Although I’ve disappeared from blog world, never fear! I am hard at work digging into the first weeks of training (while battling a terrible sinus infection) and keeping the USPS in business single-handedly. I’ve been working on some totally fabulous thank you notes for my even more fabulous donators. Check out the sneak peek above! These have been so much fun to make and write. Not only do I get to use a little bit of that creative juice, but I also get to handwrite a personal message for each person. And it’s been so great to explain how much it means to have the support and to have had the chance to hear about an individual’s personal connection to LLS, TNT or cancer.
The other side of my snail mail attack has been working on my fundraising efforts. As much as I love a good handwritten note, a signature and a handwritten address had to do. We had an awesome Team In Training group letter stuffing party one Thursday night where I met another woman who will be running the Nike Women’s half with me. She has a very deep connection to LLS, and she ran 20 miles to raise money for a very young loved one’s family to help from afar. I also met a really sweet couple who helped me brainstorm some awesome fundraising ideas I’m hoping to put into place, and a woman who had competed with TNT in quite a few events. It was such a blast, and after meeting more TNT athletes, I’ve come to realize how diverse this organization is but how unified we are in our passion for endurance sports and/or raising money for cancer.
So, keep checking back on the blog & keep an eye on your mailboxes!
Today, I took the opportunity to tell my co-workers about TNT, my event, my fundraising goal & my passion for this cause during our monthly meeting. Simple, right?
Not so much. I found myself overcome with emotion. This did not come as a total surprise as I have found myself choked up a number of times while talking about the importance of the money being raised and how easily and quickly your life can be affected by any type of cancer. But the response in my office was amazing, which made it completely worth it.
I had co-workers stop to say good job or pat me on the back (I’m assuming this is in reference to keeping it at least a little bit together); I received my first donations in person and online; but the most powerful responses were the heartfelt emails I received from coworkers who have lost loved ones to cancer. Those emails were filled with praises and thank yous for committing the next three months to help other families avoid that pain and to give back to humanity, as one person put it.
I saved every email I received today as a reminder of what I’m doing this for. Because I’m not only doing it for those in my life who have been impacted by blood cancer, but also for the millions of others.
“The strength of the team is each individual member.
The strength of each member is the team.” -Phil Jackson
When Team In Training (TNT) sets up your fundraising page, it comes loaded with a brief message that they recommend you change to make your own. But I chose to keep the first two sentences, because I think they’re perfect: Teams are made up of individuals. Without them, there is no team.
My TNT team that I’ll be training with is comprised of individuals called participants. Without the participants, there would be no Indy TNT. But each individual participant builds their own team — of donators. Without you, my team of donators, I can’t fulfill my duties as a TNT participant. So, thank you, in advance, for supporting me and helping kick cancer!
I’m going to keep posts as short as possible, so if you’re thinking to yourself, “What the heck is Team In Training?,” check out the ‘Learn More‘ section. If you’re raring to go & support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s mission, click the link to find out how to donate. And if you’re a stranger, you can get to know me better!
Otherwise, I’d like to formally introduce you to my blog, which I’ll be using as a vehicle to keep you updated on my fundraising progress, my training, and all other things Team In Training. Tomorrow I’ll be receiving my official TNT welcome & Tuesday I’ll be getting more details about my honored teammate, whose story is an incredible testament to why every penny donated and mile run is worth it.
Stay tuned for updates & don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions/comments!