Almost at 25% !!!

That’s right… almost 25% of my fundraising goal has been reached!  Through the unparalleled support and generosity of Aunt Shayne (a  stunning example of a true California Girl – sorry Katy Perry), the grand total has climbed to an amazing $3240.  

Shaynie, your support of my ambitious anti-cancer fundraising goals continues to be an inspiration to us all!  Thank you for your dedication to this amazing cause and your adopted niece!   

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Only 4 months to go!

There are less than 4 months to go until Marathon Monday!  

With the help of three more amazing people, the fundraising grand total was raised $500 in only 2 days!  My Aunt Darlene started things off on Tuesday with a generous donation.  Shortly thereafter, Sue, an amazingly thoughtful person who watched Augustus overnight when I was hospitalized without any notice (in July), made a very large donation.  The following day, Phillis, who also graciously watched Gus during that same hospitalization, made a HUGE donation, which brought the grand total over $1000.

Aunt Darlene, Sue, and Phillis, your generosity and commitment to fighting cancer is inspiring!  THANKS!!!

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First OFFICIAL Day of Training!

Today was the first OFFICIAL day of training for the Boston Marathon!  As per my coach, Jack Fultz (winner of the 1976 Boston Marathon), I ran 3.5 miles at an easy pace.  

I was glad to get back out after waiting a week to let my skin biopsy on my nose heal.  The pathology report (results) came back today and everything looks great!  Being hypersensitive about skin growths is just another long-term side-effect that many cancer survivors have to deal with.  I received total body irradiation as part of the preparative regimen for my bone marrow transplant (it destroyed my bone marrow and blood cells), and although this ultimately led to my cancer-free status, it has now put me at a much higher risk for Basal Cell Carcinoma among another types of cancer (i.e. breast cancer, leukemia, etc).  This is yet another reason why it is just so darn important that we continue to work towards finding better cancer treatments that target the cancer cells.

Speaking of individuals who are making a difference in the fight against cancer, over the last couple of days, three very special people joined me in my mission to raise $15,000 for cancer research.  Patrick O’Grady, a truly amazing friend and person despite his affinity for the Red Sox, came through with a large donation late Saturday night.  Jessica Couture, another Boston fan , also made a huge donation. Luckily, a Yankees fan stepped up to the plate (pun intended), and made another significant contribution.  You rock, Aunt Jill!

A HUGE THANK YOU to Pat, Jess, and Aunt Jill!!!

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Getting Closer to $15,000 Every Day!

Thanks to two more amazing individuals, I have gotten a little closer to raising $15,000 for cancer research.  Uncle Dean demonstrated his unwaivering support for this lofty goal by making the third donation, today.  Also a dear friend, Penn State Alum, and fellow cancer-hater, Sarah Geiger, made a generous donation not long after raising almost $2,800 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  

Thanks, Uncle Dean and Sarah!    

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One step closer to $15,000!

Today, two very generous individuals joined me in the fight against cancer.  Hillary Glick, a colleague from Dana-Farber who also has a fantastic name if I may say so, became the first official sponsor of my 2011 Boston Marathon Run to conquer cancer.  Nana Hall, who has always supported my crazy anti-cancer endeavors, also helped jump start the fundraising with a generous contribution.  So, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank two amazing women.

Thanks, Hillary and Nana!

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They Gave Me a Coach!

This weekend I had the pleasure of meeting Jack Fultz, the 1976 Boston Marathon winner, who also is the trainer for all of the people, like me, who are running the Boston Marathon for Dana-Farber.  Although our official training schedule doesn’t commence until Monday, Augustus and I have been running home from work a few days a week.  No thanks to daylight savings time, our entire run is now in the dark.  Luckily, Donny has morphed the jogging stroller into a state of the art night-time vessel, covered in flashing lights, reflective tape, and a couple Ski the East stickers.