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February 12, 2004

Comments from the wife, version 3.0

A year and a half ago, Wil and I participated in the Avon 3 day breast cancer walk. We didn't know anyone with breast cancer. We just wanted to help raise money for research and be part of the walk-a thon. It was by far the most incredible experience of our lives. Between the two of us, we raised over $17,000. We always knew we'd do something like this again.

What I didn't realize, was that I would be doing something like this because one of my very close friends, Kris, would be diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia. My 45 year old friend, a wife, a mother of two, an active, loved member of the community, was just diagnosed with a life threatening disease.

Kris went to the doctor just before Labor Day weekend to pick up some antibiotics before heading out of town with her family. She hadn't been feeling well and just assumed it was some kind of infection. The doctor wanted to do a blood test just to make sure everything was alright. After the weekend, she was called by her doctor to come in immediately, and to bring her husband because something was wrong with her blood. A bone marrow test confirmed the doctor's suspicion. Leukemia. She received the news and was told to be at the hospital by the end of the day to spend a month doing chemotherapy.

After the month of treatment, and two separate week long treatments, along with several blood and platelet transfusions, Kris is in remission. Her doctor at City of Hope Cancer Hospital wants to do a stem cell transplant on her now because she's doing so well. This gives her a better chance of the leukemia not returning.

For the week prior to her stay at City of Hope, Kris was taking anti-seizure medication and going to her doctor to do chemotherapy tests before beginning her intensive treatment. When she begins her stay on February 13, she will be doing several days of chemotherapy followed by several days of full body radiation therapy. Then they will transplant the stem cells they harvested from her (she was not a match with her brother, children, or the National Donor Registry). This option gives her a better chance of her body not rejecting the transplant. Then the slow recovery begins.

It has been the most difficult thing in the world to see Kris go through this. She is a very strong person and I have no doubt this will just be another one of life's obstacles she hurdles right over. But to feel so helpless at doing anything for her has been the hardest part.

Which is why Wil and I decided we would be part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's marathon. We will be walking 26.2 miles in San Diego this June to help raise money for a cure. Since we can't donate our blood (not the right type) we can at least donate our feet. Our goal is to raise $25,000. A very small percentage of the daily funding needed for research.

Kris is so happy we are doing this in her honor. She already plans on being at the finish line with us so we can all celebrate this huge victory.

Here's a link to our Team In Training Homepage. Please visit it, and help us reach our goal. Kris, along with thousands of other people dealing with this disease, need our help and encouragement.

Wil here, with a final thought: We kicked massive ass in the Avon 3 Day, and raised over 17,000 dollars in about six months. My stats tell me that about half a million different people read this site each month. Even more read it through various forms of syndication. Can you imagine how much we could do if you all kicked in a dollar, or two dollars? If every person who visits this site were to collect change and stuff for a day, and sponsor us for that amount, we would, together, contribute over ONE MILLION DOLLARS to help fund research that could save Kris's life.

Think about the power you have. Isn't it wonderful?

Posted by anne at February 12, 2004 07:14 PM
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You've got my donation! Good luck!

Posted by: Becky at February 12, 2004 07:42 PM

Oh my gods and goddess's. You both are totally awesome. Next time I have a bit of change, I'll pitch in a bit to sponsor you. Good luck and let Kris know she's in my thoughts. :)

Posted by: MoonGoddess at February 12, 2004 07:44 PM

Done and done, guys. Good luck with this and I'll be keeping Kris in my thoughts.

Posted by: Shannon S at February 12, 2004 07:44 PM

Can I donate without giving out all my info to this linked site? Maybe with paypal or something?

Posted by: Robin at February 12, 2004 07:51 PM

You guys RULE! It's been like . . . twenty minutes? And you have already donated over 100 bucks!

We're going to do something wonderful, you guys.

Thank you. You've already brought tears to my eyes.

Posted by: wil at February 12, 2004 07:52 PM

Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I've made my donation. I live in San Diego, who knows maybe I'll be in the area of the event :)

Posted by: Dan Parsons at February 12, 2004 07:58 PM

Robin: I'm sure that others will feel the same way as you, so I'll set something up where y'all can pay pal to me, and I'll make the donation myself in the name of WWdN or something like that. I'm pretty sure that would mean the actual people who donate would lose the deduction, though. :/

Posted by: wil at February 12, 2004 08:03 PM

Oh man. You two, Kris, and everyone have my deepest sympathy. My mom had tandem stem cell transplants at City of Hope, though she had inflammatory breast cancer, the summer of 2002 and I was her caregiver. Iím sure you all are looking for success stories about this treatment and Iím proud to say my mom is one. Iím in college right now so Iím still using the Bank of Mom Savings Fund, but I will be donating. You two are doing a wonderful thing, but you already know that. Good job.

Posted by: Indy at February 12, 2004 08:04 PM

Thanks for posting this. City of Hope is a wonderful place. If folks are local, CoH does have a blood and platelet donation center, information is here: http://www.coh.org/BloodDonorCenter/

For nonlocal folks, the Red Cross has a blood donation information page here: http://www.redcross.org/donate/give/

Thank you. Just... thank you.

Posted by: Adele at February 12, 2004 08:09 PM

Donation in!

I'm assuming its ok to post the training link on forums around the web, or should we post the link to your blog?

Posted by: reallylikesj at February 12, 2004 08:18 PM


You guys are the people we all wish we could be. Kicked some cash your way so we can kick some leukemia ass! Rock hard and walk far!!

Posted by: Missy at February 12, 2004 08:23 PM

Cancer is SOOOO scary. I pray all the time that we find a cure. The things people have to go through just to go in remission with no guarentee that it won't come back is awful. I wonder sometimes why God gave us this horrible illness but I guess He has His reasons. You've got my dollars.

