|Be the One Run 2012|
S/O to The Ave Venice
Hey everyone, it's been a LONG TIME NO SEE from me. Nothing has really changed on this side of the water. I'm still doing my advocacy with the Be the Match Foundation for bone marrow donation awareness. I completed my third annual 5K during our Be the One Run in Long Beach, Ca. this past November and signed up with Team Be The Match Southwest to do a HALF MARATHON and raise $1,000 this June of 2013.
|Be the ne Run 2011|
|Be the One Run 2010|
If you don't know the backstory on how I got involved let me tell you briefly.
Back in September of 2010 I was excited to go to a concert, B-Real of Cypress Hill's Smokeout Festival. I bought two tickets but i still needed one more so I could take my little cousin who had just turned 18. I wanted to celebrate by taking him to a hip hop show we could both appreciate. I went on a chat show and won two tickets answering a Cypress Hill trivia question. I was SO HAPPY! I couldn't believe I won tickets. Then I found out that my little cousin was diagnosed with leukemia. My heart dropped. I started doing research about leukemia and I was directed to the Be the Match website and read about bone marrow donation as a last resort. I had always wanted to be a bone marrow donor since I was a kid when I watched a show on the Montel Williams show about children suffering with various blood related diseases. Of course I was definitely interested in doing that and bringing awareness as we were all praying that my cousin would beat this and not need a transplant.
My sister and I went to the concert and I bought my cousin a lot of stuff and even got them autographed for him. The look on his face was awesome. Seeing him smile made me happy.
Fast track it to 2013... My cousin is leukemia free, but he still has to undergo chemotherapy and do spinal taps and the likes. NOT FUN! I've been an advocate since 2010 and have run (or attempted to run) 3 5k's and am now in training to do a half marathon. I will be honest, thinking about jogging and walking for 13 miles is overwhelming as i do have back pain issues, but knowing that I'm doing it for a great cause makes it all worth it.
While spreading awareness on my facebook page I learned that my sisters friends little girl Emma, who's 4 years old, was diagnosed with leukemia October 16, 2012. She's doing chemo at Choc now and is such a fighter. So now I not only advocate in honor of my cousin, but in honor of Emma as well.
I am writing this blog to tell you my story as well as ask for your help. Like I mentioned at the top, I am raising $1,000 and if you feel compelled to help donate or at the least share my blog and fundraising information that would be awesome too.
You can check out my fundraising page as well as donate
Read my blog from September 2011 to get even more information on my story and information about Be the Match and the bone marrow donation proccess and why we do what we do. blog archive September 2011