Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sarah Anderson is Running a Marathon
in Memory of "Uncle Jack" Kelly!

Dear Friends and Family,

Last spring I embarked on a fundraising partnership with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program to raise money in memory of my best friend’s father, Jack Kelly, who died from Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) thirty years ago.

Initially I registered to run the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco that took place this past October but had to switch races when I suffered a stress fracture to my hip in July. After a couple months of rest, rehabilitation and a healthy dose of frustration I have renewed my effort and am registered to run the Phoenix Rock and Roll Marathon on January 16th 2011!

As a member of Team in Training I have a coach, a training program, and teammates to support me in my training efforts. I also have a very supportive husband who picks up the slack so that I go out for long runs. I have pledged to raise $3500 by race day and run 26.2 miles on January 16th!

I am asking you to help me by making a donation to my fundraising campaign. As just about everyone knows- I am not an athlete; the closest I’ve ever come to endurance sport participation has been carrying twins. Up until a year and a half ago I couldn’t run more than a mile. By race day I will have run more than 850 miles in preparation for this event!

Every day, we’re presented with opportunities to get involved and make a difference. We can choose to make an effort to make the world a better place, or take the easier way and sit back and observe. I chose to run a marathon with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society because I loved my Uncle Jack dearly and this is my way of honoring his memory and the thirtieth anniversary of his death.

You can donate two ways: By mail or securely on the Leukemia & Lymphoma website link below! Either way I am grateful for any support you can give me. You can rest assured that I will be naming a blister in honor of every person who makes a donation to my race! Help cure blood cancer AND have a blister named after you? What more could you ask for?

So, on behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, thank you very much for your support. I greatly appreciate your generosity and confidence!

Thank you,

Sarah Boyle Anderson
1018 Garden Brook Drive
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

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