Give my best to Kris.

Posted by: Veronica at February 12, 2004 08:23 PM

I always have extra mojo and a few dollars for a good cause! My family has been touched by cancer! Cancer is something we desperatly need to continue to raise money for, so we can continue to research and hopefully find a cure for all mankind!

Posted by: Marie A. at February 12, 2004 08:23 PM

Anne and Wil,

I'd love to be able to donate to your cause, but the Team In Training website doesn't make any sort of allowances for donations from outside the US territories.

I live in Canada and would gladly like to donate some money to help you reach your goals.

Is there an alternate method with which I can send you my contribution?

Good luck in your training and know that thousands of people from all over the world will be thinking of Kris, Wil and yourself as you do your parts to help crush cancer!

Posted by: Wayne Kearns at February 12, 2004 08:29 PM

I'd kick in a bit, but I still don't know that paypal acct. You can have my deduction...

Posted by: daniel at February 12, 2004 08:38 PM

i am so sorry you have to go through this. its a terrible thing to happen to anyone. good luck and much love to you both, and to your friend.

Posted by: julie reppert at February 12, 2004 08:44 PM

I'm in for $20. Thanks for inspiring each of us to do our part. :)

Posted by: Rob at February 12, 2004 08:45 PM

Wil and Anne,

Count on my support and I'd prefer PayPal as well, but whatever you work out I'll conform to.

However, you have a bad link in the article. The link to your training page is


with an extra 'h' at the beginning. Perhaps an edit?



Posted by: Chris Hansen at February 12, 2004 08:46 PM

Will, I just donated $50 in the name of my mother, who survived breast cancer in 2000. Good luck on your fundraising.

Posted by: Jonathan Disher at February 12, 2004 08:55 PM

Hey Wil. You should set up a paypal account for this. It'll make it really easy for people to donate and they may even be able to donate more often because paypal is so easy to use.

Posted by: Joseph at February 12, 2004 08:58 PM

Dear Wil & Anne,

I'll be glad to kick in my two cents. So to speak. Just let me know where to sign up.

Good MOJO to your friend Kris. Lots of luck and wera comfortable shoes.


Posted by: Bart Manzella at February 12, 2004 09:00 PM

You've got my $5. Would have been more if I wasn't a poor college student. Here's hoping you get to your goal and far beyond.

Posted by: hobgadling at February 12, 2004 09:02 PM

Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!11

Anne and I are BLOWN AWAY by your generosity.

We are working on a Pay Pal solution, for international readers, and folks who would rather donate that way. We should have that taken care of in a day or so.

And thank you to Chris, who pointed out out extra "h" in the RSS feed. :)

Posted by: wil at February 12, 2004 09:02 PM

Another vote for a paypal account option here.
Thanks, Anne and Wil, for bringing this issue to attention. Besides the donation, lots of mojo is headed Kris' way -- and to all who are dealing with cancer.

Posted by: Eva at February 12, 2004 09:06 PM

Well, now I know what to do with my tax return! Financially, I'm doing OK (regular paychecks pay all my bills with a bit left over for savings) so I thought I'd use my tax return to help out some others. Rather than making a bunch of small donations to several organizations as I usually do, I thought I'd just give the whole thing to one super cool organization this year. I was actually going to post something in the 'box asking for some help in deciding what organization to donate to. Now I know! Once I have received my return, I will donate the whole thing to this cause. It's not as much as I've gotten in previous years, but its a few hundred bucks that will do a lot more good in this effort than if I kept it to get DVDs and videogames for myself.

Posted by: jl at February 12, 2004 09:07 PM

$5 from another poor college student here. Good luck hitting your goal, looks like you're doing well so far. :)

Posted by: Lauren at February 12, 2004 09:29 PM

Well, I'm just a poor college student, but my parents just sent me a semi-random money gift. I was going to buy a few books, but hey, I've got a library on campus, don't I? So it's yours - or rather, the Lymphoma Society's, I guess. Just glad I could give a little bit to help.

Posted by: Tinderblast at February 12, 2004 09:37 PM

Hey, Wil & Anne! My aunt died of leukemia. Participating in the walk and raising money through WWDN is a great idea! I like the team training page, too. It makes it so easy to donate! I'll be sure to spread the word.

Posted by: Angelique at February 12, 2004 09:43 PM

When you get the PayPal method setup, I'll happily donate. But if you can't get it setup within the next couple days, I'll go use their site. At least personally, I'm not concerned with the tax write-off at all. First time commenter (I think), but I've always been a fan (I felt like I was Ensign Crusher), and I'm an even bigger fan now. Keep on keepin' on, dude.

Posted by: Greg Schwartz at February 12, 2004 09:54 PM

Hey guys, give Kris my regards and let her know she is in my prayers. I had two grandfather's die of cancer and a cousin that beat leukemia. I hope my donation helps you reach your goal. Remember, keep smiling! :)

Posted by: Chris at February 12, 2004 09:54 PM

Hey, its been worth 10 bucks to read this website the past year, so I've given that. I hope others take your point and just give a buck or two. Your Valentine's Day writing was worth that for the smile it put on my face. Good luck to you both and I'll try and wave as ya run on by :) [Tell us what you'll be wearing!]

Posted by: Bascha Blue at February 12, 2004 10:09 PM

Okay, just dropped a $50 in the bucket. Yeah, it's tough for me, but both my grandparents had cancer and survived, as did one of my very good friends. And my mom. So this is just my way of saying thanks.

