Because I’m Frustrated

I’m frustrated! If you know me or have been following this blog for a while you would know that last year my sister was diagnosed with lymphoma and that I joined the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training (TNT) program. TNT is the worlds largest endurance sports training program. It is with TNT that I vowed to raise $2500 for LLS and run a half marathon – 13.1 miles.

So over the last several months I have trained hard. I have endured painful long runs and sore muscles. I have fought back against that voice in my head that has told me I can’t do this. Physically, I am ready for race day.

The downfall though, is that we hit a snag in fundraising. Bricks 4 Lymphoma, a LEGO® Brick building competition had been planned for this weekend, but due to the lack of support we had to cancel the physical event and just do a virtual build competition – which hasn’t helped raise much money.

So let me elaborate on why I’m frustrated. I’m frustrated because I’ve had so many family and friends talk about wanting to support me and my sister (being that she is the cancer survivor and she is why I’m running and fundraising) and it seems impossible lately to get any support. With the build competition, it seemed like everyone I talked to about was so interested and guaranteed me that they wanted to be involved – but still no one has stepped up to support the cause.

This isn’t about me. It isn’t about the money. It’s about feeling alone in this. My sister didn’t fight cancer alone. She survived cancer because of the love and support of her friends. And I can’t do this alone either. Between my sister and I, we have well over 100 friends. If I had 100 people each donate $24, I would reach my goal.

I chose LLS as a cause to run and fundraise for because without LLS and the research they’ve done in the past and the people who’ve raised money before, my sister may not be alive today. I want to continue to further research for the people like my sister. To continue to give hope to those afflicted with blood cancers.

I don’t understand why it’s so hard to move people to action. Why do people talk and talk and talk about wanting to help and make a difference and yet no one does anything?

I’m still praying that God will provide a way for me to get to the race. He hasn’t brought me this far in my training for nothing. I don’t know what He’s up to right now, but I know He has a plan for all of this….I just wish I knew what it was.

If you are interested in donating, here’s the link to my fundraising page:
http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/mardigra14/bricks4lymphoma

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