And the winner is...
Sep 04, 2012 by Kent Erdahl
...Rob Caylor of Indianapolis is now the proud owner of this Pacers hoop table signed by Roy Hibbert and coach Frank Vogel! Thanks to all of you who have donated so far. One day left to see what we can raise!
Here's the backstory on the table:
If you are a sports fan, chances are you heard about a very sad and touching story this month involving Pacers center Roy Hibbert. As Mike Wells with the IndyStar first reported in this story on August 7th, Hibbert planned a special trip to Sacramento in order to visit a 12 year old boy named Lee Eddins, who was about to die of Leukemia. It was Eddins' last wish to meet his favorite NBA player, and Hibbert went out of his way to make it happen.
Tragically, Eddins died the day Hibbert was flying out to meet him.
Despite admitting that his heart was broken by the news, Hibbert still made the trip, met with Eddins' parents, and even took time to raise awareness about bone marrow donation.
What many people don't know is that the day Hibbert left, he also did another great thing to help raise awareness, and funds, for blood cancer outreach and research. This time his efforts have a direct benefit to patients located right here in Indiana.
Before Erin and I even knew about Hibbert's selfless act of kindness, we asked the Pacers if a player might be willing to sign a unique Pacers table in order to help raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Central Indiana. We were quickly told that Hibbert would be more than happy to autograph the table, along with Pacers coach Frank Vogel.
That's not all, the letter you see sitting on the table is a voucher for two lower-level tickets to a home game (you choose from several available games) along with special seats on the Pacers bench during the shoot around before that game.
For more information on the table, our cause or anything else, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also read much more about our efforts through Team in Training by scrolling down this page.
Thank you. Together we can win the battle against blood cancers!
Aug 16, 2012 by Kent Erdahl
You may not know what a Tweetup is, but don't worry. It's just a gathering of poeple who want to network and meet other people who happen to use Twitter. On Friday, we are putting out own spin on the popular events, by making it all about a great cause.
For $5 our Indy friends can get into a special Tweetup fundraiser that will directly benefit our Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training efforts! The event will begin at Chef Joseph's downtown at 5p.m. and stretch into the evening. There will be half price martinis and small plates as well as some raffle prizes from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Darrin's Coffee Company, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Please join us and/or help spread the word on Twitter. Use the hashtag #GoTeamTweetup and the link for our event page: on.fb.me/MXFib8
If you are one of our many supporters who aren't from the area, please consider donating to our cause. If this is your first time to our site, please check out our journey and inspiration below!
Join us for our team fundraisers!
Aug 09, 2012 by Kent Erdahl
We are so excited to announce a couple of great fundraising events to raise funds and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
The first event is the "Go Team Tweetup!" on Friday, August 17th at Chef Joseph's at the Connoisseur Room located downtown Indy. Just $5 will get you into this fun networking event, earn you a raffle ticket for a couple great items and enable you to purchase martinis and small plates at half price! It starts at the end of the work day and the fun will last through the night. Please help us spread the word on Twitter and visit our event page for more info.
At the end of the month we'll also be throwing our team's big silent auction fundraiser called "Blood, Sweat and Cheers!". The event will be held on Thursday, August 30th at the Rathskeller downtown Indy. You can purchase a ticket for $10 and enjoy appetizers, receive a raffle ticket, and bid on some great silent auction items! Click here for more info.
This Colts football signed by Pat Angerer is just one of several silent auction items available during the "Blood, Sweat and Cheers!" event. You can also bid on great items from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, passes to the GoApe! zipline course at Eagle Creek Park, and a classroom visit from the Butler University Bulldog Blue II and his new brother Blue III!
We can't wait to enjoy these great events with all of you. Please feel free to sign up today or ask us about tickets. We will be updating with more information on auction and raffle items as we get them.
If you can't make it, pleease consider donating. The money goes to blood cancer and lymphoma research and outreach to patients and their families. It is such an incredible cause. Any amount of money and support does something!
Go Team! Go Raj!
Aug 05, 2012 by Kent Erdahl
This has been an amazing weekend! On Saturday we enjoyed a great workout (25 mi bike & 5k run), while training alongside our honored hero Rajesh Danala (pictured on the right).
Raj was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma back in April 2006 and suffered a relapse in May 2007. After his second round of treatment, Raj said he was tired all the time and struggling with fatigue and inactivity. That's when someone told him about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training Program. Raj signed up for a triathlon in hopes of getting back to a normal life.
Raj said his life was forever changed after training for and completing the 2010 Nation's Triathlon. He met many new friends through Team in Training, became more outgoing in the community through the fundraising process, and achieved things with his body that he never thought possible.
Raj also took part in a program offered by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society that put him in touch with other people fighting the same battle. He says that's when he knew he had others to rely on during one of the most trying times of his life.
On Saturday, Raj showed us all how he is repaying the favor. He is now nearly five years cancer free and just about to compete in a full IronMan Triathlon! He is an incredible inspiration, and it's why he is our team's honored hero.
On Thursday Raj and I will be on Fox59 Morning News with more about Team in Training, his journey, and our big team fundraiser (which is being rescheduled as I write this). I'll have much more on the tv appearance and fundraising activity a little later.
For now, thank you for visting the site and we humbly ask you to donate to this amazing and worthy cause!
Help us make this July 30th as special as the last!
Jul 30, 2012 by Kent Erdahl
One year ago today we celebrated a day in our lives we will never forget. The best thing about walking down the aisle as a married couple for the first time was that we had such an amazing group of people supporting us and seeing us through that journey. From all of the friends and family on either side of the aisle, to the countless people who weren't there but influenced us throughout our lives. Without your love and support our wedding day might have never happened, let alone been such a memorable moment.
This year we give thanks for the blessing of that day and the amazing journey we've been on during the past 12 months. Some of you we've had the pleasure of seeing and some of you we haven't. Either way, we want you to know our hearts have grown in ways we never imagined and our life together is off to an amazing start.
That's why this year we are asking you to help us make this July 30th, another incredible day for a different reason. Today we are trying to see how much money we can raise for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
As you have probably heard by now, we recently decided to dedicate ourselves to raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through the Team in Training program. We are training for a triathlon in Washington D.C. in September in order to raise awareness for LLS and to honor those who continue to fight blood cancer.
As you'll see below, we were inspired by a young girl who touched our lives this spring before losing her life to Leukemia. Today, we enter the home stretch of our fundraising efforts with a huge amount of money to raise for a cause that has truly taught us that love and compassion goes far beyond the vows we exchanged a year ago today.
We've already had some absolutely incredible donations from some of you, and we truly can't thank you enough. If you haven't given and are considering it, please know that even the smallest gift is appreciated and makes a difference in someone's life.
It's easy to donate. It only takes a couple of minutes online and it won't take long to see your donation make a difference in the donation bar on the right side of this page. We will be updating everyone on our fundraising status as we go, but feel free to check back and see the love grow!
We took this picture during a training ride this weekend in Davenport, Iowa. We were there to celebrate the wedding of Bobby and Dana Olson. It was an awesome event!