Posted by: Leif at February 12, 2004 10:10 PM

A very noble gesture. Seriously. Wil, I was a fan STNG, and have been a fan of WWDN since I have discovered it. I am 43 years old, married 16 years to the same person, two children (7&12), and try to live my life to the personal ideals I have developed through my years to the best of my ability. In December, I was diagnosed with a cancer called Multiple Myeloma. It is also a blood cancer like leukemia, unfortunately it is incurable at this time. Statistical reality tells me what a man who bets, looks at odds, and makes his best informed decision based on all that what my 'most likely' future holds. Much like 'the flop, the turn, and the river' intangibles out of my hands can change it, but what is inevitable at this time is inevitable.

My hope for success for Kris is huge, and my appreciation for your work and gathering help is enourmous.

One day I had all the time in the world, and the next day that turned into a few years. Probably.

Posted by: AllenB at February 12, 2004 10:18 PM

Long time reader... first time commenter!

What you two are doing is so full of heart and generosity it's making me misty. My grandmother died of leukemia back in '96, long before stem cell research and all the major advances in cancer research. I'll definitely wrangle up my spare change and help out, even if I am another poor college student. Hopefully all the effort that everyone is putting into all this helps us reach that goal just a little faster. You guys rock!

Posted by: Faith at February 12, 2004 10:55 PM

I would love to help out and abuse my dad's credit card, but that site only seems to allow for US donations, since it requires addresses and stuff.. How do I get around that?

Let me know!

Bless you two! And Kris!!!



Posted by: Patty at February 12, 2004 10:56 PM

Wil, you and Anne are awsome! If more people would step forward like you guys, just think how many lives could be saved!
When it comes to leukemia, you just can't stress the importance of blood donations enough. Especially platelet donation. Donating platelets takes longer than whole blood (approx. 1.5-2.5 hours) but to get the same amount of platelets by separating the components of whole blood, you would need 8-16 pints of whole blood. That means increased risk for the recipient because there are more donors involved.
Also, the 56 day wait between blood donations is for your body to restore the red cells and the iron. Since you receive all your red cells back during platelet donation, you can donate every 2 weeks instead of every 2 months. Also, you can often give 2 pints of platelets instead of just one. So in one year, you could donate 48 pints of platelets. It is a bit of a time commitment, but the center I go to does a great job of making sure you are as comfortable as possible. They even have computers on the chairs so you can watch a DVD or cruise the 'net during your donation!
If any of your readers are in Minneapolis, these are the people they need to contact to set up an appointment: http://www.memorialbloodcenters.org/MBC/DesktopDefault.aspx

When my tax refund shows up in a couple weeks I'll be sending some of it your way! Also, Kris will be in my prayers.

Posted by: Sharon at February 12, 2004 11:29 PM

Life has no coincedences. This month marks the 21st anniversary of loosing my Momma to lymphoma. I will certainly be donating at the first of the month.

Your friend is lucky to have you. While everyone hates cancer, it is hard for most to actually deal with those going through it. and their families. Lifelong friends of mine turned away when my mother was ill. I was her only child and the only one left to care for her (cancer claimed ALL the siblings of my parents, and both of them). It is such an isolating feeling at times, caring for cancer victims. You have my upmost respect for your actions and feelings.

Many blessings

Posted by: Margie at February 12, 2004 11:32 PM

Anne.. I wish your friend the best of luck with the transplant. I hope all goes well. Please keep us updated on how she is doing.

Wil..Please let us know when you have the paypal details worked out. You can count on the hubby and I to help out.

I am glad to be a part of such a wonderful effort.

You both Rawk!

Posted by: NephraTari at February 12, 2004 11:45 PM

I lost my grandmother to breast cancer (1963)
my uncle to brain cancer (2002)
and now my father has cancer of the bladder...

the tumor has blocked the "plumbing" preventing
normal kidney function and may spread to the kidney if not operated opon...VERY SOON!

SO.... funds are very tight as the parents are
on limited "funds"

I will check my funds and see what I can spare...

Posted by: Wade at February 13, 2004 12:01 AM

I'll have to donate with the next paycheck, but count me in. I'll see if I can get some of my students to chip in as well.


Posted by: Captain Sunshine at February 13, 2004 12:11 AM

Can't wait til you get the PayPal set up, I'm amazed in this day and age they don't have provisions for overseas donors!? Good for you guys, hope you reach your goal and then some!

Posted by: Jan at February 13, 2004 12:19 AM

I rarely add a comment, but this just can't be ignored. I am a chronic myeloid leukemia patient currently in remission and I just wanted to thank you both. You guys are friggin awesome for doing this. I am really at a loss for words right now, so I hope you two understand what this means to me. Thank goodness for people like you, because this lazy ass doesn't have the drive to do anything like this.

I myself am currently waiting for a donor match for a bone marrow transplant. But don't worry about me, because I am doing extremely well and can afford to wait for a match. Thanks again to you and all those who donated and plan to donate to this cause. For anyone interested in more ways to help, please visit this site:


WWdN rules!

Posted by: Ken H at February 13, 2004 12:29 AM

Hi Will & Anne,

Just to let you know that you got a donation all the way from South Africa. It wasn't much, but I hope it helps.

The PayPal solution wouldn't work for us here because PayPal don't seem to like us South African's (they won't let us use them at all), but the Training site took my donation ok. Have you thought of using Amazon's donation system? (it works for us South African's, unlike PayPal)



Posted by: Paul at February 13, 2004 12:31 AM

Donation on the way. Good luck!

Posted by: Termite at February 13, 2004 12:50 AM

Hey Wil and Anne

Another vote for International payment as I'm in the UK, and trying to use the option of Outlying American Islands didnt work on your training page :)


Posted by: Kate at February 13, 2004 01:23 AM

Anne / Wil,

Now this is a noble cause!
I know your on the job with the paypal account and as soon as its ready I am there baby!
The UK branch of Wils posse is ready and waiting to help. Just give us the means.

