Thursday, January 5, 2012

Team In Training

Yesterday I joined the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training.  I had been considering teaming with the organization to give a little extra meaning to my marathon training, and to help remove some of the selfishness about the training (it's all about me, me, me!).  The Firm I work for (KPMG) is  becoming a National Team that works with Team in Training.  After yesterday's orientation/ introduction meeting I thought, "If not me, then who?"

A marathon changes a person, that is certain.  But that's just one person, and yes there's a tremendous amount of satisfaction when you can look back on an accomplishment and say 'I did that'. On marathon day there are many purple Team In Training shirts, and knowing that each person has raised at least $2000 for blood cancer research is impressive when you start counting the numbers.  Not only was each individual changing their life, but together they were changing the lives of many people that are impacted by a blood cancer.  An impressive 76+% of the money raised goes directly into research.  I want to be a part of that.

I am making a personal appeal to my readers, friends and family to help me meet my goal of raising $4,500 before the end of April, 2012.  

At the top of this page I have my personal fundraising meter.  As of today, January 5, 2012, that 0% of my commitment goal is looking mighty intimidating (I'll have to make up for any shortage!).  Please consider a donation of any amount.  Be assured that your donation will affect the life of someone that has a blood cancer - someone that has a parent, a sibling, a child, a lifelong friend.  When I put myself in their position the decision was a no-brainer.  I hope you can do the same.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has raised over $1.1 Billion dollars since it was started 20 years ago.  Many lives have been extended and saved by the advances in research, but the goal is to wipe out leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's and myeloma altogether. Your donation will help!

Please visit my Team in Training web page as well for more information and to make a donation.

Thank you!

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