Archive for February, 2008

Team in Training – First Month’s Progress

February 18, 2008

Well…. I am up and RUNNING! A month ago when I accepted the challenge to train for my first marathon and raise $5000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. There are times in life when you just need to make a decision and worry about the details later. Joining the Team in Training was one of those times for me.

During the month the magnitude of this task has become evident. First I did a little reading on marathonRyan Shay - 2007 New Haven Road Race running and found this quote by Lance Armstrong describing the 26.2 mile run as “without a doubt the hardest physical thing I have ever done.” Next was a more disturbing realization that Ryan Shay pictured here in a photo I took at the New Haven Road Race died just two months later running in the Olympic Trials before the NYC Marathon. This is scary stuff when a world class athlete considers the marathon to be physically demanding or dies running a race.

My next eye opening thought was how to raise $5000! I have given to many causes over the years but never organized any fund-raising effort. Running the numbers I figured if I break it down into small donations I should be able to accomplish this task. My initial mailing of about 300 letters brought in contributions of $1620 from 33 Friends, Family & Business Associates.

Donation progress as of February 18, 2008

Please help by making a tax-deductible donation to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. A secure web-site accepts credit card contributions or you can email Dan@CummingsTeam.com for postal mailing instructions if you’d prefer to send a check.

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Team in Training – Two Week Update

February 2, 2008

Team In Training LogoTeam in Training LogoTeam in Training LogoDuring the first two weeks of my affiliation with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in tnt-logo.jpgtnt-logo.jpgTraining most of my time has been spent preparing for the fund-raising.

While I was busy composing letters my wife helped out by emailing a few friends and family which brought in a quick base of funds.  My next step was to compile a list of people I knew that might help support my effort to raise $5000 for blood cancer research.  The first batch of 150 letters hit the mail at the end of my first week and contributions hit 20% of my goal.

Press Release - The Running Realtor

In addition to getting my letters mailed I also sent a press release to a few of the local newspapers and the North Haven Advisor published it in their January 29th edition.   I haven’t seen results from the publication but I did run into an old aquaintance from the days when my sons played youth hockey and she mentioned reading about my fund-raising while training.

This morning we had our first group run and meeting with the coaches that will be providing guidance for the next 4 months.  The sun was shining but cool temps created hazardous conditions on Hamden Canal Trail so plan “B” went into affect for a less icy road route.

I still have a long haul to build my endurance to run the Rock-n-Roll Marathon but also must reach the financial goal.  Please help by making a contribution at my secure DONATION site or email me ( Dan@CummingsTeam.com ) for mailing instructions if you prefer to support my effort with a check to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.