Posted by: Pete (UK) at February 13, 2004 01:42 AM

Haven't posted before but I am from the UK too, my husband and I don't have much but I'd like to contribute something. I worked in a Specialised Radiotherapy Hospital for two years and my husband has worked there for 16 years. Cancer is terrible, no doubt. But the one thing that I found amazing, was that the patients were total heroes.

Forget any hero you think is brave, these people have an idea when their number is up. It's like they become a cyclops and can only see their own end. But they still go on. Through strength of spirit I am sure some kick cancer in the proverbial butt when all the odds are against them and for that, and the fact I actually come to your site when I feel lost and low :o) I'll donate once there is an International method.

Thanks to Anne and Wil my faith in the human race has been restored a little!

Posted by: Donna at February 13, 2004 01:47 AM

maybe www.e-gold.com as well as paypal? my roommate chuck has been dying of throat cancer for like 10 years now, and has a hole in his throat and a tube in his stomach, but it looks like the cancer is in remission.
www.heinleinsociety.org promotes blood drives at sf cons.

Posted by: arbi at February 13, 2004 02:15 AM

Dear Anne & Wil,

Thanks for spearheading a wonderful effort for a really important cause.

I will support you guys in every way I can, including with my wallet.

This touches me directly because my grandmother (my inspiration and a key role model) passed away in 1999. She had been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia less than 6 months before she passed.

Thanks so much.

Posted by: :: jozjozjoz :: at February 13, 2004 03:09 AM

Hey guys,

You are doing a wonderful job. As of 4:30am MDT (I know it's ungodly early....baby is awake), you already have raised over $1000!! I've added my contribution, and I hope you get sooo many more.

Good Luck!

Posted by: karlin at February 13, 2004 03:29 AM

I don't have a lot of extra money right now, but I tossed $2 your way. I did my part to reach that $1 million mark. ^_^

Good luck, all of you, and God bless.

Posted by: Sam at February 13, 2004 04:31 AM

Unfortunately, I can't donate money to a charity that funds animal testing. I just don't believe that it's right to try to heal humans with the suffering of other creatures. There are MANY cancer foundations that don't test on animals, including the Lympoma Foundation of America. A listing can be found on PETA's website at http://www.caringconsumer.com/page/CharitiesDont.pdf. I know I'll be flamed for posting this, but I think it's important that people know about the entity they're donating money to.

Posted by: David at February 13, 2004 04:31 AM

::Health Mojo for Kris::

bring on the paypal, my little euros are waiting for a home.

Posted by: sooz at February 13, 2004 04:43 AM

$5 poorer, but for a very good cause! I wish you both luck in meeting and beating your goal.

Posted by: Cami H. at February 13, 2004 05:08 AM

I just tossed 20 bucks your way! I wish it could be more. I am glad to hear you are so supportive of your friend.

My brother's best friend, Ryan Mullaly, died a little over a year ago at age 20. He was diagnosed with Stage 2B Hodgkins Disease at age 13. He fought like hell through chemo, a stem cell transplant, and radiation. Ryan never got to finish high school. We miss him terribly!

5 months ago my uncle died of the same thing and now my grandmother is battling both ovarian and cervical cancer. As you can tell fighting cancer is a cause near and dear to my heart! I want to thank both of you for making it a cause near to yours as well!

I am currently planning my wedding and instead of doing a traditional favor, we have decided to make a donation to the Ryan Mullaly 2nd Chance Fund in the name of each of our guests. The fund was set up by Ryan's parents. It provides college scholarships to those kids who have suffered from forms of pediatric cancer. Many of the families of these kids can't afford to send them to college after all the medical bills come in. 100% of the money donated is used as scholarships to give these cancer warriers a shot at higher education. If anyone else is interested in this fund, go to http://www.ryans2dchancefund.org/index.html.

Sorry for the shameless plug! I just feel strongly about helping those with cancer! Bravo to you, Wil and Anne!

Posted by: Dawn at February 13, 2004 05:39 AM

Finally, we get to see Wesley save the day and not have to groan in annoyance. Great job, I'm in!

Posted by: cholling at February 13, 2004 05:40 AM

This is such a good cause that it's caused me to not only donate but leave my first comment ever on a blog. One suggestion I have for Kris (and for maybe the both of you also) is if you haven't done it yet to read Lance Armstrong's first book "It's Not About the Bike". He focuses mostly on his battle with cancer and how it surprisingly changed him for the better, and I think especially for a cancer patient it would be an amazing read.

Posted by: Mike A. at February 13, 2004 05:44 AM

I think what you guys are doing is fantastic. I just added $50 to the fund; a friend from college was diagnosed with leukemia in his early 20s. He's fine now thanks to one of his 6 or 7 siblings, but I know not everyone is that fortunate.

Posted by: Carrie at February 13, 2004 06:02 AM

I read Wil's post about the breast cancer walk a while ago. I have an aunt who's a survivor, and I found the walk-a-thon story inspirational.

As soon as the PayPal account is up, I'm in.

Posted by: Craig Steffen at February 13, 2004 06:04 AM

Way to go, guys! You've got my support. I'm challenging all my friends to match my donation!

Posted by: Rick at February 13, 2004 06:18 AM

Wow, I went to the training site at 7 am EST and it was right at $1000, and now, only 2 1/2 hours later it has risen to over $1400!

This is a great thing Anne and Wil. I've lost too many people to cancer and my husband has a friend who is suffering with leukemia right now.

If everyone in the world would do something like this, for any cause, can you imagine what a difference it could make?

I hope that everyone reading here is inspired not only to give money, but also to get out and volunteer and make a difference with their actions as well.

Posted by: Jessie at February 13, 2004 06:20 AM

You guys rock. I hope you reach your goal!!

Posted by: SarahJo at February 13, 2004 06:23 AM

I don't care about any deductions. I'll chip in anyhow. I think others will too!

