Friday, February 26, 2010

Why Two Countdowns?

If you read the two previous posts you may be wondering why there are two countdowns (to the right)? Well, on February 2 we received news that Georgia was in REMISSION and upon receiving that incredible news Will decided to set a new goal. Not only will he train and ride in the Shiner Century but also the LLS Team in Training flagship Century in Lake Tahoe, NV. These events are within one month of each other, and while it will be difficult, the overwhelming support of Georgia and LLS inspired him to do just a little bit more.
With that being said we had to raise his fundraising goal to $3600, so we encourage you to share this page with anyone who might be willing to help. Will and I also got to spend some time with Georgia and her family on February 13 while in Austin for the Austin marathon. Will presented her with a Texas flag that was flown over the Capitol on the day of her remission. It was great visit and we look forward to seeing Georgia again in May before Will heads out for his 100 miles to Shiner!

As I mentioned the other reason for going to Austin was so I could complete my FIRST HALF MARATHON along with two of my closest friends - Wendy and Beverley. I was a little worried about the weather because this was the week it "iced" in Dallas but it turned out to be a beautiful day. My goal is to complete a HALF marathon every month in 2010 (if I can find one) we'll see how that goes.

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Honored Hero

Immediately following White Rock Will signed up to train for the Shiner GASP, a 100 mile cycle event from Austin to Shiner, TX. Allie has always been our honored hero but in December a high school friend sent me an email. The email was about a family member named Georgia. Georgia is a 10 year old who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on her 10th birthday...December 30, 2009. Will and I were so touched by her story that we contacted her parents to ask if she would be Will's honored hero for his cycling event. You can read more about Georgia's story by clicking on her picture to the left - she has a blog too called Keepin Georgia on Your Mind. We visit Georgia's website almost daily and correspond regularly with her parents. We even went down to Austin to meet her (another post coming soon on that).

It is truly amazing the amount of inspiration adults can draw from children like Georgia. She has six months of treatment plus two years of maintenance ahead of her...needless to say this makes the aches and pains of training seem minor by comparison. Simply said if Georgia can battle cancer Will can ride 100 miles in her honor and let her know she and her family are not alone in this battle.

Georgia and her family have been instrumental in helping Will with his fundraising goals and we cannot thank them enough. Georgia's family and friends along with ours have been so generous.

If you are interested in donating please click the iSupport link on the right and help FIND A CURE! GO TEAM!

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Monday, February 1, 2010

How We Started

For those that don't niece, Allie, was diagnosed in 1994 with Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). She was a mere 7 1/2 months old. She underwent 2 1/2 years of treatment and is now a healthy, happy high school student. Throughout the years our family and friends have participated in a number of Team in Training endurance events benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Most recently, Will, Allie and myself trained for the Dallas White Rock marathon relay event on December 13, 2009, in celebration of Allie's 15th year in remission. It was a joyous occassion and one that will be remembered for years to come. Will and I really enjoyed getting back in shape and doing something that benefited others, so we decided to keep training for future events which led me to setting up this blog - Bacons for a Cause. Our hope is that it will eliminate many of the emails we send out regarding updates and donation requests. Our wish is that each of you become a "follower" of our blog and help us FIND A CURE! GO TEAM!

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