As I briefly mentioned earlier, I am training to participate in a half marathon run in Orlando this January as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training. All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's, and myeloma from taking more lives. The Society has raised over $800 million over the past 20 years and hopes to hit the Billion dollar mark this year - I have to raise $4,000 of that.
I'm completing this event in honor of my wonderful mom who is a ten-year Hodgkin's survivor! She and I will be running this race together this winter. It is because of the grace of God (to Him be the glory!) as well as fundraising events like this that my mom is alive today! These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure!
I had my first Team practice this morning and I feel GREAT! I have really gotten out of the habit of running, I went yesterday (granted it was mid-afternoon and hot), but I was only able to do 1.5 miles without having to stop and walk. Today I was able to jog the whole 3 miles with the Team and never had to walk! I know the weather helped, but running with a Team and coaches cheering you on makes such a difference. Also running for a cause greater than yourself is really motivating.
I'm so pumped up! I've never run more than about 6 miles before and now I'm training to do 13.1. Oh and on top of that I have to raise $4,000! I know it's going to be challenging, especially those 6 a.m. practices - on top of writing a thesis and lesson plans. But I couldn't be more excited about it! Cancer is something so personal to my family, I want to do anything I can to help find a cure and help improve the quality of life for patients. I know God will help me raise the money!
If you would like to help me cross the finish line and support the Society's cause, please go HERE to make a donation and read more about the Society.
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