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Home Stretch
Oct 29, 2014 by Rose Meza

I've stared at the cursor for what seems like an eternity trying to figure out how to encapsulate what I should say.  Jim has returned home early to San Diego to be with his family.  Unfortunately, his prognosis is not as positive as first thought.  He's decided to spend time next to his loved ones who are more than happy to welcome him home with open arms.

As Jim returns home, I pack my bags to leave.  I will keep him constantly in my thoughts as I pass over the atlantic.  I look forward to meeting him when I come home for Thanksgiving and I know every step on my marathon will be for him and anyone else struggling with cancer.

My training this year has been so much more than just for a marathon, I can't express just how much I've learned about family, friends, life, and myself, along this journey.  When you're getting close to the finish line people use the phrase "home stretch" to explain the last part of the race. At first, this stretch can seem like the most difficult, but there is something so special about those last few strides.  You'd never think you'd have it in you to make it to the end, yet somehow you find the power within to push a little faster and enjoy your path along the end of the race.  It's a special place to be in, the "home stretch", that is where your own strength and the strength of everyone around you is the most apparent, when you're almost home.

20 Miler this weekend and Jim's update
Oct 29, 2014 by Rose Meza

Hi All,

As I'm prepping for my big 20 mile run this weekend and the training season is winding down I'm realizing what a crazy past few months it's been.  When Angela called me the first time she got the news my heart shattered for her.  She is so close with both her parents and I knew Jim's journey ahead would be a tough one to say the least.  So when Jim needed a caregiver for a few months in Seattle, Angela packed her bags, said a temporary goodbye to Harrah (her doggie), and left her life in San Diego to be there for her dad.  As a friend she shines as an exemplary human being!  One thing I can say about Ang is she is always there to help and is always thinking of others.  I am so proud to call her a friend.  

Angela recently posted this photo to Instagram -

"This man and I have been through quite a bit together over the past few months! Our relationship has grown beyond compare and although we're here under unfortunate circumstances, I couldn't be more thankful for the bond we've cultivated. I can't believe I'm leaving a week from today but I know that my father's continued health will be a beacon of light to push us forward in the months to come."


I am so happy to hear about Jim's progress!  I'll be keeping him in my thoughts and can't wait for him to be 100% in the clear!  I'm nervous about the 20 miles tomorrow.  I know it'll be tough, but I've got to stay strong and focused.  It's been a crazy few months but what I've taken from this experience is priceless.  The team in Santa Barbara have become a second family to me.  They are all the most kindhearted, wonderful people ever.  I'm constantly reminded how precious life is and how we can all make a small difference.  So, I'll keep running for you Jim!  Step by step, breath by breath.  <3 


18.1 miles down
Sep 24, 2014 by Rose Meza

It was actually a little hard for me to sleep the night before last Saturday's run.  I was nervous.  A lot of things happen to your body when you begin pushing past ten miles.  Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.  It's expected that it will, at some point, hurt.  So, yes, of course I was nervous.  

People always say that running is mostly a mental hurdle to surpass rather than a physical one and it's true......  mostly.  Your body will hurt, my right knee starts to strain, aches and pains begin to surface and as you round corners at mile 15 you realize that you just have to keep going because if you stop, you don't know how you'll find the strength to start again.  So there is a physical aspect to get over.  You have to listen to your body, listen to your breath, and know when the pain is just pain and when the pain is actually harmful.  But most of it is just pain.  Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

So, I woke up on Saturday morning after a few hours of nervous sleep and I ran.  It's weird but the first mile is almost always the hardest for me.  Once I got past that and the several hills on the course, I broke into my stride and just let myself do what I could not, run 18.1 miles and finish with a smile on my face.



Baby needs a new pair of shoes!
Sep 16, 2014 by Rose Meza

Training Update #5,764 -

Looks like I needed to stop gambling with the state of my feet and start being a responsible adult (after a lot of pressure from my coach) and get me some new shoes.  During my 15 miler my feet started to hurt... badly.  Everytime I laced up it wasn't pleasant.  I couldn't understand how or why my feet, which had felt pretty comfortable all season, would feel so bad albeit I hadn't purchsed new shoes since maybe, I dunno, 2008?  Yeah.  YEAH.  For a runner this is like a cardinal sin.  Shoes should be replaced every 200 - 600 miles depending on the runner and the shoe.  Considering I trained and ran a marathon in the same shoes five years ago, plus all the hikes, runs, and workouts since.. it was time.  

