Doing it for "The Kid" again!

Number 9
Apr 15, 2013 by Zachary Komon

OK, this one is a bit overdue, so my apologies for the 3+ week delay. I've been busy.

When I started the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fundraising this time around, I had a goal of $6,198.32, the significance of which you can read about here if you like. Back at the beginning of October, I was worried that I would fall short of my goal again, but I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly everyone responded. That goal was met in just under 3 months! With some encouragement from the TNT Triathlon Campaign Manager, I upped the fundraising goal to $8,500 and immediately was stressed out about needing to reach that level. But once again, so many friends and family stepped up, and the goal was surpassed in one month! This achievement earned me "Champion" status, which means that $5,000 over the minimum was raised. So, I thought I could finally relax and not worry about the fundraising so much any more. I was wrong. My Teammates wanted to see someone hit $10,000. They had never been on a Team with someone who had been so close before. So, the pressure was on again. I knew if all the company matches came through, I could do it, but it could take until the end of the year for that to happen. Once again, you guys came through, and with 5 days to go, the total amount raised for the LLS crossed $10,000. I actually felt like challenge was really complete then.

Donations continued to trickle in over the next few days (and still continue to), including two company matches totaling $100 the day before our Lavaman inspirational dinner. 444 Team in Training participants all gathered on the lawn of the Waikoloa resort on the big island for a buffet dinner and to listen to several speakers discuss the impact that the LLS has had on the battle against blood cancers. To my surprise, part of the evenings events included announcing the top 10 fundraisers. This is where it gets interesting. I knew that as of the previous evening, I had $10,136 in my fundraising account, but I didn't know when they looked at the numbers to determine the top 10. First, they announced that #10 had raised $10,125, and as that person took the stage, I thought that there was a chance I could be next. The announcer then said that #9 just barely edged out #10 by $11. Before I knew it, I was up out of my seat, hugging my wife and team mates, walking towards the stage. Fortunately, this was not some horrible coincidence where someone else had also raised $10,136 and they took the numbers from several days ago. I was, in fact, #9 of 444 Team in Training fundraisers. I got up on stage, shook hands with Dave Scott, received my top fundraiser hat, and stood there clapping for the other 8 until my hands were raw. If that $100 hadn't come through the day before I may not have been in the top 10 at all! For the record, the top two guys each raised over $45,000!!! Coincidentally, I met the #1 fundraiser the next day and he told me he did it all by nagging people on FaceBook. "People friend me at their own peril" is how he put it.

The whole experience really put me over the top and I felt great the next day at the race. I'll be writing a lot about the actually race itself on my normal blog. I would put it here as well, but I don't know if I'll have time before this one is locked down.

Well, it's all over and wrapped up now. One final "THANK YOU!" to everyone who supported me and the LLS on this journey. I'll be back in a year or so…

12 years
Mar 23, 2013 by Zachary Komon

Today marks 12 years since my friend Adam D. Milne lost his battle with Leukemia. With help from so many of you out there, over $10,000 has been raised for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in his memory over the last six months! Tomorrow, I'll race the Lavaman Triathlon to help raise awareness for blood cancers, and I'm going to give it everything I've got.

Adam, I'm doing this for you! I miss you, buddy!

Main Fundraising Page
Feb 20, 2013 by Zachary Komon

NEW FUNDRAISING UPDATE: Goal of $8,500 met 2/5/13!

$9,000 crossed 2/18/13! Going for $10K, need all the help I can get!!!

FUNDRAISING UPDATE: Goal of $6,198.32 met 1/5/13! New goal is $8,500. See here for more information.

Also: new FAQ!

(scroll down for training and fundraising updates)

This is my friend Adam:

Adam "The Kid" Milne

It’s been almost 12 years since my friend Adam passed away, and in 2010 I attempetd to raise $10,000 for the LLS through their Team In Training (TNT) program to honor his memory. While the donation response was amazing and there was a lot of raising awareness, I fell short of that goal. Therefore, I'm rejoining TNT for the spring 2013 triathlon season to try to raise the rest of the funds, plus an extra $2K for the 2 more years.

In the spring of 2000, Adam was always feeling run down. He went to see a doctor and was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), a cancer that starts inside bone marrow, growing from cells that would normally turn into white blood cells. With treatment, Adam went into remission. He married his fiancée, Jen, on February 17th, 2001. Early in March of 2001, Adam had a relapse. He lost his battle with Leukemia on March 23rd, 2001.

There are currently over 250,000 people in the US living with Leukemia. In the next year, approximately 20,000 of them will die. However, research developments in the treatment of blood cancers have had major contributions to the survival rate. The five-year survival rate is now above 55% - four times higher than it was in 1949 when the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) was established. Organizations like LLS contribute donated funds to support research efforts to find cures for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma as well as improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED! Please make a tax-deductible donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! If you don't want to donate online, you can do so by check. Just email me your mailing address and I'll hapily send you a donation form and stamped return envelope.

