In 1988, Bruce Cleland had no idea the kind of impact he was about to have on the lives of people with blood cancer.
Cleland formed a team to train for and complete the New York City Marathon while raising funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in honor of his daughter, Georgia, who had been diagnosed at the age of two with acute myeloid leukemia (ALL), the most common form of cancer to afflict children.
“I was trying to get past the helplessness and fear I felt as a result of my daughter’s deadly diagnosis. When Georgia was diagnosed, the five-year survival rate was only a shocking 60 percent. A desire to help her, and others like her was my fuel,” said Cleland. “Day after day it literally got me up on my feet, out on the road and eventually over the finish line along with my wonderful TNT teammates.”
Cleland and his team raised a remarkable $322,000 for LLS. 25 years, over $1.3 billion raised and more than half of a million participants later, Team In Training (TNT) athletes continue Cleland’s desire to help others like Georgia by funding life-saving cancer research and patient services.
Georgia’s story is the embodiment of LLS’s mission. Now 29 and cancer-free, Georgia completed three TNT half-marathons in 2012 and just recently completed her fourth with her three siblings, who like their father and so many others are committed to raising funds and striving to change the landscape of blood cancer.
Fundraise with the TEAM: Energized by LLS, TNT has one goal: a world without blood cancers. Fundraising mentors and staff will be with you all the way to guide you through the fundraising experience.
Train with the TEAM: Be a part of the powerful force of athletes that are bringing us closer than ever to cures for many kinds of blood cancers. Nutrition, hydration and injury prevention clinics are all a part of the program and certified coaches will get you to the finish line.
Cures Today. Not Someday. That’s the goal. Visit www.teamintraining.org or call 800.482.TEAM to register today.
LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to curing blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS exist to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. www.lls.org.