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Time until Saturday, October 1, 2011

As many of you now, at the end of summer I will be moving to New York City to pursue graduate studies at New York University.
I am very excited to partake on this wonderful new adventure in my life, and although I will be sad to leave Miami and South Florida- the place that has been my home for 16 years,
I am going to leave with a bang!

What is that date I have counted down? Is it my moving date? No. Birthday? No.

That will be the day I am back at the starting line. I am fighting to the finish for the ones in my life that NEVER stopped fighting.  can you please donate – help me find a cure!

Before I leave South Florida, I want to give back one last time to my community,my city, and to the organization that has changed so many lives around me, and my life as well

I would like to get your support in my commitment to run a half marathon. I am training to participate in an endurance event as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training.

Yes, here I go again- The last SIX half marathons I did were amazing. My full marathon was life-changing-  I can’t tell you how excited I am!

The challenge I am preparing for is  the Disney Wine and Dine half marathon. I know, I know, 13.1 miles is a long distance, but it’s for an important cause. The LLS’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and Myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.  The bad news is that there is no known cure. Leukemia remains a leading cause of cancer-related death in children.  Every 4 minutes, someone is newly diagnosed with a blood cancer, and 894,543 Americans are presently living with leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, or Myeloma.  However, the good news is that in 1960, the five-year survival rate for children with the most common form of Leukemia was just 4% and today it is 85%.

Running a marathon is only my physical commitment to this cause. My main  goal is to raise $2,000.00 to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. My motivation to train for this event comes from the many people I met during my first season, specifically my former teammate, Erica Calix, a cancer survivor. It also comes in memory of the family I have lost due to other forms of cancer. Cancer can take a healthy human being that is full of hopes and dreams and destroy them and their family.  But it can also gives families the strength to endure, to survive, and to make a difference.

This time I will also be dedicating this marathon to my best friend’s mother, Ana Luz Mayoral. She passed away from cancer in  2002, and I have watched my best friend blossom in the years in the memory of her mother.  Ana Luz was to be my godmother, and was my role model, and my hero.  I am going to run 13.1 miles while thinking of my honored teammates, and using their strength and perseverance to get me through the tough miles.

Please make a donation to support my participation in Team in Training – it’s time to beat cancer!.

I also encourage fundraising ideas, suggestions, and assistance!

If you donated last season, and cannot donate again, your word of mouth,forwarding of this email, and continued support and encouragement is very much appreciated!

Thanks for your support!  🙂


Michelle’s Donation Instructions

Yes! I would like to contribute to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and support Michelle in her  marathon! Remember, all donations are 100% tax deductible.

All you have to do is: 

1.      Write out a check made payable to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Be sure to inquire with your company to see if they have a matching gifts program.  Ask you HR department for details…what that means is that your employer will match any donation that you make to a charity.  What a wonderful way to double your money!     – if this is an option, let me know

2.      You can also donate through my website at: http://pages.teamintraining.org/sfl/diswine11/meesh

Believe me when I tell you it’s for a fantastic cause and that your dollars will be put to excellent use.  You also get to feel good about yourself without having to run a single mile (lucky you!)

To make it easier for you, here is a choice list of total amounts you can give:         (But don’t worry about the amount; every little bit truly helps.)

“I wish I could be there to cheer you on.” $100
“All this training gets Michelle out of the house.” $75
“If she can run 13.1 miles then she should give me a call now and then.” $50
“At least she is doing something worthwhile.” $40
“When was the last time I even saw Michelle?” $20
“I barely have enough for rent these days.” $15
“Make Michelle earn it the old-fashioned way.” ($1.00 per mile) $13.1
“Michelle who?” $10
Other (please fill in) $ ____

I sincerely thank you for supporting me!  ☺


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This is me, on mile 4- feeling pretty good :

Afterwards – my big moon face has expanded it seems-but  some of my Teammates were good sports and allowed me to record them, and their reasons for running:

click on the link, wp doesn’t let me add the twitvid!



don’t forget- if you would like to donate to my cause- ANY AMOUNT HELPS- go to


tax-deductible! 🙂

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I have always prided myself on being a little self-less. My last job was  not a
“dream job”-if anything it had absolutely nothing with what I went to school for, and left  me feeling as if I am contributing nothing towards society. Unfortunately for me, I am one of those people that are bred to work towards the greater good.

In the process of rebuilding, I discovered something quite wonderful.

Team in Training is a non-profit organization where groups of people from around the country get together to train for a marathon,half-marathon, or even triathlon. Pick your event, they got it for you. As you train, you are fundraising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


They're either still fighting or have lost the fight.Their struggle pushes me forward when I think I no longer can.


I jumped into this not quite knowing what I was getting myself into. And I don’t just mean giving up Friday nights so I can wake up at the crack of dawn Saturday morning to train. The goal for my particular marathon is $2,600.00. 75% of that goes towards research, the doctors we sponsor here in South Florida, and towards our honored teammate, a sweet little five year old named Dominic with whom I had the opportunity  to run for during my first season of TNT last summer. His father is also a member of one of the South Florida teams, and the word he used to describe us, me, strangers to him-was self-less. And suddenly what became something I was doing to give back to society, to better myself, to lose weight-it became so much more than what I wanted it to be for me.


the best way to run


And I mean that in the best way possible.

With the help of my amazing friends and family, in my first two seasons of  TNT I raised over $6,000 in donations. That is alot of begging, lots of repeat donations from friends who gave and gave with every ounce of good will in their body.
The struggle to get donations is probably the hardest obstacle ( other than the hike up on the causeway that is waiting for us).

For every friend who gave and gave- are 5 friends who never gave  donating a second thought.
Of course, who I am to get upset?Or tell people what to do with their money?

It makes me fight even more, for I figure-if Dominic can endure at such a young age grueling medical treatments, I can bite my prideful tongue, and continue to ask for help from those around me.

This summer, I am seeking help from local businesses and group events, as to continue the fight,without having my friends and family open their wallets, as they have done so many times before.


Erica,(left) a great friend, former Teammate and 2 TIME cancer survivor. Badass


I will never forget one time, last year,I heard the DJ on y100 exclaim how Oprah had been sending President Obama’s dog,Bo-cashmere sweaters and blankets. And although I love Oprah ( have her magazine subscription to prove it) I couldn’t help but once again get lit up over such an silly expense for an animal who probably has  ridiculous luxuries already. And here I was, joe schmoe,(Jane Schmoe?) hassling corporations and my own friends for 10.00 to save a child’s life-yet furry little Bo gets cashmere from Oprah.

With that being said, Oprah is an amazing philanthropist, and a woman I greatly admire. After my inital complaint I remembered how much of herself she does give, and the want/need to write her a letter explaining my plight diminished with the thought that it would just get lost amongst the thousands of other letters of charitable donation requests she receives. Perhaps it is still worth a shot? $2,600 is chump change to her-but it’s kinda like being shy to ask your rich aunt for money just cause she has it. Just cause she has the money, doesn’t mean she is obligated to spend it on me.

So where do I go from here? Fundraising during these  pressing economic times is proving to be the real endurance training. I am hopeful that the closer it gets to my event ( October 17,2010) that more those around will support the cause. I’ve got  until August 1st to make my goal.

Until then, less writing,more running ( and begging).

If you would like to donate,and for more  info:


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