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9 days 10 hours and approx 5 mins
Oct 07, 2011 by Michelle Gamboa

9 days 10 hours and approx 5 mins until the Nike Women's Marathon.

I'm freaking out less than for previous races, but hey there are still 9 days 10 hours and 3 mins to freak out. Right now I'm just living in the moment.

Right on the heels of all the pre-race jitters is the post-race "now what do I do?" and the "I miss my team".

9 days 10 hours and now 1 min 'til the race and I already miss the ones who are running Victoria this weekend so I won't see them next week.

GO TEAM! You got this. Go conquer Victoria...oh and bring me some European Cadbury Fruit & Nut chocolate bars. :)

Tomorrow is my fundraising deadline...but we're still taking donations after that
Oct 04, 2011 by Michelle Gamboa

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to my fundraising goals this season. It means a lot to me, but so much more to those who are fighting cancer and to the families of those who have lost the battle.

Tomorrow, October 5th, is my fundraising deadline for the Nike Marathon, October 16th, but if you're looking at this page after that don't let it sway you. Your donation won't be counted towards my personal goal, but it will be counted towards research funds or help for those affected by cancer.

So what do your donations do?

Where the Money Goes (from:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is committed to curing leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and helping patients and their families. The support you provide is invested wisely.

LLS receives no federal funding. Because of the continued support of you and our partners and sponsors, in fiscal year 2010 we were able to:

  • invest $72 million, which includes funding for 103 new grants to researchers in academic institutions and $8 million in contracts through the LLS Therapy Acceleration Program
  • support 347 research projects in the United States, Canada and 9 other countries
  • provide financial assistance to patients
  • sponsor scientific conferences around the country
  • produce educational materials and videos
  • run dozens of Family Support Groups nationwide

For those unfamiliar with Team in Training (TNT), no more than a quarter of the funds you've donated to my minimum goal cover the support and management I get from LLS throughout the season and through the event. Everything else is supplemented by amazing volunteers who help mentor us, Coach us, man water stops on the long runs, and all the various little things needed to keep this all going. Everything you've donated above my fundraising minimum is gravy for the program and supporting services.

At $3740.28 you have all helped me raise approximately $1000 over my fundraising minimum and I know there are some Microsoft matching dollars that haven't made their way through the system. I am confident that you've helped me meet my personal goal of $4200.

I will post the total amount raised by the WA/AK (Washington/Alaska) Fall 2011 team as soon as I receive them.

On behalf of LLS, those fighting cancer, and those who have lost, thank you, thank you, Thank You.


3 weekends until I run the Nike Women's Half Marathon
Sep 30, 2011 by Michelle Gamboa

I can't believe it's almost here. I just returned from our trip to Paris & Venice last weekend and there are only 3 more weekends until the race.

The last 2 months have been a whirlwind with the wedding and then our 2 week honeymoon. Though I have been training for the full marathon, some really good discussions with one of my Coaches led me to change my race to the 1/2 marathon. I'm so glad I did. I've stayed on the full marathon training schedule and I feel happly and strong after 3 weeks away from my TNT team. Walking all over Paris & Venice kept me moving and tomorrow I get back onto the schedule with a 100 minute run/walk along the beautiful trail near RedHook in Woodinville. It's a good welcome back run since that's the same path I trained on the morning of the wedding. :)

So, with the race so close, my funds deadline is in 5 days on October 5th! I am short $834.72 towards my personal goal of $4,200. If you are considering donating, please don't wait any longer...especially if your company matches since it takes some time before their funds are recorded.

Thank you to all of you who have already donated and thank everyone for your encouragement and support. I can't do this without you.


And hot off the presses from NWM26.2 on Facebook, the course map:

Another 13.1 conquered
Jul 15, 2011 by Michelle Gamboa

Saturday, June 25th, 26,000 of my fellow runners and walkers met before 7 AM in Tukwila, Washington to run in the Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. We left the start line in waves and it took an hour for my corral of run/walkers to start our run.

At each mile a band called us forward with its siren song and bid us goodbye as we passed. Runners clapped and cheered for each band and they smiled back in acknowledgement. As we traversed the streets of Seattle towards Qwest field, I marveled at all the people around me…experienced runners, first-timers, old, young, with one foot, with can't help but be inspired.

My running mate, Sarah Bowes, kept me going and before I knew it, we were at mile 9 entering the I-90 tunnel. The next 3 miles on the highway were the most difficult but descending into the Sodo area of Seattle and into the crowds of encouraging spectators gave me a boost. People lined the streets and cheered the 1/2 marathoners through their last stretch and the full marathoners onto many more miles.

But the BEST part of the marathon was the exiting the Alaska Way Viaduct and seeing Team in Training (TNT) Coach Kathleen at the last turn. She was waiting for me and met me with a huge smile on her face. My legs had been threatening to lock up in several places in full charlie horse pain for 4 miles but by that time I knew I'd finish. However, one of the most uplifting things about TNT are how the Coaches are there for you...all the way...whether you need it or not. They are so amazing.

