Kirsten Andersen's TNT Fundraising Page
We Did It!
UPDATE - May 11, 2007
...all 42 km of the Vancouver Marathon! It was a little soggy and a little long around the last leg of Kitsilano, but as soon we saw the Burrard Street Bridge, we were motoring!
I will never forget the image of our family and friends waiting at the finish line, cheering us on. I will always remember, too, the incredible support I have received from everyone in the last year - support that, ultimately, enabled me to accomplish this goal and carry on the fight against Hodgkins. Thank you!
Welcome to my Team In Training (TNT) home page.
As many of you know, I have been battling Hodgkins Lymphoma since April of 2006. While I am still undergoing treatment, now, with the support of some good friends, I am also training to participate in the 2007 Vancouver Marathon as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training.
All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkins Lymphoma and Myeloma from taking more lives. I'm completing this event in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers.
Please make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance the Society's mission.
I hope you'll visit my web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress. Thanks for your support!
UPDATE - February 20, 2007
Well, we're off and running! Well, not exactly...more like walking...but really, really fast. We began training in January, but despite my best efforts, I was finding the running a little difficult. I am still anemic from treatment so I have a very high resting heart rate. When I run (or perform any other equally strenuous activity, like brushing my teeth), my pulse goes through the roof. So, I made the decision to join the walkers and instead of doing the half marathon, I'm now going for the full 42km (we're up to 15 this Sunday). Good God, what have I done?!
Also, as I have a number of good friends joining me in this endeavor, we are definitely doing the race in Vancouver (we were thinking about San Diego) as not everyone can travel and this way, we can all be together on race day.
To that end, we are also in the process of planning a fundraiser for Saturday, March 31st, at the Deep Cove Yacht Club. Details to follow very soon...
What I am most excited about this week, however, is that this Friday marks the end of 10 months of treatment - it is my last day of radiation! Those gamma rays will continue working for another 4-6 weeks on any remaining cancer cells and then I will have another scan which, hopefully, will indicate that I am free and clear of the little buggers. That's when there's gonna be some serious celebratin'...
Thank you again to everyone for their incredible encouragement and support with my Team in Training efforts...Mom and Brian (of course they made the first donation)...Megan at Room 6...Scott & Cindy...the Wolanski clan...Ryan M...Danielle M...Alistair at Arm's Reach Bistro...Peter & Marg Howard...Zoe Howard and mom (on behalf of nephew Michael who cut off all his hair for cancer last year)... Deep Cove Yacht Club...the boys of Five Star Motel...walk coach Leanne...mentor Stephanie...and, of course, my wonderful friends, Lisa, Jenny, Scott and Rishel who come out bright and early each Sunday morning to train with me!
UPDATE - May 1, 2007
Oh good grief...the "big" day has arrived! This Sunday is the Vancouver Marathon! I guess we're about to see if all this training pays off. Getting here has been a definite challenge, made all that much more, um, "interesting" by catching a cold (or two), developing a bronchial thing, having spontaneous coughing fits and bouts of shingles. But that's all behind me now!
This Sunday I will be doing 42km around just about every nook and cranny of Vancouver, which beats what I was doing last year around this time...starting 5 months of chemo! There are so many people to thank for getting me this far.
Speaking of which, an immense thank you to Lisa, Jenny, Scott and Rishel for making our fundraiser, "Chocolat," a huge success - we raised over $2000 when all was said and done (and between the five of us, we have raised nearly $8000!) The generosity of everyone involved was astounding...Trail Appliances...Delta Vancouver Airport...North American Country Homes...Grapes on First...Doug Gormican Photography...Ryan Matches (artwork)...Mike Norris (carpentry)...Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak...Capones Restaurant...Perform Arts Studios...Diana and Nicola at Cove Massage Therapy...Five Star Motel (again)...Long & McQuaid...Lonsdale Party Rentals...Forget Me Not Florist...Organics @ Home...Edith Powell (chocolate)...Susan Harrison (so many, many cupcakes)...
And the donations keep coming too...so many people to thank...Val & Bryan Middleton...Cynthia Thom...Merle Stegavig...Gerda Kouwenhoven...Wilf and Marjorie Fawcett...Roxann Moffat...Catherine Hillerud...Nels & Evelyn Andersen...Emily Habert & Gavin Clark...Nicki Rollett...Sarah Gardiner...May and Tony Gardiner...the incredible KLASS staff...Marsha Achari & Rich Bachalis...Susie & Adam Wickstead...Justin & Lissa Amberg...Kirsten & Geoff (and recently arrived Logan!) Degner...Lynn & Fred Haywood...and all who ate up a storm at "Chocolat!" Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
So, Sunday here we come...with bells...and water bottles...and trail mix...and electrolyte powder...and iPod officially on...
See you at the finish line!