Tuesday, January 22, 2013

TNT: What will my donation do?

Running is going well. I am still pain free and am being kind to myself by still taking it slow with a run/walk interval. I braved the chill today (25 degrees here, very cold for me!) and enjoyed beautiful blue skies and was rewarded with a bald eagle on my run! It appeared just as I was heading up a huge hill and I took it was a sign to push on. I got to the top and headed home with a frozen face. But after thawing out, I was relishing the post-run feeling of doing something good for me. And knowing in turn, I am doing it to do something good for someone else.
I am now at 20% of my fundraising and am hoping to over 50% on February 15th. Are you ready to give lifesaving funds? Maybe not just yet...sometimes people, including myself, are reluctant to donate to an organization, especially if they don't know where the funds are going. I hope to clear that up for you! 
What Will My Donation Do?
Encourage scientists to pursue blood cancer research. Grants to young scientists help grow research talent even as federal research funding becomes increasingly limited.
Develop "targeted therapies" that kill cancer cells selectively. By hitting specific molecular targets, these treatments don't harm patients' healthy cells, resulting in fewer dangerous side effects.
Test immunotherapies. Immunotherapies strengthen a patient's own immune system so it can better fight infections and attack cancer cells, reducing the need for damaging chemotherapy.
Improve the safety of today's cures. LLS funds research to predict, manage and prevent complications in patients most at risk for long-term and late effects of treatment.
Help patients and their families make informed decisions. LLS supplies information and counseling to help guide patients through their cancer journey and access current treatment and clinical trial options.  
Provide financial aid and co-pay assistance. A cancer diagnosis is hard enough without having to deal with its financial burden. We provide programs to help relieve the economic strain of a blood cancer diagnosis.
Offer community services. Among the wide array of programs LLS provides are those that link newly diagnosed patients with trained volunteers and that help young cancer patients return to school after an absence resulting from treatment. 
Encourage our state and federal legislators to support blood cancer issues. With your help, LLS brings to the attention of lawmakers the urgent need for increased government funding and support of research and patient access to affordable treatment and quality care.
source: http://www.lls.org/#/waystohelp/whygive/
My Grandpa was a fortunate recipient of help from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for over a year. The financial of strain of cancer treatments was reduced because of the aid Grandpa received from LLS. For 3 months, the drug Gleevec was was completely paid for and his health insurance was covered from 2011 until his death in 2012.

Help like that cannot happen unless there are others who are willing to give! Please consider donating today (click here to donate!) so that someone's Grandpa, Grandma, sister, brother, mom, dad, son, daughter, cousin, aunt, uncle, or friend is able to receive help to get them through the battle of their lives.
Visit my page to donate today!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

TNT, I'm Dynamite!

After a couple weeks off from running due to holiday chaos and an attempt to help my plantar fasciitis and heel spur heal a bit, I am back at it! I've been pain free in my heel for over 3 weeks now and while I know I'm not healed, I am hoping I am on the right path.

In an effort to make my running mean something more than a break to me (don't get me wrong, my kids having a sane mom is very important!) I joined Team in Training! I will be running the Nike Women's Half Marathon in Washington, DC, on April 28th with TNT and raising funds for life saving research for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I am thrilled for the opportunity to make each one of my steps count...to have this training and race be honoring the memories of my dear, late grandfathers, and to help to an end leukemia and lymphoma.

Poppa, me, and Ian, July 2000
Poppa, my maternal grandfather, passed in November 2001 while battling lymphoma. He was able to meet his first great-grandchild (my nephew) earlier that year, and I will cherish the memory of Poppa cradling my nephew in his arms and singing to him. Poppa was a kind and generous man who loved music. He always had his drum set up and was happy to sit with his grandchildren to play. 10 grandchildren plus drum set, some how did not equal tons of racket! I have fond memories of me and my cousins wiggling in our beds at the cottage on Lake Michigan, while Poppa crawled on hands and knees singing "Sleepy Bear." Even though Poppa lived a long and full life, I would give anything to have one more hug...to hear him call me "Cindy" one more time.

Grandpa and me, July 2012.
Grandpa, my paternal grandfather, passed in August 2012 while battling leukemia and lung cancer. He was a farmer and made maple syrup. Grandpa loved the outdoors and enjoyed using its resources. As my brother said the day of Grandpa's funeral, "The day he died, all the fish and deer in Michigan breathed a sigh of relief." No matter how tired he was through his treatments, he could muster up just enough energy to go fishing at the pond if just for 10 minutes.The pond he made, by the way. I have so many great memories of exploring the barns and fields with my brother and cousin. We spent countless hours at the pond fishing, whether it be summer or winter. I never again will be given that proud smile from Grandpa when I catch a fish, even if it wasn't big enough to keep. Cancer took him from our lives much too soon. 90 years is a very long time, but how can that be enough for the people that love him?

Once during high school, when both sets of grandparents were visiting our house, I came home to Grandpa and Poppa chopping down a huge forsythia that covered the side of our garage. My mom wanted it trimmed, but they had their own idea and it was about 3 feet tall when they were done. The forsythia branches we strewn throughout the side yard and I knew that wasn't what my mom had in mind. But Grandpa and Poppa knew what they were doing and it grew back beautifully the next year.

These two wonderful men are my reason for joining Team in Training. While I have many great memories with them, there are many families who may miss those opportunities with their loved ones. I want to help them have more time. My goal is to raise $3400 by April 1st and I am asking you to help by clicking HERE or on the widget on the top left to visit my fundraising page. I thank you in advance for your support and encouraging your friends and family to support TNT as well.

To learn more about TNT and LLS, please visit their websites:
Team in Training
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
My Fundraising Page