The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to 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 funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.
I am currently training to participate in the Lavaman Triathlon in Kona, HI in March 2013. I am hosting this virtual race as part of my fundraising.
"What the heck is a virtual race," you ask?
Do you have friends and family all across the county who you can't get together with to do a run or walk live and in person? Now you can arrange to "meet" and do a run/walk together for a good cause - well, virtually...
What you do...
Walkers and runners unite! Invite your mom and dad, brothers and sisters, gather up your kids and their classmates, your cousins, co-workers, running group, high school friends, teachers... you get it now, right? Connect with someone and make a pact to participate together. Or do it on your own. Dedicate your long runs to helping the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. And get bling in return!
Select the race distance(s) you want to complete: 26.2 mi, 13.1 mi, 6.2 mi, 3.1 mi or 1 mi (kids only). The registration fee includes a custom race medal for completing your distance, and is a tax deductible donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
You can walk, run, skip or crawl the distance, and can cover the distance in one session or split it up throughout the Mardi Gras parade season (January 19 through February 12). You choose your route -- it can be in your neighborhood or even on the treadmill at your gym. You are in complete control of where you start and where you finish. And it's all on the honor system.
As soon as possible after Mardi Gras day (February12) I will mail out your medals and Mardi Gras goody bag.
Have I said that all proceeds from this event will go toward my fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society? Yep, that's right!! It does. And remember, the donations are tax deductible.
When & Where
Team in Training, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Created 24 years ago, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training (TNT), has grown to be the world’s largest and most successful endurance sports charity training program. Since its inception in 1988, when a team of 38 runners trained together for the New York City Marathon and raised $320,000, TNT has prepared more than 500,000 people to achieve their dream of completing a marathon, half marathon, triathlon, 100-mile (century) bicycle ride or hike adventure. Those participants have raised a remarkable $1 billion to support blood cancer research and patient services.
The money raised by TNT participants has enabled LLS to fund millions of dollars of research to help advance new treatments and cures for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and provide critical education and support to cancer patients and their families.
Nearly 50% of all cancer drugs approved by the FDA during the past decade were for blood cancers. And they are helping other patients as well. Five of those drugs have been approved for patients with solid tumors and others are being tested for other indications.
Survival rates for children with leukemia have improved from 3% 40 years ago to 90% today; Hodgkin lymphoma patient survival rates have more than doubled to 88% since the 1960s. And the survival rate for myeloma patients tripled in past decade.
ABOUT THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to 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 funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.
Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada.