TNT: The Accidental Runner :...ONE...LAST...TIME.....Ruh-Roh

I'm a masochist.

There, I said it. A friend of mine (you may have seen him wandering around here --he has a Big White Hat) says that the first step in recovery is admitting that you have a problem.

I do have a problem. I have a problem with little kids dying from an incurable blood cancer. the spirit of putting my money where my big fat mouth is...

Once again, I'm going to run the Lake Placid Half Marathon for the Upstate NY/VT Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in June, 2009. The LLS has a fundraising branch called Team in Training (I prefer Team in Torture, but to each his or her own) which allows individuals to raise funds for the Society by participating in athletic endurance events; triathlons (no thanks, I'd probably drown), 100-mile bike rides (uh, flat tire and I'd be out of the game), full marathons (not with my knees) and half marathons (the lesser of four evils).

I'll be running 13.1 miles in Lake Placid, NY (think hills....a LOT of hills....and not surprisingly...they're all UPhill ) and raising my minimum of $1500.00

Incidentally, this will be my FIFTH half marathon....I ran in the very first Lake Placid Half all the way back in 2005, and have run in every single one since....all for Leukemia.

I'll be posting my training and fundraising progress on here for your amusement.
Also, for the second year in a row, I'll be running in honor of an amazing young woman from Western NY, her dad's on here and is a fellow FOGIE.

Wish me luck, send me Motrin and ice packs, and when I post my fundraising page and if you're feeling philanthropic, feel free to donate.

God help me.

UPDATE: Who's in trouble? Oh, that would be me. I'm in trouble. I've been so crazy busy with eight million things happening in my life all at the same time, that I FORGOT TO START MY FUNDRAISING.
If I don't raise $1500.00 by the end of May, I have to pay for it out of pocket, and they have my credit card number. Can you help a sister out and donate? I have a whopping $30 so far.
Here's the link to my page, you can donate right on the site (completely secure) or if you prefer, you can email me here and I'll tell you where to send a check.
You folks pushed me WAY past my fundraising minimum last year. This year, all I want to hit is the minimum. I know times are financially tight for everyone.

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Comment by Mary Ellen Shea on May 12, 2009 at 9:19am
Thanks guys....with two hand-in checks I'm just over $1000 in one day. Desperation, whining and pleading must have it's own unique charm.
Hey Art? Would you mind bringing a couple of earth movers to Lake Placid and leveling the playing field a little bit? I don't think the locals will mind.....
Comment by Mike on May 11, 2009 at 11:39pm
OK pretty girl... How do I get my name on your shirt again? How do I get more FnGirl stories? What's it going to take?
Comment by Art "ChiefReason" Goodrich on May 11, 2009 at 7:46pm
It you start from the other end, it will all be DOWNHILL!
Just a thought.
Comment by Dave, NB 9 on May 11, 2009 at 5:22pm
You go girl........ Thanks to everyone who is able to help Mel out !! Brotherhood Rocks! (so do you Mel)
Comment by turk182 on January 29, 2009 at 9:32am
Good luck!!!!

When you start excepting donations let us know and I will send what I can.
Comment by Dave, NB 9 on January 28, 2009 at 7:40am
Mel, you out running this morning?
Comment by Amber on January 28, 2009 at 6:44am
I think what you are doing is amazing. Brianna and others like her need people who are willing to open their hearts, wallets and/or strap on the running shoes. You have a great group of people here who support your efforts. I gave last year and I will gladly give this year too.
Good luck with your fundraising and your training!
Comment by Mary Ellen Shea on January 28, 2009 at 12:35am
thank you to everyone else who commented....Kim, Ted, Mike, Bob, Jim, Kali, Joe, Kenz, you know who you are.
I literally couldn't do this without knowing you are in my corner.

Quick side story....during our Leukemia Society Board Meetings, we have "Mission Moments" where someone talks about what motivates them to do what they do for LLS. I talked about FFN and the FOGIES and Brianna, and all of you. You warm my heart, restore my faith, and put wings on my feet.
Thank you.
Comment by Mary Ellen Shea on January 28, 2009 at 12:32am
Anything for you, Colleen and Brianna...maybe it's not by blood, but you're family nonetheless.
Comment by Engineco913 on January 27, 2009 at 10:01pm
And Mel, I'm with ya hun. Don't make me brainstorm another kidnapping and ransom demand... :)

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