11 Dec 2012, 9:41am
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so, i am training for a marathon

Friends and family,

On April 7th, 2013, I will be running the San Luis Obispo Marathon — all twenty-six point two miles of it — as part of Team In Training, to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I have been training already since early November, and every week I am able to run a little longer and farther!

In 1999, my dad, Jay Torborg, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He went through a round of chemotherapy and entered remission for a few years; in 2002, the cancer returned. His second round of chemo included Rituxan, a targeted drug whose research the LLS helped fund. During his recovery from chemo, he joined Team In Training to train for a 100-mile bike ride and never looked back. Over the next few years, he was involved with TnT as a participant, mentor, and coach, and in the summer of 2004 he rode his bike more than 3,000 miles across America in 26 days to raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, another worthy organization dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by cancer. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Team In Training not only helped my dad beat cancer, but helped him make major lifestyle changes that have made him healthier than ever.

I was inspired by my dad to begin cycling, and in the summer of 2010 I completed my own cross-country ride, albeit much slower than his! In October 2010, after three months, ten states, and 4,700 miles, I arrived in Yorktown, Virginia, where my dad had finished his ride six years before. I kept riding my bike after my trip was over, of course, but I missed the way my body felt when I was using it all day everyday; running, I’ve discovered, helps me get that feeling with a bit smaller of a time commitment. I’ve joined TnT in order to commit to running a marathon (just like committing to my cross-country ride got me on my bike every morning through the Portland winter), get training support, make friends, and, of course, follow in my dad’s footsteps in raising money to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s research and patient services programs.

My goal is to raise $2,620, one hundred dollars per mile I’ll run on April 7th. Please consider joining me on my marathon journey by making a donation. More than 76% of your donation will go directly to research, patient services, and education. The remaining 24 cents on the dollar go to LLS management and support for fundraising programs like Team In Training — itself a program that clearly makes huge differences in the lives of those affected by cancer, like my dad, and ordinary people like me and my teammates.

Thank you very much for your support in all my adventures, and I hope you’ll consider visiting my fundraising page at http://pages.teamintraining.org/sf/snlomara13/stacia to make a donation to help me out (and see some training photos, if you’re into that). In addition, if you’re local to the SF Bay Area or will be visiting in the next few months, I’m offering portrait sessions in exchange for a donation — get in touch with me to discuss details if you’re interested! Thanks again, and happy holidays!