As it turned out, I talked to Neda on her birthday to let her know that we would contribute $100 to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). I took it with a grain of salt when she said this was the best birthday present she'd received, but her laughter and positive energy was down-right contagious!
When asked what made her decide to do this, she didn't really have an answer. Having successfully completed her first marathon ten years ago, she wants to see if she is as fit as she feels at a young 53 years old. "Plus, you know, the New Orleans Marathon is a very easy walk, very flat." Not sure a marathon is ever easy, I just responded, "Oh... Right."
For Neda, the decision to do something in her power to help those with blood cancers was an emotional one. A friend's 5-year-old daughter died of leukemia years ago, and the tragedy is something that is still with them today. She joined a Team in Training group in the Los Angeles area, and many of the members of the team are driven to walk the 26.2 miles by a similar loss of family member or friend.
Neda and her team are set to walk the 26.2 miles on February 28, 2010. In the spirit of giving and being thankful for the healthy ones in my life, we are happy to support Neda! For more information, or to make any donation you can, please go to: http://pages.teamintraining.org/los/mardigra10/npesut
Neda Peshut is a successful voiceover artist and actress, living in the greater Los Angeles area.
If you know of a voiceover-related charity, or an organization that works with people who have disabled voices, feel free to let me know on the blog! We are always looking for great opportunities to give back to the community!
-By: Catherine Marshall