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Running the Boston Marathon in honor of Peyton Ross

Mile 21 of the 2005 California International Marathon in Sacramento

I have been bestowed with a great challenge and an exciting opportunity as a Wellesley woman: to make a difference in the world. I have the possibility of doing just that, and I would like your support. I am training for the 2008 Boston Marathon as a member of the Team in Training Program on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of a very special young lady, Peyton Ross.

The Society’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma through research funding, to promote education about these diseases, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The Society is making important strides towards this goal; for example, the survival rate of childhood leukemia has risen from 4% in 1960 to 85% in the last decade. I have had the opportunity to experience such transformation first hand. When I met Peyton Ross, a spunky, bubbly girl from my hometown in Central California, she had recently been diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), just before she turned two, in March of 2004. At that time she was undergoing chemotherapy at Valley Children’s Hospital and was considered high risk, as 91% of her bone marrow cells were cancerous. I ran in the California International Marathon with Team in Training two years ago in honor of Peyton. She is now five years old and is in remission due to the amazing strides that Leukemia & Lymphoma Society–funded research has made. I am running the Boston Marathon to honor the strength and the hope that she embodies. Peyton’s experience gives me the inspiration to continue to run with one goal in mind, a cure.

Team in Training is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s largest fund-raising program, which brought in over $100 million this past year alone. The goal of my Boston Marathon team is to raise $1.25 million this winter towards research and patient services—a significant stride towards a cure. The generous contributions I received from my home community during my first marathon helped me raise over $4,000. With the support of the Wellesley community, I hope to be able to surpass that amount.

Your encouragement and support will help me achieve my goal, and your donations will make a difference in the lives of leukemia and lymphoma patients like Peyton. The Wellesley community has the opportunity to affect this significant change.

Thank you very much! I look forward to seeing you on Marathon Monday. I hope you'll visit my web site often and check on my progress!

Visit my running blog at http://meganbostonmarathon.blogspot.com/