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Two Out of Three Ain't Bad
May 22, 2015 by Dan Rooker

Hello Friends - Saturday morning I woke up at 3:45 and my adrenaline promptly surged in anticipation of the start of the Tour de Cure.  No more sleep that night!  Rob picked me up at 5:45 and we headed to the starting line in Cary.  I started out way too fast, carried by my adrenaline along at a 20 mph clip with Rob and the Cheetahs, a riding club that rides the TDC every year.  I kept up with them for about 25 miles at that pace, then ran out of gas and slowed to about 15 mph for the rest of the day.  

Renee met me at the finish line, and after a shower at the Holiday Inn Express, we motored up US 1 back to Raleigh for a wedding.  Kenyon then picked me up from there at about 9, and drove me back to Southern Pines.  Sunday morning, of course!, I was really sore, and decided that playing the tortoise was my only chance of making the second 100 miles.  My mantra was "take what speed the course gives you and give it all back on the uphills - just keep pedaling".  I met up with a rider named Cedric near the midway point and we rode 40 miles or so together.  I crossed the finish line at about 3:30, just shy of 8 hours from the start.  200 miles in 2 days - consecutive Centuries.  And the second leg of the Triple Play is checked off!

Now I am turning my attention to the final phase of the TP - the Yosemite Team in Training event. I have signed up for the longest possible hike, about 18 miles.  I fly out to California on the 11th of June and the event takes place on the 13th.  I plan to stay for another several days to do some back-country fishing later that week. If all goes according to plan, I will actually set foot on the JMT (John Muir Trail) twice during this trip. Thanks for all your support.  I believe that I will reach my fundraising goal soon, with your great support.  FOR THE CURE!!!!  Best - Dan 

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One Week to Go
May 10, 2015 by Dan Rooker
Happy Mother’s Day to all!  
 
Time is flying by….since I last emailed you I have ramped up my cycling over the last 3 weeks, starting with two 40-mile rides the first week, (one day in between), to two 50-mile rides the second week, and rides of 60 and 67 miles last week!  that will toughen up your kiester.  The Tour de Cure is less than a week away.  I rode a short 20 mile spin this morning before church just to keep the callouses firm - I will do a couple of back-to-back rides this week to get into final form for the 200 mile grind this coming weekend.  I’ve been doing most of my training rides on the Neuse River Greenway, a beautiful 33-mile long resource, safe from lunatic drivers on the highways who have anger
management issues :-)
 
As soon as the bike ride is over I will begin training for the third leg of the Triple Play, an 18 mile day-hike through the heart of Yosemite - starting at 4,000 foot elevation in the valley, then soaring (on foot) 3,800 feet to the top of the cliffs at Glacier Point, then hugging the cliff tops until we descend again back to the valley along the John Muir Trail - it will be a happy reunion between me and that special trail, even if only for a few miles.  Altogether we will hike 18 miles, if all goes according to the plans of men ;-)
 
A heartfelt  THANK YOU!!  to those of you who have made a contribution to the cause of curing blood cancers.  There is still time to make a donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the charity that I run, cycle, and hike for.  It’s a wonderful organization, committed to making deadly blood cancers a thing of the past.  Remember, leukemia is the #1 childhood cancer.  
 
Thanks for your support - here is the link to my fund raising page - God bless you and yours and have a GREAT Mother’s Day!!  Dan 
 
 
 
 
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One Down, Two to Go!!
Apr 21, 2015 by Dan Rooker

 

Hello Friends and Family!  Well this update is overdue but the big news is that the first leg of the Triple Play is successfully completed!  I “ran” the Raleigh Rock and Roll half marathon in 2 hours and 25 minutes.  I was able to run through the halfway point, but somewhere around mile 8 or 9 I found myself walking up some of the hills in downtown Raleigh.  I didn’t make a conscious decision to walk, my body just stopped running and started walking!  All in all, I think I ran about 10 or 11 out of the 13.1.  Not bad, all things considered. 

The inspiration dinner the night before the race was wonderful, and I was fortunate enough to be honored as the top fund raiser for the Team in Training!  All thanks to all of you!!! 

Well now my attention turns to cycling.  It took me a few days to work out the stiffness and soreness from the run, but by Wednesday I was back on my stairmaster, 40 minutes a day.  Today will be my first cycling workout since the Half.  I will be riding today with Rob Allan, a fellow Tour de Cure participant and my team captain.  The Tour is going to be upon me very soon – 3 weeks from Saturday, so I need to train intensively.  I will keep you posted.  Thanks for all your encouragement and support!  GO TEAM!!  Dan

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One Week to Go
Apr 05, 2015 by Dan Rooker

                                               After an early spring training run 

 Greetings and Happy Easter!  