Posted by: Wolf at February 13, 2004 06:29 AM

I would very much like to donate using PayPal as well. Please let us know as soon as this is possible!

You guys are the greatest! Thanks for opening everyone's eyes to this important cause.

Posted by: Trish at February 13, 2004 07:04 AM

Hey Wil and Anne,

i tried also to use various guises as i'm in the UK, as soon as you guys set up a way i'll be donating i couldnt last time as i was poor and not credit card...

keep fighting the good fight... love you both so much it hurts! Kris you are in my prayers and thoughts! with love and respect

Andrea xx

Posted by: Andrea at February 13, 2004 07:15 AM

Dear Wil & Anne: I agree with all the wonderful before me commenting in saying the two of you are fantastic. I've sent my $20.00 in memory of my mother, Winona, who was not one of the lucky ones to survive cancer. I miss you mom. Give my best wishes to Kris and walk your socks off!! Martha

Posted by: Martha Botscheller at February 13, 2004 07:22 AM

Fund a mammogram with a daily click: http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/CTDSites.woa/wa/gotoSite?destSite=BreastCancerSite

Posted by: curlif at February 13, 2004 07:26 AM


I think this is a wonderful cause and would also like to participate. Is there some way that Canadians can send donations??

You're so right...if everyone just donated a dollar or two millions could be raised! And when it comes to Cancer every little bit counts!

Hope and laughter,

Posted by: Channy at February 13, 2004 07:57 AM

Speaking of donations - how about blood? I'm O-, and gave my 33rd unit back on Jan20; I'm eligible in late March. Gotta say, I enjoy the early time off work, and a free soda and pack of cookies. :-) Oh, and a few years ago I signed up to be a bone marrow donor. I think it's lifetime (may have to double check).


Posted by: Paul at February 13, 2004 07:59 AM


Posted by: Shaun Erickson at February 13, 2004 08:18 AM


i want to help!! where can i send the money to?

Posted by: jen a. evans at February 13, 2004 08:31 AM

You've got my support. After donating I spent a minute or so hitting refresh and watching your scale climb the goal. Amazing! Go Us! *proud*

Posted by: Sara at February 13, 2004 08:50 AM

you do so much and ask so little.
as soon as i can convince my mum to stop yelling at me (and have gone back to school in order to rally the troops) i'll donate what i can. a girl in the year above me at school was diagnosed with lukemia last year. we raised over 300 pounds (i don't know what that is in dolars) last term for stem cells to be grown.

a message to those who think they can stand by when others need them just because they arent directly affected by it:

You who live safe
In your warm houses,
You who find, returning in the evening,
Hot food and friendly faces:
consider if this is a man
Who works in the mud
Who does not know peace
Who fights for a scrap of bread
Who dies beacuse of a yes or no.
Consider if this is a woman,
Without hair and without name
With no more strength to remember,
Her eyes empty and her womb cold
Like a frog in winter.
Meditate that this came about:
I commend these words to you.
Carve them in your hearts
At home, in the street,
Going to bed, rising:
Repeat them to your children,
Or may your house fall apart,
May illness impede you,
May your children turn their faces from you.
- Primo Levi

it's people like you two that make the world worth living in

Posted by: Lauren at February 13, 2004 09:06 AM

Pray for a cure. My mother was diagnosed in December and has not responded to any treatments so far. Her doctors say she has only a couple months. How can a person who was seemingly healthy--and only 46--die within months? I just don't understand; it's unfathomable that I will lose my mom to this.

I gave as much as I could afford--now go walk your asses off!

Posted by: Daynah at February 13, 2004 09:20 AM

Combined, my wife and I have done 4 marathons for TNT and LLS. Best. Experience. Ever. Next time we'll buy space on WWDN to solicit for donantions instead of Fark. :)

Posted by: Chewy at February 13, 2004 09:51 AM

Put me down as another Canadian requesting a Paypal option so I can donate. Our nephew by marriage was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia while on his honeymoon in the Dominican Republic a couple of years ago. He came through treatment wonderfully, and is in full remission. Our hopes and prayers are that everyone touched by leukemia and lymphoma will see good health and complete remission in the very near future.

Posted by: Jena at February 13, 2004 09:55 AM

10 bucks from me as well...

My mom died of cancer in 98...

You guys are really full of heart and it makes me happy to be able to contribute.

Posted by: Diluted at February 13, 2004 10:04 AM

Hi Wil and Anne, I tried to do a donation from the page link you have set up but it wont let me unless I put in a US state. I live in the UK so how do I still donate? I hope you see this because I am sure others that are not in the US still want to help. Good luck on the walk and give your friend all the best from us in Blighty.

Posted by: caroline at February 13, 2004 10:27 AM

Wow, it is 12:30 (CST US) and since I donated at around 7:30 this morning (CST US) the donation total has gone from ~$2000 to ~$3500. That is $300/hr. Pretty awesome. I don't think you will have a problem making that $25,000 number, Mr. and Mrs. Wheaton!

Posted by: Jason at February 13, 2004 10:37 AM

Wil said: "I'm pretty sure that would mean the actual people who donate would lose the deduction, though."

That's okay. The tax receipt won't do any good for those of us in Canada and abroad. I'll donate some money once Paypal is set up.

Posted by: Delphine at February 13, 2004 10:55 AM

Hey Wil (and Anne),

I'd like to make my donation via PayPal, too. Good luck with your donation drive. I participate in the Diabetes Walk and know getting people to donate is more difficult than any walkathon.

Posted by: lee at February 13, 2004 11:13 AM

I'm down for $50. I'll probably be out there too, SD is my 'hood.

