Friday, December 30, 2011

I Run Because I Can

I've been in Michigan the past few weeks for the holidays. While I've loved seeing friends and family, I was definitely out of my element. My route here has been the subdivision I grew up in. As I run down these streets I am reminded of my childhood. Of best friends. Of boys. Of playing hide and seek and bloody murder once it got dark enough out. Building forts with unused wood from new houses. Sledding and snowball fights. I had it pretty good. I was always active in sports and school events. And I was rarely ever sick. I never realized it then how blessed I was. To have two parents that loved me and a never-ending supply of energy.
Just from learning more about the Lymphoma and  Leukemia Society, my eyes have been opened. Leukemia is the most common form of cancer found in children under 20, while lymphoma is the third. One of the main things LLS does is try to find treatments that are effective, but at the same time allow patients to get back to normal as soon as possible. So that they can be kids again.

And so I will continue to run. To help raise awareness. To help make some small difference by supporting the LLS's research and developments. And for all the children that weren't as lucky as I was growing up. Will you join me?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Favorite places to run outside of Nashville.... What's yours?

When I'm not in Nashville running with TNT, my favorite spot to run is "The Big Dam Bridge" in my hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas. At its highest, the bridge sits 90 feet above the Arkansas River and connects approximately 15 miles of scenic riverside trails in the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock. You gotta love 'The Natural State!'

Sunday, December 18, 2011

JAVA Joggers on Broadway

The JAVA Joggers would like to thank everyone on Lower Broadway for their contributions to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. With your donations we are helping fund research to kick cancer in the pants! Stay updated on our blog as we will be making random appearances around Nashville for more fundraising adventures!

Saturday, December 17, 2011


This is Danielle's first 1/2 marathon with Team In Training. She has lived in Nashville for eight years now. When she's not working, you can find her in the nearest Zumba class. Her favorite way to wake up her roommates is by blasting J. Lo's "On The Floor" and having an early morning dance party. She is running in memory of her Grandma, Gloria Storer. To donate to Danielle's cause, please visit:

Danielle's Team In Training LLS Donation Page


                                           Amanda's Team In Training - LLS Donation Page

This is Amanda's second 1/2 marathon with Team In Training. She is finishing up her last semester of graduate school at Belmont University, where she is studying Occupational Therapy. Her favorite running song is Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger."  Her favorite experience with training was the encouragement and camaraderie of her teammates.


This is Valerie's first 1/2 Marathon with Team In Training. She is excited that she can now run farther than the mailbox without losing her breath.  When she's not working, you can find her at the nearest stoplight dancing in her car.  To donate to Valerie, please visit:

Valerie's Team In Training LLS Donation Page


This is Angela's first 1/2 marathon with Team In Training.  She has lived in Nashville for five years now. Her favorite running song is 'Lose Yourself' by Eminem .  Angela's favorite time to run is early in the morning, since staying up past 9pm is considered a late night for her.  She is running in memory of her stepmom, Judy Bolick. To donate to Angela please visit:

Angela's Team In Training LLS Donation Page


This is Jillian's 2nd time running the half marathon with Team In Training. She has lived in Nashville for six years. Her favorite thing about training is the people she has met and the lives she has seen changed through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Her passion has brought all of Java House together for this cause. To donate to Jill, please visit:

Jillian's Team In Training LLS Donation Page

Friday, December 9, 2011

Welcome to our Java Joggers Blog

In April 2012, Java House is going to be running in the Country Music 1/2 Marathon. This blog will be used to keep our friends and family up to date with our training, fundraising with Team and Training, and our crazy lives. Please check back here often and feel free to comment. We would love to hear from you!