Thursday, June 11, 2009

Almost Time!

Well I did it. I've raised nearly $10,000 for the Canadian Diabetes Association! I've trained for 6 months & I have raised awareness of diabetes. There was an article written about me in the local paper, unfortunately they miss spelled my web address to here, so nobody visited :( But i know tons of people read the article in their weekly newspaper! I finished the 2009 BMO Vancouver Marathon in a whopping 7hrs 32min. 32min longer then my goal, but hey - I DID IT! I crossed the line standing up! It was tough, i won't lie - but once i hit the 33km mark, i was done, my body couldn't move any faster - but that didn't stop me. There was no quitting, sure there were tears & i couldn't have done it without everyone's support - and Sarah who put up with my complaining the entire 42.2km! If you want to see photos of me during the Vancouver marathon - check out marathonfoto.

Well, i ended up spraining my ankle on the marathon, and i still haven't figured out how or when! But i was finally given the okay to start training last week - for Australia. It took a lot of consideration, but I will be doing the Gold Coast Half Marathon instead of the full. With my ankle injury, i never would have healed in time to train to cut more then an hour off of my time for the full marathon. Instead i need to cut 30min to complete the half marathon in the 3hr time limit. I am glad i did the Vancouver Marathon, and now the half marathon in Australia, and i can say - i just might do this again. Yes, i said again. Maybe. You see things differently after completing a marathon. I started thinking, hey - i just finished a 42.2km marathon - why can't i do this or that. Anything is possible. I am setting my sights on future marathons in the future.

I still haven't figured out how to put photos up on here - - so if i don't figure it out while i am on the plane in 18 DAYS!!! Then i will just set them all up on my flickr acct - and send you all over there!

Anyways - If i have enough time prior to my flight to Australia on June 29 - i'll write another post - otherwise i'll see you down under! :0)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Goal Reached!!!!!!!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU  Words cannot express how much all of your support has meant to me.   I had my final fundraiser - which I am so happy about - it has a been a long year, as i am sure my mom would agree with me.    The pub night I held last weekend, raised over $3900!!!!  I think the entire pub was filled with guests for my fundraiser (except for the odd 3 i saw on the patio).   The Mattias Ohlund jersey we had for the silent auction - only went for $150 - i still can't believe it! Why didn't i bid on it?! Oh well, at least i know it went to someone who loves the Canucks - and will let me borrow it *wink wink*

Anyways I plan on posting my pictures from the pub night on flickr (soon as i can remember all my login info i will put the link up).  

Please keep watching the blog, as i will be keeping you all up to date on training progress, my trip to Australia, which i am extending and anything else i think you'd want to know!

again, THANK YOU!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


I have a pub night booked!!!   If you are interested in coming, please message me as tickets are only available through me (or my mom if you know her). 

Please come & support my quest for Team Diabetes Canada. As most of you know, I have been fundraising for some time now - to raise $9000 for the Canadian Diabetes Association.  I am ALMOST there with just over $3000 to raise!  Training was going great! I was training with the running room 3days a week - i lost 7lbs in the first 3 weeks & i felt great about myself and why I was doing this.  It wasn't has hard as it seemed!  The last week - well, i haven't trained - off injured with an injury due to icy conditions.  I hoping to be back and at it in a week - so long as my body agrees and lets me go back without injuring myself more.    Anyways, pub night details are as follows.

Saturday April 4, 2009
The Hook & Ladder Pub in Surrey
Dinner @ 7pm (you will want to arrive early for seats)

Tickers are $15 - and includes an all you can eat pasta buffet (2 types of pasta, 2 types of sauce, Ceasar salad & garlic bread).  

I am planning to have a raffle draw & silent auction (depending on the number of donated goods i can get together). Also thinking of a 50/50 & a toonie toss.

If you would like to bring your significant other or friends - not a problem, just make sure to pick up a ticket for them as well.  Remember no ticket = no dinner.

You can purchase your ticket online  here.
Just remember to pick up the OFFICIAL ticket from me personally.

If you are interested please send me a message.


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A Small Plea

Dear Friends,

As you probably already know, diabetes affects me personally.   My mom has diabetes and it has been in our family for 3 generations.  What you might not know is that there are over 2 million Canadians living with this disease.  You might know know about the complications that can occur as a result of diabetes, including heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, strokes and neuropathy.

