May

05

Posted by : Carol Dani Toro | On : May 5, 2012

Once again cancer took the life of an amazing person. My thoughts and prayers are with the Witherington family and the entire Miami Country Day School Community.

My 6th grade Earth Sciences teacher, Ms. Beckie Witherington, passed away after a long battle with ovarian cancer.  She was an incredible teacher and taught me how to be a student.  Before her, I had a messy binder for all subjects and never kept it organized.  While I feared her surprise binder checks, becoming an organized student prepared me for life as a middle-schooler.

Shocked by the news, I broke down in tears. I’ve been taught that hatred is a bad feeling, but I cannot help it. I hate it. I hate cancer. I never thought I’d be capable of this feeling. But then again, I never thought so many would be taken away without explanation.

I just want this battle to end.

 

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in memory of Beckie Witherington. Checks should be made payable to Sylvester and mailed to Sylvester Development Office, P.O. Box 016960 (M-867) Miami, FL 33101. Please designate your gift to Ovarian Cancer on the memo line.

Aug

03

Posted by : Carol Dani Toro | On : August 3, 2011

Thank you to everyone who participated and donated in our fundraising competition.  Team Microsoft won; hence, I will be wearing a Microsoft shirt (Nope, not Bing… apparently they don’t make them.) to the Googleplex this Friday.  I will post pictures Friday night. icon smile Thank you!

In total, Jose and I were able to exceed our fundraising minimum by raising over $4,500!!! As a team we took the rivalry to a new level to benefit a cause we both are passionate about, we are running to help find a cure for cancer.

Whether you donated to Team Google or Team Microsoft your money will go great lengths in this battle against cancer.  Thank you for all of your support and encouragement.

Jul

27

Posted by : Carol Dani Toro | On : July 27, 2011

  • $75 is the average cost of tissue typing to become a bone marrow donor.
  • $50 is the cost of a CT scan.
  • $40 is the cost of sending a comprehensive packet of information for children with cancer.
  • $35 pays for transportation expenses for a patient living in Northern California’s most rural areas to treatment at a comprehensive cancer center.
  • $25 covers a single prescription co-payment.
  • $5 is the cost of sending a newly diagnosed patient information about their disease and how to get support

Please donate today.

http://pages.teamintraining.org/wa/nikesf11/ctorob

Jun

20

Posted by : Carol Dani Toro | On : June 20, 2011

A couple of years ago, my friend and co-worker got diagnosed with lung cancer.  Cancer had sneaked up on him, and disguised itself as asthma symptoms.  At the time, my friend was a few months short of receiving health insurance coverage and did not seek immediate medical attention.  His symptoms worsened and by the time he went to the ER, the doctors discovered he had stage IV cancer.  The few times I visited him at the hospital, Grouch-o, as we had nicknamed him, smiled.  He kept his head up high and at 26 years of age, this young man never lost hope.

According to the American Cancer Society:

The report shows that people with no health insurance or inadequate health insurance face four main challenges when it comes to cancer:

  • They’re less likely to get screened for cancer.
  • They’re less likely to get counseled about cancer prevention.
  • They’re more likely to get diagnosed late, when their cancer is harder to treat.
  • They’re more likely to die from cancer than people with adequate health insurance.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) not only funds blood cancer research, it also provides people with the information and services needed to fight blood cancers.  LLS provides financial assistance to help patients with significant financial need.  With the help of LLS, treatment for blood cancer is not just for the privileged, it is for everyone.  Aside from financial assistance, LLS provides counseling and support for blood cancer patients.  Many of the services LLS provides come free of charge and make a distinct difference in a patient’s life.

Please join me in supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by sponsoring my half marathon run with Team in Training.

My team goal is to raise $4,800.00 by the end of August and to train arduously to run a half marathon in October.  Please help me reach my goals as well as help fund cancer research and patient services by donating to Team Bring It.

Thank you for all of your support in advance!

Grouch-o, this race is for you and your family.  You showed me courage and strength.  

Jun

20

Posted by : Carol Dani Toro | On : June 20, 2011

Thank you friends for all of the donations you have sent me. Your support and stories are keeping me motivated.  I really wouldn’t be able to do this without your help.

As most of you know, this is the FIRST time I train for a marathon and it is also the FIRST time I have ever run 9.5 miles!

Rick:  Today’s run was for you and your dad.  I know I’ll never be able to understand what you and your family went through, but running in your honor gave me the strength to keep going.  Happy father’s day to you and your dad.

screen shot 2011 06 19 at 5 19 19 pm Im running for my friends and their loved ones

Please help me reach my goals as well as help fund cancer research and patient services by donating to Team Bring It.

http://pages.teamintraining.org/wa/nikesf11/ctorob

May

31

Posted by : Carol Dani Toro | On : May 31, 2011

For the next 11 weeks, I will be living in downtown San Francisco and working at Google.  Although I wont have an amazing team to keep motivated, I will have great memories to last me the summer.

