With God All Things Are Possible
Fighting Cancer "One Mile At A time"
HELP ME FIGHT CANCER?
I am still participating in events to raise money to fight cancer. Here is the link to my current web site. You can catch up on all of the latest news.Click on this link to go to my new donation web site.
Bill Cooper’s Journal
To honor my mother-in-law who has Lymphoma and my mother who passed away on New Years Eve 2006 from cancer, I will attempt to complete 3 events with TNT in 2008 to raise money to fight cancer. This is a journal of my progress.
Let me start by saying THANK YOU to my supporters. Your donations have truly made a difference.
April 1, 2008 I knew it. I just knew it. I struggled training for the Disney marathon and just thought that I was out of shape from my recovery. Well…………. You know that I am training for the Lake Tahoe Century ride and it has not been without some challenges. Yesterday I found out that I have torn the meniscus in my left knee. They think that it was done at the same time that I had my bike accident last year which tore my rotator cuff. It just wasn’t apparent after the accident.
So here is the plan. Continue training, bike and swim, complete the ride and come home to have the knee fixed. This means that I will probably not get to do the triathlon this fall. So instead, I will do the Columbus ½ marathon in October with TNT. I will continue to raise money through the remainder of the year to achieve my goal.
Pray that I can continue to train and complete the event. Coop
March 24, 2008 My father passed away today.
March 18, 2008 How about we start with a blessing, Mason is finally home from his transplant.
“My grace is sufficient”. That is what I heard on the radio this morning as soon as I turned it on. Have you ever received something at just the right time? Well, this morning I needed to be reminded of this.
I found myself struggling as I got up this morning. We started hospice care for my father yesterday. This weekend we started cleaning out the house that I grew up in with the realization that my father will probably not come home to it again. A wave of memories washed over me as we organized things for donation and I think all of it was finally catching up with me.
I have not been as focused on training and need to get back in the groove. We did 12 miles on Saturday as a team outdoors for the 1st time. Hopefully, the weather will continue to get better and I can start doing my nightly rides again.
Fundraising is going well and I continue to thank you for supporting me. Blessings, Coop.
February 27, 2008 Please join me in prayer for Craig’s family. He lost his battle with Leukemia today. I was hopeful that he and I would get a chance to ride together again and we will because his spirit will be there with me. Coop
February 25, 2008 Sometimes you ask yourself are you doing the right thing, for the right reasons.
A long time supporter of my efforts just sent me a note to say that he was told last November that he had Lymphoma. I pray that in some small way what I am doing will be of benefit to all of those that I have come to know and those that I haven’t. Please take a minute and lift them up in prayer. Coop
February 24, 2008 Welcome back. Most of my activities for now are concentrated on getting my fundraising started and indoor training. This week I intend to pick it up a little with some core and strengthening work. You would be amazed at how much the core work helps.
I was asked this week to describe myself using one word to an audience of strangers during a series of United Way meetings. Here is what I shared on each of the 3 days.
Day 1 – Crash…. This is what my wife fondly calls me now after the bike crash I had last year that delayed my participation for 7 months while I healed from surgery and physical therapy.
Day 2 – Blessed…. Because I rode home after the accident with a severe concussion, total amnesia and a severely torn rotator cuff. I can picture me riding home on Angels wings because I have no idea how far away from home I was. I typically ride 20 to 50 miles in any direction once I take off.
Day 3 – Determined…. Because I am reminded almost on a daily basis how much the money I raise can benefit someone who is suffering from cancer. And at that point I said, and now you know the rest of the story.
I have met some wonderful people through this journey and some I truly call dear friends. We all have our stories to share and the hardest are those of honored loved ones. I know it is hard when everyone approaches you with their hand out but even a small amount will help. Please consider donating. Coop
February 3, 2008
One down and two to go. What an amazing experience. I completed the Disney Marathon in 6 hours and 4 seconds. The amazing part was helping a teammate realize her goal of completing the marathon in less than 6 hours. She crossed the finish line in 5 hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds. I was really proud of her and how she fought to achieve her goal. Together the 1,600 plus Team in Training participants raised over $5.6 million to help fight cancer.
To put this in perspective, I get emails about an 8 year old boy who just received a bone marrow transplant for his Leukemia. This is his second time fighting the disease. I am also praying for a Lake Tahoe teammate from last year who is also fighting Leukemia for the second time. I received word last Friday that a boy at the hospital did not survive his transplant. This is why I am doing this.
I am encouraged that we were able to raise so much money but it is not enough, yet. If you are reading this please consider donating. All I am asking for is $10.00 and for you to pass the link for this web site on to your friends. Blessings, Coop
January 5, 2008
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has a program called Team-In-Training where ordinary people like me are trained to complete a significant athletic event in conjunction with fund raising for cancer research and supporting programs.
Next Thursday I will leave for the Disney Marathon, the first of the three events I want to complete this year. It has been a long journey getting here but I am excited that it is finally getting close. We completed our last long run as a team today. It is amazing when you think that 4 months ago I couldn’t run 2 miles let alone a full marathon.
The week after I return from the marathon I will begin training for the Lake Tahoe 100 mile bike ride. This will be my second event with Team in Training. Donations made through this web site will be linked to that event.
In 2006 I raised $4,433 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society because my mother-in-law was diagnosed with a very rare form of Leukemia. They later changed the diagnosis from Leukemia to Marginal zone splenic lymphoma.
Last year my mother passed away from cancer and I committed to raise $12,000 in their honor. Unfortunately, because of a serious injury I had to take 7 months off for surgery and rehabilitation. However, thanks to the generosity of a lot of people I was able to raise $11,122.12.
My goal is to raise $4,444.88 this year which will bring my 3 year total to $20,000. I have committed $1,800 already through my United Way directed donations but the money will not be released to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society until July. I will be able to get another $200 from Nationwide which will leave me with a goal of raising $2,444.88 this year. Your tax deductible donation will help me reach my goal.
Corporate sponsorship would be a tremendous blessing to my fund raising efforts.
If you know of any corporation that would be interested in helping please forward information to me and I will contact them.
Come back to this web site often. I will keep a journal here about how I am progressing.
Blessings and I sincerely appreciate your support,
William Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you do not want to donate online, send me an email and I will send you a donation form.