Also, people can join the Bone Marrow donor registry, a great way to save lives affected by Leukemia and many other diseases:


Lock phasers on Leukemia. Prepare to Fire (sorry couldn't resist!) :)

Posted by: Silmarillion at February 13, 2004 11:16 AM

You've got my donation. It's cool to hit refresh on my browser a couple times and see the total go up.

It's not much from me, but I'm a starving student.

All the best for the event, and to your friend Kris.

Posted by: Guy Dickinson at February 13, 2004 11:18 AM

Donated $20. I'm also in San Diego, so if I'm not actually walking, I'll at least be there cheering you on!


Posted by: Adman at February 13, 2004 11:19 AM

anne, wil... you guys are awesome.

donation is in!
my mom died of pancreatic cancer in 1997 and i am a breast cancer survivor since 1999.

best wishes to kris! keep the faith!

Posted by: zettgrl at February 13, 2004 11:25 AM

Once you get your PayPal up, I will send £££'s your way!!
Your UK readers.....

Posted by: Dave at February 13, 2004 11:33 AM

My donation is in. I'm happy to help any way I can.

Posted by: Laura Clough at February 13, 2004 11:37 AM

To all it may concern.
There is a way to mail a donation in and still give the credit to Wil and Anne.
If you mail your donation to
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Office of Donor Services
1311 Mamaroneck Ave.
White Plains, NY 10605

And put the Team ID and the name of the team it will get put on their teampage and donation total.
Just sharing some info.

Posted by: vanyelgh at February 13, 2004 11:50 AM

I'm in for 10$, I've another friend who will be participating in the Chicago Team in Training group, so will be contributing more later! :) As many others have mentioned, the least I can do is help with a little bit considering the entertainment you provide us year round!

Posted by: dayo at February 13, 2004 11:53 AM

Wil and Anne.
Been reading your post for a long time and well when you mentioned this is Marathon i thought it about time to drop a line and tell ya how much i think you people are wonderful. You have my 30 buck donation and my support (be cheering for you...). I would also like to wish you make it to your goal of 25 Grand. Post a pict of you and your wife at the finish line if you can. Otherwise have a great day...

Posted by: marcus j. at February 13, 2004 12:27 PM

I put in $15 bucks. I only wish I could give you more. :)

Posted by: JediJaina at February 13, 2004 12:51 PM

Anne - sorry to hear about your friend Kris... My sister passed away in '96 from Multiple Myeloma (Bone Marrow Cancer) so I know what Kris is going through with all the treatments, as well has emotionally - my sister had two kids, and was married to her teenage sweetheart, living a fairy-tale life. If there's any way I could get out there to participate in the walk, I will - also, let me know if there's a paypal option for donating....
One more thing - if they tell her there's "no match" don't believe them. They told my sister the same, and I did some "l00king ar0und" (I'm sure Wil knows what I mean) and found 5 perfect matches and 2 "better than perfect" (one of whom came over from England and donated marrow willingly - she is an angel for sure)
If she needs any help in finding possible matches, I will gladly do whatever I can to search - just give her my email address.
This is another reason why I have to say again - you two are uber-kewl. You are definitely the kind of people we need more of in this world. I hope one day I can meet you and Wil - I'd be honored to toss back a few beers with him, and you're definitely a first-class role model for my daughters....
I'll make a donation as soon as possible - give Kris my regards and let her know she and her family are in my prayers.

Posted by: m0ppy at February 13, 2004 01:45 PM

Wil and Anne,

Thank you for being true role models for a society in need of compassion, understanding, and most importantly-LOVE. The hopes and dreams that we strive for today will be tomorrow's reality.

Posted by: Amanda at February 13, 2004 02:26 PM

iskipped past a great deal of people blogging...tell me where to send the donations into? i am already a member of the donor association, but would be more than honored to help out in any way that i can.


Posted by: jon at February 13, 2004 03:34 PM

I love how we are making the donation site slow with all the donation traffic...

Posted by: Guy Dickinson at February 13, 2004 04:07 PM

I kicked in a little bit, not as much as other readers, but as much as I can. Good luck, and best wishes to your friend.

Posted by: Jenny Cheese at February 13, 2004 04:38 PM

I wish I was there to walk with you guys to help raise money for the sick. Unfortunatly I don't live anywhere near san diego in fact I live on the other side of the county. I will try my best to do what I can for those who need it. Money isn't everything, but I would rather give money to those who need it to find a cure for a disease. I'll look into flight listings and try to get there if possible. You guys will be rewarded greatly! There is a price to pay and what you give will determin what you get back and right now you guys are doing what you feel is best and you will be repayed in return however that may be. Im glad I came to the website today to hear about this donation. Thank you Wil and Ann

Posted by: Siggy at February 13, 2004 04:55 PM

My boss was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. A mastectomy and full breast reconstruction later, she's as good as new (though emotionally spent). Luckily, she was able to avoid chemo and its ravaging side effects. I feel for Kris and appreciate the effort you guys are putting forth. I've made a donation and hope it helps. I'll beat the bushes over at Fark and see what I can scare up. Later, you damn good egg, you.

Posted by: Austin at February 13, 2004 05:01 PM

One of my coworkers was diagnosed with leukemia a couple of months ago. He has been through two rounds of Chemo and is not getting ready for a bone marrow transplant (from a sibling donor). My husband and I will be chipping in some funds and I will ask around at work to see who else would like to donate.

Posted by: knikki2000 at February 13, 2004 05:05 PM

I know I just added a comment, but I was just reading this as a past success story on t he Team in Training home page. This guy raised around $150,000 in one year and issued a challenge that records were made to be broken. I think this record can be broken this year.


Posted by: knikki2000 at February 13, 2004 05:13 PM

hey wil and anne,

thank you so much for doing what you are doing, and for bringing it to our attention. It is truly awesome, and will make such a difference. unfortunatly, being in UK, i have to wait until the pay pal is set up! then you'll definately get my donation.