I’ll more than likely be drowning in work, but I will not let it interfere with my training.  When I signed up to run on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, I made a commitment and I intend to honor my word.  I will keep running and just as Dory (from Finding Nemo) would say, if she were a runner: “Just keep running. Just keep running. Just keep running, running, running.”

If I could spam the inbox of every Washington TNT member, I would send them all a thank you for all of their encouragement these past couple of weeks.

Dear WA/AK TNT Team:

 Its not a good bye, its a see you later You guys were awesome! Thank you for being so welcoming and showing me the ropes.  I learned so much from each and everyone of you.

Gerb helped me pimp my shoes with amazing bright yellow laces.  Coach Ginny helped me pick out running shoes.  Coach Jay was there with advice when my knee started hurting.  Michelle and Liana gave me amazing pointers for fundraising.  Emily promised to make sure Jose would keep running. =) Irene, our honored teammate, has inspired me with her strength and positivity.  Lastly, but not least, my mentor, Cathy was always there to answer questions and keep me going.

I really enjoyed talking during our runs, and getting to know so many amazing runners.  I didn’t just gain teammates, I also gained friends.

Can’t wait to visit soon!

Carol

 

Apr

30

Posted by : Carol Dani Toro | On : April 30, 2011

Last week we had our season kickoff and it was such an emotional experience. During the presentation I got to see all the reasons why people have come together to run for a cure and why many keep coming back season after season. Some did it because a relative had or continues to battle cancer, while others did it because they were cancer survivors. Rather than being a group formed by a common hobbie, Team in Training is more than that, TnT is a support group that reaches out to the community affected by a common atrocity.  Everyone running for Team in Training is running for a cure.

The most inspiring reason to be a part of Team in Training came from one of our honored teammates: to protect future generations.  When she first joined TnT, she joined in honor of her grandparents and parents.  They had all battled cancer.  Years after joining the team, she was also diagnosed with a blood cancer.  Now as she battles cancer, she stresses the importance of funding research to find a cure. She runs so that her children and grandchildren do not become another statistic.  She runs to protect future generations from cancer’s wrath and to honor all those patients, like herself, who have not given up in the fight against cancer.

Since joining Team in Training, not a day has gone by that I haven’t been motivated to run.  I run with the hope of finding a cure and ridding the world of one less evil.

http://pages.teamintraining.org/wa/nikesf11/ctorob

Please help me reach my goals as well as help fund cancer research and patient services by donating to Team Bring It.

Apr

23

Posted by : Carol Dani Toro | On : April 23, 2011

A couple of years ago, my friend and co-worker got diagnosed with lung cancer.  Cancer had sneaked up on him, and disguised itself as asthma symptoms.  At the time, my friend was a few months short of receiving health insurance coverage and did not seek immediate medical attention.  His symptoms worsened and by the time he went to the ER, the doctors discovered he had stage IV cancer.  The few times I visited him at the hospital, Grouch-o, as we had nicknamed him, smiled.  He kept his head up high and at 26 years of age, this young man never lost hope.

That same year, my OB-GYN found some abnormalities; he ran a series of exams and eventually ordered a biopsy.  The biopsy revealed precancerous cells, which tend to precede cancerous cells.  The doctor caught this in time, and I was able to remove the cells with cryosurgery.  Had it not been for the health insurance I had through my job, I more than likely would not have been able to afford the diagnosis and treatment.

Today, my doctor scheduled me for a biopsy next Wednesday.  Once again I have abnormalities.  It is too soon for a diagnosis, but somehow I am not worried.  I have the peace of mind of having a great insurance that will allow me to seek treatment if necessary.  However, there are millions of Americans without health insurance and reports show that these people are most susceptible to death by cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society:

The report shows that people with no health insurance or inadequate health insurance face four main challenges when it comes to cancer:

  • They’re less likely to get screened for cancer.
  • They’re less likely to get counseled about cancer prevention.
  • They’re more likely to get diagnosed late, when their cancer is harder to treat.
  • They’re more likely to die from cancer than people with adequate health insurance.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) not only funds blood cancer research, it also provides people with the information and services needed to fight blood cancers.  LLS provides financial assistance to help patients with significant financial need.  With the help of LLS, treatment for blood cancer is not just for the privileged, it is for everyone.  Aside from financial assistance, LLS provides counseling and support for blood cancer patients.  Many of the services LLS provides come free of charge and make a distinct difference in a patient’s life.

Please join me in supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by sponsoring my half marathon run with Team in Training.

My team goal is to raise $4,800.00 by the end of August and to train arduously to run a half marathon in October.  Please help me reach my goals as well as help fund cancer research and patient services by donating to Team Bring It.

Thank you for all of your support in advance!

Grouch-o, this race is for you and your family.  You showed me courage and strength.