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November 18
Nov 18, 2013 by Elyse Mofo Anders

February 20, 2002, my sister passed away in a car accident.

11 years later for the anniversary of her death, I signed up to run my first marathon with Team in Training.

I spent months training with my team and on my own. Grueling high mileage days. Hurdling over what sometimes seemed like insurmountable obstacles. Since losing my stomach, my body does not take kindly to the abuse that hours of high impact activity inflicts upon my digestive system. It's exhausting and it's painful.

From February through September, I ran hundreds of miles. Bled a lot. Cried a lot. Lost a few toenails. Took a lot of pain medication. And nausea medication.

Yet it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have a new sense of pride and humility. I realized that despite the pain, not everyone gets to raise thousands of dollars for cancer research. Not everyone gets to run a marathon. Not everyone is afforded the luxury of having a family willing to sacrifice their weekends for the better part of a year. But I do. I get to.

Today is November 18. It would be my sister's 33rd birthday if she were still here. I'm missing her a ton. I'm home with my 3yo daughter who will never know my sister, a 3yo who wants to run marathons for charity, who will never know the person who inspired me to run marathons for charity. And my heart is broken.

But as broken as it is, it reminds me that I am doing something that she would be proud of me doing and I’m doing it for her. In 166 days, I will be running the BMO Vancouver Marathon with Team in Training. I can’t have my sister back, but by running, I can help other people’s sisters stay around a little bit longer.

I love you, Colleen. I wish you could know the ways you’ve inspired me to make the world a better place.

My Fundraising Page
Oct 25, 2013

Teams are made up of individuals. Without them, there is no team.

Welcome to my Team In Training home page.

I have a mission-to help find cures and more effective treatments for blood cancers. To accomplish that mission, I’m participating in a sports endurance event as a member of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training. Like the other members of TNT, I will be raising funds to help find cures and better treatments for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. I’m improving the quality of my life by participating and with your support, I can help improve the quality of life for patients and their families as well.

Please make a donation in support of my efforts with Team In Training and help advance the research for cures.


Supporter Comments

    "Go Elyse! Kick that marathon's ass!"

    Ashley Hamer

    Mon Mar 04 05:04:16 EST 2013

    "Yay Elyse!! Go kick cancer ass!"

    Jamie B

    Mon Mar 04 05:15:04 EST 2013

    "Much love Elyse. I'm proud of you!"

    Gigi, AKA Gabrielle Grafrath

    Mon Mar 04 07:02:37 EST 2013

    "I admire you."

    Deborah Goddard

    Mon Mar 04 09:12:21 EST 2013

    "A prim, white, short-haired cat on mine please."

    Stephanie Zvan

    Tue May 07 10:12:33 EDT 2013

    "I am comfortable with any ball play you deem appropriate. On a serious note: You're a total inspiration. "

    Julia Burke

    Tue May 07 02:22:38 EDT 2013

    "There. You have no officially raised more than Wil Wheaton in ping pong ball sales. Can Bug decorate my ball?"

    Margaret McFee

    Thu May 09 12:13:03 EDT 2013

    "Because balls should come in pairs! And this amount puts it over the minimum for my employers gift matching to kick in."

    Gregory P. Smith

    Wed Jun 12 12:11:56 EDT 2013

    "Keep rocking it, Elyse. You are awesome! "

    Courtney Caldwell

    Sun Jul 28 04:40:13 EDT 2013

    "Good luck in fundraising! And have an awesome run! A co-workers mom just passed away this past Sunday from lymphoma - so I donated for her and for you today!!"

    Kate Grimm

    Tue Jul 30 08:20:27 EDT 2013

    "I like your style!! I see the sense of humor runs in the family (Mary Wu is my friend). Go get those 26.2 miles - I am utterly amazed!"

    Paula Overstreet

    Wed Jul 31 11:06:52 EDT 2013

    "Go El MoFo"


    Sat Aug 10 10:21:01 EDT 2013

    "Best of Luck!!"

    Mary Kompare

    Thu Aug 22 04:27:48 EDT 2013

    "First 25 wasn't enough. Here's another."

    Bruce McLeod ...again

    Tue Aug 06 03:40:48 EDT 2013

    "Much Love! XXOO"

    Joe Anderson

    Wed Jun 26 10:59:54 EDT 2013

    "Please feature said balls on MAL, please!"

    Beth Voigt

    Thu Jun 20 07:23:57 EDT 2013

    "You are fanfreakingtastic and I love you! Go girl!"

    AB Kovacs

    Sat Jun 15 09:26:53 EDT 2013

    "You rock: kick the shit out of cancer, please."


    Sat Jun 15 01:25:36 EDT 2013

    "GO MOFO!"


    Sat Jun 15 10:21:00 EDT 2013

    "Happy birthday, Elyse! Thank you very much for doing this. You rock! "

    Deanna Joy Lyons

    Sat Jun 15 07:56:33 EDT 2013

    " Unfortunately, it's difficult to punch cancer right in the face. Fortunately, we're beginning to even the odds. We are even ganging up on it by way of medical science. I'm not normally a man of faith, but I somehow know in that part of my mind I call my heart, that these diseases can and will become things of the past. In fact, they must. No living thing should have to fight it's own body, and nobody should have to watch those they love do the same."

    Elliott Taylor

    Thu Jun 13 05:37:49 EDT 2013

    "Go Elyse! "

    Karin Harnesk

    Thu Jun 13 03:40:13 EDT 2013

    "This is my thank you gift for starting Doubt on the Run. It (like you) inspires me and helps keep me motivated. Seriously. You're running a MARATHON. To cure fucking CANCER. "

    Lisa Mack

    Wed Jun 12 06:58:45 EDT 2013

    "Paul danced like the whole world was watching and he didn't mind at all. I'll remember him."

    Zachary Moore

    Mon Jun 10 11:27:30 EDT 2013

    "I think you are so badass and awesome for doing this."

    Natalie Cain

    Wed Jun 05 01:00:10 EDT 2013

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $1,967.00 | Goal: $2,500.00
79 %

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My Thanks To

Joe Anderson $125.00
Anonymous $100.00
Beth Voigt $100.00
AB Kovacs $100.00
Zachary Moore $100.00
Brian Engler $100.00
Gregory P. Smith $60.00
Anonymous $50.00
John Moeller $50.00
Anna J $50.00
Lisa Mack $50.00
Kelly McMahon $30.00
Lauren Adasiak Cocilova $30.00
Margaret McFee $30.00
Julia Burke $30.00
Mary Kompare $25.00
Michelle Bailey $25.00
Bruce McLeod ...again $25.00
Moose Anders $25.00
Paula Overstreet $25.00
Alane Fitzgerald $25.00
Alice Pine $25.00
Skepchick $25.00
Bruce McLeod $25.00
Elliott Taylor $25.00
Karin Harnesk $25.00
Natalie Cain $25.00
Coelecanth $25.00
Cara Fry $10.00
Courtney Caldwell $10.00
Deanna Joy Lyons $10.00
Anonymous $5.00
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