Sunday, June 28, 2009

Donate To A Great Cause, Get A Chance to Win Inpiring Items from Biggest Loser Trainer & Weight Loss Star Ruby

I had the most amazing day Saturday. I spent the morning walking and talking with Weight Loss Reality Star Ruby at the South Street Seaport in NYC and then drove down to Atlantic City to meet Biggest Loser Trainer Bob Harper.

I came away from the day totally inspired. The great news for you is I also came away with some terrific things from Bob and Ruby to raffle off in this final week of fundraising for my Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Shenandoah Hike! See below for details!

For a donation of $50 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at, you will be entered to win an autographed copy of Bob Harper's "Are You Ready?" Bob sends his good wishes to you with a message, "To your health... XO, Bob Harper."

For a $25 donation at, you will be entered to win an inspirational hand-written note from Weight Loss Reality Star Ruby, plus a Style pedometer. Put this amazing message on your refridgerator, on your mirror, or wherever it will give you a boost in your own weight loss journey. Ruby has lost more than 100 pounds and the second season of her show on Style begins again on July 5.

Each month of 2009, I am taking on a physical event for charity. I call it the Save the World Diet.The Leukemia & Lymphoma Socety's Shenandoah Hike was my June Challenge, and I hiked in honor of my friend who was diagnosed last year with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
You can make a difference right now, and have a chance to win some awesome, inspiring prizes, by making a donation at:
Donations are tax deductible. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training fundraising pages are secure websites.
The rules of the contest are:
-- Those who make $25 donations are entered in the contest to win the Ruby note and pedometer.
-- Those who make $50 donations are entered in the contest to win for signed Bob Harper book.
-- You may make multiple donations to increase your chance of winning.
-- Donations must be made online at: and must be done so by midnight Friday, July 3.

-- The names of the winners will be picked at random from the list of online donors.
-- The winners will be posted on the LL&S Fundraising Website and on this Blog July 5. Winners will also be contacted that day
Good luck and thanks, as always, for your support!

Monday, June 8, 2009

06.08.09: Giving Blood Cancers the Boot for My Birthday


Every time my birthday comes around, I find some time to hike. It's a tradition I started when turned 31, after I lost about 100 pounds and returned to and conquered Camel's Hump, a Vermont mountain that had left me winded and ashamed years before. Hiking is my way of celebrating life.

This year as I was about to turn 35, I took on a very special outdoors challenge: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Shenandoah Hike. I chose this event in honor of my friend Jen's battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

An estimated 138,530 people in the United States were diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma in 2008. Jen, who has a son just about the same age as my daughter (16 months old now!), learned she was sick when she felt a lump in her neck on Halloween 2008.

Jen's body is doing the healing. I did the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's fund raising Shenandoah hike. You can make a difference right now in the battle against blood cancers by making a donation the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society:

A $500 donation could provide treatment to a patient. A $100 donation could mean transportation to treatments for someone without a ride. A $75 donation could provide bone marrow testing. A $50 donation could give provide resources and information to someon who just got a devastating diagnosis. Every dollar of your tax-deductible donation makes a difference.

So please help me celebrate life and give Blood Cancer the boot by making a donation on behalf of my effort. The easiest way to do so is online at,

Thank you, as always, for your support. I wish you good health and happiness in the year ahead.