Friday, June 8, 2012


This morning I received a text from my dear friend Cheryl with a picture attached.  She wanted to submit a "yellow" picture for my photo challenge.  I was surprised she would even have time to be reading my blog because of what she's got going on in her life right now.  

You see, her 30 year old husband, Jared, also a dear friend of mine, has been diagnosed with t-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma, a rare blood cancer.  He has put up a tremendous fight with numerous rounds of chemo treatments, 22 days of radiation, more chemo, a horrible infection and is now on day 9 of his stem cell transplant down in Houston at MD Anderson.  Not only is he Cheryl's prince charming, he's also one of the strongest people I've ever known.  Very few people have the strength to battle like he has.  He is an amazing young man.

Are they not one of the cutest couples ever?
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Here is the picture Cheryl sent me.
It's the shirt she was wearing when she 
read my Color My World: Yellow post today
and wanted to submit it for the challenge.

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Here's the part where all my runner friends (and walkers too) can help without spending a dime (unless you want to do that too)!  Jared's brother, Justin, set up "Running for Jared" as his "way of giving him support and encouragement during his extended stay at MD Anderson while enduring the battle ahead of him."  For each mile logged, a donation will be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  To date 3516 miles have been logged and almost $16,000 has been donated to LLS in Jared's name.  

Jared has a long recovery ahead of him now that he's received his stem cell transplant, so he needs all the encouragement and support he can get, even from total strangers.  

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If you would like to help by logging miles (or making a donation) here are the details and links.

Running for Jared's Facebook page has updates and details.

Running2Win is where you log your miles.
"Simply register a username, search for the team/group "RunningforJared" and request to join." After that, all you have to do is log in and log your miles.  They couldn't have made it any easier.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the charity 
where all the proceeds are being donated.


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If you are not able to participate in RunningforJared, please send some thoughts and prayers his way.  I will close with the message from Jared's family:  "We hope and pray that through the miracle of modern medicine, the thoughts and prayers of family and friends, the world renowned doctors caring for Jared and Jared's body's ability to fight back he can return home to Tulsa in complete remission."

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8 comments:

  1. You are a peach my sweet friend!!!

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    1. There's not much I can do from here, but spreading the word about "Running for Jared" is something that may help. Please give Jared a hug from me. xoxox

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  2. This is so thoughtful of you. How awesome that she was wearing that shirt on Yellow Day. Going to check out the site now!

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    1. Thanks, love! I'm sure you tally up quite a few miles just getting around NYC. (See, you can log miles and it's not even any of that dreaded exercise word you hate!)

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  3. Hi Jen - I just sent in my invite to join the team! Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I am more than happy to join team "Running for Jared"! I'm training for a tri and a 1/2 marathon, so hopefully I can get in some good mileage for the cause. I had a friend who's son was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 3. It was a tough battle, but he is doing well and is cancer free.

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    1. You are amazing, not only for joining the team, but for tweeting about it and spreading the word. I can't thank you enough! I'm glad your friend's son is doing well. I hope Jared has the same result.

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  4. I just requested to join the team! I have been logging miles, so I can't wait to enter them!
    Thank you so much for introducing this to me! You are a blessing of a friend!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Melissa! I admire you for running in this heat.

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