My cousin and her husband joined Team in Training and are raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. They are running the Eugene half marathon in April and are trying to raise $4000 by March 1st. If I wasn’t running the SLC marathon a week before I’d totally be running it with them, but I’m pretty sure I still wont be walking by them ;)
[my cousin and her family]
They are running and raising money for two reasons, one of which I am pretty connected to. My cousin-in-law, Connie, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in November 2011, just three weeks after her 4th child was born. Right after she was diagnosed, she checked herself into the hospital to begin treatments, handing her newborn over to family.
Aside from the cancer and treatments, having to say good-bye to your brand new baby for almost month all sounds pretty unbearable to me. The chemo didn’t help as much as they had hoped and she ended up needing a bone marrow transplant, which she received on April 26, 2012 (The Eugene 1/2 marathon is almost exactly one year after that anniversary date).
Their other reason is their long time friend, Jen, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in March 2011. She went through chemo and radiation treatments and in February 2012 was diagnosed cancer free. [I don’t have any pictures of Jen].
So, if you feel inspired to donated just a little (or a lot) that would be awesome and they would appreciate it a lot. All donations are 100% tax deductable, and 75% of every dollar of your donation goes directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) mission for patient services and research.
Are you running for a cause? I’ve always shunned racing, especially the 5K and 10K, because I can just go run those any day. But racing for a cause has got me thinking. Maybe one of these days I’ll run for a good reason, not just myself (although that is a pretty good reason. I’m sure my family can agree, especially when I haven’t run for a while).