Team In Training: Soren is Soaring
Aug 26, 2014


Why am I racing Ironman Lake Tahoe for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society?


  • Because 140.6 miles of Ironman racing is NOTHING in comparison to the brutally intense chemotherapy that blood cancer patients currently endure.

  • Because our 7 year old son Soren in his 9th month of remission from lymphoma – and hopefully a lifetime – and all children deserve his world-class care

  • Because from the first meeting of morning rounds at Boston Children’s Hospital for patient Soren Cooper, it became plainly, awe-inspiringly evident that treating and caring for childhood cancer patients requires a massive, all-of-the-best-hands-on-deck approach that is sustainable only by incredible charity. I can’t think of a better cause. Can you?

  • Because families need help in providing the support that their loved ones need to fight blood cancers, and they need your support to help sustain them. Team LLS knows this better than nearly everyone.
  • Because it seems like I’ve been training for a lifetime for this opportunity, both as a genetics professor studying mutation and questions like “why cancer?”, and as a triathlete in my 25th year and striving for my 20th Ironman. I’m committed to this journey of making a difference for cancer treatment, as a researcher, athlete, parent, caregiver, shoulder to lean on, and storyteller. 
  • Because what a difference a year makes!

By participating as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) TNT, I am raising funds to help find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. Your donation will help fund treatments that save lives every day.

Please make a donation in support of my efforts with Team In Training, at Ironman Lake Tahoe on September 21st, and beyond, and help get us all closer to a world without blood cancers.


Thank you!



Vaughn, on behalf of Erika, Harlan and SOREN.


Supporter Comments

    "You got this Vaughn! I am privileged to know you, and I am glad that Soren is doing so very well. "

    Sean Elliot

    Tue Aug 26 07:36:12 EDT 2014

    "Go Vaughn (and Soren)"


    Tue Aug 26 07:50:17 EDT 2014

    "Your family is an inspiration! So happy Soren continues to do so well. "

    Sonia Gallant

    Tue Aug 26 10:00:18 EDT 2014

    "Congrats to Soren!! Here's to the next nine months, and the next, and the next... Vaughn, I will think of you doing 140.6 miles next time I am lying on the couch, eating ice cream and watching tv. :)"

    Leslie Curren

    Wed Aug 27 04:26:37 EDT 2014

    "Go, Vaughn! Have a great race!! -- Rich & Madeleine"

    Richard Lenski

    Sat Aug 30 04:28:30 EDT 2014

    "Best wishes on successful training and race!"

    Stacey Hall

    Mon Sep 01 11:24:28 EDT 2014

    "May 9 months turn into 90+ years of remission. Best Wishes for all of you!"

    Tammy McGlone

    Wed Sep 03 11:58:35 EDT 2014

    "Thrilled at Soren's courage and success, and privileged to support your goal!"

    Michael Ignaffo

    Wed Sep 03 12:08:31 EDT 2014

    "Good luck, Vaughn! We're so impressed with Soren's strength and resilience, we're so thrilled that Soren is so happy and healthy, and we're so lucky to call him our nephew/cousin. We're very proud of you, Soren, and the entire NH Cooper family. PS-Ayla says she wants Soren to come to NJ to climb some doors with her. "

    Nicole Cooper

    Wed Sep 03 12:47:18 EDT 2014

    "Go Vaughn Go!"

    Paco Moore

    Wed Sep 03 01:32:23 EDT 2014

    "I am impressed and amazed by your motivation and dedication. An emotional personal journey for us as well. Your efforts are much appreciated! May the wind be at your back - cheers to a fabulous race. Best of Luck Vaughn - The Gage Family"

    The Gage Family

    Wed Sep 03 01:57:35 EDT 2014

    "Go, and climb those hills!"

    Jim and Vicki Cooper

    Wed Sep 03 01:59:35 EDT 2014

    "I am so pleased to see the way how all of you have rebounded!"

