A little over a year ago, I was sitting at a Team in Training
information night with my friend Kim in awe of so many people.
There were past participants who had trained and completed a
marathon or triathlon while raising money for the society. There
were the honored teammates, who's stories about their fight to
survive these dreadful diseases brought chills down my spine.
knew that night I wanted to become actively involved in this
program. Especially since this disease has had a tremendous
impact on my family.
My grandmother; Joshephine Butcher; was diagnosed with
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1991. I saw first hand how this
disease affected her, as well as, my entire family. She was such
a strong willed women who cared deeply about her family and
I will always remember her determination to fight this
disease and live her life to the fullest.
I am happy to say that I completed both the St. Anthony's
Triathlon and the NYC Marathon in my grandmother's memory, which
is a huge personal accomplishment for me. Most importantly, I
was able to raise over $6,500 that will go to help find a cure
for Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and Mylnoma and to
help improve the quality of life for patients and their
So what does 2004 have in store for me?
I am back this year
running the hills of Central Park, through what has been so far
been another brutal winter, to train for the San Diego
Rock-N-Roll marathon on June 6th. I am also more actively
involved in Team-in-Training by becoming a mentor for new
athletes who are just starting out in the program.
I have pledged to train again in memory of my grandmother and
on behalf of our honored teammate Erin Zammit. Erin is a
25-year-old writer and editor for Glamour Magazine. She was
diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) when she was
only 23. Her treatment consisted of a drug called Gleevec
combined with shots of chemo for two weeks every month. Research
for Gleevec is funded by the Leukemia
& Lymphoma Society and
has been a tremendous breakthrough in our quest to find a cure
for cancer. She was able to treat her cancer without getting
physically sick and losing her hair from high doses of
chemotherapy and radiation, which is what I saw my grandmother
go through. Currently the disease is almost undetectable in her
I truly believe my teammates and I can make a difference, but
we need your support.
My goal is to raise over $6,500 by May 1,
2004 for the society and complete my second marathon. Although I
ask you to think big, please know that even a donation
of one dollar for every mile I run will help me become one step
closer to my goal.
Thank you in advance for your generous support. If you have
any questions about Team-in-Training,
or want to hear more about my training and fundraising
initiatives please feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Don't forget, all donations are 100% tax deductible. If your
company has a matching gift program, please mail your matching
gift form to me.
Quote to live by:
Only those who risk going to far can possibly find out how
far one can go…
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