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Krista's Race for a Reason

I'll hurt so they won't.

That's me, finishing the Oshkosh Half Marathon in April.

Krista is running another marathon. You can help.

You read correctly. On Oct. 21, I’ll be in San Francisco running 26.2 miles in the Nike Women’s Marathon. I like to run, I do. But after finishing the Chicago Marathon in 2005, I swore up and down that you’d never see me on a marathon course again. It was grueling. It hurt. I wanted to give up. But I didn’t.

And then I met 5-year-old Amelia Gorton.

Amelia has had leukemia since she was 2-years-old, just a baby. Since then, she’s endured nine blood and platelet transfers, over 20 spinal taps, nine scheduled hospital stays, MRIs, CAT scans, EKGs, and multiple rounds of chemotherapy. She’s lost her hair twice. And she’s just a little girl. In one year, she’ll finally finish her final phase of chemotherapy.

I’m running for her. Because she’s hurt more than running a marathon will ever hurt me.

I’ve joined the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training, an endurance training program that provides professional coaching for approximately four months in exchange for raising money for the LSS. Team Wisconsin and I are training in honor of Amelia, and thousands like her, who deserve a chance.

Amelia loves to be outside. She loves to swing, take walks, ride her bike. Training for and running 26.2 miles is the least I can do to make sure she can play on her swing-set , ride her bike and continue the life she deserves. And that’s where you come in.

I am committed to raising at least $3,800 for LSS, to help find a cure for these blood cancers, and keep children like Amelia safe, and others from enduring her pain.

Your 100 percent tax-deductible contribution to my cause, and to the mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, would mean as much to me as it would to Amelia.

We all have a lot on our plates. In fact, I just finished planning and paying for my own wedding, with generous help, of course. And now I have five months of training to prepare me for this venture.

But remember Amelia. And the thousands of others like her who may never have their own wedding, who may never run their own marathon, but who deserve a fighting chance.

Thank you.

To read more about Amelia, visit her own web page at www.caringbridge.org/visit/ameliagorton.

If you'd rather mail a check, please email me at kristawashere@gmail.com.