So, I did it.
I registered to be a part of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team In Training. This is a pretty big deal, by the way.
For those of you who have no idea what Team In Training is, go here. A basic synopsis: thousands and thousands of people every year train for endurance events of all kinds - marathons, half marathons, triathlons, cycling events - to raise money to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives.
I'll be training for the Nike Women's Marathon, which is October 21. And it's in San Francisco. And I have to raise, are you ready? $3,800. Three-thousand, eight-hundred dollars. Whoa. Which, at first, sort of made me want to die, but then I remembered that thousands of people actually are dying. And I can help. And that's awesome. At least 75 percent of that $3,800 goes directly back to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. (That, by the way, is $2,850).
I'm training with Courtney, who's also on board with Team In Training, and we've got awesome fundraising plans: brat and hot dog stands at local grocery stores, a fun run, coin drives, begging, pleading, kicking, screaming. (I kid). But we're super pumped.
And - oh, I'm not done - I'm running in honor of Amelia Gorton, a 5-year-old girl who was diagnosed with leukemia when she was only 2-years-old. She's finishing her final round of chemotherapy. And, she's adorable:
So, this is my plea: donate. Help. I'll be keeping you posted on both my fundraising and my training progress, and I'm certainly not going to let you forget about it. Or Amelia. Because she's adorable. And people like her need our help.
I set up a fundraising website, and you can find it here. And I'll keep a link for my site up on this blog (to the right).