|The generosity of those who supported me along the way
helped me to raise over $5,000.00. The money I raised went to finding
cures for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and
improving the quality of life of patients and their families.
27, 2003 I crossed the finish line of my first marathon in 4:27 in
scenic Sandy Hook, New Jersey. What a rush! What an experience! From
that moment on, I knew I was hooked and that I wanted to train for
After training in record-breaking low temperatures, I decided to
embrace the heat and humidity of summer by training for the Marine
Corp Marathon in Washington, D.C. On Sunday, October 26, 2003 I
finished my second marathon in 4:08. Yes, two marathons in one year.
Who would have thought?
So, people ask me, what's next?
Well, I've decided to switch it up
a little and train for a triathlon. Completing the St. Anthony's
Triathlon in St. Petersburg, Florida on Sunday, April 25, 2004 is my
I have pledged to train again in honor of Mark
Rosing (see inset on right) and on behalf
of Jenny Hinshaw and Elena Togashi. Mark is a colleague of my father
while Jenny and Elena are two of the local honorees from The New York
City Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. As always, the
memory of my mom continues to be my primary motivation and strength.
The success of our program depends on you. My goal is to raise
$4,500.00 by February 1, 2004 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma
Society's Team in Training Program. I need your support to help me
achieve this. I ask that you think big and donate as generously as you
can. Your contribution will show your support to my continued effort
to help raise money to help find a cure for blood related cancers and
improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
With your generosity, there is every reason to believe that a cure
for blood-related cancers is in sight!
Mark's strong presence typically makes him the life
of a party.
His 6'3 frame and good jokes usually allows him to
command any room he's in. Right now, he has an audience of one, his
Mark recently received his second stem cell
transplant so he needs to be in isolation for a year. His two
daughters, Robin and Jen, visit often to bombard his life with stories
about all the crazy things they do in New York City and Boston.
Things are looking good for Mark in terms of the
donor's stem cells grafting well with his blood. He goes into the Dana
Farber Cancer Institute one a week for checkups and to make sure
things are on the right track.
Mark is a huge sports enthusiast so he spends quite
a bit of time watching their 52" TV with every cable/sports
channel known to man. Keeping in shape is what the doctor has ordered
so Mark uses the treadmill and stationery bike he has at home to
maintain his girlish figure.
With 24 hours to fill in a day Mark also has plenty
of time to keep in touch, via phone, with relatives and ExxonMobil
friends, monitor his daughters' 401K investments, and ponder his next