A pub night fundraiser is currently in the works for late March/early April to raise money for the Canadian Diabetes Association.  What i am asking of you is for donations of items to help with the raffle, door prizes and silent auction.  To make this event successful we are in need of the following:

-new items that you may have gotten as a gift and will not use

- concert tickets, Tim Horton's, Movie Passes

-gift cards that you don't plan to use

-airmiles (you could order merchandise or gift cards)

-HBC rewards points ( you can redeem them for movie passes. they take 3 days to be delivered to your home or redeem your points for HBC gift cards right at the service desk, 80,000 points will get you $10)
-If you have a business or a service, donate a gift certificate or merchandise

Also, please mention what i am doing to your friends and family - they might be interested in helping out.  All items should be new items only as we will be using them as prizes and in the silent auction.

Thank you in advance for any items that you may be donating!

A New Year, A New Goal

Well I hope everyone had a grand start to 2009!  It's only Feb 4 & I have been quite busy!  Mom & I had a hotdog sale a few weeks back - I am happy to say we raised $454 that day! That was a lot of hotdogs & fried onions - not sure if i can eat another hotdog for a long time haha.  I started my training at The Running Room in South Surrey. I joined the walking marathon clinic - when i signed up - i thought i would learn to walk the 42.2km marathon. Boy was I wrong! i am actually learning to power walk the full marathon!  Let me tell you - power walking is TOUGH!  It is great though - 3 weeks in and i am down 7lbs!  I have convinced 2 friends to join us on our walks AND do the BMO Vancouver Marathon - which has been nice.  I like to think them joining us for our train is helping to make their lifestyle more active.  I have since decided to add the BMO Vancouver Marathon as my first marathon, for the experience and well - just to do it on May 3.  Then my Gold Coast Marathon July 5.  

Today I was speaking to someone, that I never used to talk to.  Today she brightened my day and we had a nice talk.  She let me know that she had just be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes & that she wants to change her lifestyle to help with it.  She also told me i am inspiring. I have never had someone tell me that - and she has made me extremely proud of what i am doing - knowing i can inspire someone on the other side of the country is amazing. Thank you for making my day today!

My next deadline is FAST approaching! Next Friday Feb 13, 2009 to be exact!  I am currently at $5000 in my fundraising! More then halfway to that $9000 deadline in April! How great is that!  A pub night is in the works for end of March early April - keep an eye out on details for that!  If you would like me to contact you personally about the pub nite - send me a message and let me know!

Please don't forget to go online and make your 2009 donation today!


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

UPDATE: Bake Sale total!

Just wanted to let everyone know my bake sale was VERY VERY successful!  I was hoping to raise about $500 or so.  Well thanks to everyone's help who baked something for the sale and for those who bought some of the baking - THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH.    Mom & I braved the cold temperature at the front of the store  for 8 hours selling what we could.  I think it wasn't as busy as we had hoped - that could've been due to the frigid temperatures outside.   The only other down side (the first being the freezing temperatures near the door) was that we didn't sell out.  If we sold out - we were looking to raise about $1300 or so.     

I am happy to say that we were able to raise $960!!!!!!!!  i think that surpassed my $500 goal by a long shot!!!!   Here are some photos from the day.

Stay tuned for more fundraisers.  We think another bake sale might be in the works again, since it was so successful!    And maybe a hotdog sale as well....   I am also working on getting a big ticket item *fingers crossed* that i am hoping to raffle off!  Will keep you update!

Merry Christmas to everyone!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008


This Saturday Dec 13, 2008  - a bake sale is being held at the Zellers Central City Location in Surrey. For those that don't know - thats the old Surrey Place Mall.  All funds raised goes to my Team Diabetes fundraising for the Canadian Diabetes Association - come check us out - i'll have forms there if u want yo make just a donation and not buy the yummy goodies that was all baked for YOU!  We're hoping to raise $500 - some come say hello - and get my treats - and if you've had my baking - yo know whats in store!  we are starting about 10am i believe - until we sell out! so act fast!  we are selling them in 2 different size boxes - so they are great if u want to take them to a party that your heading to but don't know what to bring - as they are assorted baking in each box!

a sample of the goodies:

rice krispy squares
chocolate chip cookies
homemade peanut butter cups (they are HEAVEN)
butter tarts
shortbread cookies
sugar cookies

thats all i can list off the top of my head!

even if you come say hi - and show your support i would greatly appreciate it!

See you all on Saturday!