Saturday, May 19, 2012

Bouma Lymphoma Donations

My friend Jake Bouma has lymphoma and is in the midst of chemotherapy treatment in an attempt to cure him of cancer.  I'm running a 20K race on June 2, 2012 as a way to raise money to help Jake and Libby cover costs associated with his treatment.

It's come to my attention that several people have attempted to make a donation on the Bouma Lymphoma page, but an error within the Fundly site has made it impossible to do so.

So here's the plan...

If you would like to make a donation to support my 20K race training and help the Bouma family pay for Jake's cancer treatment, please indicate the dollar amount of your pledge by:

1.  Leaving a comment at the bottom of this post.
2.  Sending me a Facebook message
3.  Emailing me at [erik(dot)ullestad(at)gmail(dot)com]

Once the race ends I will contact you with instructions of how to honor your pledge.

Thanks to people who have already donated at total of $1,410 to Bouma Lymphoma:

  • Bunz Family -- $150
  • Ken Bouma -- $100
  • Steve & Ruth Ullestad -- $100
  • Shelly Theiman -- $100
  • WHLC Men's Bible Study -- $60
  • Kala Zanoni -- $50
  • Paul & Lorice Amlin -- $50
  • Krista & Adam Kilgus -- $50
  • Matt & Claire Thompson -- $50
  • Anonymous WHLC members -- $150
  • Joelle Hanson -- $50
  • Chris & Beth Olkiewicz -- $50
  • Eric & Beth Carlson -- $50
  • Dwight DuBois -- $50
  • Tracey Hirst -- $50
  • Chelsvig Family -- $50
  • Stephanie Wherry -- $30
  • John Ambroson -- $25
  • Campbell Family -- $25
  • Dick & Joani Wilberg -- $20
  • John Wagner / Paul Soupiset -- $150

Will you add your name to this list?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Bouma Lymphoma


It's an ugly word.

Most people know someone who have received a cancer diagnosis.  It just happens that my good friend and fellow youth minister, Jake Bouma, was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in February 2012.  In early June I will be running a 20K (Dam to Dam) as a way to show my support to Jake - and I hope you'll consider joining me in showing your support.

Jake and his wife, Libby, are exceptional people...the kind of people that give of themselves in beautiful ways.  Jake works with high school students.  Libby is a social-worker who is studying to be an elementary teacher.  They have chosen servant professions, and you don't get rich in that line of work.

I've created a page for people to make donations to help Jake and Libby pay for the medical costs (chemotherapy, radiation, prescriptions, etc.) associated with his lymphoma treatment.  Additionally, 10% of all money raised will go directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

If you are willing to consider sponsoring me, I'd be most grateful.  Training for this race requires a lot of alone-time logging miles.  Without the support of friends, family, and people I've not even met, these long runs will be difficult.  

Please check the Bouma Lymphoma donation page for updates on my training and on Jake's treatment.
  • If you're feeling generous and give $5 per km ($100) you will get your name on my race day shirt
  • If three people donate $10 per km ($200) Jake will shave my head.
Thanks for your generous support!