I'm sending huge amounts of mojo over for Kris. i hope she gets better soon.


Posted by: rach at February 13, 2004 06:22 PM

I'm in for $5. Wish it could be more, but everything helps. Here's to beating the $1 million mark and giving cancer an ass kicking.

Best wishes for your friend's recovery, Anne.

Posted by: Margaret at February 13, 2004 08:09 PM


I think most of us can respect that. It's not my belief, but it's one I understand well. To philosophize for a moment, one of the thornier moral issues of our day seems to be deciding what deserves human consideration. A fetus? A cow? Personally, I won't harm an animal without need, but sacrificing a few lab animals for leukemia research seems like a fair bargain. A lot of lab animals for cosmetics research, no. But I respect your opinion as well.

Posted by: Xavier at February 13, 2004 08:37 PM


Don't forget that many companies match donations. You might want to add that reminder to your fundraising plea.

There are procedures and rules for this, so the giver should check the rules before sending the money.

Also, I checked the IRS 990 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and it looks OK - about 75% of the money spent goes to programs (the rest is fundraising and Administrative) The BBB requires 65% or better for their approval (plus a bunch of other standards.)
The BBB report is at:
and the IRS 990 is at:

I'll be sending a company check to the address that vanyelgh provided previously - I'll include a note so you should get credit. [My wife owns the company and I'm the only employee, so I don't think I'll have any trouble getting approval. (I'll probably have some additional "tasks" at the office to earn this favor from the boss - but I'll endure them for this cause.)]


Posted by: ihtfp at February 13, 2004 08:42 PM

My donation is in. Happy Valentine's Day, Anne. :-)

I'm a lucky individual that was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in an early stage back when I was in high school. Because of the early detection, I only had to do surgery and radiation.

That was more than 20 years ago now, and I'm still here and healthy. There is hope, people!

Posted by: Billboe at February 14, 2004 04:14 AM

I am getting my PhD in molecular biology and my research concerns cancer. While my lab doesn't have a grant from the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Society, we do get grants from The Susan G. Komen group as well as the Breast Cancer Research Association. I'm here at work on Saturday, and I just wanted to say thank you for doing things like this. I wanted to let the people know who donate money to these foundations that we're working our tails off (except while we're reading wilwheaton dot net).

Posted by: Jessica at February 14, 2004 06:54 AM

Hello Wil,

I have Hairy Cell Leukemia. I have been through the chemo in December 2002..and I received 19 units of blood in a 9 week period. I thank you and your wife very much for participating in the marathon and raising money for research. I will send along my little bit of donation very shortly. I can't afford much because of the bills for treatment, but I will gather up all the change I can find to send along with you.

Once again. Thank you very much Anne and Wil.


Posted by: Tammie Marett at February 14, 2004 08:50 AM

Dear Wil & Anne ,
I would really like to help and I will see what I can give, since I can't give much due to the exchange rate (I'm from Israel) and the fact that I'm just your ordenary person, wife w/ kid and mortgage, both me and hubby work to pay the bills, you know how it goes.
I'm sorry to hear of your friends illness, but it sounds like she has a good prognosis. I wish her a speedy recovery from the upcoming treatment.
I feel very strongly about such things as they touch all of us, and it touched my family, both my parant's have had cancer...my father, bless him is fine today, fully recovered. My mother however was not as fortunate, she had breast cancer 16 years ago and than again on the other side 3 years ago, she passed away last year (on Feb. 13th, 03) due to complications from the treatment (that's our guess). Her kids, me and my 3 brothers, were older but it still hurts and does put life in a different prespective. My son (who's my first child) at the time was 3 weeks old and if it wasn't for him I don't know what would have become of me. I was very close and attached to her. I go on with life, but sometimes I wonder, ...I think sometimes I live for his sake and my dad's sake, for I do miss her awful.
Anyway, I rambelled on. If my few $$$ can help you collect for research than you can count on me.
I wish this illness could be cured for good! Keep up the good work. I'll donate in honor of my mother, Laura Grobler.

Posted by: Orli at February 14, 2004 01:25 PM

Wil & Anne Your friend Kris is in My Prayers

Posted by: Dan L at February 15, 2004 03:40 PM


I would like to donate, but it doesn't seem to be set up to take donations from Canada. Any suggestions?


Posted by: Arwen at February 16, 2004 04:59 AM

My grandmother died of multiple myeloma in 1990 (a week after my college graduation), and I walked the Maui Marathon in 2001 (in her honor) for Team in Training, and it was an incredible experience. I wish I could donate to you, but alas I have been unemployed for the past 2 years. My thoughts will be with you as you train. Good luck.

Posted by: Karen at February 16, 2004 01:01 PM

Do you have a p.o. box or something so that I could just send you my donation? I don't have credit cards, or paypal, but I would really love to donate.

I have been a fan of yours for years! I really enjoy this site, and I think you and Anne are simply amazing people. Please let Kris know that she is in my thoughts and prayers, and good luck with your training!

Posted by: Liz at February 17, 2004 05:09 PM

Ann & Wil,

We just found out our 50 yo friend, Marie, has been diagnosed with AML. She has only been in the hospital for 3 weeks and her treatment sounds about parallel with Kris's.

We just started hearing about the 3 day walks taking place again this year but we didn't know the funds raised went to treat leukemias as well.

Thanks for the boot in the pants. We are also plannning a local fundraiser to help Marie meet some of her expenses after she is released and still unable to work full time.

She is a wonderful heart and a local musician who plays in the bar we own. Christine Havrilla has also expressed interest in helping our mutual friend.

Send us some MOJO. And make sure you tell people that whatever they can do makes a difference in not only the lives of the people who need them but their own as well.


