Shellee's Fundraising Page

Where Pigs Fly...
Apr 11, 2015



The Cincinnati Flying Pig Half Marathon on Sunday, May 3rd!


Faith, Hope, Love, because Liz never lost Faith that a cure would be discovered, Hope that she would beat it and go on to live the life she imagined, and Love, because through it all, her motto was "Love My Life".

In memory of my beautiful baby sister, Elizabeth Danielle, I continue...


Nothing I do, no amount of money, will bring my sister back, so you may ask, "why do this"? I do it for the future. For the next Liz, the next family; to give them more time, and hopefully, a cure. Research 15-20 years ago gave us nearly 10 years.


I am not only fund-raising, I am part of Team G.A.I.L. (Giving Across International Lines) in honor of an amazing woman, Gail Munzing, with whom Liz and I had the pleasure of meeting when we did the Alaska marathon in 2008. It was so wonderful to reconnect with Gail because she knew and loved Liz; connecting with someone else who has memories of her is such a treat. Gail has CML (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia) and is alive today thanks to the LLS-funded drug, Gleevec®.


The short version… Team G.A.I.L. is “this” close to raising the $100,000 needed to fund another research grant! That means 100% of our donations go directly to research! I hope you’ll take a moment to read the longer version from Gail & her husband, Tim (below) and then make a donation to my fund-raising page, just click on the "Donate" buttonsmiley


We have until June 30th overall to fund the grant because the Team is comprised of so many events, but my event (just over three weeks away ~ YIKES!) has a final funds deadline of April 30th.


I have had the most amazing support system during my journey with LLS (YOU!) and I cannot put into words, my gratitude.


Thank you * Thank you * Thank you!




The long story, but very much worth reading…


One year ago LLS presented Gail with the concept for an international alumni marathon team.  This team would be open to seasoned TNT marathon endurance athletes who would train to race in an international destination marathon, with a goal of raising $100,000 to invest in a study for blood cancer research lead by internationally recognized physician researchers from Yale, UC San Francisco, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Columbia University, National University of Singapore, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, University of Perugia, D.H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, or arGEN-X of San Francisco.

The study would be named after our team


dedicated to the personal honored heroes & angels

of our individual teammates. (like LIZ heart)

The team would be called TEAM G.A.I.L.  and together we would dedicate our time, our training miles, our fundraising efforts for this endeavor.  Together, we would make a difference in the lives and futures of blood cancer patients all over the world.


We are very proud to tell you what this team has accomplished so far, and the impact it will have on cancer patients.


For the first time in a year we are absolutely certain we will achieve our $100,000 goal, fund and name that research grant!!!


Until now it has seemed more like a great idea and a grand possibility.  This small but mighty group of TNT athletes worked hard and have been dedicated to training and fundraising.  Along the way we have forged friendships and had more fun than should be allowed!!  Our spouses and families and friends have joined us in our quest with fabulous events like the wine tasting, cork pull, opportunity drawings, football and Academy Award pools, garage sale, pizza fundraiser, "100 donors in 100 hours" programs - and on and on and on.   Almost all of us have completed our races:  The LA Marathon, The Puerto Rico Marathon, and a couple of our teammates will be running in the Alaska Marathon, the Mountains to Beach Half-Marathon and the Cincinnati Flying Pig Half Marathon!!  Several of us have decided to also run the San Diego Rock 'n Roll Marathon on May 31st.


All of our teammates have a direct connection to blood cancer. Teammates Gail Munzing and Vicki Varela are leukemia patients.  We all have loved ones who are fighting these diseases or are resting in peace. As of this writing our team total is $87,695.00 and inching upward every day.


You may be surprised to know that the LLS research that led to the discovery of the drug that keeps Gail's leukemia in check has also been used to develop life-saving treatments for gastric tumors, renal cell carcinoma, lung cancer and others.  New applications are being studied every day.

Our amazing, hardworking dedicated teammates thank you for your donation.


Thank you for coming along side of us.


Thank you for caring enough to step up and be a part of this grand scheme to find a cure for this nasty disease and many others.


We are SO close……


Please visit my website ( to learn more about her diagnosis and journey; our journey. Get a glimpse of the inspirational young woman she was, how she continues to inspire, and why/how Love My Life came to be her motto. That's how we've managed to continue living, because she fought SO hard to live, and even through treatment and illness, she embraced life; she loved every day she was blessed with. She lives through me, through all of us, so I try to live with the same zeal that she did.


Team in Training has been a lifesaver for me over the years. The people involved, my teammates, are some of the most caring, compassionate, and giving people I know. Each one of them has their own story and inspiration for doing this, and they are passionate about finding a cure, not someday, but TODAY.


Your donation will help fund treatments that save lives every day, like immnuotherapies that use a person’s own immune system to kill cancer. Every single donation helps save a life with breakthrough therapies such as these.


Please make a donation in support of my efforts with Team In Training and help get us all closer to a world without blood cancers.


