Joni Hart's Team In Training Page
Racing to Save Lives
Most of you know that in 2006 I joined the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training to complete a half marathon in Nashville. And with your support I did it! I crossed the finish line incredibly proud of what I had done, and with your help I was able to raise $3,800 in support of The Society.
I was overwhelmed with emotion for the lives that were saved because of my challenge and your generous donations and moral support.
Working for the Society for three years now, I see just how important your donations are. I get to see the families and the lives touched by blood cancers and the lives enriched by the services the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society provides.
Team in Training is America's largest endurance training program and is the premeire fundraiser in research for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. The majority of us, if not all, have been affected by some type of cancer in one way or another, and Team in Training is one thing I can do to help fight these diseases.
I completed my first half marathon in memory of my two grandfathers - one lost to leukemia and one to lymphoma, before I was born. I took it personally that I never had a chance to meet them and to know them. I also take it personally that my mother lost her father when she was only three years old. I took on this challenge so that other little girls can have the opportunity to grow up knowing their fathers and grandfathers. I ran because they could not.
I also ran for my good friend Shea, who had to face a diagnosis of Hodgkin's disease when she was several months pregnant with her first child. Today, both Shea and her beautiful daughter, Avery, are healthy and strong. But if not for the research and treatments funded by the Society, they wouldn't be.
This year, I'll do it again. One more half marathon for them. And I'll keep doing it until there are no more daughters who lose their daddies too soon, no more little girls who grow up knowing their grandparents only through old photos and stories, and no more new mothers who have to deal with such a devastating diagnosis and treatment.
I wear the names of my grandfathers on a bracelet, and when I think I can't go any farther, move any faster, or push any harder, I look down and there they are - reminding me that my challenge is very small in comparison to what they and thier loved ones dealt with. Even though I never knew them, they are with me every step of the way, and I am proud that they will be there to help me push through the pain across the finish line.
I'm also doing this in honor of my little cousin, Landry, so he can continue to be such a good big brother.
In memory of Nelson Clyde III, who we lost this summer - so the world will never forget his easy smile and sense of humor.
In honor of Janie - so she can continue to be such a great mom and set a wonderful inspiration for all those lives she touches.
And in memory of Stephanie - so her children will grow up to remember how beautiful and strong there mother was.
My goal to complete the training and event are only my physical commitment to Team in Training. My most important goal is to raise more than $4000 to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's efforts to battle leukemia and other blood cancers.
Please support me in my goals by contributing to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on behalf of my honored heroes and yours. Please send me the name of your heroes, so I can do something special to recognize them on my race-day singlet.
Thank you so much for your support, without you, I could not continue to train for such a wonderful cause.
I'll keep running until there's a cure....