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Hi Friends, Family, Colleagues and otherwise faithful donors:
Twist my wrist; pull my arm! That's right, this year, I am running the Chicago Marathon (AGAIN) to support Children's Memorial Hospital. Since moving to Chicago, I have been really impressed with the work that Children's Memorial undertakes both at the hospital and in my own neighborhood on the north side. I personally believe that the effort I am putting in to marathon training and fundraising pales in comparison to the extraordinary effort that the staff, patients and families at Children's Memorial put forth each day to save lives -- in the most extraordinary and sometimes ordinary ways.
I am asking you to please join me in supporting the Children's Memorial cause by making a monetary donation to my 2011 Chicago Marathon run. You can donate by clicking here: http://bit.ly/NBcmmt. I am trying to raise at least $3,000 for Children's Memorial this year--and if I can get to $5,000, that would be super!
I personally have donated $200 -- doubling my donation from last year. I will double my donation again if I run the 2011 Chicago Marathon in under 4 hours. I ask you to do same and "Go the Distance" for the kids with me and the marathon team!
Right now, in terms of training, I feel like I am rocking the long runs, nailing my lifting routine, and getting the right kind of nutrition. So, I am keeping my fingers crossed to make sure that the third time at marathoning will be a charm on the weather front. During Chicago 2010, we had some extreme heat; during Los Angeles 2011, we had monsoon weather (and I had a few gross slip & falls); during Chicago 2011, I forecast sunny skies, cool, light breeze, 48 at start time and 65 at finish. At least, one can hope!
Please seriously consider making a donation to this year's run (link again, here: http://bit.ly/NBcmmt ). Also, send along an update on how things are going. You know how I am; I can be a ghost at times. But if you prod me enough, I respond back!
Thanks again for your donation, for your friendship, and above all, you support.
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