Milestone birthday motivates local woman to make a difference

"I like a good challenge, and I wanted to really make a difference," she said. "It is extremely important to raise money so that scientists can continue to work to try and find a cure for blood cancers."

Even though her fundraising efforts have just begun, St. Onge said she is "greatly encouraged" by the positive response she's already received from local businesses and individuals.

"I am touched by the generosity of the wonderful people in my circle of family and friends who are willing to support this worthy cause," she said.

And, though she is able to accept donations for her participation until shortly after the October event, St. Onge has given herself until Wednesday, July 1, to reach her fundraising goal. The idea is to be able to focus solely on her physical training at that point, to help her finish the marathon in the best time possible.

"Some people may think that a small donation doesn't make a difference, but that's just not true," emphasized St. Onge. "If every person I've told about Team in Training consciously chose to donate a few dollars instead of splurging on a gourmet coffee on the way to work in the morning, I'd be well on my way to reaching my goal."

Those interested in making a donation toward St. Onge's efforts may view her Team in Training page on-line at http://pages.teamintraining.org/uny\Nikesf09/mstonge. Donations may also be mailed in care of St. Onge to P.O. Box 873, Peru N.Y. 12972.

The Upstate New York/Vermont chapter of Team in Training will hold an informational meeting Thursday, July 30, at the Holiday Inn, 412 State Route 3, Plattsburgh, for those also wanting to sign up for this October's event. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. For more information, call 438-3583 or 1-866-255-3583 or visit www.teamintraining.org/uny.

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