Becca W: Running For A Cure

Week 11: 3 Weeks Left!
Sep 08, 2013 by Rebecca Wendle

It's so hard to believe I'm three weeks away from participating in the Brewer's Mini Marathon!!! I feel that I've come so far since the first group run and running those 5.5, 5 miles seems like a breeze to complete! This past week as I was running the 11 miles on Saturday, I really realized how much of an emotional challenge running can be when doing long distances. There's something about having your mind tell you to stop doing what you're doing, but having to completely ignore it and pushing yourself to keep running. This week was an accomplisment for me in that I continued to do my intervals instead of just giving in to the need to stop. I'm so thankful that I had my running coach, Tim, and fellow team member, Erica, with me during the last portion of the run or else I would have stopped!

Today, I hosted the sand volleyball tournament at Center Court and it was overall, a great success. Luckily, the weather cooperated (for the most part minus some drizzling at the beginning) and there was a great turnout of 8 teams that participated. With their help, I was able to raise an additional $600 for LLS and cancer research and am $345 away from meeting my minimum of $1400!!! A huge thanks to everyone who came out today or help me put the event together! Because of the great success, I am considering holding a tournament every year to continue raising money for LLS. :) This Wednesday, I will be joining three of my team members to guest bartend at Blu Bar & Lounge at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. I've never been the greatest at bartending so this will definitely be a fun experience!

Week 9 and 10: A Run in Pictures!
Sep 04, 2013 by Rebecca Wendle

I want to give a quick (and somewhat late) update before my special "thank you" post so please stay tuned! During week 9, I did a personal best by walk/running 10 miles...only 3.1 miles until I'm at a half-marathon. Crazy how the time has really flown by fast! :) We were only scheduled to do 9 miles that day and that was my initial goal as I was driving out to the trail. But then we were informed there was a hill at the 4.5 mile mark and I decided to challenge myself by running up it. In the mile leading to the hill and running up, I had the support of one of my team members,Callista...her support was very much appreciated!!! Needless to say though, the hill was misleading so I only ran up half...but I do plan to go back to finish what I started! During this past week 10, I did another personal best by running an entire mile in 10 minutes!

On to my special post: since I've started training, there has been some amazing scenery from week-to-week as we've switched to different trails on our group runs. This week, I wanted to take time to share pictures of one of my runs and what I get to experience as a way to say thank you for your support! The photos were taken at the Milwaukee lake front during my four mile run this past Monday. Special shout-out to Merilou for running with me and being patient as I took pictures!

Bright and early at 7:30 PM! Great view to start a run to!

Picture of the Milwaukee Art Museum

Marina next to the lake front! This was near the one mile mark.

Picture 1 of Bradford Beach and at the two mile mark!

And back to the start with four miles completed!

Next week, updates about from the 11 mile Saturday team run and my sand volleyball tournament fundraiser this weekend!

Week 8: Who Do I Appreciate?
Aug 22, 2013 by Rebecca Wendle

Since first signing up for LLS-TNT, I have continued to be inspired and amazed by the support and encouragement I've received...from family, friends, co-workers, team members and of course, my anonymous donor! So far, I have been able to raise close to $450 for The Society and it continues to increase as each week goes by. In September, I will also be hosting a sand volleyball tournament as well as potentially do a fundraiser with some of my team members (more details to come!) I want to say thank you to everyone who has donated so far. Your donation has helped us come one step closer to finding a cure!

I also want to say thank you to those people who have supported me as I have come into my own as a runner...yep, I'm officially a runner! Five years ago (even one year ago!), I would never have imagined I would be training for a half-marathon. But with some self-motivation and encouragement from everyone, I am over half-way in mileage towards the 13.1 miles with my training. During the team group runs, I have also been fortunate to almost always have someone run along side me and to help me end strong. This Saturday, I'll be running 9 miles and then next week...10!

Lastly, I want to recognize my honored heroes: the people who inspire me to run week-to-week and to keep pushing myself farther than I thought I could go. I run in honor of my personal honored heros, Laura Ybarra and Jennifer Fults, as well as for Kathy Miller (2013 Wisconsin TNT Honored Hero) and Anthony Rodio. I also run in memory of my personal honored hero, Judith Grimm, as well as for Jay Taylor (an active participant and supporter of TNT before passing away earlier this year) and Dorothy "Busia".

For this upcoming week's blog, I hope to have a special post as a "thank you" to everyone so please stay tuned!

Week 7: Recommitment Friday!
Aug 11, 2013 by Rebecca Wendle

This past Friday, I made the decision to recommit and to continue fundraising for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)! In making the decision to recommit, I was reminded of the reasons why I wanted to participate with Team in Training in the first place. One of my honored heroes is my aunt, Judith Grimm, who was diagnosed with Lymphoma cancer in 1988 at the age of sixteen. Research was not as advanced back then as it is today and sadly, she lost her battle with cancer before she turned eighteen. I was only four years old when she passed away so I never knew my aunt. To raise money for LLS is a way for me to honor her as well as to help researchers find a cure for my good friends, Laura and Jeni, and to give their families and friends that peace of mind of the cancer not coming back. For this week, I asked Laura to share a little bit of her story and what LLS has come to mean to her:

My name is Laura and I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on May 11, 2012 at age 25. I was so proud when my friend, Rebecca Wendle, called to tell me she had decided to sign up for Team In Training in my honor. Since you are reading this, there is a good chance you already know what Team In Training is. But just in case you don’t, Team In Training is a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society program that provides folks with the training and support they need to complete endurance events, such as half-marathons, marathons, triathlons, long distance bike rides and hikes in national parks. In exchange, participants agree to raise money and awareness to support the LLS’s amazing support services for cancer fighters and research to fight cancer. I am so happy to have the opportunity to sit down and write this, not only because I am proud to promote an amazing organization and support a friend, but also every day is a celebration because every day is a gift. It took six months of surgeries, biopsies, chemotherapy and radiation treatments, but I was declared cancer free on October 17, 2012. However, I was one of the lucky ones.

