I promise you that I will have a recipe for you this weekend. I’ve been cooking and photographing in between working long hours and running long distances, which hasn’t left much time for writing. I do have some pretty great ideas and recipes to share with you and I will get them typed up soon. Recipe creation and ingredient innovation is very important to me, but I have been finding ways to fit other passions into my life over the last few months.
If you think one of those passions is running, you are absolutely wrong. I really do not like running that much at all. However, I am passionate about the mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, so running has become a big part of my life since December 2012. With just three weeks left until my first half marathon with Team in Training, I have three very exciting accomplishments to share. So I’m going to hit you with some knowledge before I hit you with that recipe.
First, I ran 10.5 miles last week, exceeding the minimum distance that I want to run in training to feel prepared for the 13.1 miles on April 28th. I will have another long run this weekend and I might push the distance farther, but then I will be done with distance-building until the day of the race!
Second, I met my fundraising minimum for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon last week. The minimum amount I need to raise to participate is $1600. About $400 of that goes to administrative fees, race fees, etc. at Team in Training, and every additional dollar that we raise beyond $400 goes directly to program services, including research, patient services, and public health and professional education.
Third, I met my personal fundraising goal of $2000 this morning. The fundraising numbers that will be reported on race weekend are due in one week, and my fundraising page will remain open for about six weeks. As is in my nature, since I have met my initial goal, I have decided to set the bar a little higher at $2500. I think we can do it!
I have nearly doubled my fundraising dollars over the last week due to the enthusiasm and generosity of several dear friends, who have gone above and beyond to share the mission with others. Special thanks for Joan Love, who has executed her own email campaign to her friends and colleagues to get the word out. My sincere gratitude goes out to Jeff Carter, Steve Parker, Andrea Nattrass, Jessica Weiss, and my other work colleagues, who have made my mission their own. Steve has agreed to shave his iconic beard if his team is able to meet the fundraising goal that he has set for them. So far, they have raised double the goal amount. Way to go, team!
The next goal is ambitious – $400 in one week. Last month, I pledged on my website Veganville Run to run the Monument Ave 10K dressed as a block of tofu, if I raise a total of $2500 by April 12th. I am sewing a tofu costume this weekend, because I believe we can get there.
It has been a long run so far, and I will need your help to get to the next milestone this week. I appreciate each one of you who has made a donation and offered encouraging messages of support. Now I am asking you to share the mission and the work we have done so far. Please send out to your contact list, write about it on your blog, and share on Facebook and Twitter on my behalf. You never know where people have come from or what they are dealing with, and I have learned over the last three months that many of the people you interact with each day have been impacted by blood cancers in one way or another. I have heard some amazing stories and received immense support simply by sharing the mission with others. Will you please do the same?
Lauren’s TNT Fundraising Website: http://pages.teamintraining.org/md/nikewhlf13/ldowney
Here are some exciting things that you could share. Please email me if you would like more info.
Legend Brewing Happy Hour – April 18th, Richmond, VA
Legend Brewing Co. will donate $1 for every beer sold in the beer garden on April 18th between 4:30 and 7:00 PM to Lauren Downey’s fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. Come join us!
Simply head out to Legend, join us on the deck, and order a beer. Legend will donate $1 of every beer purchase to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training.
We will also raffle off some great local RVA prizes and tickets will be available in exchange for a donation to LLS! JOIN the event to see the raffle prizes as they are announced.
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/527902787256517/
Help Us Dance our Way to a Cure! – April 13th, Columbia, MD
Please join Team McDowney on Saturday, April 13th at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Columbia for an evening of ballroom dancing to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. All levels of experience are welcome, from the brand new “what’s a foxtrot?” beginner to the seasoned “my waltz will bring you to tears” professional are welcome!
Professional ballroom dance instructors will teach you the basics of 3 different dances, and then you can dance the night away! Your $15 ticket includes instruction, refreshments, a live performance by professional dancers, and raffle tickets for some great prizes from local businesses. 100% of the ticket sales will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/148285718680407/
Lauren Downey has pledged to run the Monument Avenue 10K in Richmond, Virginia on April 13th, dressed as a block of tofu, if she meets her fundraising goal of $2,500 to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Lauren is raising money to fund life-saving blood cancer research with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. She will complete four months of training and fundraising on April 28, 2013, when she will run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington, D.C.
Please help her reach her goal by making a donation, then stay tuned for photos and video of Lauren sporting an attractive tofu costume at the Monument Avenue 10K, two weeks before the big race.
If Lauren raises. . .
$2,500 – she will wear the block of tofu costume on April 13th at the Monument Avenue 10K
$3,500 – she will perform one of JT’s songs from the SNL sketch at the finish line of the Monument Avenue 10K
$5,000 – she will officially “bring it on down to Veganville” and go vegan for 28 days
The deadline for donations is April 12, 2013. Donate today!
Created 24 years ago, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training (TNT), has grown to be the world’s largest and most successful endurance sports charity training program. Since its inception in 1988, when a team of 38 runners trained together for the New York City Marathon and raised $320,000, TNT has prepared more than 570,000 people to achieve their dream of completing a marathon, half marathon, triathlon, 100-mile (century) bicycle ride or hike adventure. Those participants have raised a remarkable $1.3 billion to support blood cancer research and patient services.
The money raised by TNT participants has enabled LLS to fund millions of dollars of research to help advance new treatments and cures for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and provide critical education and support to cancer patients and their families.
Nearly 50% of all cancer drugs approved by the FDA during the past decade were for blood cancers. And they are helping other patients as well. Five of those drugs have been approved for patients with solid tumors and others are being tested for other indications.
Survival rates for children with leukemia have improved from 3% 40 years ago to 90% today; Hodgkin lymphoma patient survival rates have more than doubled to 88% since the 1960s. And the survival rate for myeloma patients tripled in past decade.
THANK YOU for your support!