Well it has been an auspicious beginning to the 2015 Triple Play.  Since my kickoff on February 15th, 27 people have donated an astounding $14,550, putting us within $450 of the half way mark towards my goal of $30,000.  Pretty amazing, and I am deeply indebted to all of you!  Renee and I watched an episode of 60 minutes last Sunday in which a groundbreaking treatment for inoperable and typically terminal brain tumors was featured.  The treatment used the polio virus to directly attack and destroy the tumors!!  Later in the week we watched Ken Burns' latest documentary - "Cancer - The Emperor of All Maladies".  One of the featured treatments in that series was the re-engineered T-cell therapy that Carl June pioneered - the one that cured young Emily Whitehead of relapsed acute leukemia when she had no hope left that any conventional treatment would keep her alive.  Dr. June has been directly funded by LLS for many years and your contributions may directly contribute to the perfection of this treatment so that it can be brought to hundreds and maybe thousands of children.

Well the half-marathon is only a week away.  I have increased my running distance from 3 to 7 miles.  I have been running once or twice a week, while I intersperse those workouts with bike rides, long walks on the golf course (about 7 miles), and stairmaster routines of 40 minutes.  When I want to quit or skip a workout I think of the people who are facing blood cancer diagnoses - especially the children, as young as a year old - who need us to work hard to find a cure.  This is my way to help.  I would be honored and deeply grateful if you would join me.    

 

 

 

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2015 Triple Play Kickoff
Feb 15, 2015 by Dan Rooker

Finish line of the Fletcher Flyer, June 2014

              Greetings friends, family members, associates, and all supporters!  3 years ago this week, I was released from the care of the MD Anderson Cancer Center after receiving a life-saving bone marrow transplant.  Many of you know the story of my miraculous healing and recovery.  In 2015, I plan to continue to 'push the boundaries' of what is possible for leukemia and lymphoma survivors to accomplish in our lives after cancer.  Leukemia and lymphoma continue to devastate lives, but progress continues - and with your help, will accelerate until a cure is found.  Leukemia and lymphoma are the #1 childhood cancers, striking children even in their toddler years.  I plan to do something I've never done before in 2015 - maybe something no Richter's survivor has ever done - in part, to inspire you to join (again) with me in the fight against blood cancers.  I also hope to inspire and encourage patients who are currently battling these treacherous diseases - that they can also fight and win against cancer.

So - *DRUM ROLL*....I'm calling this year's fundraising program my "2015 Triple Play" - I am going to run the Raleigh Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon on April 12th.....bicyle in the North Carolina Tour de Cure (100 miles each day) on May 16th and 17th, and do a 20 mile hike on June 13th at the TNT event at Yosemite National Park.  It hurts my feet just to type that!!  

I've already begun training and the RnR half marathon is only 2 months away.  My goal for that first event is to.....FINISH.  I have not been any kind of runner since the last century, so I will be the poky little puppy that day I am sure.  But, I will be running (and walking) with my teammates from Team in Training to save lives and drive for a cure.  Will you join me in this great cause and ambitious quest?  Thank you!!!!!   

Summit of Mt. Whitney, September 2013

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Supporter Comments

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    "Dan: You inspire me! I'm so thankful to be a part of your cure, and your drive to wipe out leukemia and lymphoma! Love you, Laure"
     

    Laure Rooker McKenna

    Tue Feb 17 10:08:18 EST 2015

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    "Dan , Good luck and keep up the good work ."
     

    robert murphy

    Sat Feb 21 12:55:59 EST 2015

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    "Dan, you inspire me a lot, keep up and good luck!"
     

    Eddy Tsang $10,000

    Thu Mar 05 05:53:27 EST 2015

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    "Keep it up! Be the inspiration!"
     

    Mike Combs

    Tue Mar 17 11:08:30 EDT 2015

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    "For everyone sick now or in the future. Keep moving toward a cure!"
     

    Anonymous

    Wed Mar 18 12:57:38 EDT 2015

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    "go Rooker go!"
     

    Greg Keller

    Sun Mar 22 10:07:56 EDT 2015

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    "Dan and Renee, Your faith and positive attitudes continue to inspire us and many others. GO DAN GO!"
     

    Susan & Bill Fonville

    Mon Mar 23 06:22:20 EDT 2015

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    "Dan, you're the man and an inspiration to us all!!!"
     

