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Monday, October 22, 2007

Nike Women's Marathon...San Francisco Style

This past weekend was the Nike Women's Marathon up in San Francisco. I got to hang out with most of the women in my life...Lynn, my sister Amy, and my mom to celebrate life and how precious it is. My other sister Jaime couldn't make it up there. It was a powerful event in my life. Not only was Lynn running the marathon, but Amy was also walking the half marathon. Amy is just a month removed from her last radiation treatment for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and she finished the half marathon with flying colors. She is completely cured now, save for the semi-annual checkups she has to attend.

So Saturday night before race day, there was a big pasta/carb loading party at the Moscone Center. As we walked into the Convention Center, there were hundreds of Team in Training volunteers, coaches, & mentors clapping, yelling, and ringing cow bells to get everyone pupmed up. It worked. I was overcome with emotion as I walked through the line of TNT greeters. I was thinking about how just six months ago I had heard the news that my little sister was diagnosed with cancer. Now she is all better and it's because of groups like Team in Training that are raising millions of dollars on her and others' behalf to fund cutting edge research on blood cancers. I can't say enough about this group. The night only got better. TNT asked my sister to speak in front of the 9000 people at the dinner. What can I say. My sister is now a rock star. She gave a powerful 10 minute speech that had me in tears as well as lots of others who were there on behalf of a friend or family member affected by this insidious disease. The night was awesome.

There was about 23,000 people that did the race. Almost 6000 of them, including Lynn and Amy were with Team in Training. Together we raised over $18.5 million dollars this weekend for cancer research. What better way to spend a long weekend.

This was Lynn's first marathom and she fought through all the pain and suffering it brought and finished strong. I think she's addicted to these now. She's vowing to do the OC Half Marathon in January and the LA Marathon with her brother Mark this March.

2 Comments:

  • At 3:54 PM, Anonymous Jaime Lopez said…

    I heard her speech was truly amazing. Can't wait to see the PP Presentation on it. Wish I could have made it up. But...had to stay behind with the kiddos(your niece and nephew!)and hubby!
    I'll come cheer Lynn on at the OC Marathon and the LA marathon since they are a bit more local. We can bring the kids to those.

    Love
    Jaime(your sista!!)

    PS-How's the smoke over there by you guys??..it's pretty bad over here.

     
  • At 6:23 PM, Blogger Cher said…

    Allan,
    Was so so much fun spending the weekend with you and Lynn. How proud of I of her and Amy? It's going to be an annual Bartlett event, so start pumping your walking feet, so you can walk with us next year.
    I too was frought with emotion when I walked through the door Saturday night amidst all the cheers, cowbells, and balloons clapping together. I felt like one of the Lakers going through the crowd on their way to last game of the playoffs. What an awesome feeling.
    The Team in Training folks are a class act, and the money they raised ($18 million) for this past weekend, was a testimony to their greatness.
    I'm so proud of Amy and how she handled her journey, and so proud of Lynn for raising the money to go and participate, and also for pushing thorough to the full marathon! What a family we have!

    Mom

     

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