Welcome to Brahm Windeler's MWOY Fundraising Page!

Welcome to Brahm Windeler's MWOY Fundraising Page!

May 26, 2017

Soooo… Here it is, the middle of May, and you have probably been thinking, “Hmm… here it is, the middle of May, and Brahm has usually asked me to support him in his fundraising efforts for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s mission to find a cure for blood cancer by now.”

OK, well, maybe you’ve haven’t been thinking that. But I’ve been thinking about it. I’m a little embarrassed I haven’t gotten to this sooner. But to be honest, I’ve been dragging my feet because I’ve been a bit hesitant. Not because I don’t think this is a worthy cause. Far from it.

As some of you know, one my bucket list items is to participate in the Western States Endurance Run – the “grandaddy” of 100-mile trail runs – which requires successfully finishing a qualifying race in order to be granted lottery tickets in order to register. Each consecutive year not selected in the lottery, the number of lottery tickets granted doubles. I have not been selected the past two years, so the stakes are now higher in maintaining the doubling streak!

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from participating in endurance sports, especially the 100-miler, is to respect the distance. No matter how well I’ve trained or how strong I feel, 100 miles is a long way. It’s a long time to be on my feet and often requires running through the night without sleep. There’s a lot that can go wrong before and during the race: illness, bad weather, twisting an ankle on the trail, stress fractures, chafing, blisters, cramping, bonking, stomach issues, headlamp batteries failing in the middle of the night to name a few.

You may recall last year was a very ambitious one for me: I participated in two half-Ironman triathlons, a full Ironman triathlon, a 30 mile ultra marathon, two 50 mile ultra marathons and even another 100 mile ultra marathon! This year, in order to focus on successfully completing a qualifying Western States race, I haven’t scheduled any triathlons but I’ve upped the ante on the ultra marathon front: one 31-mile (Trail 50k in Pinckney, MI), one 60-mile (Born to Run in southern CA), one 62-mile (Marquette Trail 100k in the Upper Peninsula), and two 100-mile ultra marathons (Mohican Trail 100 in Ohio and Hallucination 100 [Run Woodstock] in Pinckney, MI).

To get back to why I’ve been dragging my feet on getting this request out, it’s because there’s a lot of doubt circling around inside my head. I’m a bit nervous about the challenges I’ve laid out before me this season and wondering if this is going to be the season I write checks my body won’t be able to cash. Despite all the training, I’ve been carrying around about 10 extra pounds since Thanksgiving than last year (the joys of getting older!). I’ve got 4 weeks between the first 60-miler and the 100-miler, and 3 weeks between the 100k and the second 100-miler. Will that be enough time to recover? How will my body handle two 100-milers in a season? I just don’t know.

I’ve been reluctant to send out a letter because I don’t want to ask for support, then fail to achieve those goals. I’ve been reluctant to even register for the races. As I write this, I still haven’t registered for the either of the hundred milers. But I will. Because I know that’s not a good reason. Even though I find strength in knowing I’ve got people thinking about me and wanting to see me succeed (and I do think about you all… there’s a lot of time to think during these events!), this is not really about me. This is about finding a cure for blood cancer and improving the lives of those who are afflicted by the disease in its many forms. Those struggles are much larger than any I will ever come close to facing while voluntarily participating in an endurance event.

Which brings me back to the fundraising. Please join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by making a donation to my fundraising campaign for Man or Woman of the Year. I am part of team of nearly 20 people calling ourselves Mission IS Possible, working to raise as much as possible in a 10-week period. Every dollar I raise counts as one vote and the candidate who gets the most votes/raises the most money is named the Man or Woman of the Year. This year I am fundraising on the part of my friend Michael Barry, with whom I have participated in several Team in Training events over the years.

With a deadline of June 9 (only 3 weeks away!), I am looking for amazing, caring, generous people like you to sponsor me for one or more of these events. Maybe it’s $1 for every mile of one of the ultras… $31, $60, $62 or $100? Maybe $0.50/mile? Every little bit helps. There is no overhead to cover travel or lodging; that’s all on me. Your donation all goes toward establishing those research grants. Thanks to your support, those grants will help fund the therapies and treatments that save lives, not someday but today.

Over the years, support from people like you has been responsible for the blood cancer advancements that have doubled, tripled, and in some cases quadrupled the survival rate for some blood cancers.

Many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients, but are also now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers and are in clinical trials for patients with lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. And LLS funded drugs like targeted therapies and immunotherapies are now saving thousands of lives every day.

The easiest way to contribute is to do so on this site (http://www.mwoy.org/pages/mi/detroit17/bwindeler).

Alternatively, you can donate cash or by mailing me a check made out to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, but please do so soon enough that I can deposit the funds by June 4. Donations to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society are tax deductible.

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you for your support! For more information about LLS, please visit www.lls.org

We are sorry donations are no longer being accepted for this participant for this event.

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My Thanks To

  • Charles Martin
  • Valerie Schave
  • Mandie Chapman
  • Susan & Larry DeeWaard
  • Brahm and Jennifer Windel...
  • William Ahlstrom
  • Jennifer Lynn Eyler
  • Jean Pugsley
  • Lisa Lawson
  • Aaron Wilson-Ahlstrom
  • Carrie Malinczak
  • S Ralph and Judy L Windel...
  • Patty O'Boyle
  • Jennifer Richards
  • Robert Hagemann
  • Judith Windeler
  • Bruce & Rose Austin
  • William Richards
  • Michelle McCullough
  • Kurt Windeler
  • Sue Russell