Running for Anna

On December 12, 2010 our family was devastated by the loss of my niece, Anna Rogotzke, on her fourth birthday, to a rare cancer called Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. On December 4, 2011, I ran in the California International Marathon to raise money for the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative, a leader in the fight against sarcomas. This blog is created to update those interested in my journey and progress as I train for this event and events thereafter.

....And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Waffles and Wishes / Virtual 5k

I've always known that Make-A-Wish is a wonderful organization.  I didn't fully realize just how wonderful, however, until my niece, Anna, was granted her wish.  Anna's wish to was to meet Cinderella, and what better place to meet a princess than Disney World? 
Anna, her brothers, my sister, and my brother-in-law all were treated to a wonderful vacation in Florida.  EVERYTHING was taken care of, and they got the VIP treatment the entire time.  I know that the memories of this trip are very special to them. 

So, when given the opportunity to attend a fundraiser called "Waffles and Wishes" to benefit the Northern Nevada chapter of Make-A-Wish yesterday, I jumped at the chance. 

Sorry for the blurry IPhone picture
 My husband, son, and I all were invited by a friend of my sister's who lives in our area.  A local casino/hotel sponsored the breakfast, and the attendees actually got to be part of a suprise wish being granted to a young teenager who was immediately whisked away to Nashville to meet Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift.  They showed a video of various children whose wishes have been granted.  I cried throughout the entire video remembering Anna.  It was a great event, and I know they raised quite a bit of money. 

In running news, I ran a virtual 5k for autism hosted by this lovely lady.  On my schedule for today was a 4 mile run, so I warmed up for about .9 miles, reset my Garmin, and "took off".  I have only really run one timed 5k a few years ago, and I finished in 34 minutes something.  I was hoping to run this one under 30 minutes.  The result:
Woo-hoo!  Got it by 5 seconds.  :)

Speaking of fundraising, my goal was to have all my stuff together by June 1.  On May 31, I realized that June was the NEXT DAY!  Where does the time go?  New goal is June 13.  I have a trip to Kinko's planned today for some serious copying, and then I should be good to go! 

Blessings on your day....remember to cherish every moment. 


  1. I['m excited to see your fundraising plans!

    The pic at the top of Disney princesses with Anna is beautiful. have a fabulous week!

  2. Great job on the virtual 5k!

    I loved reading about the wishes being granted. :)

  3. I am so glad your niece got her wish granted. The Make A Wish Foundation is so extraordinary to me! AWESOME JOB on the 5k! You rock!

    Definitely looking forward to hearing about your fundraising :)

  4. oh what a blessing. I love those moments. Great race Jenn!

  5. Congrats on the sub 30' race, a very good finishing time.
    Glad that your niece got her wish granted.