Sunday, March 10, 2013

Fighting Cancer with Tutus

Living in a house of all boys we own very few pink and purple items. I have a few girly colored shirts, but blue and green dominate my wardrobe as well. And the last time a tutu was in my house was, well never! Nonetheless I'm happy to share another fundraiser by my friend Rachael of Too Tutu Cute! Her shop is filled with adorable children's items and this month 20% of the sales from the Purple Reversible Tutu will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in support of my Team in Training efforts!

Purple Reversible Tutu
Make your little girl feel like a princess...and fight cancer!
Seriously, how cute in this?!
Now don't feel left out if you are only a kid at heart and have to have your hands on one! Rachael says she can make them in ANY size. For an adult size, Rachael gives these instructions:
  1. She will need a waist measurement (it's an elastic waist so doesn't have to be exact).
  2. She charges $1 per inch after 23" (the largest children's size she sells).
  3. You could also order it in a plain purple which starts at $25 for the 23" waist and $1 per inch after than.
  4. 20% still would go to LLS! 
  5. You can contact Rachael at or on Facebook about this special order.
So hope on over to her site and check it out!

Monday, March 04, 2013

Virginia is for...Runners!

My last post I mentioned VA Runner was going to have The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through my Team in Training efforts be the recipient of their Charitable Community Program. A portion of the sale of their VA Runner branded merchandise will be donated. There are also a few fleece headband/ear warmers left in dark colors that are not pictured below. Shirts and hats are each $15 + tax.

Shirts come in sizes small to XL in both a men's cut and a women's cut that is more form fitting with shorter more feminine sleeves. Shirts are non-tech fabric and sport the VA Runner logo on back (see hat). (The women's shirts run a little on the small side, I wear an XL and am 5'9" and 170, in the men's I wear a medium.)

Out of town and want to share in the Virginia is for Runners love? Contact me and $20 will get you a shirt or hat shipped to you.

Women's style, love each of these colors! Purple, turquoise, pink.

Men's style in blue, green, heather gray, red.

Running hats with velcro closure on back.

I've said it once, but I'll say it again. VA Runner is awesome. They care about their customers in a way that makes you want to go in for no other reason than to get a smile from them. And when I come in with my crew, I know the boys will be welcome (and entertained) as well. (Of course it's because my kids are THE best behaved kids in town!)I love that this place is so kind to their customers but even more so that they are doing even more for the community now!

Friday, March 01, 2013


This week has been a good week for me. Very good. I've been able to get all my workouts in so far, had an awesome 5 miler with hubby on Wednesday (didn't have to push the stroller and had quality time with him!!), and have received some very special donations. And I will reach 50% of my goal this week!!!

VA Runner branded merchandise, like my shirt in this pic, will support LLS this month!

VA Runner, you know my running store, has started a Charitable Community Program. Each month they will donate 10% of all sales of VA Runner branded merchandise to a worthy cause. The month of March they have chosen to donate to my cause, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I have been overwhelmed by their support of my efforts (we are in this together!) and am overwhelmed that a cause that is important to me is the recipient of their Charitable Community Program!

Yesterday at breakfast, Jack and Sam were asking me questions about my fundraising efforts. I realized I hadn't given them many details and so I took the opportunity to share why I chose LLS and what all these donations will do. They were eager to help right away and wanted to empty our their piggy banks. I loved their enthusiasm but also want them to be thoughtful about their donations now and in the future. So I told them that they would be able to help me ask for donations one day at VA Runner. The boys were thrilled with that idea. And they also decided they were going to donate all the coins they find on the ground to LLS.

Fast forward to pick up after school. My 8 year old jumps in the car and excitedly hand me this:
Life saving. Yes, even a penny can make a difference!

I was confused about why my son, who saves every last cent to buy Legos, would be handing this to me. The he told me what it was. "It's for your donations, Mom."

I thought it was very sweet he was keeping good on his word from that morning. Until he told me that it was from his friend "who wanted to help people with cancer but that's all he had."

I was overwhelmed.

So that penny, while it might not look like much, is literally life saving. That 2nd grader gave all he had so someone he doesn't know can get the support and care they need to battle cancer.

Small steps have been taken this week that have had a big impact. Wow! 

Do you wish to donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society? Please visit my fundraising page here to help blood cancer Survivors!