THANK YOU to all of my amazing family, friends and co-workers who have donated so far and pushed me over my $1000 fundraising goal (last year I didn’t even hit it until August)! I appreciate everyone’s donations, cheering and pep talks (Samantha) throughout the marathon training process — I am one very lucky girl!
I also wanted to do a shout out to the rest of Team LUNGevity who will be fundraising and running the Chicago Marathon with me in October! Together we have already raised over $23,000 in just a few short weeks! Matt Goode has raised over $19,000 so far (that is not a typo) and his thermometer just keeps going up. Frank Wannop, my Breathe Deep Pompano Beach coordinator, who lost his wife Lori recently from lung cancer is a first time marathoner and is tackling it all while coordinating the annual 5K!
Let’s keep it up!
I started this blog a year ago for a few different reasons. First, I wanted a way to hold myself accountable when it came to training for my first marathon. It’s not as easy to excuse yourself from a training run when you have 644 followers to answer to (but who’s counting?) Second, I spend a good chunk of my time at work encouraging others, from coordinators to participants, to fundraise for LUNGevity. So I figured it was as good of a time as any to put myself in their shoes (check out my fundraising tips). Third, not nearly enough people know the cold hard (or should I say breathtaking) facts about lung cancer. Lastly, therapy was starting to get expensive. . .kidding!
So let’s get this party started again! While training doesn’t begin until June 9th, fundraising is well underway and I am up to $450 raised! I was just about to search through my fundraising bag of tricks for a May idea when Deanne (fellow LUNGevity Staffer and TL Marathon runner) suggested we do a bar give back night!
Thanks to Deanne, we will be hosting a guest bartending event on May 9th from 6-9pm at Nisei Lounge! Come out, drink, socialize and help save lives! Check out more details on the evite below or Facebook!