Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Cupcakes & Dimples

So who loves CUPCAKES?

Well here is your opportunity to eat cupcakes and feel good about it. On Sunday, November 20 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm you may go to Dimples Cupcake Factory in Frisco Square and purchase cupcakes and a percentage will go towards helping Grayson and his family!

If you didn't read Grayson's blog last week...there was a bump in the road. Grayson's status was changed from low-risk to high-risk which means he will have to endure a more intensive chemotherapy plan. This is not the kind of news his family wanted to hear nor any of us.

Please help us support them and EAT CUPCAKES! And a huge THANK YOU to Dimples for their support of this awesome family!

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Green "Gray"celets!

Grayson's favorite color is GREEN...so I ordered GREEN "Gray"celets to show support for Grayson and his family.

How do you get a GREEN Team Gray"celet"?

If you donate a minimum of $5.00 to my Team in Training account I will mail you 2 bracelets. If you donate more...I can mail you more. It is that easy! Click on the link above or the fundraising widget on the right-side of the page to DONATE NOW!

Please note that your donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is tax-deductible. 75% of the money raised goes directly to research & patient services. If you want to know what that money has funded recently please read this post about Dr. Larry Kwak who was named TIME Magazine's "100 Most Influential People," for his role in advancing custom-made vaccines for patients with lymphoma.


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A Perfect Weekend

This weekend was packed full of GOOD things:

1) First, Grayson, my honored hero was home from the hospital after spending 36 out of 45 days there. Kalee (his mom) said they got to spend a lazy weekend all together which brought lots of smiles and laughter.

Wanna know what a HERO looks like? Check him out below before being released from the hospital. The image of him taking his own medicine bought back a flood of memories of Allie towards the end of her treatment when she was old enough to hold the syringe herself. Children are resilient when it comes to battling cancer. Not to mean they don't have bad days...but they adapt quickly to a "new normal".

2) Allie, my 17 year old niece, completed the 2011 Susan G Komen Dallas 3 day walk with her teacher...60 miles in 3 days! We cheered for her on Saturday and then went to the closing ceremony Sunday. It is a huge event...which raised $7 million.

She walked in honor of my Mom who celebrated 20 years of being a breast cancer survivor on June 25. She also walked in honor of two other women who are friends of their family & her teacher's Aunt. Doesn't she look awesome after walking 60 miles? I am so proud of her! Stay tuned because Allie will be telling about her 3 day journey on the blog soon!

3. Last, I ran DRC Half marathon on Sunday morning. It was new event for me and one I probably wasn't fully prepared for. Chicago full was about 4 weeks ago and my training has been sporadic since, but I wanted to run it anyway. Jessica ran it as well along with David & Meg. Jessica and I stayed together for the duration of the race. She was coming off a 32 mile week already. Her increased miles coupled with my decreased miles made for an interesting race to say the least. The course was hilly...for some reason I thought it was going to be flat. At about mile 10 I just wanted to be done and when that happens I think about my honored heros and I also thought about Allie walking the final 15 miles of her journey with blistered feet...so I pushed on the best I could. I'm actually pretty proud of my finishing time (2:13:30) because it was just shy of my PR at Dallas RnR this past March (2:12:46). Granted I know in running 44 seconds can mean a lot but to me...I ran 44 seconds shy of my PR on a course that (to me) was much harder.

One last note, most of you know that Georgia comes along on all my long runs & races in the form of her orange "Keepin Georgia on your Mind" bracelet. Well I wanted to bring Grayson along too...I've ordered some green (his fav color) Team Grayson bracelets but they hadn't arrived, so I went with a green rubberband instead. Grayson ran his first 13.1 miles! That coupled with him home with his family made for a perfect weekend!

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