KERI RUNS THE ROCK 'N' ROLL

Wow! What a year! I started off 2003 completing my first triathlon and finished by running 26.2 miles in the NYC Marathon. First and foremost, I want to thank all of my family, friends, teammates and coaches who have supported me throughout this year. I could not have accomplished all I have done without your tremendous support.
 

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. 

I 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 friends. 

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 families.

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 bloodstream.

 

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 stone_keri@hotmail.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.

Warm regards,

Keri
stone_keri@hotmail.com

Quote to live by: 

Only those who risk going to far can possibly find out how far one can go… 

(T.S. Eliot)

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This site is maintained by Peter Klein and is not associated with the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, Team-in-Training or The Light the Night Walk other than the participation in the Society's  programs of the individuals included in this site.  
Last updated on March 08, 2004 .