BENEFITING: GRASSROOT SOCCER
ORGANIZER: GRASSROOT SOCCER
EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012
Mileage Tracker: 318
11/1/12 - DEAR EVERYONE - THE MARATHON IS STILL HAPPENING, AND THANKFULLY I'VE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE POWER THROUGHOUT EVERYTHING. UNFORTUNATELY, I DO NOT CURRENTLY HAVE A LAPTOP, AND WORK HAS BEEN CANCELED ALL WEEK. THEREFORE, I'VE HAD TO USE MY CELL PHONE TO DO PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING. I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO UPDATE THIS AS I WOULD LIKE, AND I PROBABLY WON'T BE ABLE TO POST HERE AGAIN UNTIL AFTER THE MARATHON IS OVER, BUT I JUST WANTED TO SAY:
THANK YOU DEARLY FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR ALL THE SUPPORT I HAVE RECEIVED. SOME OF YOU MAY NEVER UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH YOUR DONATIONS HAVE MADE THIS EXPERIENCE EVEN BETTER. I AM PROUD TO CALL YOU ALL FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND PLEASE KNOW THAT I WILL BE RUNNING WITH YOU ALL CLOSE TO MY HEART - MAYBE A PIECE OF PAPER WITH YOUR NAMES ON IT, MAYBE YOUR NAMES WRITTEN ON MY SHIRT, I HAVEN'T FIGURED IT OUT YET, BUT THEY WILL SERVE AS A REMINDER OF HOW MUCH LOVE I HAVE FROM THE PEOPLE IN MY LIFE.
THANK YOU ALL AGAIN, AND IF YOU WANT TO FOLLOW ME ON MARATHON DAY, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, PLEASE EMAIL OR TEXT ME.
*I suggest a minimum donation of $40 - it will be a lot easier for me to find 75 people to donate than say, 300 who donate $10. BUT I will seriously and gladly accept whatever you can offer. If it happens to be more, say $3000 ;), I'll gladly accept that too*
FASTEST PACE: 8:30min/mile
LONGEST DISTANCE: 18.75 miles
***STAR OF THE DAY 3 - CHRISTINA PREVILLE - 10/19***
YAY FOR MORE FRESHMAN THROWBACKS! Christina and I go back to being Y1C/Y1S/B buddies! So many shennanigans - giant movie slumper parties in the lounge, learning Russian, cutting me with a mohawk, surviving that epic rainstorm, and I'm pretty sure you were there for that quite creepy AIM chatroom where we all sat in the lounge, but didn't say anything out loud and instead just typed it. And once I came back senior year, we were able to reunite with some Senior mugs and parties at Schmichael's. Christina is a gansta-cool chick, and she made WAM instantly feel like home. Spasiba!!!
***STAR OF THE DAY 2 - DAWN BLISKA-MESSINA - 10/19***
Dawn is one of the few people that I've known my entire life. Just like my family, I don't ever remember a time without Dawn there. Apparently when I was young and she was babysitting, I threw Spaghetti-Os ALL OVER THE PLACE and made it hell for her to clean up. I think I've matured qutie a bit since then though. Over the years, we've played board and card games, gone ice skating, taken goofy pictures together, and I've even been able to see her start her own family! So greatful she's been in my life. THANKS, DAWN!
***STAR OF THE DAY - MAHAM AKBAR - 10/19***
WIFEEEE 1...or Wife 2...or Wife 3 - depending on the day and if Ruth and Alyssa are around. Haha. I love Maham because, like no one else, she understands what it feels like to be the loud one in PSP and have everyone just be like "ummmm okay." YAY FOR SHARED LOUDNESS! Also, there's this one story when Maham was driving home and she really...oh - I guess I shouldn't share that publicly, but don't think I've forgotten. :) My lovely wifey was president when I joined PSP and I'm glad because then I got to know her so well. Thanks for inducting me into such a great brotherhood, being a lovely dance partner at formals, and showing up to the Leafe when I was an underage server. :P
***STAR OF THE DAY 3 - EVA BAKER - 10/18***
Eva is another fantastical PSP brother who I had the pleasure of initiating during my sophomore year! I know she was super glad I was on her committee senior year cause I worked so hard. ;) Haha. Naw, but seriously, she's a dedicated, focused, and fun girl who I know is going to go far in this world. Thanks for the support, bro!
