Kids are napping, the kitchen is waiting for me to clean it, and there is a load of clean laundry staring impatiently at me as if to remind me that it’s not going to fold itself. I wanted to (not do any of that stuff) and share a couple fun announcements.
First of all, did anyone else notice that the tagline on my blog clearly says “training for a marathon and raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society”, yet I haven’t done any of that in oh, 7 months? I kind of feel like a fraud. When I completed the fundraising and the Disney half marathon last year, I was pretty skeptical about doing it again. It was a lot of pressure, trying to raise all that money, and I didn’t really train properly, so even though it felt great to have it under my belt, I was pretty glad it was over.
Well, some time has passed, and I have gone back to work. Life is even more complicated now, and the kids and work keep me busy but I haven’t forgotten that there are still millions of people suffering with blood cancers. People I know and care about are still fighting their battles. With the support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, blood cancer survival rates have increased drastically, but until they are 100%, they still need our help.
I signed up this week to do it again- I will be raising a minimum of $1,750.00 for to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, while training for a half marathon. When I began the program last year, I still didn’t have any babysitters to watch the kids so I couldn’t go to the meetings or training sessions, or group fundraisers. I did the entire season on my own, never even having met the members of my local team. I didn’t realize what a loss it was until I actually got to the race, and saw the 1,000s of Team In Training participants running together and being supported by spectators, wearing their purple shirts with the names of the people they are running for. I didn’t even wear a purple shirt because I never got a chance to pick it up. This year, I am vowing to do things differently and really get more out of the program. I still won’t be able to get to all the trainings, but I will get as many as I can and do the rest of the training on my own.
This past Saturday was the season Kick-off party for all the participants of the fall/winter Team In Training program. I actually got to go, and although I didn’t know anybody, I was really glad I went. I did get introduced to the team coaches, and got to hear some really inspiring stories. They passed out a lot of information on fundraising, training, and also a handbook with the stories of the local honored heroes which are the people that are currently suffering with blood cancer, or in recovery from it right now. The stories of these people made me cry. One of the honored heroes is a little boy, four years old. He spent an entire year of his life receiving treatments, hooked up to tubes, unable to do all the things that normal toddlers do. He is currently in remission, but without the support of organizations like the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, he might not be. That’s what makes this a worthwhile cause.
So, that is the deal. I’m in full blown fundraising mode again, and this year I have a few different ideas. I will be doing the Blog For A Cure Fundraiser, like I did last year, which was very successful. I’ll be giving away lots of fun stuff- and I need sponsors, so if you have an Etsy shop, any online business, a blog you would like to promote, please think about donating a prize. It’s a great way to get some exposure, and support a wonderful charity. If you just want to help me get a jumpstart on my fundraising, here’s the link to my page: http://pages.teamintraining.org/ncfl/wdw11/lanik58.
I’m also going to have a Pampered Chef Party, where a portion of the proceeds will go directly to my fundraiser, and people will be able to purchase things online that will go towards the fundraiser as well.
Last but not least, I’m going to throw party- a Beer Pong Tournament actually, where the entry fee will go towards the fundraiser as well. Creative, right? Anything for a good cause:)
After crossing the finish line last year..
And, here’s another piece of really good news: Todd has gotten a promotion at work! It was really long overdue, and I am so proud of him for earning it. It also comes at a great time because with my clubhouse shut down for renovations, I am not working much for the next few weeks!
So there it is, the big news. What do you think?
Please help me get back into the Top 25!!