Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Hitchhiker and the Hood to Coast Race

Please forgive me up front. This is not a Haunt Jaunts related post...not exactly. There are no spooky places to tell of, no ghosts to mention, but a haunting of sorts is involved.


If you've read my profile or checked out the About section on, you know about my hitchhiker. You also know that it's the reason I'm alive. Creating the blog and website was my "get off the couch" motivator. I believe it kept me going and played a huge part in my recovery.

If you don't know about my hitchhiker, I'll give you the quickie synopsis: "hitchhiker" is my euphemism for my cancer. I was diagnosed with Stage 2 B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma on December 31, 2008. On May 19, 2009 I was told I was in remission. On June 18, 2009 I finally finished all my treatments.


At the end of August my husband is going to participate in the 197-mile Nike Hood to Coast Relay. As part of this he's also raising money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

His target amount to raise is $1,500. We're nearly there. As of this posting, we're at just over $1,200.

That's why I'm asking for your help. He's doing this race (a) because he's nuts and has always wanted to, but also (b) because when he found out there was some way he could actively participate in finding a cure for cancer after what we've been through this past year (we also lost my mom to lung cancer last July), he didn't hesitate to sign up.

I say Haunt Jaunts has been my get off the couch motivator, but Wayne is the reason I'm alive. I never could have gotten through the tests or treatments without him being there for me every step of the way. Getting cancer was perhaps the best thing that ever happened to me. I sure found out just how deep and true Wayne's love for me runs!

Now I want to help him.

Please help support him if you can, if you've ever been touched by cancer, or if you're just looking for a good cause to support. It doesn't have to be much. Just a $5 contribution would be HUGE! (All contributions go to the Lance Armstrong Foundation.)

And if you donate online you can add your name to the Honor Roll (or remain anonymous if you wish) and even specify that your donation is in honor of a certain friend or loved one you know who has been affected by this disease.


Here's the link for his LAF page: Wayne & Courtney's Fundraising Page.

Thank you for your consideration.


  1. As far as your hitchhiker goes, it sounds like you dropped him off down the road and are on cruise control speeding down recovery road. Congrats! You have so much to offer, it seems like a little thing like CA couldn't hold you back from spreading your sunshine. That's a fantastic cause. Thanks for letting us know how to get involved. :-)

  2. What a super nice comment for you to leave Autumnforest! Thanks for contributing to my ego fund! And I love all of the "road" analogies...very clever! I admire both you and Lisa Logan's ways with words. Such witty women!