…and BEYOND! I want to share with you who all my fabulous donors are so far, the state they sent me their donation from, and how long I've known them (hopefully I get the dates all right!) These are listed in alphabetical order by first name - based on donations posted to my TNT website as of today:
Anthony B (Georgia): Co-worker and good friend of my husband's, whom we have known since 2002.
Darcy B (California): My little sister, whom I've known since her birth in 1981. If she still lived in New Mexico, I could add another state to my donation map… ;-)
David G (Georgia): An ex co-worker of mine that I've known since 2003. David is one of the kindest and most loyal individuals I know. Even though it's been more than 5 years since we worked together, he relayed a story to me recently that proved this quality of his.
Doris C (Idaho): An ex co-worker of mine from California that I've known since 1998. Doris retired and moved to Idaho to be near her children and grandchildren. I wish Doris was still at every job I have ever had or will have – she's a hoot!
Glenda C (Texas): An ex co-worker of mine that I've known since 2005. Glenda retired and relocated back to Texas, where she is from. I miss chatting with Glenda on a daily basis about Caribbean cruises and baseball!
Isabella W (Georgia): An ex co-worker of mine that I've known since 2006. Bella was one of the people who inspired me to join Team in Training – you see, she completed a half marathon in Alaska last year through TNT. And she is a cancer SURVIVOR herself!
James P (Georgia): My ex boss from Penske in Georgia, whom I've known since 1999. Jim and his family invited me to Easter dinner at their home when I first moved to Georgia in 2000, since I didn't have any family here to spend the day with. Jim lost his beautiful wife Karen to cancer this past September, so I know he wishes for a cure to save others from going through what his family has gone through.
Linda H (Georgia): One of my crazy fellow "boot campers" who is at the park at 5:15am every morning, in every weather imaginable, to work out. I've known Linda for about a year, and she is one of the fittest, toughest Grandmas I know!
Lori R (Georgia): A current co-worker of mine, whom I've known for about 5 months, since I started working for my current employer.
Mary R (Georgia): My current boss, whom I've known for about 5 months also.
Melody M (California): Melody and I have been friends since high school – since at least 1988(?) We still try to get together every few years when I make it out to California for a "leisurely visit." Melody has a personal connection to this cause, as she lost her grandfather to lymphoma.
Michael J (Missouri): Mike & Mary are my father-in-law and mother-in-law, whom I've known since 2002. I have them to thank for their first-born son, who is/has been my biggest supporter in this journey! J
Paula B (Ohio): Paula is the sister of my closest friend David from California. I've had the pleasure of becoming friends with Paula during her visits to California (when I still lived there), and during a shared trip to New York. I'd guess we first met in the 1997-98 time frame.
Raymond D (California): My ex boss from Penske in California, whom I have known since 1998. Ray took a chance and believed in me and gave me one of the first big breaks of my career. And then he sent me away to Georgia… ;-) Now he's retired and loving it!
Shawn L (Iowa): My cousin, who I've known since my birth in 1974. Shawn is among the 11 grandchildren of Vera, who I am completing this race in loving memory of.
Shirley G (California): My high school accounting teacher, whom I've known since 1991. Mrs. G. and her husband travel the world extensively since retiring, and I Iook forward to their photo Christmas cards every year to see them riding elephants, walking with penguins, etc!
Stephanie M (Georgia): Steph was my next door neighbor when I moved into my townhouse in 2001. We became fast friends, and she sang at my wedding. Now we live on opposite sides of town. L Stephanie is also deeply connected to this cause, as she lost her dad to lymphoma when she was only 6 years old.
Vicci B (Georgia): An ex co-worker of mine, whom I have known since 2005. I always looked forward to seeing what new shoes Vicci had on each day!
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!! You are my heroes - you keep me motivated to train each day, and to push myself even farther!!