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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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