Monday, December 15, 2014

tis the giving season

It's been a while.. story of my life. I mean to be vigilant with blogging but taking care of animals and our company move.. and training for and running a fairly busy fall race season... that has left not much time or energy for writing.

Briefly, I am currently training for the Rock & Roll New Orleans Marathon, which takes place at the end of January. As usual, training is going pretty well, but fundraising is a bit of a struggle.

If, like many people, you find yourself looking to make end of year charitable donations for tax reasons... look no further! Donate to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and help to find a cure for blood cancers. You would also be helping me to meet my fundraising commitments, for which I would be eternally grateful ;-)

Current Fundraisers:
Jams for a Cure
In the fall I made a little over 300 jars of homemade jams, marmalades, chutneys and sauces... using local produce (including some from my own garden)... with the intention of selling them at a local craft fair. The craft fair has come and gone, and I still have some inventory.

If you are looking for unique (and delicious!) stocking stuffers or hostess gifts, please let me know and I'll send you the full details on flavours, sizes and pricing. 

Options include (but are not limited to..) strawberry jam; strawberry, apple & honey jam; peach jam; peach & ginger jam; white peach & lavender jam; lemon, apple & honey jam; lemon marmalade; grapefruit marmalade; cranberry sauce; peach chutney; apple, ginger & tart cherry chutney; apple butter; and apple sauce...

Raffle Tickets - Win a Mercedes-Benz
Once again, Mercedes-Benz has generously donated two vehicles to be raffled off as a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. A 2015 C400 4MATIC (MSRP $48,590), and a GLA250 4MATIC (MSRP $33,300).

There are only 5000 tickets being sold, so your chances of winning a new car are 1:2500
Tickets are $100 each. If you would like to purchase one (or more!), again.. please contact me and I'll send them to you.
The raffle draw will take place on March 28, 2015 at the Leukemia Ball... winners do not have to be present to win.

Training update:
This coming Sunday we will be doing our 18 mile training run. Normally, long training runs up to about 14 miles are within my comfort zone. Tiring but not daunting...

Getting through the 16, 18 & 20 mile training runs... those still cause me some anxiety. So, think good thoughts for me on Sunday!

I'll be thinking about loved ones who have died of cancer... like my grandmother, my cousin, and my mother-in-law. I'll be thinking of loved ones who are currently battling cancer... like my great-aunt and my cousin. And I'll be thinking of loved ones who are enjoying life after cancer... like my grandad, and friends Keiran and Chris.

Research and patient support, funded by organizations like the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, are what gets people through cancer diagnosis and treatment, to where they can enjoy life after cancer. Donations made by people like you and I make that possible.

If you are able, please donate now...

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