***STAR OF THE DAY 2 - EMILY TITUS - 10/18***
We're going back to Freshman year, people! Emily lived on Y1C, my sister hall in my freshman dorm. It's moments like us hanging outside the staircase door, sitting on the floor, and bitching about family issues and talking about Yankee Candle, that I treasure. I do NOT treasure however when "Titan" had a stupid little rodent living with her sophomore year that ended up biting me because I got too close to its cage. Haha. Oh, and living on substance free housing with the lovely RA from freshman year, that was a major bonding experience...along with the many late nights we stayed up studying. I don't know how we made it through the year. She helped me power through college, and she's helping me power through now. :) LOVE YA, HUN!
***STAR OF THE DAY - QUEENIE TONG - 10/18***
Lovely lady - She's one of those dance buddies turned friend from always being in class together. :) The semester after I came back from Sevilla, I spent the next 8 months living in NYC and working on my dance training. I ended up in a bunch of new classes and popped in to Michelle Barber where I instantly met the Michelle "groupies" who welcome me with open arms. Queenie is one of those great girls, and while I'm barely in class anymore, she still catches up with me when we both wait outside studios 3 and 4 at BDC on Friday nights. :) She's one of the sweetest, and I am honored to have her support. THANK YOU!
***STAR OF THE DAY - BRENDAN FIELDS - 10/17***
I have so much love for this man. We've been through a lot together. I met Brendy our freshman year when we both rushed and pledged PSP. Both naive little freshman, we had no idea what our future had in store for us. Sophomore year we both ended up planning to study abroad in Sevilla and planned on being roommates. DUN DUN DUN - THE CREATION OF SPROOMZ! We trolled all around Spain - La Tomatina, Madrid, and then our homestay. This one covered for me a couple of times when my host mom couldn't find me, and I introduced him to the lovely taste of hard liquor! Returning to senior year, and these dinosaurs were stomping all around - RAWR! Yet we still managed time to discuss Survivor...Where were our priorities? And now he's just being too damn awesome by doing Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. I tip my hat to him. THANK YOU, BRENDA, FOR HELPING ME...AND HELPING THE WORLD (Okay, that was a little too much. lol)
HI AND WELCOME TO MY DONATION PAGE!
I’m running the NYC Marathon for the first time in my life and it’s going to be great. It’s been a goal of mine for the past couple of years, and I finally decided to make it happen. Even though I hate running, I just want to be able to say that I’ve finished it. I don’t even care to do well (as long as I’m not the last one). :) Running is great because I also get to sponsor a cause I truly support – Grassroot Soccer. I guess I should explain why.
A few years before I was born in 1989, I lost my grandfather to HIV. While in the hospital, he received a blood transfusion which happened to be infected with the virus. The virus was so new that the hospital (like the rest of the world) was unable to tell and probably had no clue that they even had infected blood. I can only imagine what my grandfather went through – HIV/AIDS wasn’t even termed until only 1982/3 so the immediacy was enough for everyone to be fearful. While I would not have remembered meeting my grandfather, he didn’t even get to see me be born because people were afraid, people weren’t educated, and people didn’t care.
Things have changed though. In the past 30 years, we’ve come such a long way because of the amazing work people have done. While I’ve only done a small part, I fight the fight for those that can’t. You can help me in that fight. By donating to Grassroot Soccer on my behalf, not only will you help me in my goal of running the marathon, but you’ll help those that don’t even know where to start. I truly believe that with the progress we’ve made thus far and where we’re going, we can expect HIV to be history within our lifetime.
If you would like to know about my story and the work I’ve done and am doing for HIV/AIDS, please contact me. I’d love to share! :)
Check out www.GrassrootSoccer.org and their You Tube channel to learn more: http://www.youtube.com/user/grassrootsoccer
Also, keep up with me on dailymile: christopher_let