TgTNT SPOTLIGHT: MEG
Mar 15, 2013 by Jonathan Puncochar
Meg & her Mom
Meg O’Bryan first joined Team Green Adventures this year, and the Team Green In Training Team (TgTNT) is Meg’s first “event” with Team Green! She started listening to Lightning 100 (WRLT 100.1 FM) in 2006 when she moved back to Nashville from college. She “rarely listens to anything else!”
Meg is no newbie to endurance training. Meg has participated in the Country Music Half Marathon three times! This year, she’s really going the distance and traveling to San Diego for the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon, a sister race to the Music City Marathon!
When asked what inspired Meg to join Team In Training, she said:
My mother was diagnosed with Lymphoma 2 years ago, and started treatment the week of Christmas. I felt like the least I could do was try to raise money to help cure blood cancers.
And Meg doesn’t plan to stop at just "the minimum"... Meg has set a personal fundraising goal of $7,500, and has already reached 76% of her goal! Why set such a high fundraising goal?
My mother and her mother (my Grandmother) have both been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in the last 3 years. I also work for a cancer care facility and see the volumes of patients getting treated every single day.
At this point in her fundraising, 100% of every donation made to Meg's page goes to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and that's the most rewarding part of the program to Meg. When asked what Meg is most looking forward to from her Team In Training experience, here’s what she had to say:
I’m really looking forward to meeting that $7,500 goal I have set for myself. A trip to San Diego to run a half marathon isn’t too shabby either. I’m taking my mother with me to the race, and I’m excited for her to be a part of the big survivor day celebration that occurs before the race.
Meg O’Bryan plans to attend the Spring Social & Silent Auction on March 20th to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Money raised from the event will be split among the Team Green in Training Team (TgTNT). Hopefully money from the auction will help get Meg closer to 80% of her goal!
TgTNT SPOTLIGHT: JON
Mar 11, 2013 by Jonathan Puncochar
Jon ran a half marathon in college, many many moons ago, but America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride around Lake Tahoe with Team In Training will be his first Century Bike Ride (100 miles). Before training began, the longest organized bike ride Jon participated in was the 35 miler along 840 with the 840 Gran Fondo.
Jon's inspiration to join Team in Training was his wife, Keeley. She participated in Team In Training last season, to complete her first half marathon in San Francisco. Every other morning she got up at 5am to do her training miles before work, and she gave up every Saturday to run with her team. In the end, she raised just over $3500 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Along the way, friends and family of both Jon and Keeley came forward with their own stories off loss and survival from blood cancers. He learned that his Great Uncle died of Lymphoma, and during Keeley's Training, Jon lost a close friend to cancer. He decided enough was enough... he needed to help put an end to this.
Jon is most looking forward to the opportunity to involve others in the fight against cancer. Training for the Century Bike Ride is just part of the journey. Helping to create awareness and raising funds is the most rewarding part of Team In Training, to Jon.
A couple weeks ago Jon and Keeley hosted a Charity Yard Sale in Franklin that brought in about $700 (in the snow!). In a few weeks they'll host a second Charity Yard Sale (hopefully with nicer weather). Jon will be at the Spring Adventure Social & Silent Auction, and will also be hosting a Fundraising Event at Culver's on April 2nd in Franklin, 5-8pm. 10% of all purchases during that event will go towards Jon's Fundraising. He hope's you'll join him! With only $985 to go, Jon's confident he'll reach his goal before his fundraising deadline on May 17th.
Check out Jon's Fundraising Page for more info and to keep up with his progress!
TgTNT SPOTLIGHT: AMANDA
Feb 12, 2013 by Jonathan Puncochar
Amanda Jankowski has been a Lightning 100 listener “for quite some time now” but this is her first season as a Team Green Member. Amanda's first Team Green event was the Volunteer Gift Wrapping at REI Brentwood, to kick off her fundraising for LLS.
I love being active especially outdoors, kayaking the Buffalo River, hiking at Percy Warner, etc. this is what makes Team Green so inviting to me! It is a group promoting outdoor fitness and fun.
However, in all her years of active outdoor living, Amanda has never participated in an endurance race before. That means no half or full marathons, no triathlons, and most surprising of all… she had never ridden a road bike before December 2012 (you know, with the skinny tires and funky handle bars)! Now she’s training for America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride around Lake Tahoe, a Century Bike ride. You got it, the “Century” part means 100 MILES!
Amanda attended a Team In Training Information session because she was interested in learning more about group cycling training options. During the information session she was inspired by what a wonderful organization TNT (and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) is. She wanted to help create awareness and aid in the research for new blood cancer treatments.
When asked if Amanda had any personal or professional connection to blood cancers, here’s what she shared:
When I first started training this winter, No, I didn't have a personal connection. As training began and I started telling friends, co-workers, students and parents (I'm a school teacher) about my goal of riding 100 miles, and that it was to raise money for LLS, people shared stories of their loved ones who had been treated for Leukemia and other blood cancers. Since beginning this journey my boyfriend’s Grandmother has been diagnosed with Leukemia, so NOW it's even more important, as it touches home.
