Amelia Baldwin via Crowdrise
February 26, 2011
BENEFITING: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
EVENT DATE: Jun 11, 2011
I am training for an endurance event to help raise money for folks who are living the worst sort of endurance event, the flight against blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
"I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody." – Lily Tomlin
I am training for a 4.5 mile open water swim, the ChattanoogaRatRace and a 3.25 mile swim, The Ridges 5K Open Water Swim. Why would I attempt something like that? I am enduring the pain of training so that others in the future may not have to endure the pain of blood cancer. I'm raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma from taking more lives.
I am training and competing in memory of my father, Willis "Baldy" Baldwin, who died of anaplastic lymphoma ALK negative on May 18, 2008. I am also doing this in memory of the loved ones of friends who have also died of blood cancers, like Melanie's Dad, Tim's Dad, Betty's husband ,Wafa's Uncle Joe, Rebecca's mother, and Coach Jeffrey.
I am also doing this in honor of those who have fought the fight and won, or who are still in the battle, including my friends Kelly, Katy, Jeff, Berniece, Sharon, sister-in-law Susan, another Susan's brother, Veronica's Dad, and Victoria's Dad to name only a few that come to mind right this moment. You might be aware that 2010 Auburn football recruit, Shon Coleman, was diagnosed and treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, delaying his enrollment in college. Blood cancers do not respect age or youth or beauty or fitness, or anything else you can imagine.
The people currently fighting blood cancers are the real heroes. We need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure! You may even know someone who is battling or has battled leukemia, lymphoma (Hodgkin's or non-Hodgkin's), or myeloma. If so, please tell me their name so I can honor them by name.
While this open water swim may sound like a very long endurance event for an overweight middle-aged woman like me, the pain and suffering of training and competing are insignificant compared to the pain and suffering of patients with lymphoma and other blood cancers, who must suffer through harsh chemotherapy and worse for the chance to live.
Please make a donation to support the fight against blood cancers. Your donations help advance blood cancer research. This research could some day save the life of your loved one.
You can donate online right here through CrowdRise by clicking the big orange button at the top right. Your donation is tax deductable and goes straight to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society minus a 5% fee for use of this website. I plan to given an amount exceeding CrowdRise's transaction fees so that every dollar you give can go straight to research. If you prefer to send a check, make it out to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and mail it to me at home.
I am paying all my expenses for these events. Your donations go straight to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Last year I trained for a half IronMan triathlon and in 2009 I trained for an Olympic distance triathlon, raising over $10,000 in total. This year I hope we can raise at least $6,000. That seems like a ridiculously large goal, but the objective, to fight blood cancers, is worth it.
I hope you will visit my web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress. I will post updates here.
If you know of others who may want to support this effort, please pass this web page address to them.
I have set up a training blog here: http://ameliabaldwin.livejournal.com/ where I will post periodic updates about my training and progress.
Thank you for your donations, your prayers, and your encouragement!
God bless you!