Rae-Ann Dodd to run in Nike Women's Marathon



Rae-Ann Dodd, formerly of Three Hills, AB, is running the Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco on October 17, 2010, as a member of Team In Training.  Rae-Ann runs together with a coach twice a week, and continues training on her own throughout the week.
The marathon is 42.2 km (26.2 miles) and Rae-Ann will be running over 500 km in the next four months to prepare her mind and body for the challenge.
Why is she doing this?  She says, why not?  Who knows what will happen in the future, who knows when someone she knows will be directly affected by some kind of blood cancer or be one of the 15,010 Canadians diagnosed with blood cancer.  Rae-Ann decided she was going to run a half marathon this year just as a challenge, but then she came across an email from the Running Room letting people know about this event.  There is the option to walk or run a half or full marathon and she decided it was best to go big or go home!  The physical and mental stress that will come along with training is nothing compared  to what cancer victims and their families endure.
Rae-Ann is fundraising to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) to help fight eradicate blood cancers.
The Vision of LLSC is that by 2015 the great majority of people who have been diagnosed with a blood cancer will be cured or they will manage their illness with a good quality of life.  They want patients to access the most effective treatments and care from diagnosis through survivorship. In five years patients, their families and caregivers will have the support they need to minimize physical and emotional suffering to cope effectively throughout their cancer journey.
LLSC is proud to be one of the most efficiently managed non-profits in Canada with approximately 74 cents of every dollar spent directly on mission-related activities.
There is currently no known cure, leukemia is a leading cause of cancer related death in children, leukemia and lymphoma and the leading fatal cancers in men under 35, 15,010 Canadians will be diagnosed with a blood cancer and 7210 of them will die.
The 5 year survival rate for children with the most common form of leukemia is 85%.  The survival rates for 2009 were Leukemia 51%, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 61%, Hodgkin Lymphoma 86% and Myeloma 34%.
Rae-Ann is fundraising as a part of the Prairie Region Chapter which serves Saskatchewan and Alberta.
What does your donation buy?
$25 – provides patients and their loved ones with free booklets that contain up-to-date information on their disease and help them make informed decisions about their treatment options.
$50 – makes possible a family support group with a trained facilitator where comfort can be found and experiences can be shared among patients and family members.
$100 – helps supply laboratory researchers with supplies and materials critical to carrying out their search for cures.
$500 – could provide patient aid to a person with Leukemia or related cancer for a year.
$1,000 – makes possible one-on-one conversations with health care specialists who provide patients with information about their disease, treatment options and helps prepare them with questions for their health care team.
Rae-Ann's fundraising goal is $4,500.
You can sponsor Rae-Ann by going to her website:my.e2rm.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=2626363
LLSC will issue a tax receipt via email and all donations of $10 and up are 100% tax deductable.
For further information Rae-Ann can be contacted via email raeanndodd@hotmail.com.