Friday, August 15, 2014

Every Mile With a Purpose

While everyone has been taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, I have decided to accept a different philanthropic challenge. It was no easy journey to finally completing my first half marathon last October, but once I crossed that finish line I knew that it wouldn't be the last time. For that first half I would meet up with friends occasionally for longer runs, but mostly trained solo and at my own pace. As I started to feel ready for my next half I wanted to change things up a bit this time.

Read more about my first half marathon here!
At this time in exactly three months from today I will be running the streets of Richmond in the American Family Fitness Half Marathon with Team in Training (TNT) to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).

There are several people within my online social circles who I've seen participating in TNT and I've been intrigued about the organization for a while. Everyone gets so into it--I knew that would be a kind of energy that I could get behind! In addition to going through my training with a team I was really interested in also blending my training with philanthropy and so TNT was a perfect option for me.

TNT raises both funds and awareness for the LLS and while I do not have a direct personal connection to either disease, I've had friends who have had to lose loved ones too soon to blood cancers. I am so incredibly grateful for my good health and able body and I hope to be able to put it use for something greater than my own personal gains. Not only will I have that awesome feeling crossing the finish line again, but I'll know that I have helped the effort of curing blood cancers.

Let's look at the facts...

Did you know that in 2013 there were an estimated 48,610 new cases of Leukemia? 
Approximately every four minutes someone in the US is diagnosed with a type of blood cancer. 
Over 1 million Americans are living with or are in remission from leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma.
About every 10 minutes we lose someone in the US from blood cancers.
Leukemia causes almost 1/3 of all cancer deaths for children under 15.
Sources: & LLS

Here's where we can get together and help to fight blood cancers together. As you get up tomorrow morning and maybe plan to go grab a leisurely Saturday morning latte, skip out for just one day and instead donate to LLS. The next time you're in Target, skip The Dollar Spot and instead send a few dollars over to LLS. Fundraising is so much about engagement and participation, each amount and every dollar counts no matter how large or small.

After my first TNT training run!
So join me as I train for 13.1 miles and also work towards a goal of raising $1200 for LLS. If you're interested in donating, you can learn more on my personal fundraising page (thank you!). I hold myself accountable to blog weekly updates of my training to keep you in touch with my progress and also share more information about the blood cancers we're working to fight and the unreasonable amount of lives that they take from us each year.



Erin Phillips said...

You're so brave!!! Good luck in your training, I can't wait to follow allong and support this cause!

Lisa C said...

Good luck! One of my sorority sisters ran her first full marathon with LLS. It's a great cause.

Ashley Morris said...

I have a good friend that works as a coach for TnT. I'm also training for this race as well! Good luck, can't wait to follow along.

Anna Young said...

Thanks so much ladies, I'm excited and looking forward to it!