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Team Spotlight: Teresa Meier

As an endurance athlete, Teresa Meier knows a thing or two about perseverance. And as an oncology pharmacist, she is familiar with the effects of cancer.  Those two roles have helped make her a champion of Inheritance of Hope (IoH) and strengthened her conviction that leaving a legacy is one thing cancer cannot take away from anyone.
 
“Raising money for research is very important. But what I love about IoH is that they make an impact on families TODAY. IoH focuses on developing a legacy, living right now and creating memories. Those are things that cancer cannot take away from you.”

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2012 Asheville Citizen-Times 5K and Half Marathon

45 Team IOH runners hit the Asheville, NC, streets Saturday morning, September 15th, taking part in the 2012 Asheville Citizen-Times 5K and Half Marathon.  Families and individuals joined forces - in support of families served by Inheritance of Hope.DSC_0135

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My Team IOH Experience ~ (running an individual race)

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Anna's family

Anna contacted me last January.  She said she was interested in running the Disneyland Half Marathon, September 2, 2012 to support Inheritance of Hope.  Team IOH does not participate as a team in the Disneyland Half but Anna still wanted to raise funds and run the race for IOH families!  Throughout the year, many runners do the same. They run halfs, marathons, mud runs, tris, and 5ks as individual runners.  It's their way of running beside and supporting the families that Inheritance of Hope serves.  Thank you, Anna, for sharing this wonderful story ... and thank you for raising over $1500!   ~Lisa

Submitted by Anna Pasquarella

As a member of a family living with cancer, I know how easy it can be to get overwhelmed. That was why I chose to run for Inheritance of Hope; because I’ve been there, and because I felt that a cause that could make the process easier for someone else  was absolutely worth working for.


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How Do I Get Started Fundraising??

Fundraising can be scary ... and can be overwhelming for some of us.  And these feelings can lead to putting off getting started.  I know, because I've been there.  But, I've learned that fundraising isn't so hard or scary, and can even be invigorating.

"If you run without any reason, you are just chasing the wind." - Wesley Korir, 2012 Boston Marathon winner

So, how do I get started fundraising??


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Run...Walk...Finish! A Team IOH runner's story

How many times have we gotten to a point in life where we feel we can't go any further?  Often, the way we make it through those times is through the help and encouragement of a friend.  In this blog, Lara Miller shares her experience about joining Team IOH for the Disney Marathon on January 8, 2012 - and the blessing of becoming friends and running with Nicole.

Lara and Nicole at mile 10, 2012 Disney Marathon

Lara and Nicole at mile 10, 2012 Disney Marathon


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A Family Fiesta!

The Spears' Family at the Team IOH Pasta Dinner

The Spears' Family at the Team IOH Pasta Dinner

Team IOH participated in the Disney Marathon Weekend last weekend in Orlando, FL.  Runners participated in the marathon, half-marathon, Goofy's challenge and the 5K.  Today, Kasandra Spears will tell us of her family's experience in participating in the Family Fiesta 5K - which took place Friday morning.  The Spears' participated in the 2010 NYC Legacy Retreat, and as you will read, wanted the opportunity to 'give back' to IOH.


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Disney Weekend 2012

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Team IOH will be represented in four of the five 2012 Disney Marathon weekend events coming up this weekend!  We are excited that an IOH family that attended the November 2010 NYC Legacy Retreat will be participating in the 5K!


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President's Proclamation

Mike is returning for his 3rd MCM with Team IOH!!!

Mike is returning for his 3rd MCM with Team IOH!!!

The 2011 Marine Corps Marathon will be run on October 30th, 18 days from today.  Team Inheritance of Hope is proud to be a 3rd Tier Charity Partner with the MCM (4th Tier being the highest partnership level possible.)  Inheritance of Hope will be represented by runners from across the U.S.  The excitement is building for this year's race...there's a lot of chatter happening...even President Barack Obama has something to say...


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Team IOH Spotlight ~ Tammy Johnston

Tammy Johnston is a member of the Team Inheritance of Hope 2011 Marine Corps Marathon team.  Tammy has run the Los Angeles marathon and will share about her marathon experience.  Thank you Tammy!

Team IOH member Tammy Johnston

Team IOH member Tammy Johnston


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Endurance Events and Team Inheritance of Hope

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Team Inheritance of Hope has many planned endurance events throughout the year.  You may be asking how you can get involved.  We are always looking for athletes to join our team!


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Team Inheritance of Hope

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Today, you can read a brief explanation of what athletes learn when seeking to join Team Inheritance of Hope.  Team Inheritance of Hope (a.k.a. Team IOH) exists to raise funds and awareness for Inheritance of Hope.


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Calling All Volunteers!

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As the 2011 Marine Corps Marathon approaches, I am seeking volunteers to help with the Team Inheritance of Hope festivities over the weekend in Washington, DC.  I was trying to put into words the rewarding experience of volunteering.  I have resorted to pictures ... and quotes from others - to try to motivate you to join us for a fun, exciting weekend - October 28 - 30!  ...


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MCM Countdown: 16 weeks

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When a runner hears that the marathon race he registered for is 16 weeks out, bells and whistles sound in his most inner-being.  If he hasn't already, this will be the week that he begins his marathon training plan.  I ran my first marathon in 2007 - the ING NYC Marathon...


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A Legacy of Endurance

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What do Oprah, Drew Carey and Kristen Milligan all have in common?


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A word from a Team IOH runner

DSC_0067Today we will hear from Grace Gerdin.  Grace has run with Team Inheritance of Hope in two events – the 2010 NYC Half Marathon and the 2011 NYC Half Marathon.  This year, Grace was the top fundraiser for the NYC Half Team – raising over $3,700.  As you will read, not only has Grace blessed families by raising funds for IOH, but she has also received a personal blessing by increasing her personal fitness level – which, in turn, has been inspirational to her children.


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Online Training on the IOH Site

Every couple posts, I am going to review a benefit of running with Team Inheritance of Hope in an endurance event.  Of course, the greatest benefit is knowing that you are making a lasting difference in the lives of families facing a 'marathon' of their own.  But, this week, I want to tell you about the online training module made available to Team IOH members...


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Team IOH at the 2011 NYC Half Marathon

DSC_0012Team Inheritance of Hope had a strong showing in the 2011 NYC Half Marathon.  21 runners raised over $35,000 to support young families with a parent experiencing a life-threatening illness.


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From one of our Disney 'Goofy' runners!

Going Goofy: Disney runs benefit Inheritance of Hope

By Caroline Maynard Lamar Special to The Daily Times

I wasn’t born a marathoner. For much of my life I regarded people who ran those kind of distances with a mixture of fear and awe. But there I was in the fall of 2007, crossing the finish line of my first 26.2 mile race. Immediately I knew that I had to run another one, so in 2009 I traveled to Orlando to run the Disney World Marathon. While I was there I learned that Disney offered a special medal, a Goofy medal, to runners who completed both the half marathon and the full marathon on back-to-back days. With that knowledge, I knew I had to be a Disney racer at least one more time.


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Highlights and ambitions!

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As the year is winding down to a close, and Christmas will soon be here, it's a great time to reflect on 2010 accomplishments and 2011 goals.  It's also an opportunity to express my gratitude towards all who were involved in Team Inheritance of Hope events - whether participating as a donor, a volunteer or an athlete.

To get a good picture of where you are, I believe it is important to reflect on where you have come from.  We began Team Inheritance of Hope in 2009 with 12 athletes.  Now, in 2010, we have blossomed...


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November Races

It's been an active fall for Team Inheritance of Hope.  November saw our participation in two races on the west coast, the sold out Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay, CA and the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon.  


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