Cycling Towards the After
Feb 01, 2016 by Laura Hollis

2016 is upon us and I’ve decided to help fund a cure for cancer, again.

This year’s ride will mark my fourth journey around Lake Tahoe on my bicycle.

I will, once again, be accomplishing the 100 mile ride around Lake Tahoe with the help of Team in Training (TNT).

It will be another series of months where my Saturdays and most weeknights will be spent atop my bicycle dealing with sore muscles, a challenged mental attitude and out in whatever elements the universe chooses to bestow upon me. Another season of feeling humbled, yet privileged to be riding with those that can and for those who cannot.

All of us on TNT are raising money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society® (LLS) in order to help fund their research. That research will help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives.

In one of the entries on my TNT fundraising page from a previous session, I wrote about the homestretch miles that had provided me with much frustration and increased self-doubt.

In reviewing the post, I thought it appropriate to take the homestretch miles and their drawbacks and turn them around in order to apply them in a positive manner to our team’s ultimate goal.

I am riding because I believe we are in the homestretch on the long road to finding a cure for cancer.

Here are some of the facts that got me off the couch:

Nearly 1.2 million people in North America are living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma and myelodysplastic syndromes. Approximately every three minutes, someone new is diagnosed with blood cancer. Approximately every 10 minutes, someone dies.

Today, LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to finding cures for leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood cancers. Thanks to research, survival rates for patients with many blood cancers have doubled, tripled and even quadrupled since the early 1960s. Despite these advances, about one third of patients with a blood cancer still do not survive even five years after their diagnosis, which is why more funding is needed to bring better therapies to patients faster.

Here's how you can help!

Join me in my efforts to fight these terrible diseases by making a donation in support of my endeavor with Team in Training.

Every one of us has the opportunity to have an impact and make a difference. Give all you can and know you are changing lives "one mile at a time." Take comfort in knowing you are giving directly to the Society's mission in our area and 100% of your gift is tax deductible.

Still not convinced?


Here are a few more reasons to consider pressing the DONATE NOW button:

The Mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS):

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, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.

What will your donation do?

  • Encourage scientists to pursue blood cancer research. Grants to young scientists help grow research talent even as federal research funding becomes increasingly limited.

  • Develop "targeted therapies" that kill cancer cells selectively. By hitting specific molecular targets, these treatments don't harm patients' healthy cells, resulting in fewer dangerous side effects.

  • Test immunotherapies. Immunotherapies strengthen a patient's own immune system so it can better fight infections and attack cancer cells, reducing the need for damaging chemotherapy.

  • Improve the safety of today's cures. LLS funds research to predict, manage and prevent complications in patients most at risk for long-term and late effects of treatment.

  • Help patients and their families make informed decisions. LLS supplies information and counseling to help guide patients through their cancer journey and access current treatment and clinical trial options.

  • Offer community services. Among the wide array of programs LLS provides are those that link newly diagnosed patients with trained volunteers and that help young cancer patients return to school after an absence resulting from treatment.

  • Encourage our state and federal legislators to support blood cancer issues. With your help, LLS brings to the attention of lawmakers the urgent need for increased government funding and support of research and patient access to affordable treatment and quality care.


Supporter Comments

    "Go team!"

    Valerie and Mark

    Tue Mar 01 01:35:55 EST 2016

    "Best of luck with your Cinco de Marcho fundraiser and with your next journey around the Lake. Looking forward to being at the finish line with you! "

    Nicki Heupel

    Sat Mar 05 08:05:18 EST 2016



    Sun Mar 06 02:48:54 EST 2016



    Tue Mar 08 09:37:21 EST 2016

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $1,875.00 | Goal: $1,875.00
100 %

My Team

Team Total: $193,497.56 | Goal: $200,000.00

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My Thanks To

Snack Bar $348.00
Anonymous $250.00
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Anonymous $100.00
Alicia S. $100.00
Anonymous $100.00
Anonymous $50.00
Valerie and Mark $50.00
Anonymous $45.00
Anonymous $40.00
Anonymous $35.00
Nicki Heupel $25.00
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