Team In Training (TNT) has been a part of the Official Charity for the past 10 years with only two chapters participating. This year The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as chosen the Honda LA Marathon to be one of Team In Training’s national races growing to nine chapters participating in next year’s race. Last year TNT raised over $400,000 and this year expects to raise over $900,000! The chapters participating are as follows:
Greater Los Angeles
Greater San Francisco
Middle America – Kansas
Silicon Valley/Monterey Bay
New Mexico/El Paso
Rocky Mountain – Denver
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS’s) roots stretch back to 1949, when the de Villiers family experienced the devastation of leukemia with the death of their 16-year-old son, Robert Roesler de Villiers. Family members and friends declared war on the disease by creating The Robert Roesler de Villiers Foundation, funding research to find a cure. The foundation later became The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Their mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Team In Training began in 1988, when Bruce Cleland of Rye, NY formed a team that raised funds and trained to run the New York City Marathon in honor of Cleland’s daughter Georgia, a leukemia survivor. Team In Training was born and has grown into the world’s largest endurance sports training program.
Team In Training offers runners and walkers the opportunity to take on the challenge of a marathon and make a difference in the lives of an estimated 957,902 Americans living with or in remission blood cancers. Along with a customized-training program and expert coaching, participants will train with a local group of like-minded individuals for motivation and inspiration.
Lauren from the Greater Los Angeles Chapter initially joined Team In Training in memory of her mother, Paula Sukenik, who passed away from leukemia in 2008 after a four year battle.
“My mother fought the disease with such courage and optimism, and I knew that if she could be that strong during her challenge, I could overcome the challenge of running a marathon while honoring her legacy. It was especially important to me to train with TNT, so I could raise money for blood cancer research and patient support, because I witnessed firsthand all of the support my family was given by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and I wanted to give back to other families going through what we went through. I believe so strongly in this organization that my sister and I have collectively participated in 5 events as TNT athletes, rising over $17,000 for the cause, and I now am a full-time employee of LLS.”
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