A reason to run

A couple of years ago, my friend and co-worker got diagnosed with lung cancer.  Cancer had sneaked up on him, and disguised itself as asthma symptoms.  At the time, my friend was a few months short of receiving health insurance coverage and did not seek immediate medical attention.  His symptoms worsened and by the time he went to the ER, the doctors discovered he had stage IV cancer.  The few times I visited him at the hospital, Grouch-o, as we had nicknamed him, smiled.  He kept his head up high and at 26 years of age, this young man never lost hope.

According to the American Cancer Society:

The report shows that people with no health insurance or inadequate health insurance face four main challenges when it comes to cancer:

  • They’re less likely to get screened for cancer.
  • They’re less likely to get counseled about cancer prevention.
  • They’re more likely to get diagnosed late, when their cancer is harder to treat.
  • They’re more likely to die from cancer than people with adequate health insurance.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) not only funds blood cancer research, it also provides people with the information and services needed to fight blood cancers.  LLS provides financial assistance to help patients with significant financial need.  With the help of LLS, treatment for blood cancer is not just for the privileged, it is for everyone.  Aside from financial assistance, LLS provides counseling and support for blood cancer patients.  Many of the services LLS provides come free of charge and make a distinct difference in a patient’s life.

Please join me in supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by sponsoring my half marathon run with Team in Training.

My team goal is to raise $4,800.00 by the end of August and to train arduously to run a half marathon in October.  Please help me reach my goals as well as help fund cancer research and patient services by donating to Team Bring It.

Thank you for all of your support in advance!

Grouch-o, this race is for you and your family.  You showed me courage and strength.  


We raised over $4,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!

As promised…

I'm wearing a Microsoft shirt for LLS in the GBus on my way to the Googleplex

Under the Google sign @ Charlie's 🙂

Wearing the MS tee in the office

nom nom nom... dooooooo nut

The bee is pretty scary

Shouldn't the Gingerbread be fragmented?

Life-size e'claire....yum!

FrooooooooYooooo > Mango

I'm getting really hungry just taking photos over here

Once again, thank you for all of your support!


Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who participated and donated in our fundraising competition.  Team Microsoft won; hence, I will be wearing a Microsoft shirt (Nope, not Bing… apparently they don’t make them.) to the Googleplex this Friday.  I will post pictures Friday night. 🙂

In total, Jose and I were able to exceed our fundraising minimum by raising over $4,500!!! As a team we took the rivalry to a new level to benefit a cause we both are passionate about, we are running to help find a cure for cancer.

Whether you donated to Team Google or Team Microsoft your money will go great lengths in this battle against cancer.  Thank you for all of your support and encouragement.

Services your donation could fund

  • $75 is the average cost of tissue typing to become a bone marrow donor.
  • $50 is the cost of a CT scan.
  • $40 is the cost of sending a comprehensive packet of information for children with cancer.
  • $35 pays for transportation expenses for a patient living in Northern California’s most rural areas to treatment at a comprehensive cancer center.
  • $25 covers a single prescription co-payment.
  • $5 is the cost of sending a newly diagnosed patient information about their disease and how to get support

Please donate today.


Contest: Microsoft vs Google

Team Google v Team Microsoft

As a way to make our fundraising more interesting, Jose and I are taking the the Microsoft-Google rivalry to our fundraising efforts.

Team Microsoft: If Microsoft out-donates Google, Carol will wear a Bing shirt to work.

Team Google: If Google out-donates Microsoft, Jose will wear a Google shirt to work. (Yes! You heard it right! He will wear a Google shirt!)

Why does this rivalry matter??

  • Jose works for Microsoft.
  • Carol works for Google.
  • Jose uses Bing.
  • Carol uses Google.

If you want to see Jose Moreno wear a Google shirt to work make your donations on our fundraising homepage and specify Team Google in the comment section.

If you want to see Carol Toro wear a Bing shirt to work make your donations on our fundraising homepage and specify Team Microsoft in the comment section.

Let’s do this friends!

Contest ends July 31.