My Message To You

27 July 2014

Dear Adoring Fans,

This time in 2005 I had just started training to run my first marathon and raising money to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) through their Team In Training (TNT) program. Since then I have run seven marathons and two half marathons, cycled two century rides, and finished two triathlon with TNT. More importantly, through your generous contributions we have raised over $25,000 to support the fight against blood cancers, a truly incredible amount. I am humbled by your continued generosity to this important cause.

This year I am headed back to the city of my birth, Washington, D.C., to run The Nation’s Triathlon on September 7, 2014.

Every season I hear of more people who have been impacted by blood cancer. This past year it was my friend Barb’s young son, Jude, who was diagnosed with leukemia last October. He’s doing great in treatment, but has a long road ahead of him. Every season I begin to think: maybe this will be my last event with TNT. Then someone else gets diagnosed with cancer, and I know I need to keep going. Because I can.

I can train for the triathlon, but I need your help to meet my fundraising goal: to raise $5000 by August 17, 2014 to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in its battle against blood cancers. (Of course, I am happy to accept your donations after this date, as well).

How can you help? Make a secure online donation here.

The next few months will be a challenge for me. But although I will be logging many miles and challenging myself both mentally and physically, it pales in comparison to what cancer patients have to endure. Please help support me in this challenge by contributing generously. All donations are 100% tax-deductible and more than 75% of all funds go directly to support research, public and professional education, advocacy, patient aid, and community service programs.

On June 2, 2008, my Uncle Kenny passed away after a long, painful battle with graft versus host disease that resulted from a bone marrow transplant to treat leukemia. I also train in honor of my friend (and sister-in-law’s mother) Jan Riggs, who has been battling multiple myeloma since 2007, in memory of my childhood friend Robb Milacci, whose life was ended by a brain tumor far too soon in February 2009, and in honor of my little friend Jude, who inspires us all.

I will be documenting my season here on this blog, so please check back frequently to read more about what I am doing and follow my training. This is truly a team effort, and I couldn’t do it without your support. And if you are unable to make a financial contribution, your moral support is just as welcome!

Cancer has, in some way, touched the lives of nearly everyone I know. I’m running this marathon in honor of Jan and in loving memory of my uncle my friend Robb and the long list of others in whose names you have given me. Please let me know if you have a special person on whose behalf you are donating and I will gladly add them to my list of honorees. And feel VERY free to share this information with anyone who might be interested in making a contribution.

Thank you for your support.



I’m competing in this triathlon in honor of Jan Riggs and Jude Anderson and in memory of my Uncle Kenny Vinograd, my Honored Teammates, as well as in memory of my childhood friend Robb Milacci. I also train in honor of Susan Holt Dewyar, Jon Bart, Gabbi Martin, Daniela Garcia, Gene Espinoza, Joel Zopletal, Brooke Gebow, Nancy Zisook, Lina DiGregorio, Lillian Houser, Karson Walters, Chris Bonham, Major Connelly, and Cousin John. I run in memory of my grandfather, Arthur Vinograd, who died after a long battle with Hodgkin’s disease in 1959, my great aunt, Ruth Vinograd, who lost her battle with lymphoma in 1995, Jeffrey Valentino, Howard Friday, Kate Wolf, Steve Goodman, Michael Fujimoto, D.J. Herbert, Lillian Aiello, Sherry Brown, Fran Perry, Diane Dhruv, Risa, Karen Collins, Tom Peterson, Scott Lee, Carlos Valencia, Gloria M. Harris, Milford Harris, Clara M. Drobka, Lisa Harris, Fredric Green, Aunt Mary Valentino, Yvonne Dodd, Amy Gery, Ruthie Hast Polk, Sandra Yue, Uncle Sal, Dave Sitton, and Peter Cade.


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