Wednesday, April 16, 2008
A couple months ago, I posted a blog that included an email I had received from Amy encouraging people to sign up for the 2008 Nike Women's Marathon, a benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Of course, I've written a lot about this event because I participated in it last year. While it was an incredibly moving and powerful experience, I never thought I'd do it again. One marathon was enough, right?
It was 4am on a March morning, I had yet to fall asleep so I gave in and picked up my computer to catch up on email. I had received another announcement about the marathon and remembered how great it felt to be part of such an important cause. Did I want to give it another go? No, that would be crazy. I hadn't forgotten the ice baths, the black toe nails, the pain! Or the honor patients, the moving stories, the laughter, the sense of accomplishment! It would be really great to share this experience with people that I love. This fall will mark 15 years of friendship for me and a group of girlfriends that met freshman year in college. Training and fundraising together for a marathon or half marathon sounds like a great way to celebrate this milestone, doesn't it? Of course not. Who's going to want to spend their reunion weekend running/walking the streets of San Francisco? Well, I sent them all an email titled "10 Reasons To Call Me Crazy" and threw out my idea and recognized that I would likely have a change of heart once I had a good night's sleep. But that was irrelevant because surely, these wise women would shake some sense into me and remind me that we don't get together to run long distance races.
The responses came:
"Call ME crazy but that actually seems like a really neat idea."
"It's actually kind of tempting."
"Ok, I am crazy...I'm considering too."
"I think I'm interested."
"WWWWWWWHHHHHHHAAAAATTTTTTTT?????? Oh, the pressure..."
"I'm in, too."
What?! They were supposed to laugh at me and agree that I was crazy and sleep deprived. Instead, every last person responded positively, not committing but agreeing to consider it. Well, it's been about 6 weeks and several of us have already started training and even fundraising as we wait for the official TNT Kick-Off. Currently, 9 of us have committed to the marathon or half marathon, representing 2 countries and 5 states. It's possible that the team may a grow a bit as there's still a few weeks before registration begins in many areas. LA has an early bird registration so I signed up last week making my participation official! I still can't believe I'm doing it again but I'm really excited about sharing it with these dear friends and maybe even a few family members!
I have a goal to raise $3200 before August 1st. As exciting as it is to be partnering with such special people, it will make the fundraising more challenging. I'm up for the challenge so if you have any ideas for fundraising, please share. In the meantime, please visit my fundraising website (website no longer active) and feel free to pass it along to everyone you know and/or add it to your blogs and websites. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer.
If you would like to follow the progress of me and my friends, please visit TRAIN RUN HOPE CURE and feel free to comment. We need all the encouragement and support we can get!
Thanks to all who supported me last year and to all who will support me this year. I am grateful.