shop for a cause!

hey all!
today is a special day – you can shop for a cause!
my friend katie, a fellow sew-er (terrible word!) and mom to 2 little girlies, is going to ride in a century bike ride (100 miles!) on june 7! she is training with a group called “Team in Training”, which is a part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society . the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. as part of her commitment to Team in Training, she has committed to raising $3,500 to fight cancer.

so to help katie reach her goal,
the pleated poppy will be donated 10% of all sales today

to her fundraising effort.

to get to know katie and more about her goal, i did a little interview with her:

{lindsey} how long have you been cycling? as a mom to young children, how do you find the time to exercise?

{katie} I have been cycling for about two years. I am a stay at home mom to two girls, 3 and 4, in order to be able to ride my bike while with my kids we purchased a bike trailer. I tow my kids all over town and use the bike instead of the car whenever we have the time to do it! For my long rides on my road bike I have very supportive friends that take my girls for me.

{l} when did your hobby turn into a passion?

{k} Cycling started as a small hobby for me, and progressed from there. As a mom, days can get long and exhausting and getting on the bike was a great way to clear my head. I have also found that those long rides around the central coast are a great reminder of all God has given to me and how blessed I am to have the life I do have. Riding along a quiet road and watching the ocean is an amazing way to spend time with the Lord.
{l} a century is quite a ride! have you ever done one before? what is the longest you’ve ever ridden?

{k} I have never done a century ride…….or even come close! My longest ride so far is 35 miles. I never even knew of century rides until about a year ago. I like to challenge myself, so this seemed like a perfect fit!

{l} what is your favorite aspect of cycling?

{k} umm… my favorite aspect of cycling? This is a tough one, I think I love everything about it :)! I guess my favorite is the peaceful escape. When you’re on the bike you can just let your stress go and enjoy the ride and the beauty around you.

{l} why did you decide to do team in training? and why did you choose the lls? do you have a personal connection there?

{k} I have some friends and neighbors that have participated in Team in Training, but I never really new what it was or what it was about. I received a flyer in the mail about joining and read it over. It really sounded like great program, so I took a chance and signed up. I have no personal connection to the Leukemia Lymphoma society but as I have started this journey I have met some amazing people, including one of my teammates who is a Lymphoma survivor.
{l} how close are you to your fundraising goal, and what does the money go towards?

{k} I have completed about 1/3 of my fundraising to date. I have another few months and am hopeful I will hit my goal. At LLS 75% of all donations go directly to finding a cure for cancer. LLS prides itself in having an expense ratio of no more than 25%, and was rated by Money magazine as one of the top ten charities for having the highest percentage of funds raised directly benefiting research and patient services.

if you would like to support katie directly by donating to LLS, you can do so online on her fundraising page:
http://pages.teamintraining.org/los/ambbr10/kharriselb

or…
you can head on over to my shop and pick out a handful of goodies and 10% of your purchase will go directly to katie’s fundraising!
have fun!

-lindsey

Comments

  1. 1
    Bomi Jolly - JollyNotes.com says:

    Fanstastic! Wishing you all the very best with this!

  2. 2
    Just Jenn says:

    God bless your heart for helping your friend raise her goal! My mom lost her life battling lymphoma! I wish you both the very best!
    Just Jenn~

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