If someone had told me a year ago that I would run a half marathon within the year, I would've laughed. In my mind, there was no way it would happen. And now I've conquered not one, but two 1/2 marathons. I look at the medals hanging on my wall and it makes me smile. They not only represent huge personal accomplishments, but they also represent the coaches and mentors who train with me and especially the donors who keep me going and help me raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Go Team!

Because there has to be a cure
Jun 12, 2011 by Michelle Gamboa

Saturday, before we head out on our weekly team long run, we have a "Mission Moment". Our Mission Moment reminds us why we're out there at 7 or 8 AM in the morning and keeps us focused for the next 40, 60, 90, 120...or even 270 minutes depending on where we are in the training schedule. This week we heard from Ashley Aven's father.

Ashley had just finished her Junior year of High School in July 2008 when she learned that she had Acute Myeloid Leukemia. She fought for 2 years, but lost her battle in August 2010. We could see the pain her father's eyes as he thanked us for what we're doing and how the money we raise helps towards finding a cure. A cure comes too late for Ashley, but he's behind the fight because his family lost Ashley at such a young age and "it's not right."

I can't help but agree. It's not right. It's not right for someone to fight cancer and suffer through that. It's not right for a family to watch them as they battle. It's not right for us to lose family members and friends in such a horrible way.

"Go home and hug your children for me, please" was Ashley's dad's ending plea and we all heard the unspoken "...because I can't hug my daughter anymore."

People often tell me I'm crazy for getting up so early to run and for fighting through my injuries to continue on this Team in Training journey, but they rarely ask me why I run.

I run because there isn't a cure. Because there has to be…because there wasn't one for the Ashley's and the Derek K. Millers and the Ronald G. Gamboa's in the world. Because if I can contribute to helping a family miss out on going through that loss, all the injuries, aches, and ice baths are worth it.

RIP, Daddy

Ashley's family started their own foundation, the Ashley K. Aven Foundation to help provide financial assistance for daily living expenses to families with children who are fighting cancer.

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Supporter Comments

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    Tue Apr 26 06:58:06 EDT 2011

    "Call this a joint fundraising and birthday contribution. :-) Happy Birthday and way to go, M!"

    Heather McLane

    Tue May 17 03:28:59 EDT 2011

    "Happy Birthday, Michelle. Keeep up the good work!"

    Liana Shanes and Justin Yorke

    Mon Jun 06 05:25:41 EDT 2011

    "Michelle, I commend you for your constructive and strenuous efforts in fighting cancer."

    Dan Field

    Wed Aug 03 01:16:17 EDT 2011

    "Best of luck Michelle! Your are truly an inspiration! "

    Lori, Shawn & Alex Ulm

    Sun Sep 04 08:26:11 EDT 2011

    "Congratulations, and best wishes from all of us! - Ian, Jen, and Mia"

    The Latham Family

    Fri Sep 09 12:01:01 EDT 2011

    "A belated wedding gift (and match). Congratulations! So very proud of you!"


    Tue Oct 04 05:13:46 EDT 2011

    "Seems a good time to donate our wedding present $$ to your cause. :-) *hugs*"

    Heather & Gerald McLane

    Mon Oct 03 01:35:12 EDT 2011

    "It was generous of you to decide to use your wedding as an opportunity to raise money for worthy causes."

    Alice Stenstrom

    Fri Sep 23 02:19:44 EDT 2011

    "Thanks Michelle for this great effort. We celebrate what you and Doug are doing and wish you the best of luck. Godspeed and bon journee together."

    Jerry and Kim Smith

    Fri Sep 09 08:11:59 EDT 2011

    "Happy birthday, Shelle! I'm so proud of you! I love you! ~Mele"

    Melanie Gamboa

    Tue May 24 11:53:13 EDT 2011

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $4,892.28 | Goal: $4,200.00
116 %

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In Memory of

Ronald G. Gamboa & Derek K. Miller

My Thanks To

Chris Pirillo's Community $1052.28
Microsoft $252.00
The Latham Family $252.00
Jerry and Kim Smith $250.00
Microsoft $250.00
Jeff Goetz $250.00
Microsoft $100.00
Microsoft $100.00
Microsoft $100.00
Microsoft $100.00
John Hoegger $100.00
Anonymous $100.00
Greg Junell $100.00
Anonymous $100.00
Christopher & Lisa Ambler $100.00
Lori, Shawn & Alex Ulm $100.00
Microsoft $100.00
Douglas Hall $100.00
Melinda Gamboa $100.00
Matt Gamboa $80.00
Microsoft $75.00
Liana Shanes and Justin Y... $75.00
Greg Birch $70.00
Kelle Ramos $54.00
Microsoft $50.00
Cisco $50.00
Kenneth Leung $50.00
Tony Bradley $50.00
Eve Rallo $50.00
ginny morris $50.00
Alice Stenstrom $50.00
Carina Products LLC $50.00
Jay Cherrington $50.00
Melanie Gamboa $50.00
Tania Wong $50.00
Judie martin $50.00
Teresita Sa Ah Sam $32.00
Microsoft $25.00
Microsoft $25.00
Rolf Robe $25.00
Tzippora Steele $25.00
Amanda Alvarado $25.00
Heather McLane $25.00
Colleen Carrington $25.00
Microsoft $25.00
Anonymous $25.00
Heather & Gerald McLane  
Dan Field