Laura (on left) and her sister after the San Diego Half-Marathon!

If it wasn't for the research, hard work, dedication and sacrifice of many cancer fighters and healthcare professionals before me, I might not be here today. It was for this reason that I decided to join Team In Training myself just a few short weeks after finishing radiation. Thanks to an amazing group of heroes, I was able to finish my first half-marathon in June less than a year after treatment. It wasn’t easy, there were many days I wanted to quit, but they worked with me and helped me get over that finish line. I was also able to contribute almost $3,000 to a nearly $200,000 research grant in honor of a friend’s sister who passed away from leukemia last year. She deserved a happy ending too, and Rebecca and I hope we can help give more people happy endings by continuing to train with Team In Training.

There is so much we don't know about lymphoma and other blood cancers, and far too many instances of secondary cancers and diseases related to current treatments still exist. We can do better. There's no way to change that without increased research funds and awareness. And that’s where organizations like Team In Training and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society come in. And it’s also where people like you can help. Please take a moment today and consider making a donation to Rebecca’s Team In Training fundraiser. It doesn’t have to be much… the dollar you spend on a soda at the vending machine, the $5 you spend on coffee from Starbucks, or the $50 you spend on a new outfit, could actually be put toward a cause that will help save lives. Together we can make a difference.

Week 3 and 4: Stronger
Jul 24, 2013 by Rebecca Wendle

So excited to say that I have successfully completed training for Week 3 and 4, and am going into Week 5 with a grand total of 67 miles ran with the Team! The past two weeks have definitely had their challenges: both physically and emotionally. In Week 3, I managed to strain my ankle playing sand volleyball two days before the Saturday group run. With the advice of my running coach, Tim, I spent my Friday night with my foot propped up and iced with frozen blueberries...he suggested frozen peas but if it's frozen, small and round, it works. :) Luckily, I was able to run with the Team that Saturday for a total of 6.5 miles!

Week 4 was difficult: I found The Blerch and hit the proverbial wall (great cartoon on The Oatmeal that explains this!) I was exhausted in every way possible and really had to motivate myself to run on a consistent basis. Almost every night I was scheduled to run, I thought of a ton of excuses not to: my ankle was bothering me, I was tired, it was too late, etc. This mindset definitely carried through to the group run on Saturday and halfway through the 7 mile run, I was ready to quit and walk the rest of the way. But again with the support of Tim as well as the rest of the Team, I was able to finish...even went up a hillside of stairs at the end!

During the run, I had a chance to get to know two of my team members better: my coach, Tim, and Ben. Like my honored hero Laura, Ben was also diagnosed with cancer but still went on to participate in Team in Training after going into remission. I'm fortunate to have met people like Laura and Ben, who overcome obstacles and come out stronger for it! After Week 4 and The Blerg, I decided to have a Theme Song to tie together that motto of overcoming challenges and coming out better for it: Stronger. I'm sure many of you have seen this video but if not, I suggest getting the tissues before pushing play. Talk about an inspirational group of people!

For the Week 5 blog, I talk more about updates on my personal fundraising goal as well as some of my fundraising events so stay tuned! Have a great week and remember, don't just stand for something...RUN FOR IT!

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Supporter Comments

    "You can do it, Becca!"

    Nicole Hall

    Tue Jul 02 02:57:34 EDT 2013

    "Becca Great Job! Thank you for doing this and for raising the funds to help find a cure. My donation is in dedication to my dad who is currently entering his third week of chemo for A.L.L."

    Tammy Mueller

    Sun Jul 14 12:05:56 EDT 2013

    "Can't resist a challenge."

    Nicole H

    Mon Jul 22 09:46:14 EDT 2013

    "I believe in you!"


    Thu Aug 15 02:23:27 EDT 2013

    "Go Becca!!! So very proud of you!!!"

    Jessica Kimble

    Sat Sep 07 02:39:25 EDT 2013

    "Congratulations on your amazing progress, Becca! I am so proud to be your "Honored Hero!" Keep up the amazing work!"

    Laura Ybarra

    Tue Sep 10 09:41:02 EDT 2013

    "So proud of you and the dedication you have had throughout this experience"

    Chelsey Edwards

    Sat Sep 14 09:30:10 EDT 2013

    "David wanted to thank you for watching him the other day. First he wanted to give you his Buzz Lightyear doll, after careful consideration he decided that this was the next best thing! "

    David Joseph Smanz-Geier

    Tue Oct 01 09:48:38 EDT 2013

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $1,481.87 | Goal: $1,400.00
106 %

My Team

Team Total: $143,559.02 | Goal: $300,000.00

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