Thursday, May 17, 2012

Memorial Day virtual 5k to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

I wanted to take time out of all my fun race reporting to tell you about a project I am working on.  As you know, I have been training with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training.  I will run the Nike Women's Half Marathon on October 14th, 2012.  I will be running for a reason much more important than the personal challenge of completing a Half Marathon.  As a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training program, I have pledged to train on the behalf of all the affected children and their families to help raise money for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma research and patient assistance programs.

During my training, I have gotten close to a few families with sick children.  I am very sad to report that my sweet angel Kaitlyn has lost her battle.  I am very happy to report that Emily is still fighting leukemia at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia--and winning!  She is the first child to get an experimental treat that involves giving her body new T-cells.  The treatment is working for Emily and she is now cancer free!  
As you may or may not know, leukemia is the #1 disease killer of children and the leading fatal malignant disease of men and women under the age of 35.  Although the cause of leukemia remains unknown, recently developed treatments and steady advances in research bring us closer to a cure every day.  These research advances were only achieved as a result of contributions made by companies, foundations and individuals like you.
Like the medal?  It's double sided!  
My goal is to raise $3000 by October 1st. If you would like to help, please consider registering for my virtual 5k.  For the 5k, anytime on or around Memorial Day weekend, run, walk, skip or crawl the distance—BLING included!  As a thank you for registering, I will send you a finisher medal.  The medal this time is AWESOME!  It's two sided!  Please consider registering and helping me reach my goal.  With the generosity of people like you, there is every reason to believe that a cure for blood-related cancers is in sight!
A dream is a wish…


  1. I might be having technical difficulties, but when I try to register it doesn't seem to be working?

  2. Thanks Jenn! I redid the link. Please try again and let me know if it still does not work.

  3. It's working now, thanks! Is it okay to count a local 5k as the virtual race too? If not, I will run an extra 5k :)

  4. P.S. I signed up but it shows my husband's name and info - so "Thomas H" should be "Jennifer H"

  5. I'm on the ball this time and I'm registering!

  6. Walked a 5k with my mom - it was her first! Thanks for the extra motivation to get out the door over the holiday weekend!