So I’ve kept a little secret from yall….I technically have signed up for a race!!
I’m really excited to share that I will be running with Team in Training again! After finishing the Goofy Challenge in 2012, I told myself I needed a break from fundraising. I had raised around $10,000 in 2 years and 3 events with TNT. I told myself a one year break and then back on the fundraising for a cure machine. BUT, Life happens and then you have to have surgery. Boo.
I’ve waited an entire year to share these pics with yall. A TNTer in Atanta was doing a fundraiser to take pics like the current ad campaign for TNT…and a few of us figured why not? My plan was to use them when I signed up for my next event…so here ya go.
So why TNT again? Why do I keep coming back? Yes, I’ve made lifelong friends and I love running. But TNT is all about finding a cure.
During my break from TNT (actually exactly this time last year), my cousin Cooper was diagnosed with ALL, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. I hate to even say my family has had a lot of cancer (they have) but never a blood cancer. For the first time, TNT and what it does with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society hit close to home. Watching my cousin Monica (from afar, she lives in Alabama) go through the pain of having a child with cancer is very hard. Her sister Amanda is one of my best friends, and has constantly given me the updates on what is going on with the family. It’s the little things you don’t think about. Amanda wasn’t able to see her nephew for months because Cooper couldn’t be around anyone.
I would see updates on FB about trips to the ER, no chemo because of low counts, etc. etc. All stuff most of us don’t have to think about on a daily basis. Cooper is a year in, and still another 2 years of treatment to go. He is hoping to be back in school this year, if his counts go up.
The day of the diagnosis, I emailed Heather for advice to give to Monica. For those of you who don’t read her blog, you should. Her daughter Gabby, had been diagnosed almost the exact same way as Cooper a few years before. I love that Heather blogged about her experience..it was eye opening and a great reminder of why I loved running for Team in Training. The best news? Gabby is 6 months cancer free (THIS WEEK-pic below!).
So, that is who I am running for this go round. These brave little ones that have to fight this awful battle we call cancer.
And WHERE am I running? Just at my fav race: RNR Nola! I’ll be doing the 1/2 marathon in February. My body won’t be quite ready for a full.
I hope to find the time to organize an online raffle/auction thing, but in the mean time…if you feel so inclined to donate, here is my link. Consider donating what you would pay for a fluffy, profit making race instead (color run, water run, blah, blah, blah).
Have you fundraised for a charity for a race? Do you know anyone that has had a blood cancer (Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma)? Want to come join me in NOLA??