Joel's & Mike's Fundraising Page
May 16, 2011
Thanks to all of our wonderful family and friends, we have met our fundraising goal. Your continued support is very much appreciated!
In the next few weeks I will begin training and fundraising for the Viva Bike Vegas Century with Team In Training. I hope you will be able to continue to support us as I will be mentoring again and Mike will be the head coach! Keep an eye open for our fundraising anouncement for Vegas. It will be a new website.
What We are Doing
Our mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. This applies to all non-blood cancers as well.
This year more than 40,000 cyclists, hikers, runners, walkers, and triathletes will participate in the world's major marathons, triathlons, hiking adventures and century rides on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training. Mike and I are just two of the 40,000 plus people.
On June 5th, we will be riding in America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride (100 miles in one day) around Lake Tahoe to raise funds in memory of our nephew, Brandon William Finch.
Brandon was the youngest person in the United States to be diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma. Burkitt's lymphoma is just one type of a group of malignant diseases known as Non-Hodgkin's Lymphomas. After a courageous battle with Burkitt's, on January 17, 1995, Brandon died at the very young age of 26 months. In his battle for life, Brandon brought together families, friends, and communities with his strength, perseverance, and love. For every mile we train, every sore muscle we endure, and every minute of the ride, we will have Brandon in my heart, just as he is every day of our life. Riding for Brandon, and others like Brandon, will make the miles more endurable.
There are others that we ride for, who are still fighting their battle with blood cancers. We also ride for those who suffer or have suffered and lost the battle to non-blood type cancer such as Mike's sister, Sharon Carlson who passed on December 17, 2010 from Glyoblastoma, our numerous friends who are surviving breast cancer, Joel's cousin who passed at the age of 18 shortly after finding a growth while brushing his teeth, our good friend's husband who passed of prostate cancer, our close friend who lost her life to small cell cancer, Mike's father who passed from esophageal cancer, Joel's father who lost his battle to renal cancer, and many others that are just too numerous to list.
This is why we ride. Will you please support us?
Joel is a Mentor and Mike is a Road Coach. Our mentees will be looking up to us for direction. We're hoping that our natural leadership abilities will shine through. We need your support! Team in Training needs your support! The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society needs your support! Folks like those we've mentioned above need your support! Victims of cancers need your support. Let's work together to CURE CANCER!
Please make a donation to support our participation in Team in Training and help advance our cause so that someday, hopefully very soon, all cancer can be CURED.
Please pass this along to your friends, families, neighbors, and co-workers, and EVERYONE you know that has been affected by cancer. Together, we can find a CURE!
In the words of close friend and TNT Alumni Kim's late father, Cal, let's "Get 'er did". We continue to "Get 'er did" in honor of her late father Cal.
And here is the obligatory note: 75% of our fundraising minimum goes directly to research and patient services. All donations are 100% tax deductible, and our tax ID is 13-5644916.
We hope you will visit our web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see progress, and thank you for your support!
History of TNT
If you are a first time visitor, you may be asking, "What is Team in Training?" Give us a moment to tell you about it.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training is the world's largest endurance sports training program. The program provides training to run or walk marathons and half marathons or participate in triathlons and century cycle rides, as well as hikes.
As members of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training, and along with your support, we are raising funds to CURE CANCERS: leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma, many other blood cancers, and cancer as a whole!
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's roots stretch back to 1949, when the de Villiers family experienced the devastation of leukemia with the death of their 16-year-old son, Robert Roesler de Villiers. Family members and friends declared war on the disease by creating The Robert Roesler de Villiers Foundation, funding research to find a cure. The foundation later became The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
In 1988, Bruce Cleland of Rye, NY formed a team that raised funds and trained to run the New York City Marathon in honor of Cleland's daughter Georgia, a leukemia survivor. The team of 38 runners raised $322,000 for LLS's Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter.
Because of the pioneering efforts of Cleland and the Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter, Team In Training was born and has grown into what is it today.