Janice Gagnier's ~ Run For A Better Tomorrow!


I did it... I have completed my first full marathon!!! I'd like to thank all my friends, family, neighbors, and business for their donations and support!!! Together we have raised $4,982.20. Please read my dairy for an update of the marathon. I also, have some marathon photo's. On behalf of Dominic and his family & friends and those who are fighting or who have fought a blood cancer, I thank you most of all for your support and donations!


This song makes my grey skies blue... May you have a blue sky holiday.

Bad Day ~ by Daniel Powter (Lyrics are in my diary section).

For those who don't know me...My name is Janice Gagnier and both my family
and I are blessed by good health. Every family should have a chance to make this statement; this is why I am running for Team in Training (TNT). Since August, I have been out on the streets of Maine training for the Bermuda International Marathon. The marathon will take place on January 15, 2006. I have decided to fulfill a long time goal of mine to take part in a marathon. Not only am I fulfilling my goal, I am doing it for a good cause. I have joined Team in Training! I am training to participate in this endurance event as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training. Our mission is to Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. This is an ambitious task and we need your help! Leukemia is one of the leading diseases contributing to the death of children under 15 years of age. Every ten minutes, another child or adult is expected to die from leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. I'm completing this marathon in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers. These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure! Each team will participate in honor of a local patient honored hero. I have joined the fight in honor of a dear friend, Richard Schroeder "Rick" who lost his battle in December 2002. He put up a long hard fight against the disease and went through a lot rougher things than me running 26 miles. There are many out there like him who have fought or are fighting a blood cancer. I will also be running for my 4 year old patient honoree Dominic Malo, Dominic's profile caught my attention because he is close to my own son Kyle's age. Dominic is a handsome 4 year old boy who is Undergoing Protocol Chemotherapy for the next 2 1/2 years. We need your support to support those people and to find a cure.
I will be in training for 6 months, so that I can build my stamina up to complete the 26.2 mile race. I know that the only motivation I will need is to remember that completing a 26.2 mile race is nothing compared to what my Honored Hero has gone through. I hope that you'll visit my web site often and check back to see my progress. My goal is to raise $4,500.00 by December 1, 2005. I will still accept donations after this date! Please support my efforts by giving a 100% tax deductible contribution to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. As I take part in this marathon, knowing that you contributed to make my Honored Hero's life better will motivate me to complete the race. Any donation you can make will be greatly appreciated. The society allocates approximately 75% of the funds raised by TNT participants to help support the Society's mission: to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and enhance the lives of patients and their families.
Please join with me on January 15th, to celebrate life. I am confident that all of my hard work and training, and your monetary contribution, will make a difference in the lives of individuals who are suffering from cancer. If you'd like to send Payment by check, please e-mail me at: RhodeRunner1@hotmail.com, for my mailing address. (Click on the "Links" page on the left side of this page to send me an e-mail) Check donations must be made out to: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I hope that you'll visit my web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress. The photo on this page is of Dominic and his family. Photo taken By Emily Young,
Sentinel & Enterprise
Click on my "Diary" page to read the story.Click Here for Donations & updates! ~Team In Training ~

Thanks for your support!

Janice Ursillo Gagnier

***UPDATE 12.25.05***

As of Christmas, I have raised $4682.20 for Leukemia & Lymphomia Society.

THANK YOU for all your help and support!!!

Training is going well, I have completed my long run of 20 miles a week ago. I'm getting excited about the marathon!!!

Love, Peace, & Good Health for the New Year!


UPDATE 01.11.06:

It's 11:44 P.M., having a hard time getting to sleep. It's raing hard and thundering outside. My mind is going 90 mph with thoughts of what I am about to take part in this weekend. Migraine coming on...I just wanted to say, my thoughts & heart will be with all of my honored hero's and their families this weekend. We will always hold the memories of our dear friend "Rick" in our hearts. This marathon is in honor of all my hero's. My friend Debbie, a survivor of Lymphoma, Dominic who had a set back over this Christmas Season. They spent the week of Christmas in the hospital because Dominic came down with double Pneumonia in both lungs. They had to go back in that week for an infusion of antibodies because they were afraid he might have a relapse due to not having any imune system because of the chemo. He is at home right now, but carefully being monitored due to all the medications they had to give him. I'm also running in honor of my Uncle Tony, who has Lymphoma. I have fond memories as a child listening to my uncle playing the organ. I will be wearing your names on my shirt, and a purple ribbon to honor all of you!

I want to thank everyone who has supported me and my efforts. Thanks for being wonderful friends and believing in me when I didn't believe in myself!