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Oct 14, 2013

TEAM CARMEN.....SWIMS, BIKES and RUNS again for the Waikaloa Lavaman Triathalon 2014 as part of "Team in Training" to raise money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

Last year Team Carmen proudly raised over $31,000 for LLS. In doing so, Team Carmen inspired the race director of Lavaman Waikaloa to name Carmen as the honorary angel for the entire race. Carmen's story was told at each pre-race meeting and she was remembered by 2,000 athletes and volunteers with a moment of silence for our sweet Carmen just moments before the begining of the race.

With your support we hope to exceed our acheivments in 2014.

35 years ago when a child was diagnosed with Leukemia they would only beat the odds 5% of the time.

Through the efforts of LLS and TNT, there has been incredible strides made over the years and now children who are diagnosed survive Leukemia 95% of the time.

Unfortunately, there are still 3,000 children per year in North America diagnosed with Leukemia each year and too many children receive their fairy wings far too early.

Team Carmen races in honor of our beautiful child, Carmen Leolani who passed on October 9th, 2012.

Below is a quick story about Carmen and her courage,

Carmen's ALL Leukemia fight began May 26, 2011 - we almost lost her this day. She was very sick but she fought extremely hard - receiving platelets, blood transfusions, many many pokes, sedations and a bone marrow biopsy.

It was difficult to keep track of all of Carmen's treatment. Here is an approximation; she received 4 blood transfusions, she received platelets, two bone marrow biopsys, a femoral line placement and removal in her leg with sedations, PICC line placement and removal in her arm with sedations, surgery with a port-a-cath placement in her chest, over 15 sedations with chemotherapy in her cerebral spinal fluid, 9 rounds of chemotherapy, she has had 11 days in the hospital, a medi-vac flight from Kauai to Oahu, 40 days at the Pediactric Ambilitory Unit Clinic, 35 flights away from home to Oahu, 45 overnight stays away from home for treatment and over 100 needle pokes.

Carmen remained sweet, funny, happy and creative throughout. She had so much light and love around her - hopefully you had the pleasure to meet her.

She was in remission and almost finished completing her maintenance therapy which would have ended June 2013 when she became ill following a round of chemotherapy. She passed away suddenly in the arms of her parents at home on October 9th, 2012.

This has been a devastating time for our entire family but we fight on everyday just like Carmen did.

Carmen's brother Trevor is a beautiful light and such a happy, special little person. He misses his big sister and talks about her daily.

We feel very honored to be once again participating with our friends for Team Carmen this year.

We are filled with love and pride and thank everybody who is a part of the Lavaman Triathlon as well as our donation supporters.

We thank god for every day we had with her.

Mahalo Nui Loa from the bottom of our hearts.

Chris, Heather and Trevor White

About Team in Training;

Together, there’s no telling what we can do. As a Team Carmen, we can combine efforts to save lives.

Throughout different cities and towns people are coming together to create separate teams to participate in a sports endurance event all with one common goal to honor and benefit all individuals battling blood cancers. Members of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training will be creating teams, large and small, that will be participating in sports events across the country. They will be raising funds to help find cures and more effective treatment for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. As a team, we can accomplish great things towards cures for blood cancers.

If you know of a team or individual participating in Team In Training, feel free to make a donation to support LLS’s effort to find cures and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.


Supporter Comments

    "I am honored to support dear friends Carri and Darren as they push their own physical boundaries, to raise funds for cancer research which will help children now and in the future, in tribute to their dear niece Carmen's, who lost her courageous cancer battle months before my wife Rose lost hers to brain cancer..to take someone so young and precious was not fair...."

    Fred Prouser

    Wed Nov 06 02:37:55 EST 2013

    "Here's a small gift in honor of Carmen! And to finding a cure! Much love, Melissa Harvey"

    Melissa Harvey

    Mon Nov 11 08:40:31 EST 2013

    "What a wonderful cause. With love from your Four Seasons family. Pam and Paul Krug"

    Pam and Paul Krug

    Thu Nov 14 08:59:15 EST 2013

    "la vrai valeur de l'homme reside dans le fait qu'il peut �tre solidaire d'autres hommes simplement par amour de la vie..merci � Harriet de m'avoir fait conn�tre votre existence patrick"


    Sat Nov 16 01:56:31 EST 2013

    "Best wishes to the whole team in support of a great cause. Eva and Earl"

    Eva and Earl Shulman

    Sun Dec 08 11:34:35 EST 2013

    "Looking forward to the Lunch at Peuo's! Go Team Carmen!!!! "

    Lesley Weber & Rick Graham

    Tue Dec 17 07:12:25 EST 2013

    "Sending our aloha and support! Ryan & Mariko"


    Sun Dec 29 03:33:31 EST 2013

    "Carri, Darren, and Jenny, you ROCK! The dedication you have to Carmen and her cause is inspiring. We'd also like to honor Joanne who has been winning her battle will CLL for over 20 years. Lots of love from The Friedgens"

    Mark and Florence Friedgen

    Tue Dec 31 04:31:25 EST 2013

    "Go Team Carmen!"

