Sep 29, 2009 by William Ramsey
Biking for a Cure!
Hello everyone and welcome to our Team in Training Website! We have decided to participate in the Tour de Palm Springs over Valentines Day weekend not only to challenge ourselves to a 100 mile bike ride, but more importantly, to raise money for a cause that means so much to us.
Team In Training supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in raising money to help stop blood cancers. We, unfortunately, have been greatly affected by blood cancers. Laura's mom, Kathie Dole, had Hodgkin's disease when Laura was young and is now living with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Our dear friend Jennifer (Eggers) Perreault also battled and won her fight against Hodgkin's disease in 2002. Although these blood cancers have given our family and friends a run for their money, we are happy to say that with the help of organizations like LLS and Team in Training, both Kathie and Jennifer have benefited from treatments, counseling and patient care paid for and supported by donors like you!
Therefore, we ask that you please make a donation to support our team's participation in Team In Training and help advance LLS's mission by December 1, 2009. We are trying to raise $5400 towards this amazing cause and we hope you can help us achieve this goal.
We will be updating this site on a regular basis, to add information regarding what LLS does, treatments our family and friends have used that have helped them into remission or management of their cancers and our struggle to train for 100 miles through Palm Springs.
We hope you will visit this site often and pass it along to friends and family members. You will be surprised how many people are affected by blood cancers...
Thank you so much for your donation! It is more than appreciated.
Love Laura and Billy
PS- If you do not want to donate online you can donate via mail. Just send a check made payable to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and mail them to Laura Ramsey, 1430 Scholarship, Irvine, CA 92612.
January 7, 2010
We got some VERY exciting news yesterday! LLS has raised, in 21 years it has been supported by Team In Training, 1 BILLION DOLLARS to help with cancer research and patient support! ONE BILLION DOLLARS! That is amazing! Thank you to all who helped reach this amazing accomplishment!
January 3, 2010
First and foremost, happy new year to all! Maybe this year Team in Training will help find a cure for cancer... we know your donations are helping us reach this goal!
Since our last update a lot has happened. At the end of December we rode 60 miles from Laguna Hills to Camp Pendelton, the Marine Base in San Diego, and back. The ride was challenging and both of us were a little worried about what a longer ride might feel like...
Well after enjoying holiday food and sweets, yesterday we embarked on a 70 mile ride! This took us all over Orange County, from Newport Beach, to Laguna Beach, through Laguna Hills, down through Dana Point and back up again. Basically our coach combined the last 3 rides to add up to 70 miles. Although the ride was quite hilly and thus challenging, we both finished feeling acomplished and ready to move to 75 miles next week!
At this point, we are getting very close to 100 miles and our first rides of 30-40 miles seem like cake. Apparently the training is paying off!
We again thank everyone for their emotional support and donations to this amazing cause. We have at least 3 team members who have, themselves, battled a blood cancer and have lived to tell us about it and kick out butts on the rides! It is amazing to see these people, who went through bone marrow transplants, chemo and stage 4 cancer, riding with us and motivating us to remember that even though riding up a 2 mile hill on a bike maybe hard... nothing is harder than battling cancer!
December 15, 2009
If you live in California, you know last weekend was wet, wet, wet! This is great for filling up the water table, but not so great for those training for a 100 mile bike ride! Unfortunately, due to the 70% chance of rain and the downpours we saw Saturday and Sunday, our 55 mile ride last weekend was cancelled. Luckily, this coming weekend we should only see cloudy skies , but dry weather so we can head back out and continue to train.
Again, a HUGE thank you to all who have donated so far. Your support has us 80% of the way to our funraising goal... thank you!
A SUPER EXTRA SHOUT OUT to those donating from Sactown Royalty, the blog for the most dedicated Kings Fans! Your support is very much appreciated. Bill will stick to his word and post pics of our spandex! Thanks again! Go Kings!!!
December 5, 2009
Today we had our all team practice which means everyone who is participating in an endurance event (cycling, triathlon, marathon or half marathon) through TNT got together to train, share stories and encourage fundraising. At this practice, our cycle team was thrilled to learn out of all the Orange and Inland Empire teams, we are #1 in fundraising! That means, those who we are training with us for the Tour de Palm Springs have raised more money for blood cancers than all others training for similar endurance events. This is a huge accomplishment which our team is very proud of! Thank you to all our donors for helping us achieve this goal!
More importantly, we completed our FIRST HALF CENTURY this weekend! Yes, that means we rode 50 MILES!!!! The first 20 miles were almost all hills, through Irvine, Tustin, Orange, Santiago Canyon and into South Orange County. Thankfully the next 30 miles were out to the beach and back with only a few rolling hills and luckily a tail wind the last 10 miles! Although both of us were exhausted when we got home, it feels great to have gone half way!
