Saturday, September 12, 2009

How You Can Help Me Crawl, Carol, CRAWL!!!

Crawl, Carol, CRAWL!!!
(Because that's what I'll probably be doing towards the end!)

I may need my head examined... I have signed up to walk in my very first marathon on January 10th in Walt Disney World to support The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team In Training. I'm committing to walking 26.2 miles in this event. In doing so, my goal is to raise $3,700 for LLS to help bring hope and at least some ease of mind to people facing blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's lymphoma and myeloma.

This is, without a doubt, the biggest thing I've undertaken in my life so far. It's also one of the scariest - what if I fail??? I've never tried to raise this much money before in my whole entire LIFE! To say the prospect of doing so is a bit intimidating is an understatement! I'm more afraid of that than of the prospect of walking 26.2 miles!

If I fail, for starters, it means no marathon for me, but more importantly...

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is projected to fall a staggering $25 million short of their national budget this year. So what does that mean? That means that for some, the LLS co-pay fund that once helped cover the costs of medications and doctor visits is now depleted. That also means that research funding is being scaled back, slowing advancements in treatments and towards a cure.

Your donation can make such a huge difference. It funds research, assists patients with small reimbursements for treatment expenses, and most important- it brings hope to so many. Please donate what you can. I know the economy is tough on us all, but please think as big and dig as deep as you're able. Every dollar counts.

If you're not able to donate, there are loads of other ways you can help me make this happen. I've listed them below, and they're equally important and greatly appreciated.

Please visit my website to donate: http://tinyurl.com/marathonwoman
(And feel free to forward along to friends and family!)

To donate by check, you can make checks payable to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and mail them to me at the following address:
Carol Martzinek
Courtroom Connect
75 Maiden Lane - Suite 804
New York, NY 10038

Some other ways you can help me Crawl, Carol, CRAWL!!!:
  • If you have a facebook page, please share the following link on your profile every week or so:
    http://tinyurl.com/marathonwoman and encourage your friends to donate and share it as well.
  • If you have a blog or website, if you could post a link to my Team in Training website with a small blurb like the one below, it will help tremendously:
Crawl, Carol, CRAWL!!! - Please support Carol as she trains to walk in her first marathon to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training.
http://pages.teamintraining.org/nyc/wdw10/cmartzinek
  • If you know of anyone who would be interested buying an arm or a leg, and having their company name prominently displayed in multi-colored Sharpie ink, please have them contact me at mscarolm@ gmail.com
  • If you know of any local media that might be interested in including a short story about this, please let me know and I will e-mail them.
Thanks for taking the time to read and for anything you can do to help me
Crawl,
Carol, CRAWL!!!

Today is Kick-off Day

Or should I say, today was kick-off day. What a great experience! While I'm still a bit nervous about the fundraising part, I'm feeling more comfortable about my ability to eventually walk a full marathon.

Today, we met our mentors, coaches, honored team members (who are a very inspiring group), including one woman who was just diagnosed, came to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on Wednesday, I think, and said she now feels a lot less alone and like she's found a "home".

The meeting was followed by a quick group training session, or GTS as it's referred to. I felt really good about being in the front end of the walking group. It lasted about a half hour, and it was roughly 2 miles . I should start keeping better track of this stuff on my pedometer. I do know that, when I got off the subway in Manhattan, my pedometer read .72 miles, and when we got back to the 92nd Street Y, it was up to 3.65 miles. Now, after I've returned home and run to the store twice, it's up to a total of 5.38 miles as of 5:20pm ET. Not bad!
 

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