Friday, January 28, 2011

Celebrate Honor Inspire Friday

I have had the most amazing experience over the last seven days.

I have a Rock Fairy in my life now and I think everyone needs a Rock Fairy.  Way cooler than a Fairy God Mother.

I was looking for an idea to give our fund raising that Laura and I are doing for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society a jumpstart.

I had this idea to give a small keepsake to anyone that donated 10.00 or more to our webpage.  Something that people might want to keep, something unique and the idea was born.  Start a movement, become a Blood Cancer Freedom Fighter.

I had recently placed an order to the Rock Fairy and when I placed my order, I asked for two custom made rocks.  I wanted one of the rocks to say, Celebrate Honor Inspire as that was my three word theme for 2011 and I wanted a rock that said Run 26.2 for Kelly. 

I wrote to Kim deBroin Mailhot(Aka the Rock Fairy) and asked would it be possible to place a special order for 100 rocks that would all have the same inscription.  What would it cost to do that?

To my amazement, Kim replied not only was it possible, but she would donate the rocks and her time to paint the rocks.  No charge.  Simply pay the shipping costs.  She wanted to help, she wanted to make a difference.  The rocks were her gift to Laura and me to help us in this fight to create a world without blood cancers.

Kim even made the rocks two sided, one side says Blood Cancer Freedom Fighter and the other side has an inspirational word.  She did this because to her it felt right, and I love them.  One of my favorites, says "Together" on the back.  

You can read more about Kim's efforts by clicking here.

“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."-Martin Luther King

I hope those that are reading may be inspired to make a donation, or find their own calling to service, to greatness.

I don't know what the ripple effect of Kim's kindness will create in the world.  I do know what it did for me.

I was so touched in part that she chose to do this to help Laura and me celebrate Kelly's life, honor what she stood for, what she fought for.  A life that continues to inspire us.

To get your very own Blood Cancer Freedom Fighter rock  please click here and make a tax dedeuctible donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of 10.00 or more and reserve your spot on the Blood Cancer Freedom Fighter's Wall of fame.

Rock on!!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Light and Love

Nice message in this post from Brene Brown on Martin Luther King day.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The One Flaw In Women

I love the message in this movie.

Enjoy :)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Turn up the heat on blood cancer for Kelly's birthday

Today Kelly would be 22 years old and I am asking for your support to help me honor her life and all that she fought for in this battle against blood cancer. Kelly was such an inspiration to me! I will never forget her courage and loving attitude throughout her cancer journey. Please read the story on my website about how Kelly became my hero.

Will you help by:

1. Clicking on the link below and make a tax deductible donation in Kelly's honor. I am suggesting a donation of $26.22, one dollar per mile and one penny to commemorate each year of the anniversary of her birthday. If you are moved to give more that would be wonderful, however any amount would be so appreciated and will make an impact in the lives of patients and their families that are struggling today with this relentless disease.

2. Share the link to our team web page on Facebook or Twitter or link to this page on your blog.

3. Leave us a note of encouragement on our web page. We would love to hear from you.

If you would rather donate by check, please let me know and I will be glad to send you a self addressed stamped envelope.

Thanks in advance for your support.

Please click here to help fund lifesaving research, turn up the heat on cancer and make a donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to honor Kelly's life. We need your help to move the needle in this fight. Be 212° Be the difference!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Mission moment for Kelly

I asked if I could give the mission moment before the start of our group run on  I wanted to do something to honor Kelly this weekend.

We have a mission story before the start of every group run, to remind us of why we run, why we are raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

I shared a glimpse of Kelly's story from mid January 2008, written by her Mother, Patty.  When I got to the words make no mistake, I felt overwhelmed with emotions.  I had to stop and compose myself.  I felt sad as I read those words and at the same time I felt incredibly inspired by who Kelly was and what she stood for, what she fought for, I felt so grateful for her life.

Kelly is in quite a bit of pain but doesn't want to be admitted for IV pain medication so is just doing oral pain meds at this time. she has turned down the only new protocol available at this time - it would involve PEG asparginase shots which caused her to have a stroke when she was 7. understandable. so there are few options available - most likely little chance for remission.

