This was so long ago, but it went so well. About 10 days before the race we had just over 100 people registered. The day of the race, ~500 people ran the race.
We gathered a few thousand dollars for my friend. He's been jobless this entire year, but he and his family are surviving.
Best of all, the chemotherapy has reduced his tumors. He technically still has cancer, but he's alive. Leo was originally given 9 months to live. He's almost at the end of those 9, but he may have 2 years to live, he may have 10.
I didn't see this post back when the race took place, but my husband is also friends with Leo (from BYU) and we were able to run in the race. How is Leo doing lately, do you know?
I lost 78 pounds with SparkPeople and I've gained most of it back because I didn't make a PERMANENT lifestyle change; I'm back because I know the support here is an essential component to success. I'm practicing the EAT TO LIVE lifestyle and feeling healthier and happier every single day.
"the girl who looked back from the mirror was a total stranger, yet she had always been there, waiting." -elizabeth george speare
For our personal friends, we are hosting a 5k charity race. November 13, 2010 - 9:30am Kiwanis Park - 820 North 1100 East, Provo, UT
Leo and Amy Teemant were one of the first families my wife and I met after we moved in to our new neighborhood when we got married. They've been good friends to us over these last 4 years.
2010 has been an eventful year for the Teemants. They welcomed their third child into their family just last spring and Leo completed a Bachelor's degree in Math and Economics from Brigham Young University in August. (Leo and I graduated on the same day).
After working successfully in the business world for several years, Leo had decided to go back to school and make it official by completing his Bachelor's degree. With high expectations for the future, the Teemants lived off of their savings during those two years while Leo dedicated his time to his studies. The week after graduation, as Leo was beginning the interview process for new jobs he was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma - which generally has a life expectancy of 9 months.
As friends of the Teemants we are trying to help a family that has always given to our community. Now, they are the ones who need support. Not only is there a gap in employment -- finding a job with this kind of diagnosis and the treatments they are pursuing doesn't appear to be on the horizon -- but their last form of insurance was terminated due to graduation from the University.
If you know of anyone who might be interested in supporting this family, please pass this on. 100% of all donations are going to support the Teemants.
Please sign up for the 5k if you're interested. If you're not one of our local neighbors, but still want to help you can also visit their donation page directly: pledgie.com/campaigns/13638
Proceeds from the Five to Fight Cancer 5K on November 13 will go to support their battle against cancer. We hope you will consider registering for the race, or sponsoring someone else who will participate. Donations are greatly appreciated. On behalf of Leo, Amy, and their family... thank you.
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