I begrudginly dragged my feet (sans my old shoes) to SB Running and gave them to the sales rep who kind of looked at me funny when I handed them over. "Whoa, what are these?  Pegasus... wow, these are old." was the first thing out of his mouth.  "yeah...." I replied quietly.  He looked at the pattern of wear on the bottom, mentioned that I'm running flatly on them and recommended just upgrading to the newest addition.  He brought out the pinkest, brightest shoes I've ever seen but I think I gave Cinderalla a run for her money.  Pun intended?  Because it was like angels flew down from heaven and placed them on my feet.  They are about a pound lighter than my last pair, yes that is the scientific measurement I'm not overexaggerating at all... and are wide fit and loose enough for my stupid high arches.  So far, they've been great.  Not only great, they are so fun to wear that I find myself making up excuses TO wear them.  I've been doing more of my strength exercises at home so I haven't needed to wear shoes but I left my house to do stairs just so I could wear them out.  That, plus they are like build in reflectors, I feel like no car or person can miss me in these things.  

Besides my brand new kicks, training has been going well minus a few aches and pains.  Fundraising is going so well I raised my goal to 5,000 dollars because I'm about to surpass the 4,000 dollar mark and have a few more fundraisers left still.  I made almost 400 dollars with the charity tap at Figueroa Mountain Brew Co. and they've asked me back to help with their Figtober Fest this Saturday from Noon - 6pm so come out!

15 miles down
Aug 25, 2014 by Rose Meza

Fundraising is going well, training is going well, everything is coming up.... well, you know the rest!  15 miles down this Saturday and I sure felt it on my run.  Surprisingly, I am NOT as sore as I thought I would be, I took coach Christy's advice as kept myself moving on Saturday which included going to the beach to do the ice bucket challenge as well!  You guys rock and got me to my half way point!


As for Jim's progress, here's a great update from Angela -

"Chimera," according to Greek mythology, is a hybrid creature composed of the parts of three animals – a lion, a snake and a goat. That same word is used in the medical profession to mark the mixing of cells after a stem cell transplant, being that two different people are now comprising that person's DNA. Essentially, it's percentage marks the amount of healthy transplanted donor cells compared to the original, damaged cells of the recipient. Being that our goal here is for my Aunt's stem cells to eventually take over my dad's immune system in time, we were told that at this stage (just over 1 month post-transplant) that anything above a 50% chimera would be good news. MY DAD'S CHIMERA IS 91%. We all knew he was responding well to treatment, but the results of his bone marrow biopsy confirmed that he's grafting better than any of us could have ever anticipated. We couldn't be more happy with the results. God is good. 




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Supporter Comments

    "Sending some Ashley love..."

    Kara Laxson

    Sat May 24 10:11:46 EDT 2014

    "This donation is made with so much love and admiration to our amazing friends and their dad, Jim. We know they're all fighters and we support them with our love and prayers. I make this donation in memory of my Dad, Don, and Grandma, Rose, who taught us so much about strength and fighting the tough fight. It's also made in honor of my Mother, Sue, who not only lost her husband, but her mother to Cancer. Yet she goes to work in oncology everyday to help others fight and encourages them to stay positive. She loves her job and she stands in support of everyone who is diagnosed with any form of these horrible cancers! We love you, Jim, Maureen, Angela, & Jason! Xoxo"

    Katy Hoelzel

    Sun Jun 08 01:33:37 EDT 2014

    "Sending our love and support to Jim and the Rhodehamel family, and our prayers for strength, comfort and healing."

    Audrey Rolla

    Sun Jun 08 01:42:59 EDT 2014

    "You got this Rose!! We will be rooting for you!! Much Love, Uncle Keith & Aunt Jackie "

    Keith & Jackie Everhart

    Wed Jun 25 06:02:57 EDT 2014

    "Rose you a wonderful granddaughter. Thank you for running a marathon for such a good cause!! Love, Grandma Pat"

    Patricia Kostick

    Wed Aug 20 11:00:18 EDT 2014

    "Thank you for running for all cancer fighters...especially blood cancers! Will be cheering for you from SB!! big hugs!! "

    Shirley, Stephanie & Ken Waxman

    Thu Aug 21 03:38:16 EDT 2014

    "5 Dolla Holla, here's my latte lady! Good Luck!"

