Team in Training – First Month’s Progress

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 for postal mailing instructions if you’d prefer to send a check.

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