It’s really happening. I’ll be attending Team in Training group workouts every Tuesday and Saturday, plus completing four more workouts per week, until April 27, 2014. Bring it on, Nike Women’s Half. I’ve also launched my fundraising page, as I’ve committed to raising $2,800 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s blood cancer research while I train. The following is text from my page. I would be honored if you supported me and this wonderful cause.
Dear Family & Friends,
I know many of you have been following my fitness adventures on my blog over the past few months. You may have noticed that, about a month ago, I set my biggest fitness goal yet. I registered for a half marathon!
I’ll be running 13.1 miles to support Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on April 27, 2014, at the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington D.C.
Many of you know that in 2002, my dad, a former Navy pilot and current US Airways pilot, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He was treated with Rituxan over the next year. In 2004, my brother Grady, who was playing college hockey at the time, was diagnosed with Stage III Melanoma and was treated with Interferon over the next two years. Later, in 2006, my dad was again diagnosed with cancer. This time, it was Papillary Thyroid Cancer. I am beyond grateful that both my dad and brother are in remission today. Our family could not have made it through that five-year stretch without a team of brilliant doctors and support from many of you.
But I know that not every family experiences this happy ending. Every four minutes, someone new is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Every 10 minutes, someone dies.
I’ll be training for my half marathon over the next four months to celebrate my health and to support those who have been affected by Leukemia or Lymphoma. The countless miles I’ll be running, and especially the 13.1 mile race, are all dedicated to raising money for blood cancer research to help find a cure.
It would mean the world to me this holiday season if you would support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, as well as my commitment to the cause. Every dollar counts in creating more happy endings for families like mine. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
Wishing you the happiest of holidays from New York City,