Scott  (my husband) and I trained for and completed the Marine Corps Marathon 4 years ago, and I think if there is anything out there that can come close to preparing you for med-free labor and delivery, running 26.2 miles while repeating over and over in your head, “what the HELL were you thinking?” is as good as it gets.

Marathons are a lot like having a baby, I think.  You have to work for months to prepare for them.  You’ve got to know how to pace yourself, how to breathe, how to stay calm when you hurt so bad you just want to scream, “somebody put me out of my misery!”  You have to take one step at a time, stay hydrated, you will crave oranges toward the end, and then you will want to vomit.  And just when you think you can’t do it anymore, you can’t possibly survive one more minute, you see the finish line, and it’s crowning.  The reward makes the race worth it.  Although, you will most likely leave telling yourself you are NEVER doing that again.  However, months or years later, you will forget the pain, and only the memory of the prize landing in your hands will remain.  Then you will think it’s a fabulous idea to do it all over again.

Now, don’t go reading too much in between the lines there.  I’m by no means saying I’m ready for another baby.  I am, however, ready for the early morning training runs, the blisters, the shin splints, and the accomplished feeling of crossing the finish line again. So Scott and I signed up to run the San Antonio Rock & Roll Marathon on November 15th.  See, since we’ve made it through the year, I’ve healed as completely as I ever will and am pain free, and we’ve all started to get some good sleep, I figure we need to go and erase all of that.

We began training last month with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s  (LLS) Team In Training (TNT) program.  We completed our last marathon through a similar fundraising program and found it to be highly effective and motivating.  So, admittedly, we signed up to fundraise for TNT mainly for the coaching, support and motivation they would provide us, and not so much for the funds we would provide them.

However, our focus and inspiration grew exponentially when we had the joy of meeting our honored hero at our event kickoff.  His name is Luke and he is 2 ½ years old.  As I sat and watched him at the front of the room, I was taken aback at the wave of emotions that passed over me.  His infectious smile and cheerful clapping made me grin from ear to ear.  His playful spirit reminded me so much of Kendall, and I imagined they would make great friends.  Then, just as soon as my heart warmed from Luke’s presence, it began to ache and I found myself fighting the tears threatening to fall down my cheeks.

 At 13 months old, Luke he was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), requiring him to go through 6 rounds of chemo every 4 to 6 weeks and numerous blood and platelets transfusions.

I sat there, not able to wrap my head around how his family can possibly have so much strength, how heart wrenching it must be to see him undergo painful treatments. (Hell, I can barely make it through Kendall’s immunizations.)  It pained me to think of such a cheerful, young boy having to endure so much in his life already.  And, naturally, I began to think, “what if that were Kendall?” 

Thanks to the wonders of medicine and advancements in research and treatment that the LLS and TNT help to fund, Luke has been in remission since April 2008 and is living life as any other 2 ½ year old would be.  He plays with his older brothers and enjoys pulling his mom’s hair lightheartedly as she tries to carry on a serious conversation (as he demonstrated at the kickoff).

We left the kickoff with a new outlook on training for this next big race.  We are running for Luke.  We are running for his parents and his brothers.  We are honoring their family’s strength.  We are training for and finishing this race because we are lucky enough to do so, because our son is healthy and we are immensely grateful for that.  We are running because we don’t know what the future holds, but for today, we can endure the aches and pains, the early, early, early mornings, the heat and the humidity, all so we can support Luke, his family, and others who are forced to run their own exhausting race against blood cancers.

Combined, our goal is to raise $5,800.  And, as I’m sure you can gather, this is the part where I ask for your help.  Any donation, no matter the size, will help us reach our goal, and ultimately, help fund research to find a cure for blood cancers.

 I’m asking for help in a few ways.

1.     You can make a personal donation by visiting this link anytime.

2.      I’m hoping to organize two fundraisers, one of them being an online giveaway/raffle type thingy (am I allowed to call it a raffle?? IDK… still fuzzy on the legalities). Details are still in the works, but I am in need of some donated loot to giveaway.  Please email me – Jill@babyrabies.com – if you or your company can help.  It will be run and promoted through this website.

