Five months from today, Mark and I will be running our first marathon in Dublin. We are training for this race as a part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training. We have to raise $10,000 in order to participate. At this point, I'm not sure which is scarier, running 26.2 miles or raising $10,000. Of course as I say this, I immediately think however hard this is, it's nothing compared to having a child with Leukemia.
Our inspiration for this race is a sassy, seven year old girl named Tanner Page. Tanner was diagnosed with Leukemia (ALL) in June 2009. She has a very good prognosis and is responding to treatment well. She will finish her treatment this year (girls with Leukemia have treatments for 2 years. it's 3 years for boys). As you can imagine, it's been a very difficult thing for her to deal with on a socially. But when you see her, she's so full of energy and life. It makes me certain if this little girl (and her amazing family) can go through this, then surely we can run a marathon and raise $10,000.
Speaking of the $10,000, what does this money go to? 75% or more of the funds we raise will go directly to support the mission of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). The other 25% will go to cover costs associated with the race and training. LLS funds a lot of researchers. Since they have been participating in research survival rates have dramatically increased. They also use the funds for patient support. This includes (but it's definitely not limited to) co-pay assistance, patient literature, support groups, staff and much more.
We have been involved with LLS for 3 years with the Man Woman of the Year campaign. In 2009, I was a Woman of the Year candidate. The next year I co-chaired the campaign and Mark was a very active campaign volunteer. This year I am serving as the campaign chair and Mark is mentoring a candidate. When we started as volunteers, we didn't have a personal connection. Since then we've met so many people who's lives have been changed because of a blood cancer. It is an amazing organization.
We ask that you please join us in our race to raise vital funds to wipe out blood cancers. Please visit our fundraising site to make a donation.