I wanted to take time out of all my race reporting to update you on 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.
|My Teammates and I|
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. Kaitlyn's family just celebrated her first birthday in heaven. I am very happy to report that Emily is still fighting leukemia--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.
|This is the medal you will receive. Engraving on back.|
My goal is to raise $3000 by October 1st. I am about half way to that goal. If you would like to help, please consider registering for my virtual 5k. For the 5k, anytime on or around the 4th of July (July 1 to 15), 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! I am actually getting really good at designing medals. For this race, the donation to register is $20. If you donate $25 or more, I will have your medal personally engraved with your name and/or finish time, or what ever you want. How cool is that! I don't have any medals with my name on them. Do you?
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…