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Erin's Team In Training Page

Walking to Save Lives

Help me find a cure for my friends or I'll eat all the raspberries!

Welcome to my Team In Training home page.

I have decided to train for the Fall Seattle marathon rather than June in Anchorage so that I can remain closer to home this year. As soon as I get registered for that event which begins training in June, I will post a new webpage. Thanks for all your support thus far!

I am training to participate in an endurance event 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, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. I'm completing this marathon in honor of all individuals who are battling blood-related cancers. My 5-year-old daughter Carli was diagnosed with lymphoblastic lymphoma (a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma) one week before her 4th birthday. She is my hero, and thanks to progress in medical research in treating lymphomas, she is vibrant and alive. If she were born 10 years earlier, the survival rate for her cancer would have been much lower than the 80% she has now. Within the next 10 years even better treatments are in sight for the top disease killer of children in the US. Please join me in working toward that day. She will complete her two years of chemotherapy in December 2006.

Here's a statistic that makes many folks ready to walk 26+ miles: The NIH (National Institutes of Health) spends 5% of its annual budget on cancer research, a figure stable since the 1960s, and 1% specifically on childhood cancer. This is exactly why people supporting organizations such as LLS are critical to moving cancer research forward.

I will carry with me the name of every friend we have made since Carli's diagnosis who are battling leukemias and lymphomas at Children's Hospital in Seattle. Feel free to send me names of friends/family/coworkers with these cancers, and I will be honored to hold them on my jersey. These people are the real heroes for our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure!

Anyone who knows me also knows my daughter's story, so it is obvious who I am honoring. But I want to share what this endurance event of walking seven to eight hours, including 7 miles on trail, means for me personally. What do I know about endurance? I wore a back brace for four years 23 hours a day in high school to maintain a curvature of my spine. This exempted me from PE and sports. I also have had lifelong exercise-induced and allergic asthma. I always chose to believe this suffering was "character building." If that is the case, surely my daughter has acquired more character in her pinky finger than I have in my entire being. In my first marathon experience, I intend to tap into all the strength I became aware of while being intensely with my daughter through her ordeal.

Please make a donation online or by mail to my POB to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance the Society's mission.

For further background on Carli, feel free to visit her webpage at www.caringbridge.com/wa/carli.

By the way, if you work for Costco, Washington Mutual, Starbucks, Microsoft, or other companies your company will match your funds, helping me reach my minimum goal that much faster. Just pick up a matching gift form from your company and mail it to me with your contribution at PO Box 1191, Langley WA 98260.

To put in perspective for fellow Whidbey Islanders, the distance I will be walking is a half mile more than from Langley to Whidbey General Hospital. Thanks for your support!

2/18: I walked 2 1/2 hours today, nearly 10 miles, and it is beginning to dawn on me how my feet may feel after 8 hours at this. Hopefully those calluses will form quickly! 3/5: I walked 2 1/4 hours today, 8 miles. Loved it! Oh those blisters. 3/18: Walked 2 1/2 hours, 10 miles from Langley to Beverly Beach. Saw hawks, eagles, heard spring frogs : ) Blisters are getting better.