Friday, June 14, 2013

Racing to Save Lives Virtual Run!

Why do you run?  I run to save lives! 

I wanted to take time out of all my fun runDisney banter 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 20th, 2013 in honor of my Aunt Linda who was recently diagnosed with cancer.  I will be running for a reason much more important than the personal challenge of completing a Half Marathon.  I am running to save lives!  (and so can you...)





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!  She just celebrated her one year cancer free anniversary.  
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.
My goal is to raise $4000 by October 30th. If you would like to help, please consider registering for my virtual race--Running to Save Lives! .  For the race, anytime until the end of October--run, walk, skip or crawl your chosen distance—BLING included!  As a thank you for registering, I will send you this beautiful finisher medal.  The medal this time is AWESOME!  It shows your dedication to running for something bigger than yourself--you will run to kick cancers a$$, you will run to save lives!  To register, just make a donation of $20 or more using the button below.  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 cancer, and all cancers is in sight!
A dream is a wish…
--Amy


14 comments:

  1. Hi Amy, I've just donated to your page and am excited to help you reach your Team in Training goal! I hope to do Team in Training sometime over the next year and think it's such a wonderful program.

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    1. Do it! Team in Training is an amazing experience!

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  2. Amy, how does the virtual race work? Do I have to sign up for a race locally, or is this something that is on the "honor" system? I'd love to help out as would my son Will.

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    1. Honor system! Run your chosen distance when ever you like. As a thank you for donating, I will send you two medals! Thank you!!!

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  3. I will donate tomorrow do I just enter address then? Did you get medals made for this as a fundraiser and if so can you please let me in on your vendor? I need to raise my Avon walk $1800 : ) thanks! Jenn

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    1. Hi Jennifer! Thank you!

      When you donate, I will get an email with your address, and then I will get the medal right out to you!

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    2. If you join mine will give you $5 off thanks!

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  4. Can we still register for the virtual race?

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    1. Yes! Please do! Thank you so much!

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  5. My first half was Country Music Half Marathon and I trained with Team in Training. My mom has Leukemia

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  6. When will you be holding another virtual race? I am very interested and thought it would be fun to organize a group of friends to do it with me here in MN.

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    1. Hi Jessica!

      This race is still open. I have lots of medals left!!! Please--register you and your friends! Email me--I will give you a good group rate ;)

      --Amy
      amysmith7@comcast.net

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  7. Michelle NevenhovenAugust 22, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Hello Amy....I love your story and will be running my first Princess run in February as well. Is there a way to still register for your virtual race for Lymphoma... My brother was diagnosed with it five years ago and would love to run in honor of him.

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    1. Yes! Please do!

      What is his name? I will add his name to my race day jersey.

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