Thursday, January 26, 2012

Shop, Drink and Support the Bacons

The Spring TNT Season is hosting a Silent Auction on February 7 at Cantina Laredo in Frisco. This event will help Will & I raise the funds needed as we train for the Austin Captex Olympic Triathlon in May 2012.

If you have never attended a TNT Silent is a come & go event. You can come grab dinner, drinks, chat with friends and bid on Silent Auction items. You do not have to stay the entire evening unless you really want a certain item. So if you are planning a night out with friends...make it February 7 and come have a margarita. If you aren't bidding on items PLEASE tell them you are with Team in Training as they also count how many folks come in to eat that evening. If you don't want to eat and just want to bid on items that is ok too!

We should have a full list of items next week...but I know that there will be Texas Tornado tickets, Texas Legends tickets, Rough Riders merchandise, photography sessions, Scentsy products, TNT specific items, jewelry, hair stylist certificates, etc.

Last, if you aren't interested in the auction but would like to make a small donation to support Will and I please click here or the link to right.


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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Join Be the Match and Save a Life...FREE to register in January

On average, more than 54,000 new potential donors join the Be The Match Registry each month; 6,500 of those new members join online via the “Join Now” web page. The grant from American Express will offset some of the associated costs for adding those who join online...normally the cost is around $50 for the kit so this is a big more ways than one!

When you join the Be The Match Registry, you are joining to help any patient in need of a bone marrow donor. As a volunteer, you are never under any legal obligation to donate and your decision is respected. However, a late decision not to donate can be life-threatening to a patient, so please think seriously before deciding to join!

You can give hope to patients with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases. Patients especially need you if you are between the ages of 18 and 44. That's because younger donors produce more and higher-quality cells than older donors.

The American Express Foundation has provided a grant to cover some of the costs associated with joining the registry online for the month of January. Service to its customers and to the community has been a hallmark of American Express throughout its 160-year history.

And joining the registry is’s a swab of your cheek!


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Monday, January 16, 2012

I have a Dream.

We all have a "dream"...right? Or even dreams. In another word we all have goals or aspirations. They may be personal or professional. They may be level-headed and within reach or they may be outrageous and far-fetched. But what makes them special and unique is they are OUR dreams...our goals...our aspirations for how we want to live our life or what we want to attain in that lifetime.

To me personally...a dream is more of something I cannot control...something I want and something I pray for but yet I as an individual...I cannot make it happen.

I have a dream... that one day we will have a cure for cancer. That no parent would ever lose their child to cancer nor child lose their parent.
I received this quote by Martin Luther King Jr in an email from my daughter's elementary school Friday afternoon:

“Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?”

I immediately paused to answer the question and the first thing that came to mind is our involvement with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Team in Training. It has been the one consistent charity that we have stayed dedicated too since 1994 when Allie was diagnosed but even more so in the last two years as we have really understood how many children are truly affected by blood cancers. And many of those children we have a personal connection with.

We are PROUD to say that LLS is our charity to raise money for because they are truly dedicated to their mission:
Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

LLS has proven this again and again especially in the last decade..."
Of 39 new cancer drugs approved by the FDA in the past decade, almost half (19) were approved for patients with blood cancers. Five have already been approved and 13 are commonly used as treatments for other cancer patients. All 19 drugs are being tested for patients beyond those for whom they were first developed, including 11 that show promise for patients with solid tumors and non-malignant diseases. An investment in blood cancer research is an investment in all cancer."

Blood cancer research IS a gateway to new therapies for ALL cancers!

So in the end...I ask what is YOUR dream? What are YOU doing to HELP OTHERS?

Can you easily answer those questions?

Those of you who have donated....thank you for your amazing support! Your donation demonstrates to those fighting this awful disease...the very importance of thinking and caring about others.

For those who have yet to donate...please consider making a
donation today. It takes less than 5 minutes and any amount is appreciated.

Help show someone how much you care!

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Same Mission + New Year = New Event


Same Mission...New Year....but.....I told you this was coming...Will and I officially signed up for The Capital of Texas Olympic Distance TRIATHLON -- 1.5k swim • 40k bike • 10k run. That means we will both be swimming just shy of 1 mile, cycling 24.85 miles and finishing with a 6 mile run!

Why? Well, first, I have always wanted to complete a tri but when I heard a month ago that Grayson (my new honored hero) went from low-risk to high-risk and would have to endure much more intensive chemo...I knew that if his tiny body had to endure all that... that I could endure 3x the training. And second, because we are passionate about Team in Training and determined to find cures and better treatments for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. Better treatments means improving the quality of life for patients and their families as well...because those patients are our loved ones & honored heros.

I am still training and running the Dallas Rock & Roll Half Marathon on March 25 but I will begin TRI training in February along with Will. Two events... technically 3 when you count Will means more money for research! And we need more research!

Did you know? Blood cancer research has always been a gateway to new therapies for all cancers. Of 39 new cancer drugs approved by the FDA in the past decade, almost half (19) were approved for patients with blood cancers. Five have already been approved and 13 are commonly used as treatments for other cancer patients. An investment in blood cancer research is an investment in ALL CANCER!

Together we must raise $ PLEASE click here to view our donation page or click the fundraising widget on the right and make a donation in support of our efforts and help advance the research for cures!

Don't know what to donate...we've got some suggestions:

  • $32 for the total miles I will cover in the triathlon (51.5 kilometers)
  • $17 in honor of Allie's 17 years in remission
  • $12 for Georgia celebrating her 12th birthday in December
  • $6 for Grayson celebrating his 6th birthday in November

No amount is too small...we truly appreciate any amount and so do our honored heros!

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