February 29, 2012

I am running for her

Meet my best friend, Kelli.

She's gorgeous bald, isn't she?

She was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at age 26.

We met our first week in college.  Pledged the same sorority.  Were attached at the hip for years to come.  We were roommates.  We traveled together.  Shopped together.  Borrowed toothpaste from each other.  Ran errands for each other.  Shared a beagle together.  Shared the same group of friends.  Her family is awesome and accepted me so much.

We lost her a few years ago.  
  Do you know what it is like to watch someone's husband, parents, sisters, grandparents, cousins let someone go?
Do you know what it's like to watch a nurse unplug life support machines one at a time?
We were all gathered at her bedside when she took her last breath here on Earth.

I'm running the San Diego Half Marathon in Kelli's memory.

We all know someone struggling with cancer.

Won't you help me raise funds to help find cures for blood cancers?  Anything helps.  $1, $5, $10 donations.  

It's not for me.  
It's for Kelli.  
And all the rest of the folks out there who have lost loved ones or are going through this terrible disease we call cancer.

Log on to the below link and help me eradicate cancers one step at a time.


  1. What a nice tribute to her. I hope you understand if I'm not able to contribute this time. We had a loss in our family (22 yr man) in November and their family has started a foundation in his name..we are all putting our efforts and fundraising towards getting the foundation off the ground. I have forwarded your email along to a number of people and I wish you so much success in your fundraising efforts!

  2. This is absolutely beautiful. And something that I so sadly can relate to. One of my college friends also died of a brain tumor. Although she and I were friends, she was best friends with my friend Lyndse and reading your story was like reading exactly what Lyndse went through. It's beautiful that you shared your story and that you are working to make a difference. I will be donating.


  3. I've been thinking about this since your email--can't believe you had to go through this. I can't imagine. I lost a best friend in high school but it was sudden, so there was no preparation/watching him suffer/etc. How hard for you that must have been . . .

    I am running out the door right now but I will definitely donate!

  4. Although I cannot afford to donate at this time, I have in the past, as I have two aunts battling breast cancer. I was recently diagnosed with MS. I wish I was able to donate to this and many more causes. The last few years it seems either someone I know has been affected my Cancer in some way or another. I wish I was well enough to be able to do the walk/run the walk.