Please help spread the word by emailing, Facebooking and/or Tweeting this link to your friends!


Please note that matching funds should be submitted to the San Diego Chapter of the LLS, (not the main office in NY):

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

San Diego/Hawaii Chapter

9150 Chesapeake Drive Suite 100

San Diego, CA 92123

Thank you for your support!

-Zach Komon


Teams are made up of individuals. Without them, there is no team.

More hills! (week 10 recap)
Jan 12, 2013 by Zachary Komon

This week was definitely full-on back in hard core training mode. In two swim sessions this week, we went nearly 3 miles. I'm sure coach Tony would say that I could've made it 3 miles if I spent more time in the pool and less time "griping" about how long the workouts are :)

For my Sunday long run, I was able to join the team for a trail run near Lake Hodges, but heading East. This was a nice, new place for me to run, which helps to keep things interesting. Some low back issues were nagging me this week, but fortunately exercising alleviates the issue (while rest oddly aggravates it), so I made sure to get in a leasurely afternoon run on Tuesday. Thursday track session was a nice combination of speed work and hills. After a solid warm-up, we did an 800 at pace, then 10 reps of "hills" (really a very long wheelchair access ramp), and polished off with another 800. Saturday's brick workout consisted of more hills, but this time on the bike. We rode about 8 miles out to Mt. Soledad, then up it. Twice. I found this to be harder than the Scripps-Poway hill, and about as difficult as Torrey Pines but longer. So, I guess more difficult than that too. After a 30 minute brick run, the rest of the team did a short open-water swim (out of order due to it being 37 degrees when we started in the morning), but I had to cut out early to pick up my parents at the airport. That part was not so hard-core.

Weekly training distances: 2.8 miles swimming, 61.7 miles biking, 29.7 miles running

Fundraising status: Closing in on $7,000!

Back at it! (week 9 recap)
Jan 07, 2013 by Zachary Komon

After almost an entire week off from training during the holidays, we got back to it this week. The week started with a long, easy run on Sunday morning, followed by an exceptionally short ride in the afternoon due to the rain, which started about 45 seconds into the workout. The weather was better on New Years Eve, so I managed to get in a short ride in the morning and an easy run in the afternoon. New Years Day was a total waste - that is all I will say about that. Wednesday we got back in the pool and after 2 weeks off, I was feeling pretty good. We did some fun "ladder" workouts which made the time go by quickly and kept us from geting too cold - it is an outdoor pool and the weather has not been warm here lately. Thursday was another solid track workout, doing 4x1200. My speed work is coming along nicely! I took Friday as a recovery day and our Saturday brick session was another great one. After two great mission moments and the spirit award for the week, we did two repeats of T1 and T2 transitions. This meant gearing up for the swim (fortunately not swiming, though), running about 25 yards to our transition area, switching to our bike gear, trotting out of transition before mounting our bikes, riding around the parking lot, dismounting before transition, changing to run gear, and then finally running about 1/2 a block out and back. This was a lot of fun and I found out that many of my team mates are incredibly fast at transitioning! After that we had a nice sunny 25 mile ride with a few climbs followed by a 30 minute run, trying to minimize the time between the two and focus on a good transition.

Total distance this week: 0.9 miles swimming, 43.8 miles biking, 29.3 miles running.


Currently at almost 102% of the goal. More on this in another update soon!

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Supporter Comments

    "Thanks Zach for keeping up the good fight. GO TEAM!"

    Vic Garcia

    Fri Jan 25 10:20:22 EST 2013

    "Way to go!"

    Heather Summers

    Sun Mar 10 08:31:04 EDT 2013

    "Here's my Beach Grass! you are getting closer to your goal. Congrats"

    Marco Valenzuela

    Sun Mar 10 08:35:47 EDT 2013

    "run Zach run"

    Meret and Neil Vollenweider and Osterwalder

    Sat Dec 01 12:52:26 EST 2012

    "As Dad would say, "Make me proud!""

    Jenifer and Jason McMurray

    Thu Nov 29 06:43:47 EST 2012

    "Hope that goes well for you. - Sydney "

    Sydney McMurray

    Thu Nov 29 06:41:42 EST 2012

    "Adam was a good man...always in a good mood and a smile on his face...cancer is a horrific disease which has many forms. I am happy to lend my support in memory of Adam. I only wish I could give more. "

    David Martyn

    Tue Nov 27 08:28:08 EST 2012

    "Thank you Zach for dedicating your time and energy to such a great cause that is close to my heart."

