Wednesday, June 24, 2009

It's official.

We did it! We are done fundraising! I can't believe it. As Sam said, we thought we were going to have to go door-to-door with cupcakes in October. It turns out, all of you rallied and we got the job done in less than 5 weeks. Knock me over with a feather.

There is a batch of checks currently en route to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society that total $460 (including the check from my Aunt Ellen and Uncle Dickie that came today that officially bumped me over). My goal was $3900, and as of today, I have $4098.20. (That's $156.41 per mile that I have to run.)

Thank you SO much, everyone. I feel so loved and supported, and I feel so grateful to be able to contribute such a nice chunk toward cancer research. I've been touched by all of your notes of encouragement and humbled by all of the people who have struggled with or died from cancer in your own lives.

I thought I was running in honor of my dad and my student Erica. It turns out I am also running for a small crowd of people:
For my friend Charissa, in remission from Lymphoma for 13 years and counting.
For six year old Emily, in the 2nd year of her treatment for Leukemia,
For Taylor, a student currently battling leukemia,
For Eileen's sister in treatment now,
For Rich's mom who died of lymphoma,
For Rich's sister in treatment now,
For Julie's dad finishing treatment for leukemia,
For Judy's husband who died of lymphoma,
For Rob's dad who died of lymphoma.
For Helga's dad, a dear friend of my own dad, who died of lymphoma.
For Bill, who died of complications from leukemia.

Deep breath.

So, I guess what you guys are all saying is that I should go ahead and run a marathon?
At this point, it probably wouldn't be a good idea to say, "The marathon? Ooooh. That was just a whim. I was just kidding about all that."

Actually, I am in week 4 of the training calendar, all is going well, and I'm working (in my head) on a running post about what has been keeping me motivated (besides, of course, all of you). Coming soon.


Lisa said...

Awesome, Emilie! I bet your runs feel great with all that support. Way to go. Look forward to trying to train with you in a month.