The temperature and humidity have been killing me (and everyone I guess, but no one else seems to be as sweaty as I am when I get on the train) but it seems to have finally eased up a little. By the time I got home last night I had traveled 9.3 miles on foot for the day. This is in part because I stopped by Target to buy smoke detectors and walked home from there.

I realized that for the past 10 years I have been taking my life in my hands every day because there were no smoke detectors in my apartment (Hello 311? Yes I’d like to report a fire code violation…)! Plenty of fire extinguishers though…It’s like I went out for smoke detectors and got confused and came back with a basket of fire extinguishers…

Anyway, I came to this realization after hearing some terrible news about my dear friend and colleague, Lia. The night before she lost nearly all of her belongings in an apartment fire which also left her with some awful burns on her arms and hands. She is okay but naturally will need a little help to recover from this setback. So if you would like to donate to help this wonderful lady get back on her feet you can do so here.

She really is the best.

I have to say I find the outpouring of support from my company and coworkers really touching.

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The Myriad team with a man in a suit (one of the challenges for the scavenger hunt) during the NYC Challenge! Number 103 is the lovely Lia.

Today I got up, ran, and then dashed off to enjoy breakfast with the CEO of my company and all the new hires from this year. It was a really nice way to start the morning and a really nice excuse to skip the gym. That said, I do still plan to go tonight.

As always, below is some more information about St. Jude’s and the impact your donations make. Please donate to this wonderful cause here!



Donations make a difference

Every dollar donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital counts! Take a look at some of the possibilities that your effort could provide to the kids and families of St. Jude.

Infant Care Supplies for 10 Babies: $50

These supplies help parents and nurses care for babies in treatment and include items like diapers, baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, footies and heel warmers.

Wagon: $70

Wagons can make traveling through the halls of St. Jude easier for parents and more fun for a young child.

Parties to celebrate birthdays, holidays and “coming off chemo”: $75

St. Jude provides parties, decorations, cakes and more to keep spirits high during the holidays and to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and a child’s completion of chemotherapy treatment.

Creative Toys: $100

Play is an essential part of every child’s life, and it’s important for the children to have fun as often as possible. At St. Jude, colorful, toy-filled play areas are just as plentiful as exam rooms.

Delicious Meals: $210

St. Jude provides meal cards so that patients and families can enjoy the comfort and convenience of good, nutritious meals in the Kay Kafe, our cafeteria.

One Day of Oxygen: $447

Oxygen is key to keeping the immune system strong. A gift of oxygen can help a young body thrive and help fight cancer at the cellular level.

Child-sized Wheelchairs: $700

These special wheelchairs help children move easily through St. Jude.

Airfare for a parent and child: $1,000 Average

For a patient referred to St. Jude, the hospital covers the cost of airfare for a child and one parent or guardian.


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