    Keri Thompson

    Sat Nov 24 10:00:32 EST 2012

    "Zach - Christina and I think what you are doing is great. Keep up the great efforts to fight for those that can not."

    Richard Lee

    Sun Nov 18 11:48:04 EST 2012

    "So glad to help a great cause....goooo Zach!!!"

    leslie sakai

    Wed Nov 14 07:58:02 EST 2012

    "try not to trip again this year!"

    Jon Rogers

    Wed Nov 14 10:48:49 EST 2012

    "Glad to see you on the team again. Go Zach!!"

    Brian Gunn

    Wed Oct 31 11:53:59 EDT 2012

    "The Tomonaga's, match coming to bring it to $100"

    The Tomonagas

    Tue Oct 30 03:44:54 EDT 2012

    "Run Zach! Run!"

    Melissa Francisco

    Fri Oct 19 05:22:38 EDT 2012

    "Thank you Zach. xoxo"

    Keri Thompson

    Thu Oct 18 04:24:31 EDT 2012

    "Hi Zach, Thank for doing this!"

    Corazon Bolesch

    Thu Dec 13 11:52:37 EST 2012

    "Way to go Zach!!! Hope u reach your goal!"

    Amandan Nicolato-George

    Thu Dec 13 03:22:42 EST 2012

    "Keep up the great work!"

    Team Putnam

    Tue Mar 19 11:26:19 EDT 2013

    "The obsessive compulsive in me had to even it out. Consider the donation from Jeremy and Cathleya."

    Jeremy and Cathleya Francisco

    Tue Mar 12 01:26:02 EDT 2013

    "Thanks for doing this Zach. I have known Jennifer since I was a little girl and went to Cortland with her and Adam. They were mentors for me and I followed in their footsteps in the History and Secondary Social Studies program. What a great way to honor him!"

    Carrie Wood

    Tue Mar 12 10:47:51 EDT 2013

    "Go Team! Thanks for your efforts- they are so important!"

    Epic Eppigs

    Wed Feb 20 06:31:03 EST 2013

    "You're amazing, Zach! 10K here we come!"

    Wayne Kao

    Mon Feb 18 05:18:35 EST 2013

    "Thanks for doing such a great thing, Zach! "

    Anne DeLucia

    Wed Jan 30 02:05:58 EST 2013

    "All of your hard work and dedication is inspiring. Best of luck!"

    Dr. Anna Phillips

    Wed Jan 30 01:56:02 EST 2013

    "Good luck Zach! It's awesome that you do this every year. Keep up the good work. "

    Timmy Beatty

    Sat Jan 26 09:52:20 EST 2013

    "You're a good guy Zach. Kick ass!!"

    George Diaz

    Wed Jan 23 02:45:53 EST 2013

    "Dear Zachary, Thanks for all of your efforts to find a cure for leukemia. I am so pleased to donate to you in memory of Adam. What an amazing person he was. Best of luck to you. Allison Tuzo"

    Allison Tuzo

    Fri Jan 11 11:38:52 EST 2013

    "Go Zach!! This is a great cause!"

    Mary Sacchetti

    Thu Jan 10 09:05:07 EST 2013

    "To support my friend Zachary Komon. Great job! In honor of my friend Tara who is currently battling leukemia."

    Stacey Thomas

    Sat Jan 05 08:39:22 EST 2013

    "Zach, so great of you to keep this going... Always happy to find a way to remember Adam. Can't believe he is gone so long. Sharon and I miss him to this day. Fenn"

    The Fennessy's

    Tue Jan 01 08:48:55 EST 2013

    "Best of luck with your fundraising and training! Julie Chang - Zen Fertility Center"

    San Diego Acupuncture Clinic

    Tue Jan 01 03:45:14 EST 2013

    "It's great to see someone working so hard for such selfless cause. Keep it up!"

    John Matsubu

    Sat Dec 15 11:03:34 EST 2012

    "from Matt & Melissa"

    Matt Robinson & Melissa Summers

    Mon Dec 03 05:51:49 EST 2012

    "I hope this little contribution will help a little bit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma society. Amin"

    Saydul Sardar

    Wed Nov 28 09:13:01 EST 2012

    "Long live Plunger!"