Thank you,


Shellee/a.k.a. Sissy

#LML #LoveMyLife #LoveMyLife4Liz #AWorldWithoutBloodCancer #LLS #TNT #TeamInTraining #Sisters #SistersConnectedForever  #BeBadAssEveryDay


Supporter Comments

    "In loving memory of my beautiful baby sister, Liz, and each year we were blessed to enjoy her in this earthly world. Love you Isabella. Forever and always. Sisters.Connected.Forever. XO"


    Sat Nov 29 11:01:36 EST 2014

    "Owl N4A Cure Virtual"

    Katherine Do

    Sat Nov 29 11:56:18 EST 2014

    "Merry Christmas!"

    Sandy Castaneda

    Mon Dec 29 12:22:25 EST 2014

    "Happy Valentine's Day!"


    Sat Feb 14 04:59:45 EST 2015

    "In memory of my father Patrick Kenneth Rivera"

    Michelle Butterfield

    Thu Feb 26 09:43:00 EST 2015

    "In memory of my baby sister, and in honor of her will to live... Isabella, it's hard to describe learning to live the rest of our earthly lives without you. Yes, we are managing to live, love, and laughs again, but always around the hole in our hearts. Life is good and we will live it to the fullest, as you did, but you are missed every day, beyond the capacity of words to describe. Some days it is impossible to believe you are gone. You were such a gift... I love you. Sisters.Connected.Forever. #LoveMyLife"


    Sat Feb 28 03:04:24 EST 2015

    "Squares $50 to help buy a wig and $50 to help patients find support."

    Jo Cornhall

    Tue Mar 17 02:31:48 EDT 2015

    "Best wishes for a wonderful half marathon my friend! Love you!! "

    Diane Rogers

    Mon Mar 23 09:23:58 EDT 2015

    "GO SISSY! GO!"

    Keran Dhillon Lisa Sesto

    Tue Mar 24 02:33:29 EDT 2015

    "WE MUST NEVER FORGET!! So, WE MUST NEVER QUIT!! Run like the wind Shellee!"

    Carolyn and Gary Kawka

    Wed Mar 25 02:48:48 EDT 2015

    "You are an inspiration!"

    Sue Sousley

    Mon Mar 30 12:48:41 EDT 2015

    "So proud of you Shellee!!! Happy to help!"

    Tricia Hill

    Fri Apr 10 11:50:06 EDT 2015

    "Hey Shellee! Happy to donate! "

    Susan Robach

    Sun Apr 12 11:44:11 EDT 2015

    "Rock on Shellee!!"

    Zena Ellis

    Sun Apr 12 04:13:42 EDT 2015

    "Keep fighting, we love you. John & Jody"

    Jody Ledbetter

    Thu Apr 16 11:16:24 EDT 2015

    "$30 because I believe in you! $40 for a cure! $10 because I hate cancer! $20 in honor of the caregivers! "

    Tina Pennington

    Sat Apr 18 08:29:09 EDT 2015

    "In Liz's memory❤️"

    Bob Bagby

    Sun Apr 19 02:40:51 EDT 2015

    "Go Shellee!"

    Kevin Mullery

    Mon Apr 20 11:04:20 EDT 2015

    "Thank you Shellee for all your hard work fighting blood cancer. "

    Margaret Beain

    Tue Apr 21 11:25:57 EDT 2015

    "Shellee-This is definately a great cause and I am pleased to be able to help in a small way."

    Jim Liberator

    Wed Apr 29 01:36:54 EDT 2015

    "So proud of you Shellee! "

    Lisa Silverglade

    Sat May 02 01:02:40 EDT 2015

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $3,450.00 | Goal: $3,200.00
108 %

My Team

Team Total: $103,367.34 | Goal: $100,000.00

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In Memory of

My baby sister, Liz

My Thanks To

Bob Bagby $500.00
Stephen Aguilar $250.00
Disney $100.00
Cheveron Humankind Matchi... $100.00
Disney $100.00
Lisa Silverglade $100.00
Kevin Mullery $100.00
Kim Gingras $100.00
Craig Behrens $100.00
Tina Pennington $100.00
Jody Ledbetter $100.00
WJP $100.00
Susan Robach $100.00
christy raymor $100.00
Keran Dhillon Lisa Sesto $100.00
Morris Family $100.00
Jo Cornhall $100.00
Sissy $54.00
Karen Jones $50.00
Jim Liberator $50.00
Cate long $50.00
Stephen Pierce $50.00
Lisa Walton $50.00
Sue Sousley $50.00
The Gericks $50.00
Michelle Butterfield $50.00
Sandy Castaneda $50.00
Sissy $32.00
Carolyn and Gary Kawka $27.00
Nicole & Mikey $25.00
Brenda Meza $25.00
Zena Ellis $25.00
Tricia Hill $25.00
Barbara A $25.00
Diane Rogers $25.00
Katherine Do $25.00
Sissy $14.00
Margaret Beain  
Karen Jones  
Aaron & Rose Richardson