Matt Tittle's Team in Training Page
Feb 05, 2009 by Matt Tittle
I'm running for
Welcome to my Team In Training home page.
I'm training to participate in the San Diego Rock n" Roll Marathon on May 31 as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training.
You may know that I have been running marathons for over ten years. This will be my twelfth. But I've never run for charity before. Why? All selfish (and untrue) reasons like:
1. I don't have time to raise money;
2. I don't know anybody with this disease;
3. I don't want to bother people;
4. I don't know enough people;
5. I'll never be able to raise that much;
and the list goes on.
The reality is that I DO have the time; I DO know people with leukemia and related cancers; I DO ask people for money regularly; I DO know more people than most; and I CAN easily raise $4,500.
This year, one of our sons became very ill (not with Leukemia). At one point we were facing the possibility of $1,000 a day in medical expenses. Thank God, he is now well and we didn't end up incurring those expenses, but at the time we were desperate about what to do. We couldn't afford it, our health insurance wouldn't cover it, and we didn't know where to turn.
This and similar scenarios are far too common. Too many families are faced with serious and even terminal illness with nowhere to turn. As a pastor, I too often counsel people who feel trapped between a serious illness and their ability to pay for treatment.
So I am asking you to contribute to this small effort. I'm tired of being selfish with my time. I've run 1000s of miles over the years all for myself. I've decided to start running for others.
As a member of the Clear Lake Team in southeast Houston, I am running in honor of Hannah Gilbert, our TNT Honored Teammate, who was diagnosed with leukemia when she was three years old. She is now nine and in her sixth year of remission! Help ME to run for HER life!
I am also running in memory of Paul Spiller, who died on May 8, 2009 with lymphoma. Paul was only 42, and was on his way to remisson and recovery when he died. He sang as a member of the Gay Men's Chorus of Houston, which I have supported for several years.
Please make a donation to support my participation in Team InTraining and help advance LLS's mission.
Thanks for your support!