26.2 may not mean much to you, unless you're a runner. Then you probably know that 26.2 is the number of miles in a marathon. And that is exactly what I have begun training for. It won't be my first one (I 'ran' the Twin Cities Marathon in 2001) and said then if I ever did another one it would have to be for a good cause!
Well, a few weeks ago Steve and I both joined a Team in Training team to train for the San Antonio marathon on November 16, 2008. Now for those not familiar with Team in Training, it is a team of people raising not only money, but also awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society and are coming together to Race for a Cure!! Here is a picture with just a few of the team's members. I have decided to make Thursdays my 'Team in Training' blog day. I'll be sharing about the special people that we are running in memory of; the details of our training; etc... If I figure out how to knit and run at the same time, I'll be sharing about that as well!! If you would like to be a part of my 'team', I am looking to raise over $4100. It's easy to donate by clicking here and checking out my Team in Training website. For every $25.00 donated, your name will be entered into a drawing for a variety of items.. some yet to be determined!! If you would prefer to donate by check, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and I'd be happy to send you our support letter and donation form with a self-addressed stamp envelope for you to return it in.
Our family has been personally affected by these diseases in the loss of 3 very special people, who I will share about in future posts, and who we are running in memory of. We also run in honor of a local 'hero' who we got to meet tonight.
Jared is a 6 year old, extremely energetic boy who was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myelogenous Leukemia) in August of 2007. He has been in the hospital most of these past 8 months receiving intensive chemotherapy. He is in remission now, and is home with his family planning on going fishing and camping this summer. You see him here with his 304 'bravery' beads that he got for every test; procedure; stick; poke; ambulance ride etc.. that he has been through since his diagnosis. (He is VERY proud of his beads!!) There is even a little bald head bead for when he lost his hair. (Click on the picture to enlarge it and get a closer look at Jared's beads....there are a lot of them!!)
As the front of our team t-shirts say "If you think training for a marathon is hard - try chemotherapy!". I hope that you will join me by stopping by every Thursday for my TNT Update, and by donating on my donation page if you feel so led. We can all join the race to cure cancer.
Until Next Time.....