On Kicking Off…

This weekend marks the kick-off of the Virtual Team In Training summer season. We had our first conference call yesterday and heard from our coach, Joe English.  We also start our 1/2 marathon training, which this week consists of three “run” days totaling approximately 8.5 miles and 2 cross-training/weights days, but will only get longer and tougher from here on out. I am really hoping we have a short winter and a nice, warm spring filled with sunshine. (A girl can dream, right?)

I am nervous, but I am also super-excited and am already looking forward to our race weekend in San Diego in June!

Remember these two cuties? Peyton and Ezra are both my personal honorees, two adorable little kids battling the nastiness of leukemia.

I am going to continue to celebrate my 31st birthday this entire year because I am convinced it will be one of the BEST YEARS EVER, so for every 10 donations ($31+) to my personal fundraising goal, I will have a drawing from those who donated and give away a $50 gift card to Amazon, Target, or one of my new faves, The Healthy Pantry (winner’s choice).

HUGE thanks to those who already donated:

Thea Rudland
Steph Enos, for the beautiful jewelry that I will be selling to raise money!
Erin Pirkl
Christy Mensi
Becki Barnhart
Mindi Parker
Nancy Collins
Beth Fletcher
Dale Ann & Danny Hoyt
Brooke Fradd
Les Pirkl
Summer Lang
Hope Hamby
Melissa Faris
Karena Ohlsson
Jared Barnhart
Anita McGurran

Why donate?

The need is critical: An estimated 912,938 people in the United States are living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma or
myeloma. Every four minutes, someone new is diagnosed with blood cancer. Every 10 minutes, someone dies.

Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children under the age of
20. Lymphomas are the most common blood cancers and incidence increases with age.
The survival rate for myeloma is only 37.1 percent.

**So, if  you can spare a few extra bucks (100% tax deductible), please donate. Heck, even ONE dollar will make me happy. Those dollars add up.
Donate with a credit card at my secure fundraising page

Or you can send me a check made payable to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Shoot me an email at melissa@shrinkingjeans.net and I will give you my mailing info. 

Businesses – The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans has HUGE advertising opportunities for you. Want to see what we are offering you in exchange for your donation? Email me for a copy of our media kit. 

Thank you. So, so much.

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  • Heather D

    YES!
    I'm being unoriginal and snagging some of your key points. Just a heads up that I'm a copycat today…
    ;)

  • Bacardi Mama

    You guys are going to be so freakin awesome!!!

  • Veronica Lee

    Hi! I'm visiting from MBC. Great blog.

  • Mindi

    I really hope your winter gets over early for you. So hard to love the treadmill for long runs! Wishing you happy, healthy training!!

  • Manic Mother

    So proud of you! That is so awesome!