    Maureen Rhodehamel

    Thu Aug 21 09:19:06 EDT 2014

    "you rock rose!"

    Megan Libby

    Thu Aug 21 11:11:33 EDT 2014

    "$20 and a Five Dolla Holla! Happy Holla Birthday Rose! Keep it up, Rhodehamel! Kicking Cancers Ass and Taking Names! "

    veronica valenzuela

    Thu Aug 21 11:42:38 EDT 2014

    "Five Dolla HOLLA! Now that you are at 50% of your fundraising goals we look forward to see you do the ice bucket challenge..."


    Fri Aug 22 12:18:57 EDT 2014

    "give em hell, Rose. awesome that you are running for a cause."

    Marc Ouimet

    Fri Aug 22 05:16:16 EDT 2014

    "Go get 'em Champ! =)"


    Fri Aug 22 01:36:40 EDT 2014

    "Love being on the team with you :)"

    Kirsty Kenny

    Fri Aug 22 11:53:03 EDT 2014

    "Very proud and impressed with your incredible resolve and positive attitude. Thank you and cheers!"

    Josh Figatner

    Sat Aug 30 04:46:51 EDT 2014

    "Happy Birthday! Your 2nd marathon with TNT & raising money for LLS - what a great accomplishment to help cure cancer!! We are so proud of you... Love, Mom & Dawn"

    Chris & Dawn Meza

    Mon Sep 01 02:27:00 EDT 2014

    "Silent Auction public market basket :)"

    Janet Zahuta

    Tue Sep 02 01:31:05 EDT 2014

    "Birthday donation from your little sis!"

    Maria Meza

    Wed Sep 17 01:55:01 EDT 2014

    "We are all so proud of you Rose.... Have a great run!!!!"

    Grandma Pat

    Thu Sep 18 04:58:14 EDT 2014

    "Charity tap!"

    Figueroa Mountain Brew Co.

    Fri Oct 03 09:03:26 EDT 2014

    "5 dolla hollah! You got this! Im so proud of you and all your hard work!"

    Cher Farinpour

    Wed Oct 29 11:19:38 EDT 2014

    "The financial departments at Solid Landings Behavioral Health raised $94.00 to support and their director Tom Meena agreed to match whatever they raised. So many staff members came to donate what they could, and so many included their own stories about how they've been affected by this disease and so excited to support the cause. We had a costume contest and chili cook-off today to celebrate. Good luck in Athens! Go for the gold! "

    Tommy Meena & Solid Landings Behavioral Health

    Fri Oct 31 04:57:11 EDT 2014

    "Thanks for being a shining star! "

    Susan Varnum

    Wed Oct 15 05:04:15 EDT 2014

    "Best of luck! Go team! "

    Katlyn Christensen

    Tue Oct 14 01:42:10 EDT 2014

    "Way to go Rose! Love to see your smile out there for the long runs & hills. You are doing great!"

    Jolene Warren

    Wed Sep 03 05:16:04 EDT 2014

    "Great work. Run an extra mile for us!"


    Mon Jul 21 07:12:04 EDT 2014

    "You're a rock star!"

    Nick Passick

    Fri Jun 13 11:05:41 EDT 2014

    "Co Match for Maureen Rhodehamel's donation"

    Provide Commerce

    Thu Jun 05 04:26:47 EDT 2014

    "Thank you for your efforts. I am a CLL patient."

    Noha Schulze

    Wed Jun 04 03:27:23 EDT 2014

    "Thank you for doing this Rose. I am so blessed to have you in my life. My dad and I send our love. "

    Angela Rhodehamel

    Tue Jun 03 03:32:27 EDT 2014

    "Good luck, Rose!"

    Toby Malina

    Sat May 31 11:08:36 EDT 2014

    "Go Team!"