    Melissa O'Halloran

    Wed Oct 17 07:19:18 EDT 2012

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $10,467.39 | Goal: $10,000.00
105 %

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In Memory of

Adam D. Milne

My Thanks To

Craig Belon $500.00
BD $250.00
Anthony Komon $250.00
Michelle Cahill $250.00
John Burnard $250.00
Janice Hong $250.00
Gloria Hong $250.00
Kathy Milne $250.00
Ashley Breed $250.00
Anthony Komon $250.00
Walter Bartzat $200.00
Walter Bartzat $150.00
Shell Oil Company $100.00
GE $100.00
Samshia LLC $100.00
Ann Conlan $100.00
Smith Family $100.00
Thomas White $100.00
Jennifer Marren $100.00
Brian Anthony $100.00
Brian Melanson $100.00
Randy & Mary Ellen Putnam $100.00
Doug Lootens $100.00
Jenifer Salamino $100.00
David Myers $100.00
Melanie Stewart $100.00
Frank Uckert $100.00
Betsyanne McCann $100.00
Christopher Monaco $100.00
Jenny Andrew $100.00
Susana Lee $100.00
Ken Jackson $100.00
David Martyn $100.00
Aihua Zhang $100.00
Todd Peltier $100.00
KAFL Inc. $100.00
Mark Polomski $100.00
Dr. Michael Wyrsta $100.00
Keri Thompson $100.00
Dr Zachary Komon $100.00
Team Putnam $75.00
Agnes Lam $75.00
Dr. Anna Phillips $70.00
Bake Sale $65.00
Paul and Veroncia $51.51
Albatross $51.50
Janet Nail $51.50
Marc Kramer, MD $51.50
Javier Vela-Becerra $51.50
Corey Brandes $51.50
Judith Madison $51.50
Ernest Meyer $51.50
Candice Bandura $51.50
Genentech $50.00
Citrix $50.00
Novartis $50.00
Anonymous $50.00
Amanda Winters $50.00
Christine Latham $50.00
Jean Wheeler $50.00
Frank Schultz $50.00
Gilbert DeLucia $50.00
Laura Fabris $50.00
Anonymous $50.00
Adele Tamboli $50.00
The Fennessy's $50.00
San Diego Acupuncture Cli... $50.00
Kristin Jensen Hechler $50.00
Janine Forte $50.00
Kyle Visin $50.00
Sebastian $50.00
Jens and Gina $50.00
Michelle Gaylord $50.00
Cynthia Hong Cho $50.00
Saydul Sardar $50.00
Keri Thompson $50.00
Harold Miller $50.00
Patty Lew $50.00
Jennifer Turner $50.00
Jon Rogers $50.00
Gregory Santoli $50.00
Brian Gunn $50.00
The Tomonagas $50.00
Melissa O'Halloran $50.00
Souplantation & Sweet Tom... $43.89
Amandan Nicolato-George $40.00
Shirley Cameron $40.00
Meret and Neil Vollenweid... $40.00
Trenton Brothers LLC $38.24
The Beach Grass Cafe $37.00
Heather Summers $35.00
Michelle Feliciano $35.00
Jeremy and Cathleya Franc... $33.21
Genentech $30.00
Corazon Bolesch $30.00
Bake Sale $29.00
Anonymous $28.32
Josh McCann $25.00
Suzanne Osborne $25.00
Lance Evans Memorials $25.00
Marco Valenzuela $25.00
Markus Amendt $25.00
Shawn Huff $25.00
Anne DeLucia $25.00
Pat Vinson $25.00
Jill Smith $25.00
Veronica Probst $25.00
Timmy Beatty $25.00
Wendy DiMeglio $25.00
Vic Garcia $25.00
John Anderson $25.00
George Diaz $25.00
David Groom $25.00
Robin Sloan $25.00
Jessica Anderson $25.00
Christine Goossens $25.00
Matt Chapman $25.00
Mary Sacchetti $25.00
Ericka Buckley $25.00
Anonymous $25.00
Stacey Thomas $25.00
John Komon $25.00
Anita Flagg $25.00
Robert Goetz $25.00
GOT A BONUS @ WORK! $25.00
Timothy Thompson $25.00
Aldous Pabon $25.00
Brian Zant $25.00
John Matsubu $25.00
Laura Fortunato $25.00
Anonymous $25.00
Michelle Pasamonte $25.00
Josh McCann $25.00
Sharon Stepp $25.00
Justin Butler $25.00
Hassan Ware $25.00
Melvin Thompson $25.00
Patricia Mintzer $25.00
Richard Lee $25.00
leslie sakai $25.00
Carrie Wood $25.00
Lisa Wong $25.00
Marc Rasp $25.00
daniel mcnamara $25.00
Melissa Francisco $25.00
Erin Brocker $25.00
Alegra & Marshall Loewens... $22.22
Anthony Debellis $20.00
Wendy Wenderski $20.00
Carolyn White $20.00
Diane Allen $20.00
Jenifer and Jason McMurra... $20.00
Lan Tran $20.00
Team brunch extra $19.00
Unilever $12.50
Zachary Komon $11.00
Anonymous $10.00
June Lankenau $10.00
Nancy Finkelstein $10.00
Sam Walters $10.00
Joah & Erin Komon $10.00
Sydney McMurray $5.00
I skipped the latte today... $4.50
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