So, by now I’m sure you’ve picked on the whole ‘I’m running a half marathon with Team in Training” thing, which also means I’m fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, because blood cancers suck and need to be a thing of the past. Like when people talk of small pox and think ‘aww, such an antiquated disease and aren’t we awesome as a population since we kicked some small pox ass’. One day, hopefully sooner rather than later, we’ll think ‘oh man, that lymphoma used to be such a bitch, but now you just take this pill and barely even notice it and you don’t have the awful side effects of chemo’. That would be a pretty awesome world. Fortunately there has been progress towards this goal, Gleevec (Imatinib) is a great example. Instead of attacking all the rapidly dividing cells in the body like chemo (which is why hair loss, nausea and vomiting are side affects of chemo), Gleevec binds to a specific protein site and prevents it from working which causes the death of the cancer cell. That’s pretty bad ass. It’s used in some types of chronic myelogenous leukemia and gastrointestinal cancers. It was developed here in Portland at OHSU and the research was partially funded by LLS.
I’m telling you all this as a way to say that I believe in LLS and feel like the money I raise for them is going towards the good fight. So here’s your chance to join in the fight. Jen and I are having a fundraiser this weekend that we’re calling our Mini Marathon.
And the totally awesome thing about it is that you can take part in it even if you’re not in Portland. Here’s how:
1) Donate $13.10 as a ‘race fee’ (it’s tax deductible!). Follow the link and click donate button on the left side on the page. Please leave a comment saying that you are participating in the Mini Marathon.
2) At some point this weekend (Jan. 7-8) run or walk 1.3 miles. If you’re in Portland, we’d love for you to join us at Water Avenue Coffee at 10:00am on Sunday and we’ll have a waterfront route already planned out.
3) Take pictures, get your friends involved, and have fun! Exercising is good for you, especially if you were like me over the holidays and ate 17 people’s share of cookies.
4) Wear all the purple items of clothing you own, in Portland we’ll have a prize for the most purplefied (yay, made up word!) person. You have been challenged to a purple duel. (Purple is TnT’s color)
5) Send the pictures and a little race report to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re going to share everyone’s pictures and stories (if you don’t want you picture shared on the internet, you don’t have to send it to us).
That’s it! Only 5 steps! It’s almost too easy to say no too. Gimpy over here will either be walking very slowly (i.e. putting my camp counselor skills to use and making sure no one falls into the Willamette) or providing course support, but my smiling face will be there Sunday morning to cheer people on. Let’s kick some cancer ass.