    Rob & Karen Taylor

    Wed Jan 01 02:38:02 EST 2014

    "I wish I could have met Carmen. I hope all the best comes from her memory and these efforts. Paula"

    Paula Dirks

    Thu Jan 02 09:54:37 EST 2014


    Kenya Holmes

    Sat Jan 04 05:07:13 EST 2014

    "Lunch and Tee shirts"

    Bettina Linke

    Sat Jan 04 05:16:10 EST 2014



    Sat Jan 04 05:49:37 EST 2014


    Michael Zola

    Sat Jan 04 05:54:35 EST 2014

    "Chef dinner "

    Sandra Holstead

    Sat Jan 04 07:36:28 EST 2014

    "Chef dinner"

    Robin Abeles

    Sat Jan 04 07:38:44 EST 2014


    Robert Kildow

    Sat Jan 04 07:41:49 EST 2014

    "Dinner, sail, and shirt"

    Kimberly a anderson

    Sat Jan 04 07:47:51 EST 2014

    "Chef dinner"

    Lisa cabi

    Sat Jan 04 07:50:39 EST 2014



    Tue Jan 07 08:35:12 EST 2014

    "Our small gift to you and Team Carmen! Love Nina, Jason & Taylor Steiner"

    Nina Steiner

    Tue Jan 21 06:08:44 EST 2014

    "It's an honor to give in the memory of Carmen. Aloha."

    Esther Lehmann

    Sat Feb 01 03:42:42 EST 2014

    "Super Bowl race"

    Vegard Fyrileiv

    Sun Feb 02 02:28:20 EST 2014

    "Tee shirt"

    Melissa john

    Sun Feb 02 02:33:44 EST 2014

    "Luncheon/chef dinner"

    Dianne Taube

    Mon Feb 03 04:11:36 EST 2014

    "shirt. <3"


    Tue Feb 04 02:17:53 EST 2014

    "I am absolutely amazed by Team White and Team Carmen. I am always thinking of you; and cannot thank you enough for the spiritual enlightenment you have instilled in me. Sending love and light your way "

    Alyson Thompson

    Mon Feb 10 12:09:01 EST 2014

Team Fundraising Total

Goal: $33,725.00
150 %
Donations: $50,466.94

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We are sorry donations are no longer being accepted for this team for this event.

Thanks To

Allen B. Guirguis $2500.00
David and Nancy Boschwitz $2500.00
Dr. Michelle Dominick $1968.00
Kimberly a anderson $1653.00
Katharine Linke $1250.00
Allen Guirguis $1040.00
Dianne Taube $1000.00
Persimmon, LLC $873.00
Lisa cabi $833.00
Robin Abeles $833.00
Sandra Holstead $833.00
Dana & Mark Leong $800.00
Pam and Paul Krug $500.00
Sandra Mackey $400.00
Michael Zola $350.00
Dr & Dr Mecca $350.00
Bettina Linke $310.00
Wendy Weber $300.00
Anonymous $300.00
Toby and Tai King $300.00
Robert Kildow $270.00
Stephen Rosenberger $270.00
Norm Stuard $270.00
Lee Ann Sauter $270.00
Christine Lucchetti $270.00
Lesley Weber & Rick Graha... $270.00
Alyson Thompson $250.00
Anonymous $250.00
Mark and Florence Friedge... $250.00
Carol Adelkoff $250.00
Fred Prouser $250.00
Deb sipiala $235.00
Norma Julia $200.00
Tina Snapp $200.00
Lunch $150.00
Wendy Riedel $145.00
Anonymous $135.00
Robin $135.00
Kimberly a Anderson $135.00
Sandra Holsteaf $135.00
Lisa Cabi $135.00
Kenya Holmes $135.00
Janice Smith $115.00
Howard and Linda Hogan $100.00
Leanne Lowden $100.00
Nina Steiner $100.00
Paula Dirks $100.00
Anonymous $100.00
Eva and Earl Shulman $100.00
Andrea Bowen $100.00
Cerelle gooding $90.00
Diane and Duane Sather $80.00
Carter Owens $80.00
Judith Marshall $70.00
Beverly $70.00
Tehani $70.00
Louis and Donna Lanza $50.00
Lisa Dahm $50.00
Lisa and Joe Albers $50.00
Fletcher Olson $40.00
Vegard Fyrileiv $40.00
Eyal Ben-Isaac $35.00
C. Fletcher Olson $35.00
Alison Jones Leong $35.00
Deb Sipiala $35.00
Janis smith $35.00
Gary and Mary Lee Mayfiel... $30.00
Laura Ankrum $30.00
Tracy Foyle $30.00
Queen Construction $25.00
Shea Cochran $25.00
Katie Rice $25.00
Tina Flower $24.00
Ancelyn Avila $22.00
William coney $20.00
Bree Wee $20.00
Solis $20.00
James Tucker $20.00
Melissa john $20.00
Esther R Lehmann $20.00
Esther Lehmann  
Cheri Franklin  
Eve Bernstein  
Rob & Karen Taylor  
Mark Bertelson  
Meagan Lederer  
Melissa Harvey