Vlassis

    Fri Feb 22 02:32:41 EST 2013

    "Good luck, Zett! You're going to be AMAZING!"

    Kate Butler

    Fri Feb 22 03:19:10 EST 2013

    "You do amazing things Zett! Wish you and your family all the best!"

    Amanda Hoxter

    Sat Feb 23 12:34:38 EST 2013

    "Double entry fee into the Oscar ballot fundraiser - one set of completely uneducated guesses, and one set of "critics picks" so that I actually have a chance of winning!"

    Abigail McGrath

    Sun Feb 24 11:47:08 EST 2013

    "Yay so proud of you faux big sister! Love yaaa"

    Cordelia Nagle

    Sun Feb 24 03:47:18 EST 2013

    "Congrats Abby McGrath for winning the Oscar Trivia and Thanks for having me donate your prize back to the cause!! I appreciate all your support!"

    Abby's Oscar Trivia Winnings

    Mon Feb 25 12:37:08 EST 2013

    "Good luck Zett! I will be cheering you on from Florida. Susan H."

    Susan Hensley

    Mon Feb 25 07:48:08 EST 2013

    "Go Zett!"

    Joel & Eric Schreiber

    Tue Feb 26 03:13:30 EST 2013

    "Gabe, Gray and I are so proud of you for attempting this. You will cross that finish line and feel wonderful. "

    Sandra Pagan

    Thu Mar 21 09:31:38 EDT 2013

    "Go Zett, We know you can do it. Good luck."

    Richard and Judy Morand

    Thu Mar 21 06:35:13 EDT 2013

    "Go get it Zett! You have always been the most giving and philanthropic person I know. I admire you so much! All of our love and support, Austin and Nikki Schreiber"

    Nikki and Austin Schreiber

    Thu Mar 21 07:04:51 EDT 2013

    "Keep going girl, you've got this!!"

    Sarah Beth

    Thu Mar 21 09:01:23 EDT 2013

    "Your mom is smiling down on you with so much pride. We love you!"

    Dillon Parekh

    Fri Mar 22 09:40:01 EDT 2013

    "Keep up the awesome work Zett! You are going to love the experience of crossing the finish line. Best of luck!"

    Lauren Kazmierski

    Thu May 02 01:20:39 EDT 2013

    "Zett, you are truly an inspiration! Such an incredible tribute to your mom. I love you and will always support you. Best of luck!! xoxo"

    Hollie Steinman

    Sat May 04 12:30:24 EDT 2013

    "SO proud of you Zett. You can do it!!"

    Lauren Sundermeier

    Thu May 09 07:53:28 EDT 2013

    "Good luck Zett! "

    Megan Newhouse

    Thu May 23 10:41:59 EDT 2013

    "Congratulations on this amazing achievement! Although you haven't officially run the race, with all the hard work you've put in you will certainly cross that finish line with ease. $10 for every mile! :) We're so proud of you!"

    Abigail McGrath

    Wed May 29 09:10:22 EDT 2013

    "So proud of you! What a great way to honor your mom and all of those that are fighting cancer. love you!"

    Catherine Angione

    Thu May 30 12:50:09 EDT 2013

    "This half marathon is just one of the many ways you inspire me Zett! I'm proud to be your friend and I know your mom will be smiling down at you on race day. Love you!"

    Lauren Berry

    Thu May 30 02:01:09 EDT 2013

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $3,666.00 | Goal: $3,200.00
115 %

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My Thanks To

Abigail McGrath $131.00
Lauren Sundermeier $100.00
The Silverman Family $100.00
David Scheinbaum and Jane... $100.00
linda and Wayne Small $100.00
Barry Freedman $100.00
Ana Cruz $100.00
Susan and Bob Lempert $100.00
John Desiderio $100.00
mark scheinbaum $100.00
Katie Pryor $100.00
Catherine Angione $50.00
Hollie Steinman $50.00
Dillon Parekh $50.00
Nikki and Austin Schreibe... $50.00
Emily and Justin Chilton $50.00
Susan Hensley $50.00
Margot and Dennis Vlass... $50.00
Donna Schaneen $50.00
Robert and Jenny Betts $50.00
Sarah Mammolito $50.00
Nichole Gregalot $50.00
Devon Keating $50.00
Marc Menasco $50.00
Marc Menasco $50.00
Sarah Beth Thornton $50.00
Sarah Beth $25.00
Richard and Judy Morand $25.00
Joel & Eric Schreiber $25.00
Abby's Oscar Trivia Winni... $25.00
Cordelia Nagle $25.00
Shelby Lux $25.00
AF $25.00
Stephanie Rogers $25.00
Kelly O $25.00
Danielle and Gerard Birmi... $25.00
Denny Thomas $25.00
Oliver & Kelly Stormer $25.00
Alexis Tirado $20.00
Dina Attar $15.00
Jeanne $10.00
linda $10.00
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Karla Saia  
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