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I'm training to participate in my first marathon ever as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training. I am completing this event in honor of my grandfather.
When I signed up for Team in Training, the 26.2 miles waiting for me in far-off January did not intimidate me. Want to know what did? See that thermometer over there? $3,800 is so much money. After initial misgivings (ok, icy fear ran through my body, I am not going to lie), I am resolved to meet that goal.
With the fear still gripping me, I sent out my first solicitation e-mail, to a website I visit daily. To my great delight, the immediate reply was, "yes, we will make it work" and even a thank you (more on this great philanthropist later, check back!) The tears were pouring from my eyes as I read the e-mail, that is a given, right?
Well, that encouragement was all it took. The fundraising fear has left me. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is such a worthy cause, guys. I love to run, and I have run in smaller races in the past, donated those $20 entrance fees that go to various charities, raised maybe $100 for that one breast cancer walk. Team in Training is not messing around y'all - $3,800 is a lot of money. Think of the good that chunk of change is going to do for cancer research.
Thank you for donating. YOU are a hero.