Did you know this is Leukemia Awareness Week?
Leukemia is one of those things, for me, that I knew about - I always thought it was sad, of course, but... it was not really on my radar. A few years ago, I signed up for Team in Training with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I didn't know anything about blood cancers, and while I found the stories touching, they weren't really... life impacting, for me. I just wanted to be a runner.
Some of you are new followers, and might not know how my last month unfolded. It started with a cold. I've got three kids, in two different schools, so unsurprisingly, someone brought home a cough.
Three weeks after this cough started, it still hadn't stopped for Gabby. But all the kids in her class were also coughing, so.. it didn't seem like much. I brought her to the doctor, and they thought nothing of it. She'd be fine.
New Years Eve, she was kinda sleepy and bleh. I thought it was her body resting and fighting off whatever funk was left.
New Years day, when she wouldn't get off the couch or eat, still, I gave in and brought her to urgent care.
Something sure the hell ain't right. Something was really, really wrong.
I brought her to Urgent Care, and they took one look at her, and sent us to the ER down the street.
I brought her to the ER, and the nurse on duty took one look at her, and cleared a bed and brought her back. 5 minutes, from door to bed. Done.
Within 20 minutes, she had a chest X-Ray, blood draws, and IV's. Shortly after, the doctor came back in, and said, for real, "There's some abnormalities in her blood. I've been on the phone with the children's hospital. They are sending a transport ambulence for you now. The Oncology ICU is waiting for her."
And there is nothing you can imagine, scarier than that.
You can read about her official diagnosis HERE
And everything in between then, and now, tells her story.
Me, I'm just a mom. A mom starting to run. A mom with two other kids, a full time job, and a husband. A mom with an already full plate.
I'm not a fast runner. I'm not a perfect wife. I'm not the World's Greatest Boss.
But I do have amazing support, through my blog, through my favorite message board, through the running community.
And now, I'm counting on that support to help support the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.
The Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation is holding its Annual "Cinco de Mayo Races" on Sunday, May 1, 2011 in Irvine. The money raised will fund research that explores causes, treatments and cures for pediatric cancer.
My donation link is HERE.
And this is where the fun starts...
There's a Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K option for this race.
I'm willing to do ANY distance, but the distance I do depends on how much I raise.
$500 for the 5K
$750 for the 10K
$1000 for the half marathon
In the next few weeks, I've got some great giveaways lined up, and the more you donate, the more entries you'll earn.
I know this is a loooong post. But Gabby has TWO YEARS of chemo treatments. Two years, where she can't play in the sun. She can't go to Disneyland. We can't travel to visit our families. TWO YEARS where her sisters can't have their normal lives back.
And that sure the hell ain't right.
5 bonus entries on my first giveaway to whomever can guess what movie my title quote is from.