November 16, 2009
More news on blood cancers: NOTE - this is the exact same diagnosis pattern and struggle Laura's mom has battled.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen diagnosed with cancer (from CNN)
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, more than 25 years after he was treated for Hodgkin's disease, a spokesman at his company Vulcan Inc. told CNN on Monday. Allen, 56, "received the diagnosis early this month and has begun chemotherapy," Vulcan CEO Jody Allen said in a memo to Vulcan employees. The memo was posted Monday evening on CNET's news site. "Doctors say he has diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, a relatively common form of lymphoma," Jody Allen, who is Paul Allen's sister, said in the memo. "This is tough news for Paul and the family. But for those who know Paul's story, you know he beat Hodgkin's a little more than 25 years ago, and he is optimistic he can beat this, too." The memo said Paul Allen is feeling OK, is still working and "has no plans to change his role at Vulcan," which is based in Seattle, Washington. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, like the less-common Hodgkin's disease, is a cancer of the lymphatic system. Hodgkin's lymphoma is distinguished from the other by the presence of a certain type of cell. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in the mid-1970s, was that company's chief technologist until he left the company in 1983, the year he was treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma, according to the Web site for his Paul G. Allen Family Foundations. In September, Allen ranked 17th in the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans. His net worth was $11.5 billion, according to Forbes magazine.
We wish the Allen family all the best and are raising money for patients like him all over the country!
November 14, 2009
Well we had another team practice this Saturday. We rode 36.9 miles up and down hills, all through South Orange County and back to Irvine! It was a challenge and a great accomplishment. The miles are slowly starting to add up and we are feeling the pressure of the 100 mile ride getting closer!
Laura did the Mission Moment at practice, where one person on the team who has personal experience with blood cancers shares their story. She explained both Kathie and Jennifer's battles and thanked everyone on our team for their hard work fundraising this past month (our team has raised over $13,000 so far for blood cancers, so who knows how much our team can raise by Feb!) Both Kathie and Jen have used funds raised by people like those who are biking with us. We are more than thankful for their participation in Team in Training!
November 10, 2009
For all you Laker fans out there... another person affected by blood cancers! Please donate to help find cures and prevent news like this!
NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has a rare form of leukemia, but the Lakers legend says his long-term prognosis is very good.
From the LA Times: Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has leukemia
Abdul-Jabbar, 62, revealed during an interview Monday that he has Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow that produces cancerous blood cells.
The disease was diagnosed in December. But Abdul-Jabbar said his condition can be managed by taking oral medication daily, seeing his specialist every other month and getting his blood analyzed regularly. He said he expects to lead a healthy life.
Abdul-Jabbar acknowledged he was scared after visiting his doctor and learning of the diagnosis.
"The word 'leukemia' is a very frightening word," he said in a phone interview from New York. "In many instances, it's a killer and it's something that you have to deal with in a very serious and determined way if you're going to beat it."
Medical studies have shown that many patients with chronic myeloid leukemia who are treated can control the disease without its progressing to a move advanced stage.
November 2, 2009
Team in Training has helped provide many essential and breakthrough treatments for those suffering from blood cancers. 75 cents on every dollar raised by bikers, runners and hikers doing Team in Training events go directly to the cause.
One of the treatments that Team in Training has helped support is a drug therapy called Rituxan.
According to the LLS website: During the past decade, several important new drugs (and new uses for established drugs) have greatly improved blood cancer cure and remission rates for many people. Today, there are several new classes of drugs with different mechanisms of action. These drugs may be used alone for certain types and stages of disease; however, they are often combined with chemotherapy. This is important because it may mean that cancer cellsâ€”which often elude the damaging effects of chemotherapyâ€”are less likely to be resistant (or develop resistance) to the effects of novel agents and chemotherapy given in combination.
Rituximab (Rituxan) was initially indicated for the treatment of people with indolent types of lymphoma, such as follicular lymphoma. Rituxan is now also approved to treat aggressive lymphomas, such as diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, in combination with chemotherapy. Rituxan is also used in combination with chemotherapy to treat some individuals with myeloma or CLL. Rituxan in combination with fludarabine (FludaraÂ®) and high-dose cyclophosphamide (CytoxanÂ®) appears to produce high-quality responses in previously untreated individuals with CLL.
Laura's mom, Kathie, was treated with Rituxan a few years ago for non-Hodgkins lymphoma. This treatment, unlike chemotheraphy allowed her to live a normal life where she was able to work, shop and feel good. Her doctors say the drug treatment was a success and her cancer remains non-aggressive to this day. It is a blessing to have organizations like LLS raising money for treatments like Rituxan. Without people out there raising money for research, chemotheraphy, which is very hard on your body and has side effects much more severe than drug treatments such as Rituxan, would likely be the only option.