    The Cox Family

    Wed Mar 25 12:39:20 EDT 2015

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    ""Dan, I'm very happy to know your doing well. The Lord is good! It would be nice to see you in Yosemite in June. With fond memories on the John Muir Trail. Good Luck""
     

    Ron Maier

    Thu Apr 16 09:10:20 EDT 2015

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    "Dan, Continued to be amazed by your journey!"
     

    Nancy McGuire

    Wed May 06 05:38:41 EDT 2015

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    "Way to take the fight to the streets Dan!"
     

    Brian Wagner

    Wed May 13 11:18:59 EDT 2015

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    "Go Dan, Great job!"
     

    David Murray

    Sun Jun 07 10:51:08 EDT 2015

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    "Love you Dan!"
     

    Jill DiCicco

    Wed Apr 15 01:01:26 EDT 2015

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    "Dan - all the best for your Triple Play 2015. You can do it!!! Joyce Pfirman"
     

    Joyce Pfirman

    Wed Apr 08 09:44:38 EDT 2015

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    "Hi Dan, Best of luck to you on this incredible adventure! I look forward to hearing of your success. All the best, Leah Coleman"
     

    leah coleman

    Mon Mar 30 11:48:03 EDT 2015

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    "Enjoy the ride!"
     

    Winifred Conkling

    Fri Mar 20 03:59:59 EDT 2015

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    "You scare me but I love you anyway. Your "other" Mother."
     

    Vaun and Bob

    Wed Mar 11 12:24:01 EDT 2015

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    "Dan, thank you for your efforts to defeat this terrible disease...."
     

    GARY ELLIOTT

    Wed Feb 25 09:41:01 EST 2015

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    "Hope your events go smoothly! You are an encouragement to others (and maybe a little crazy). :) Will be praying the money you raise goes a long way towards finding a cure for blood cancers."
     

    Dan and Rebecca Smith

    Tue Feb 24 09:02:40 EST 2015

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    "Wow, makes me tired just reading that! What's next -- maybe a UFC cage match or alligator wrestling? Just awesome Dan - way to go!!"
     

    Bill Palmer

    Wed Feb 18 03:12:45 EST 2015

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    "Thank you for being a HERO in the fight against blood cancers, Dan! You are such an inspiration!!"
     

    Emily Blust

    Wed Feb 18 02:14:25 EST 2015

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    "Dan, What an incredible challenge you are undertaking. My prayers will be with you. Becky"
     

    Becky

    Wed Feb 18 02:05:58 EST 2015

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    "Dan, you are amazing! And God is doing amazing work through you. So, it's $100 bucks for each event. We'll be keeping an eye on you and praying for your success. Aunt Nancy & Uncle Phil"
     

    Nancy Rooker

    Wed Feb 18 01:47:47 EST 2015

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    "Good luck Dan, looks intense!"
     

    Gary Wingler

    Wed Feb 18 09:35:53 EST 2015

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    "Way to go, Dan! Love, Harris, Allie, Amelia, and Caroline."
     

    Harris Ferrel

    Fri May 22 05:18:44 EDT 2015

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    "Dan, Good luck on the next step in your triple play and God Bless!"
     

    Anthony Szatkowski

    Mon May 11 05:39:34 EDT 2015

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    "Good luck on achieving your goal!"
     

    Patrick Curry

    Thu May 07 12:42:01 EDT 2015

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    "Each day is new for all, use it as such"
     

    Ken Schuster

    Thu May 14 08:05:59 EDT 2015

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    "Go, go Dan! Mom&Dad"
     

    Harry & BETTY Rooker

    Mon Apr 06 09:52:55 EDT 2015

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $31,650.00 | Goal: $30,000.00
 
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My Thanks To

Genworth Foundaiton $125.00
Jim Ledbetter  
David Murray  
Laurie Williams  
Harris Ferrel  
Kathy Eason  
Ken Schuster  
Brian Wagner  
Anthony Szatkowski  
Patrick Curry  
Nancy McGuire  
Ron Maier  
Peter and Tina Funke  
Jill DiCicco  
Joyce Pfirman  
Harry & BETTY Rooker  
Barbara Reed  
James/Mollie/Etta/Marcie/...  
Eli Lilly  
National Christian Founda...  
Radu Atri  
leah coleman  
The Cox Family  
Susan & Bill Fonville  
Greg Keller  
Winifred Conkling  
Kathleen Fuller  
Mike Combs  
Vaun and Bob  
Eddy Tsang $10,000  
Robert & Lynda Stuart  
Frances o  
Mike & Joan Krenik  
GARY ELLIOTT  
Dan and Rebecca Smith  
robert murphy  
Bill Palmer  
Emily Blust  
Becky  
Nancy Rooker  
Gary Wingler  
Frank Couch  
Laure Rooker McKenna