Please pray for wisdom as we meet with doctors on Monday to decide on a course of treatment to ease Kelly's pain and to slow down the leukemia so we might have more time (we so want more time!)

just a quick update. Kelly's pain is much better - the continuous morphine pills have achieved a more constant level in her blood -. kelly has chosen a "maintenance" plan - most likely will not achieve a remission but hopefully buy some time and make her more comfortable. she has also chosen to stay in Seattle for about 6 more weeks to put a pain management plan in place and also a detailed care plan for when we return home to Montana. she will meet with her friends from Child Life at the hospital - young ladies she has worked with and loves - and they will work with her to prioritize her time left and ascertain some goals and decisions she has control over.

make no mistake, this 19-year-old is fully aware of her prognosis. and she is still hopeful that maybe, as before, a new treatment option will come available that works. she is also still the fighter she has always been - her life, her dreams, time with her family and friends are still worth fighting for she feels. she truly inspires me - she plans to live, truly live each day.

And over the last two months of her life, Kelly lived her life.

She attended fundraiser’s for Children’s hospital of Seattle and the Ronald McDonald house where she and her family spent so much of their lives during her treatment. She met her transplant donor Emily who gave us the gift of Kelly living cancer free for almost 5 years and she fought so hard for her final wish to be home when it was her time and in the end the cancer killed itself, Kelly lived joyfully and vibrantly till her last breath.

Emily and Kelly at Childrens Hospital

Tomorrow is Kelly’s birthday and she would have been 22 and so I ask that in the weeks and months ahead that we honor what Kelly was important to Kelly. Her life and what she believed in is worth fighting for.

I love you Kelly, you are my hero. Happy Birthday.

Sunrise 01/09/2009

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Well, I am not sure what to say about this other than WOW!

Sarah Stanley is taking on childhood obesity.  Check out her schedule on 2011.

"So to recap my 2011 #beatobesity athletic schedule: cycling 50 miles in each state+DC, all 19 RnR half marathons, two 50milers, and a few marathons :) AND NOT DIE!"

You can learn more about Sarah's mission at her website.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Human Kindess

One of my facebook friends posted this today.  Too good of a story not to share.  

Monday, January 3, 2011

Already Prfict

I really liked this thought from thought from Shellen Lubins Monday Morning quotes. 

"Nxt tim I'll be prfict."

Zija Lubin-West

Age 6-7

A note Zija wrote to her mother and her teacher after she had misbehaved in class.

She also writes about a different perspective she read about the ritual of breaking a glass at a Jewish wedding.

"Everything is already broken, already lost, already gone, and so let's just enjoy it for the moment now when we have it. The breaking of the glass symbolizes for her the letting go of any expectation that it could ever be any other way."

How would you live your life every day if if you knew it was already broken, already lost, already prfict?

To life!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Letters to Juliet

I watched the movie Letters to Juliet tonight and I really liked this message from the movie.

You need only the courage to

follow your heart..."

"I don't know what a love like that

feels like... a love to leave loved

ones for, a love to cross oceans

for... but I'd like to believe if I

ever felt it. I'd have the courage

to seize it. I hope you had the

courage to seize it, Claire. And if

you didn't, I hope one day that you


Here is to finding the courage to follow our hearts, to cross oceans if necessary and run towards our lives!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

In Three Words

My friend Sarah posted this question a while back and I have chosen my three words to guide me in 2011.

For me this is not a resolution or a goal.  This is setting an intention for my being in my every day and moment.


Celebrate-I simply do not do enough of that and I want to do more.  I want to attract that to my life. I don't have to accomplish a big thing to celebrate.  This is setting an intention to celebrate the little things as well as the big things. 

Honor-honor my word to myself as well as to others.  I am much better at keeping my word with others than I am with myself.

Inspire-to inspire others as well as being inspired by others.  Actively pursue things that inspire me and take actions, live my life in a way that inspires others.

In the movie Secreteriat Penny Tweedy said "This is about life being in front of you and running towards it."

I thought that was a really inspiring moment from the movie and a great intention as a new year begins on a way of living your life.

No resolution, no goals. Setting an intention. 

Running towards my life: Celebrate, honor, inspire.

Happy New Year to everyone in 2011.