Today, May 21, 2009, marks the beginning of my journey towards the finish line in San Francisco October 18, 2009 for the Nike Women's Marathon to fight blood cancers! I have joined Team in Training, sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, to train for this huge event...where I will run/walk a half marathon (yes, that's 13.1 miles!!!) and raise money to support LLS and cure blood cancers that affect so many!!!
By joining this team, they will train me to be able to run in this event (I need the help since I can presently run maybe a couple minutes....no where near one mile, let alone 13.1...) and in turn, I will pledge to raise money to go towards their efforts in finding cures! What a win-win situation! I've always wanted to run...and now I get a chance to train the proper way and help in the fight for all those affected by these horrible diseases!
Remembering the loss of my sister 12 short years ago yesterday has sparked a fire inside of me that's burning bright! I got my page up and running today and already received my first $100 donation within hours! I couldn't be more excited and anxious to keep the funds coming for this amazing organization and opportunity!!!
I ask that you kindly visit my fundraising page and make any sort of donation that you can....every little bit and lotta bit helps! I'd give all the money I ever had to make it possible for no one else to have to go thru what these amazing patients go through..and their families...and everyone who knows someone who's been affected by these! Though, the next best thing is to raise awareness, get running, and get raising funds so that someday, no one will fight the battles of blood cancers!!!!!!!!!!!!
Also, please bookmark my page, check back often and spread the word. I will be planning fundraising events w/ my team and doing all I can to see that we all reach our $4,100 goal to make it to the San Fran 1/2 Marathon!! What a way to start off my running goals!!!
Together....anything is possible!!! Please join me in the fight!!!!!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Twelve years ago today, I lost my best friend, my sister!!! I look at this picture and remember as if it were just yesterday we were taking pictures together before she went to Chicago for her 2nd bone marrow transplant. I hoped and prayed that the 2nd would be as successful as the first, just four years prior. However, there was another plan...she became an angel in heaven after her 25 years as an angel on earth! In six days from today, we will celebrate her birthday and rejoice in the life she lived! There are so many wonderful memories that we all hold in our hearts! She touched ALL who knew her.
So on this day, twelve years later...I miss you Jen just as much as I did then!! I hope that you are watching all of us that love you and I will be waiting for us when we reach heaven.
I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! XOXOXOXOXOXO