    Garrick Chow

    Sat May 31 05:16:18 EDT 2014

    "Have a great run for a great cause! =)"

    Andy Ta

    Fri May 30 08:23:44 EDT 2014


    Kelsey Brown

    Fri May 30 03:51:57 EDT 2014

    "You're amazing Rose! You were my inspiration for joining TNT when I was sick not so long ago, now 7 events later I'm still running! TNT helped save my life and I owe that to you! I am running the spartan race this Sunday with TNT and will proudly wear your friends name on my bib in support! I'm struggling to find the words cause thank you just doesn't seem like enough..... But, thank you rose! "

    Andrew Matteson

    Fri May 30 02:28:20 EDT 2014

    "You are awesome Rose! Thank you for your dedication, commitment and running for Jim, our family is honored! He is fighting the fight as we speak in Seattle and I really appreciate all you are doing to help!"

    Maureen Rhodehamel

    Fri May 30 01:59:50 EDT 2014

    "Good luck rose with raising the money and running that marathon. Cancer of all kinds runs in every direction of my family so I know how hard it can be for those with cancer and their families. I'll keep your friend, Jim Rhodehamel, in my prayers."

    Kyla Curtis

    Fri May 30 01:11:01 EDT 2014

    "Go Rose go. We will all be here rooting for you, wishing there was a droid above you the whole race so we could watch you. It has been an honor to train with you & I wish you all the best. You got this girl!!"

    Jolene Griffith-Warren

    Wed Oct 29 07:54:53 EDT 2014

    "Thank you Rose for your hard work and dedication to the cause. We need more people like you. Glad you are my teammate. Look forward to running with you next season. Leo"

    Leo Schumaker

    Thu Oct 30 11:41:14 EDT 2014

    "Go Rose!!! Love you!"

    Gary & Kathy Meza

    Wed Aug 20 10:05:42 EDT 2014

    "Go Rose! I'm dedicating this in honor of my niece, Emma. It's been 2 years since her diagnosis with Leukemia and she has been a tough fighter."

    Jeff Layton

    Fri Jun 06 12:00:30 EDT 2014

    "You are an amazing person Rose! Thank you for doing this!"

    Heather Schuler

    Thu Jun 05 10:10:28 EDT 2014

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $5,013.00 | Goal: $5,000.00
100 %

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My Thanks To

Figueroa Mountain Brew Co... $363.42
Chris & Dawn Meza $250.00
Tommy Meena & Solid Landi... $188.00
Chilli's Fundraiser $180.00
Janet Zahuta $120.00
Lynda Weinman $100.00
Josh Figatner $100.00
Tracy York $100.00
Peter $100.00
Shirley, Stephanie & Ken ... $100.00
Gary & Kathy Meza $100.00
Microsoft WAAK $100.00
Keith & Jackie Everhart $100.00
Stephanie M $100.00
Todd Dewett $100.00
Heather Schuler $100.00
Provide Commerce $100.00
Noha Schulze $100.00
Maureen Rhodehamel $100.00
Abby Lorts $50.00
Loren & Clarice Hillebran... $50.00
Nick Brazzi $50.00
Veronica Silva $50.00
Brian Fleck $50.00
Tony Cruz $50.00
Jeff Layton $50.00
Angela Rhodehamel $50.00
Toby Malina $50.00
Garrick Chow $50.00
Kyla Curtis $50.00
Lemon Festival $35.00
J&J $30.00
Andrew Matteson $26.20
Leo Schumaker $25.00
Kate McDowell $25.00
Grandma Pat $25.00
Tyler Gordon $25.00
veronica valenzuela $25.00
rozanne rosas $25.00
chandra hope $25.00
Patricia Kostick $25.00
Gregory PIckard $25.00
Corey Polk $25.00
Anthony Schulze $25.00
Anthony Artis $25.00
Andy Ta $25.00
Taryn Price $25.00
Lynda Lunch Table $23.80
Greg Pickard $20.00
Chelsea Rider $15.00
Scott Caldwell $10.00
Cher Farinpour $5.00
Giusseppe Mejia $5.00
Molly Burns $5.00
Maria Meza $5.00
Benjamin Dominguez $5.00
Marc Ouimet $5.00
CKM $5.00
Maureen Rhodehamel $5.00
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