Colleen's Running of the Vancouver Marathon with TEAM IN TRAINING
On May 4th, I will run the Vancouver Marathon in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. As many of you know, I ran the London Marathon in 1998 with the Leukemia Society. Although I have done many other marathons, none was as gratifying as the one I did for this great organization so I am excited to be training with them again.
I have pledged to raise $4000 (and to run the marathon!). This money will go to support their many research programs which are making great strides in developing more effective treatments for blood related cancers. Each new discovery brings them closer to finding a cure! And a cure is very important especially when you consider these stats . . .
Approximately 106,700 people in the US will be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma this year.
Every five minutes someone in the US learns that they have a blood related cancer - that's 300 people a day
Leukemia and Lymphoma are the leading fatal malignancy in young men under the age of 35
When faced with such statistics, it is easy to see why support of this organization is so important.
I will run my marathon in the honor of two women afflicted with a blood related cancer. Dina is 33, lives in NYC and was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2001. She is currently receiving treatment. Dani is also 33 and lives in NYC; she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease in 2000 and is currently in remission! They will serve as my inspiration as I train and certainly as I run on marathon day in Vancouver.
I ask you to help me in my fundrasing efforts - hey, its an easy way to participate in a marathon without leaving your living room! Please click on the DONATE link on this website and pass the website on to your family and friends. Also, please don't forget to sign the guestbook - I look forward to hearing from everyone as I move through my training and fundraising!
Thanks for all your support!