3.     SPONSOR ME!  I am offering ad packages in exchange for several levels of corporate sponsorship.  The levels and prices are as follows:

Platinum Sponsor – $1,250 tax deductible donation (1 available)

            You/your company will receive a large banner ad on BabyRabies.com for 6 months, an ad on my Twitter background (@BabyRabies) for 6 months, 1 blog post dedicated to telling my readers all about your business and/or product. AND your corporate name on the back of all race singlets to be worn by the entire North Texas Team In Training chapter at all events for one season. Think of all the exposure!!

Gold Sponsor – $750 tax deductible donation (1 available)

            You/your company will receive a medium banner ad or large sidebar button ad (approx. 300×250) for 6 months on BabyRabies.com and 1 blog post dedicated to telling my readers all about your business and/or your product.

Silver Sponsors –  $250 tax deductible donation (4 available)

            You /your company will receive a small sidebar button ad (approx. 100×100) for 6 months and you will be featured, along with other Silver Sponsors, in a blog post all about your business and/ or your product.

Bronze Sponsors- $100 tax deductible donation (10 available)

            You/your company will receive a sidebar link for 6 months

If you are interested in learning more about the sponsorship packages, including my most current website stats, or about the North Texas Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Team In Training, please email me atJill@Babyrabies.com

If you’ve made it this far, thank you and please pass the on the word. GO TEAM!!

 

 

9 thoughts on “Help! And this time it’s serious.”

  1. What a great thing! I too get emotional thinking about all the wonderful children that are going through similar things. It’s terrible and raising money for these kids is an amazing thing.

    Oh and I always compared med-free childbirth to running a marathon when I was pregnant and nay-sayers would raise an eyebrow and tell me I didn’t have to be a hero (what does that even MEAN?). Anyway, thought it was funny you think of it that way as well 🙂

  2. Good for you!! I will also like to thank you. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is near and dear to my heart, because my 8 year old 1st cousin was diagnosed with AML, and went through the same treatment as Luke. He has now been in remission since August 2008. Again THANK YOU!!!!

  3. What a WONDERFUL thing you’re doing! Such a worthy cause…I don’t know how you do it, I’m a wuss (is that how you spell it?!) and am scared to death by the 3-day 60 mile WALK I’m doing in August for the Susan G Komen foundation…I think I would surely die if I ran a marthon!

  4. I am also training for the Rock & Roll marathon! My friends and I are running the 1/2 marathon but i’ll be there! Not sure how much financial freedom I will have over the next few months, but I would love to donate to your cause! If I can, I definitely will. If not, I am rooting for you girl & will be there with you on race day! Good Luck! 🙂

  5. Ah, so I see you figured out how to do it! Well played.

    I am but a poor college student, but if I scrape up enough money, I’d love to donate. I don’t have kids, but I have 3 nephews under the age of 3 and 2 nieces. I can’t imagine watching my sisters and brothers and even just my family in general going through that pain.

    BTW, I have been a loyal reader since right before Kendall was born and I’ve basically been checking the site on the daily.

    You are also the reason why I started reading Dooce and I am forever grateful.

    Good luck!

  6. I didn’t know you and Scott ran a marathon! I’m debating trying my first half this year. What training program are you using?
    I think what you’re doing is wonderful. Crossing that finish line will be even better knowing the money you raised for little Luke.

  7. Thanks for all the encouragement!

    Sareh, there are so many similarities. I even joked with Scott about it while I was in labor.

    Cassi, I’m so glad to hear your cousin is in remission, and glad I can help support the cause.

    Molly, GL with your walk! I think I would rather one day of running vs. 3 days of walking. That sounds tough.

    Erin, hooray! We’ll have to look for each other.

    Alana, I do not quickly forget what it’s like to be a poor college student 🙂 Understandable. Thanks for reading!

    Julia, Yes! We ran the Marine Corps Marathon in DC in 2005. That was the day Scott proposed to me. He ran the whole race with me, thus killing his time, and popped the question that night. Right now we are just following the training advice of the LLS and TEAM coaches. I personally prefer the Galloway method of run/walk intervals.

  8. Yeah! Good for you!! I used to work for LLS as a patient services manager before becoming a SAHM, and I can testify that by participating in TNT you are truly helping to change lives. There are so many wonderful services that are available to patients and their families, and they wouldn’t be able to provide them without your help. Good luck with the training!! Can’t wait to hear how it goes 🙂

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