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A Super Bowl Pool for a Good Cause

24 Jan

As you probably know, I am currently fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society while I train to run the Surf City Half Marathon in Huntington Beach.  My race falls on Super Bowl Sunday, so I will run in the morning and then get to eat and relax the rest of the day while watching the game – or maybe just the commercials.  In an effort to finish up my fundraising and meet my goal, I am hosting a Super Bowl Block Pool.  It is $10 per square and half of the proceeds will go to LLS.  The other half of the proceeds will be awarded as prizes.

So what do you say?  Do you want to help out a good cause and have the chance to win a little cash as well?  If you are interested in buying a square, or 5, leave me a note in the comments.

Let’s Get Started

10 Jan

Last week I posted that I wanted to try to publish a post a day in 2011.  Well, I figure Monday – the beginning of the week – is a good time to get started.  Now the only problem is figuring out something to write about.

Over the past year I have taught myself to knit and crochet, which has provided me an outlet for creativity as well as a way to help me relieve stress.  I hope that writing more often will help me to feel more creative also.

I knit quite a few gifts for Christmas, so I guess I will show a few of them off to display my creativity.

One of my favorite gifts was a hat I knit for my brother who lives in Massachusetts.  It was a little bit silly and crazy, but it was the perfect gift for him.  Luckily, he seems to love it.  He sent me this picture of him with my nephew, who apparently also got a fun hat for Christmas.

My brother in his custom knit hat with my nephew in a sock monkey hat.

Unfortunately in that picture you can’t see all of the fun details.  First, I knit the hat in an orange and white yarn that I got at a yarn swap, and it ended up creating a pretty cool striping pattern.  Then, the ear cover parts are actually detachable.  Each piece has 3 buttons that connect it to the hat.  The best part was that I found fun pig buttons and I used one on each side as a little nod to a joke my brother and I have had between us for years.  Here are some more pictures that show off the details of the hat.

See the Piggie button?

One of the other nice pieces that I finished for Christmas was a scarf for my brother’s girlfriend.  At the same yarn swap where I got the yarn for the hat, I got some really beautiful yarn and knew I wanted to use it for a scarf.  The scarf was actually made with two yarns held together – Eucool, a eucalyptus/wool blend, and an Angora/wool blend.  I thought this combination would make a nice warm scarf for the East Coast winter.  I knit an easy, open lace pattern and I was pleased with the result.  Unfortunately, the pictures don’t do justice to the color.

So those are a few of my recent projects.  I have more to show off and a number waiting to be finished.  I will continue to share.

As part of my fundraising (I need your help) for my current TNT training (my race is in 4 weeks), I am doing a drawing for everyone who donates to receive a custom knit item.  I will provide the winner with a choice of patterns and then will complete the item in their desired color.  If you are interested in contributing to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and getting a chance to win a custom knit item, please make a donation on my fundraising page.

I guess that will suffice for my first post in my post a day challenge.  Tomorrow is my birthday, so I already know my topic.

Dinner Out for a Good Cause!

13 Sep

For everyone in the Orange County area, I have a great, fun way for you to help support my fundraising.  Along with a few of the other women training with me, we are having a fun fundraiser tomorrow night – Tuesday, September 14, 2010.

Join me out for dinner tomorrow night at Johnny Rockets at The District in Tustin between 5-8pm.  All you have to do is use the flyer below when you order your food.  20% of the sales made during that time will be donated back to support my fundraising efforts.

Since you are eating out for a good cause, you can enjoy your burger, fries, and shakes without any guilt!  I hope you will join us.

JRFundRaisingFlyer


And if you can’t make it tomorrow night, but still want to support my cause, please visit My Fundraising Page!

Help me reach my goal

21 Jul

So, it’s been a week since I started my fundraising and running again.  Things are progressing … just a little more slowly than I would hope in both the fundraising and running.  I ran again last night with the local running group.  It was another good run and I picked up my pace a little bit.  The only problem was that I had a cramp in my side through most of the run.  I am still trying to figure out whether it was because I didn’t drink enough water yesterday or because I haven’t found my breathing yet.  Hopefully, next Tuesday night’s run will go better.  I still have a little over a week until training officially begins, so at least I will have gotten in a few runs to prepare myself before then.

The fundraising has also started.  It is progressing steadily.  I am hoping to raise at $1000 of my $5000 goal by this weekend, so I still need your help.  Please visit my Fundraising Page to make a donation.  Don’t forget it is tax-deductible and you will be supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission to cure blood cancers.

I would like to send a huge THANK YOU out to those people who have graciously supported me so far:

Jean Brotherton

Gail Sahara

Brian Peulicke – my big brother!

Catherine Peatross – the daughter of Charles Whitesell, one of the people in whose memory I am running

Tony Newhall

Svend Peulicke – I love you daddy!

Nancy Long – she’s run this Nike Women’s Marathon twice before

Your support for my goals and for the mission of the LLS is truly inspiring and will help me to finish this journey.  I also want to thank those who have indicated that they will be donating.  I will happily accept your donation in any form, but please consider making your donation online at my fundraising page, as it will add to my total and you will receive an emailed receipt for your donation immediately.

