Monday, September 9, 2013

Team In Training: A Fight Against Cancer

Happy Monday friends! I was going to do a recap of last week's training today, but I thought I would save that for tomorrow and introduce you to someone special I know.

I work with a woman named KC, who is currently training for the Maine Marathon next month. I love going in to work and comparing running notes and inspiring and motivating each other with stories of running. KC isn't running a marathon to cross it off her bucket list or because she knows people who are running marathons. KC is running for something greater than herself. KC joined up with Team In Training to raise money for cancer research, a cause very close to her heart as her mother lost her battle to cancer. Here are her words:

Dear Friends,

I am reaching out to you in a request for your support and encouragement on this journey. On October 6, 2013 I am running the Maine Marathon. The run is in honor of my mother, Cathy Fitch. The event is to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I am training with Team in Training (TNT). TNT is a team of dedicated people working and running to raise money for research and patient care. Being able to pay tribute to her, and support something that has a lot of meaning, is exciting!

Team In Training exists to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. It also looks to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. This is in part due to the money that The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has raised to aid researchers in their fight to find cures for this disease. The proper diagnosis and treatment of blood cancers is constantly developing. And I know personally how much the research helped improve my mother’s life. Thus, it is a great privilege to participate in this run through Team in Training. 
The training is no easy feat. And a marathon is simply crazy! But knowing that the exhausting hours and miles are for a wonderful cause. Cathy Fitch, my mother was diagnosed with cancer three times.  Cathy battled Hodgkin Lymphoma twice and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma once. My mother left an amazing legacy behind. Throughout she maintained a positive attitude and unyielding courage. Regardless of  all my exhaustion, soreness, and pain, this is a labor of love. Running a marathon is something that my mother would have been so proud of and so I will carry that pride with me across 26.2 miles. 
I hope you will join me on this journey by making a donation to my campaign. I have a Web site that you can visit to follow my fundraising progress, as well as my running progress. The link is below. You can also mail a check to me made out to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. All contributions are tax- deductible.

My legs may be tired and sore, but my determination is not.  Your support is immensely appreciated. Please make a donation. 

All my love,

KC Fitch 

If you are able to donate (even as little as $1), again here is the link to KC's Team In Training page. 

She is closing in on her goal, with just over $300 to go. It also happens to be KC's birthday today and I can't think of a better gift to give than to help her reach her goal. Both KC and I are eternally grateful for your generosity. 

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