Jim & Richie

Posted by: Jim Madden at February 18, 2004 09:35 AM


I do not have much money, but I am willing to give Kris my bone marrow. I am A+ if she needs my blood, and she can have my plasma as well. While I may need a little of it, Kris needs it more. I live in Wisconsin, but have no problem with traveling to get to you. I understand cancer, and it is a horrible thing. If there is anything else that I can do(other than monetary donations), then please let me know. I hope all the best for all of you.

Artemis Jade Wetzel

Posted by: Artemis at February 21, 2004 04:26 PM

I lost my grandfather to lung cancer in '91 and my husband lost his best friend to luekemia in 2000. We are both members of the NDR but have yet been called to donate. I've sent in my donation, hope it helps. Good luck to you and God Bless.

Posted by: Tanya G at March 4, 2004 06:26 AM


You both are so great for doing this. I gave what I could but wanted to say you both are amazing and I'm so happy to read your latest entry that Kris got to go home. That's so wonderful. I lost my dad to lung cancer a little over a year ago and I hope that one day they can find a cure for all of this. I hope you exceed your goal!!

Posted by: Michelle at March 11, 2004 01:15 PM

I ran for team in training last june in the marathon in Anchorage. It was the best experience of my life. Good luck to you both.

Posted by: Chimone at March 13, 2004 04:21 PM

Great! I have been thinking of walking across the country to raise money to battle cancer and other things. But, I do not have a clue how to get it organized so one can do it. I guess I'd need some sponser for one so I could afford it. Any suggestions?

Posted by: Randall at April 13, 2004 08:46 AM

Though I doubt he'll be back to read this, in response to David's concerns on use of animals in cancer research (way above) -

I'm not sure how the Leukemia Research Foundation operates, but I can tell you that all research grants funded by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society go through an extensive screening process. Not only are all grants and applicants screened by a panel of experts, lead by some of the country's best and brightest scientists and oncologists, applications must provide for some sort of alternative to animal testing, such as use of computer models, etc. If applicants don't offer alternative methods of testing, they must explain why and be able to justify the use of animals in their research - specifying what types of animals they will use, how many and what exactly will be involved in the testing.

The panel's priority is to fund sound medical research that does not require use of animal testing - and if it must, that the animal testing involve minimal pain or harm to the fewest number of animals possible. However, once in a while a grant will come along that absolutely requires testing of animals before a medication can be cleared to go to clinical trials - one such example is Gleevec, a revolutionary "cancer pill" that many leukemia patients - and now survivors - will tell you is well worth whatever harm came to a few mice along the way.

It's a harsh reality one faces when dealing with these fatal illnesses. But I can tell you right now that if you were forced to sacrifice a hamster or two to save the life of a 7-year old child (who, say, has a permanent SPIGOT attached in his flesh so that doctors can more easily go in for spinal taps on a regular basis; who maybe can't go to school for months at a time when he's on his chemo; who probably didn't CHOOSE to live his young life this way, but smiles and does the best he can anyway) and I assure you - you'll sacrifice those hamsters every damn time.

Posted by: Amy at May 8, 2004 11:50 PM

Anne and Wil,

I think what you guys are doing here is really awesome! You have taken an opportunity to make a difference in a big way.

And you've blown right past your goal as well! :-)

This sort of thing means so much to me as I'm a rookie survivor myself; almost a year now since I was diagnosed with lymphoma. I don't think Dr. Crusher (I know, I know - couldn't resist!) could've done any better than my team of docs, as I'm in remission! Feeling good, feeling strong, growing hair!

Now I'm on a mission to bring a smile to those who have/are fighting cancer - patients and survivors. If I can give them a moment where they forget the pain of it all, a moment when they can laugh and smile, even if it's just a temporary rest from the strain of it all, then I've done my job! www.gotCancer.org - all the good stuff happens there. A portion of the funds raised there will go to the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society - an organization that I'm helping as well.

Good luck and thanks for your efforts!

Looking forward to reading about how it goes!


Posted by: Larry at May 18, 2004 08:34 PM

As a cancer (acute leukemia) survivor myself, I do not believe that doctors and medicine are the best cure. After 2 years of doctor's appointments, hospitalization and of course chemotherapy, and numerous surgeries in which a small box was implanted in my chest to more easily withdraw blood and inject medication. That didn't cover the spinal taps, those were still done every week by sticking a needle (not sure how long seeing as I was already knocked out) in the middle of my lower back. I lost all of my hair, including facial and all other body hair.
Everything seemed to be going great until the 3rd year I went into relapse. This relapse included all of what I had already been through plus radiation which after my hair had already fully grown back fell out again. The more treatments I went through the weaker I became.

Finally my parents decided to take me out of all my treatments and left my life in God's hands fully knowing that I may not survive. Along with my father's help and the help of natural medicines my life was saved. It's been 10 years since all of that happened. Even though I'll never really be the same person again, I'll never be able to bear children, and my skin was pretty much ruined from the radiation, I'm glad to be here, if not for anything else to help others. Unfortunately I am not allowed to donate blood for obvious reasons. If by telling this story I can help anyone out then that's one more person saved. Just in case you're wondering I was 8 when I was diagnosed with cancer. So at 11 was when I was taken out of chemo. I'm 21 now. Who would've thought I'd make it this far?

Not everyone believes in these methods of natural healing and such, so for those who need the help of doctors and medicines, my heart and soul go out to all of those who need it.

Posted by: Elizabeth at May 21, 2004 05:14 PM

It is very commendable that you have joined the fight to find a cure for leukemia. Until May 19th, 2004 I can honestly say that I knew no one with this disease. That coincides with the day I found out my dad had leukemia. He passed away a week later.

Thank you for donating your time and energy to this noble and worthy cause.

Mark Hannay
Seattle, WA

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