Amanda is most looking forward to her time on the road (cycling) and her journey to Lake Tahoe. She has nearly reached 10% of her fundraising goal, but still has long way to go. Show your support with words of encouragement, or a tax deductible donation to her Fundraising Page.
TgTNT SPOTLIGHT: AMY
Feb 02, 2013 by Jonathan Puncochar
Amy Wells is in her second season of Team In Training, became a Team Green TAG member (Team Adventure Guide), and signed on as a TNT fundraising mentor for new Team In Training participants! Why is this a big deal? Because before joining the Team Green TNT team last season, Amy had not only never walked a Half Marathon, she had also never walked a 5k or gone hiking before! Now she's training for her 2nd Half Marathon and is leading beginner friendly hikes with Team Green!
Last season Amy walked the Nike Women's Half Marathon in San Francisco. This season she's training for the Rock & Roll Half Marathon in San Diego.
Amy has been a Team Green member since 2011. Her first Team Green event was an Adventure Social in October 2011, where she learned that Team Green was planning a trip to Ireland during the summer of 2012. Amy joined Team in Training in May 2012. When asked what her inspiration for joining Team in Training was, she said:
To be honest, I was trying to become more active for my health, and joined in preparation for the activities on the Team Green trip to Ireland. I knew that just telling myself 'I have to do this' wouldn't be enough motivation. Raising money to fight cancer gave me a higher purpose, and made me accountable, because people believed in me, and my mission, enough to donate money. Each time I got a new donation I was reminded that I wasn't allowed to quit! I learned so much about myself, and what I am capable of. I am stronger than I ever thought. I honestly never believed I could finish that race until I was 10 miles into it! Joining TNT, and traveling with fellow Team Greeners on the team, and crossing that finish line... that weekend was one of the greatest experiences of my life- easily in the top 5 (which is pretty good, because I've been to Ireland and Alaska!).
Amy has no personal connection to blood cancers, but she works in a lab where she does cancer diagnostics on a daily basis. Though she never meets the patients, she pours over their records, knows what's affecting them and can see whether or not their treatments are working for them. She'll never forget the record of a little girl named Kayla.
I never met her, I have no idea what she looked like. But I looked at her chromosomes for two years. I saw when she got a bone marrow transplant from her little brother; when it worked, and when it stopped working. And I still remember calling the Pediatric Oncology department with a prelim about her latest bone marrow, to tell them the cancer was back. The department Secretary told me that the Pediatric Department was out of the office that day-- at Kayla's funeral. She was eight years old. I hid in the bathroom and cried.
Joining Team In Training for two back-to-back seasons is her way of honoring all the patients she'll never get to meet. When asked what she's most looking forward to this training season, she said:
Everything! The amazing group of people I'll meet, the incredible sense of accomplishment I'll feel crossing the finish line (in San Diego), the tears at the Inspiration Dinner the night before, the hugs, being part of something greater than myself. Everything.
If you'd like to keep up with Amy's progress this season, check out her blog at Amy.isinTraining.org. Because back-to-back fundraising is especially difficult, Amy is doing an ongoing project. She'll be collecting books, CDs, DVDs, Game System games, etc. (now through mid May) and bringing them to McKays each month. Any money she gets from McKays for the donated items will go directly towards her fundraising effort with LLS. If you are not able to support Amy with a monetary donation, please consider donating any used books or mulitmedia items you no longer want. You can contact Amy directly at email@example.com.
Welcome to our TgTNT Summer Page
Jan 30, 2013
Welcome To Team Green's 2013 Team In Training (Summer) Fundraising Page! We hope you'll follow us throughout the season to keep in touch with our progress. We'll feature photos, fundraising event updates, and Teammate Spotlights. We also have a Spring Page that you can keep up with!
We hope you'll choose to support us throughout the season by commenting on our blog updates, and maybe even making a donation to our Team Pages. Any donation made on this Team Page will be evenly split among our Spring Teammates (any donations made on the Summer page will be split among the Summer participants), helping us to reach our personal fundraising goals!
Last season 6 Teammates raised a total of $13,931.44 in the fight against blood cancers, exceeding our original goal by over $400! This season, we hope to raise an additional $30,000 to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!
Our Spring/Summer Teams are made up of Half Marathon Walkers, Half Marathon Runners, Full Marathon Runners, and a bunch of Centry Cyclists! We'll be heading to different locations, including San Diego, Cincinatti, Lake Tahoe, and our own home base of Nashville. But, more importantly, we'll be training together, and fundraising together.
If you're interested in Joining our Team, it's not too late! To sign up for our Team, CLICK HERE, then select "Join a Team" and type in "Team Green" on the following page. We have a "Spring Team", and a "Summer Team". Next, choose your race type, your travel preferences (ie. with or without airfare, with or without hotel), then enter coupon code L100 at check out to get 50% off your registration fee!
In addition to our Group Training Sessions (GTS) with the overall TNT Local Chapter, Team Green will also organize some group training gatherings so we can cross train together! We also have some exciting group Fundraising Ideas in the works, including an Active Living & Music themed Silent Auction in 2013!
Plus, this season each TgTNT Teammate who re-commits (between March 8th and March 29th) will receive a Team Green Adventures Patch to sew (or iron) onto your Race Day Jersey!
~Keeley Puncochar (Team Captain)