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Signed, Sealed -- Can She Deliver?

I got a brochure in the mail a few weeks ago from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Actually, I've received these brochures maybe twice before--I dimly recall signing up for information on "ways I can help" while Elizabeth was spending those several months in Houston at M.D. Anderson. For whatever reason, I looked at the brochure this time and decided to do it; walk a marathon in Anchorage, Alaska, this June 19th. (Hey! Juneteenth! Cool.) I've been thinking a lot about Elizabeth lately, and the way she died, and how it has stayed with me. Suddenly this seemed like a good way to mark the significance of her ordeal, and maybe get me past some of my more disturbing memories of her last days. I would like to think of her happy. So for the past few weeks, I've been working up my nerve to do this.

I went to the informational meeting tonight. I almost didn't go, but then I just . . . went. And once I was there, I wanted to sign up and run the hell away before I could think about what I had just committed to. I stayed, though, and listened, and quelled some of my fears, and my training starts on January 31. HMOG.

It's called "Team in Training," and before I went I checked the percentage of funds raised that goes directly to services and research. At a healthy 76%, I decided I could happily throw my weight (HA!) behind the cause. Basically, I'll be expected to raise a certain amount of money in exchange for training with a professional coach, various other sessions on form and nutrition, and a trip to Anchorage. Where I will then walk 26.2 miles.

I'm actually excited about this. I feel good.

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mtb0001
Jan. 27th, 2004 04:36 am (UTC)
That is incredible -- good luck!
lauri8
Jan. 27th, 2004 01:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm sure you'll be hearing more about it at work. ;p
goingferal
Jan. 27th, 2004 05:21 am (UTC)
Alaska!!!

I'd do it just for the trip to Alaska. The rest is just icing on the cake, methinks.

Let me know when you start raising funds....
lauri8
Jan. 27th, 2004 01:10 pm (UTC)
I know, I know, ALASKA! I'm very -- how do the kids say? Stoked. Ah yes.

And I'll be able to tell you all about it in July!
roseyv
Jan. 27th, 2004 10:14 am (UTC)
Lauri, I just signed up to get more info.

Hell, I walk ten or twelve miles a day anyway; might as well do some good with it.
lauri8
Jan. 27th, 2004 01:08 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh, that's FABULOUS! Thank you, thank you, how very cool! Maybe I'll see you in Alaska!

*boing boing boing*
writebrain
Jan. 27th, 2004 07:46 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't mind doing the Alaska one... but I thought I'd try a little closer to home. And there's a biking event here in South Florida on Oct. 2.

I'm gonna try to sign up. (there seemed to be some disclaimer about there being enough trainers or something, so I haven't totally found out if it's happening yet.) Mr. Brain would love to do this too.

Thanks for passing on the website, Lauri!
lauri8
Jan. 28th, 2004 01:49 am (UTC)
WB, that's marvelous! I hope that you and Mr. Brain do it and they have plenty of trainers. Plus, biking in South Florida--no hills!
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