This weekend is the kickoff celebration for the Team in Training winter program.  I will be getting my training schedule, meeting my coach and mentor, and also meeting our honored teammate.  I look forward to telling you all about these wonderful people this weekend.  They are going to be providing me the physical support to improve my running while you all offer me the mental support to keep going toward my goals.

I am also working on posts to tell you all about Monsignor McGinn and Charles Whitesell, the two people in whose memory I am fundraising and running this race.  Monsignor McGinn was my parish priest growing up.  He lost his battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma almost 13 years ago.  Charles Whitesell was the attorney who hired me to work at his firm 6 years ago when I moved back to California from Washington, DC.  We lost Charles to leukemia 4 years ago. I will tell you more about these two wonderful men soon.

For a little more information about the Team in Training program and all the wonderful work they have done to help LLS over the past 22 years, watch this video from their 20th Anniversary year in 2008.

Thank you again for all your support!  Please keep coming back to follow my progress and feel free to engage with me in the comments below.  You are all part of my team.

Go TEAM!

And so I begin

13 Jul

So today I began running and fundraising in earnest.

I sent out email requests and posted links on every social networking site on which I have an account.  I received my first donation – Thank You Jean Brotherton! There will be something special coming your way as the first one to make a donation toward my goal.  I hope there will be more donations soon.  The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is an amazing organization and their mission to find a cure for blood cancers is so important.  In fact, the Team in Training program is one of the best fundraising programs in the country, with approximately 75% of the funds raised going directly to LLS to support their mission.

I appreciate any support you can give me to reach my goal.  Please visit my Fundraising Page to make a tax-deductible donation.

This evening I also started running again.  I found a local running group on Meetup.com.  They do a run every Tuesday evening in Corona Del Mar.  It was a great run along the bluff above the beach and the scenery was absolutely beautiful.  I took it nice and easy, walking for portions of the 3 miles, just to get myself back into the swing of things.  I met some really nice, supportive people.  I think I have found my Tuesday training run for the duration of this journey and beyond.

It felt good to get out there tonight and know that I was running for a great cause.  And it didn’t hurt that we finally were rid of the June Gloom today and had a beautiful, sunny summer beach day.

Now I think I will spend a little time knitting before heading off to bed.

Running for a cause

12 Jul

As I explained in my earlier post, I have been trying to get back into running this year.  It’s been about four years since I last ran regularly, and at that time I was training for a second marathon.  However, life events prevented me from finishing my training or making it to Florence for my second marathon.

I tried to get started running again earlier this year.  I kept it up for about 2-3 weeks.  It is difficult to keep myself motivated to go out and run alone.  I need another program to keep me motivated and to have other people with whom I can run.

So, last week I signed up to run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon with Team in Training.  The race is in San Francisco on October 17, 2010.  I officially start training with the Team in Training on July 31st, and once I start I will have a schedule for training and a great group of people to keep me motivated.  I am actually really looking forward to the entire experience.

Now, as the title of this post says, I am running for a cause.  The Team in Training program is training me for the race, and in return, I have agreed to help raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).  The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients suffering from blood cancers and their families.  Since the Team in Training (TNT) program was started over 20 years ago, TNT participants have raised over $950 million to support blood cancer research and patient services.

The facts about blood cancer are staggering:

  • It is estimated that 912,938 people in the US are living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, or myeloma.
  • Someone new is diagnosed with a blood cancer every FOUR minutes.
  • Someone dies from a blood cancer every TEN minutes.
  • Leukemia causes more deaths among children under 20 than any other cancer.
  • Lymphomas are the most common blood cancer, and the incidence of it increases with age.
  • The survival rate for myeloma is only 37.1 %.

When I read these facts, my desire to help in any way possible increased.  Additionally, I have personally experienced two losses in my life due to blood cancers.  I will tell you more about those losses in the future, but it just reminded me that the mission of LLS is one that I want to support.

While there is a minimum amount that I am required to raise, I have set a personal goal to raise $5,000 for LLS.  This is where I need all of your help.  Please go to my fundraising website and donate to help me reach my goal.  Of course I am extremely grateful for any amount that you can give, but here are  some suggested amounts to consider:

  • $13.10 – One dollar for every mile I will run on race day
  • $26.20 – Two dollars for every mile I will run on race day
  • $33.00 – My age on race day
  • $65.50 – Five dollars for every mile I will run on race day
  • $75.00 – A nice round number
  • $100.00 – An even 100 … the percentage cure we are aiming for
  • $273.97 – The average number of people diagnosed with leukemia each day in the US

Don’t forget that your donations are completely tax-deductible.  In addition to your generous donation, you can also support me by sharing this blog and my fundraising website with all your family and friends so that they can also support this wonderful cause and help me reach my goal.

Thank you in advance for all your support.  I will be posting updates here throughout my training so that you can keep updated on my progress.  With all of your support, I know I will be successful in finishing the race and reaching my fundraising goal.

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