Running to save lives...
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Welcome to The Wendy Slinkard 100 Mile Memorial Charity Run Homepage.
On Nov. 16-17 I will be running from Clark County Fire Station 18 (in Las Vegas, Nv.) to Fire Station 74 (73.8 mi.) in Overton, Nv. via the North Shore Road along Lake Mead and then following it up by running the Valley of Fire Marathon (26.2 mi.) on Saturday the 18th for an even 100 miles.
2006 135 mile Badwater Ultramarathon
I'm Tim Kjenstad, 49, and a Captain with the Clark County Fire Department in Las Vegas, Nevada. My hobby is running ultra marathons and have been doing them for over six years. During that time I completed the 150-mile Marathon des Sables in Morocco, Africa and the 135-mile Badwater Ultra Marathon held in Death Valley in July. I have also completed dozens of other ultra-marathons and marathons.
On August 27, my sister, Wendy Slinkard, 42, suddenly passed away from a rare blood disorder called TTP (Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura). She was a mother of two, healthy, and a member of my crew at this years Badwater Ultra Marathon. Her symptoms came on rapidly the week after the Badwater race and she was hospitalized that same week. Four weeks later she lost her short battle with this disease.
Wendy was born November 14, 1963 in Torrance, Ca. and moved to the Redding/Anderson area in northern California in 1979. When she died she left behind her husband Jeff, and sons Joshua and Jacob. She enjoyed camping and the outdoors. Loving the outdoors, she became a wildland firefighter in the California and Oregon area for a few years carrying her own alongside others 10 - 15 years younger than herself. She loved it when they called her "Mom". Eventually she gave up the work she loved to be back home with her family.
In Wendy's memory I'm running to honor all individuals who are battling blood cancer. These people are the real heroes, and we need your support to help accelerate cures and give hope to patients and their families. Although research is responsible for increasing survival rates for these diseases, the battle is far from over. Did you know that:
- Every five minutes, someone in this country is diagnosed with blood cancer: Every ten minutes, someone loses the fight.
- Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children.
- Lymphomas are the most common blood cancers.
- The myeloma survival rate is only 32 percent.
Please make a donation, "in memory of Wendy Slinkard", to support my participation in helping The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. By doing so, we’ll both be helping save lives. Be sure to check my Web site frequently to see my progress. Thanks for your support!