Emily Sutton Personal message:
Hello friends! Thanks for checking out my fundraising
page. Your contribution to TEAM OKLAHOMA will help us find a cure for all blood
Short story: Nearly a dozen Oklahomans will train and
cross the finish line of the Arizona Ironman 2014 in an effort to raise
$200,000 for the GO MITCH GO Foundation, an Oklahoma-based non profit to fight
against Leukemia and Lymphoma.
Long (personal) story: In spring of 2011 I decided to
challenge myself for a great cause by doing my first half Ironman triathlon at
the Oklahoma Redman through Team in Training, benefitting the Leukemia and
Lymphoma Society. Up until that point I
had only done a 10k but wanted to increase my work outs and loved the idea of a
triathlon since I am swimmer. Not only was it the hottest summer on record, but
2011 proved to be a summer of milestones and breakthroughs. I crossed the
finish line and ended up with new friends and higher confidence.
Although I did not have a direct connection to Leukemia
and Lymphoma, I thought it was a good cause and with a co-worker, raised
$6,000. A few months later I found out
that my Aunt Liz (maternal Aunt) was diagnosed with Leukemia. I instantly knew that my journey couldn't
have been a coincidence and that God had a plan.
I continued to do triathlons, hooked on the community and
the sense of accomplishment. Throughout
training I felt a tugging on my heart to do more. Something was telling me to do a full
Ironman. I have never done a full marathon and I frequently get knee issues so
this seemed unrealistic. I asked around
for some of the "easier" Ironman courses (oxymoron?) and Arizona came
up. Then it all clicked...my Aunt is
from Phoenix and I wanted to do the event in her honor! Why wait until it's too late? Time isn't
slowing down and I need to do something now.
However, I couldn't find anyone to do this adventure with me until Scott
Hines went in my corner!
My co-worker Scott Hines is an investigative reporter at
KFOR-TV. He is very athletic but never
tried a triathlon. He ran up to me one
day and said he wanted to do a full Ironman.
That's when I knew I had God's stamp of approval and we hit the ground
Scott and I feel blessed to live in such a philanthropic
state and have a platform to get other involved in the fight against
cancer. In November 2014, Oklahoma will
be represented in Arizona to cross the finish line in one of the most grueling
endurance events. Join us. Join Team Oklahoma. Donate and spread the word!
OKLAHOMA STRONG. IRONMAN STRONG.
Emily & Scott