    Anita Klein

    Wed Sep 03 06:39:27 EDT 2014

    "Thank the Good Lord your Son is doing so well. Thanks for doing this for the other children who need help. The picture of your son really touched me. I love children. Great Grandma Marie"

    marie eighmey

    Wed Sep 03 08:24:48 EDT 2014

    "Best of Luck Vaughn, as you & Soren continue to be "IronMen"! Lori & Bruce Lander"

    Lori & Bruce Lander

    Wed Sep 03 08:43:47 EDT 2014

    "Way to fight Cooper family! All our love. "

    Chopin Family

    Thu Sep 04 08:48:52 EDT 2014

    "Get 'er done, VC!"

    Malmgren Family

    Thu Sep 04 09:09:20 EDT 2014

    "So happy to support this cause! Good luck!"

    The Ramsay Family

    Thu Sep 04 09:54:43 EDT 2014

    "Good on ya! Mentally stronger for this year than any of the previous races. Tracy and I are humbled, and grateful for the opportunity to help out."

    Jon and Tracy Wraith

    Thu Sep 04 01:45:36 EDT 2014

    "in honor of Soren and the Cooper family "

    Jonathan Eisen

    Thu Sep 04 04:24:25 EDT 2014

    "Great cause, great news regarding your son's remission. Have a great race - I'll be tracking you :)"

    Mary Jessey

    Thu Sep 04 04:58:22 EDT 2014

    "We have lived the same nightmare you have. We know how this affects everyone involved. Team in Training does wonderful things. Good luck in the race. "

    Carol & Mike Glover

    Thu Sep 04 09:15:46 EDT 2014

    "Good luck Vaughn!"

    Greg Lang

    Thu Sep 04 09:55:00 EDT 2014

    "Go Vaughn! Go Soren!"

    Beth Potier

    Fri Sep 05 09:20:23 EDT 2014

    "Joy for the Coopers. And hope this will help others."

    Joyce Day

    Fri Sep 05 09:24:13 EDT 2014

    "Great cause and great success story. Good luck in Tahoe and I am glad to hear how well everything is going. Brian, Tara, Chloe and Cameron"

    Brian Kaminski

    Sat Sep 06 09:28:57 EDT 2014

    "You're Making My Dreams Come True!" Everyone has two lives; the second one begins when you realize you only have one. Live your life to the fullest and fight to be happy. Do what makes you happy. Be where you are happy. Love and respect each other. Don't fight over nonsense. Hug each other every day. Eat dinner together. Live your lives to the fullest. Stay positive and patient. God rewards those who are patient. Sotloff "

    Bradley Warren

    Mon Sep 08 04:49:52 EDT 2014

    "What an amazing family!"

    Thomas Pistole

    Thu Sep 11 08:51:16 EDT 2014

    "Please join me in supporting this cause. Much honor to the example of Soren Cooper and his fine family."

    Mark O Martin

    Sat Sep 13 04:23:22 EDT 2014

    "So impressed Vaughn, this is quite an accomplishment. Overjoyed that Soren is doing so well. Our best to your whole family. "

    Karen Sealund/Kenny's Mom

    Mon Sep 15 03:57:34 EDT 2014

    "Cheering for you and Soren!"

    Katherine Liu

    Wed Sep 17 05:22:17 EDT 2014

    "Your family is an inspiration to us all!"

    Amy & Greg Schneider (and Kenna)

    Wed Sep 17 09:22:27 EDT 2014

    "This donation is in honor of Soren and Caleb. Two of the most amazing boys I've had the honor of knowing. Stay Strong and thank you Vaughn. We'll be thinking of you as you fight to finish this amazing cause. "

    Paul, Robin and Marijka VanGundy

    Thu Sep 18 06:37:54 EDT 2014

    "Go get'em this weekend. Enjoy and inspire!!"

    Don Mills

    Thu Sep 18 11:16:28 EDT 2014

    "Go Team Soren! "

    The Holt Family

    Thu Sep 18 11:46:28 EDT 2014

    " As an aunt who lost her 9 year old nephew to cancer, your story touched my heart. So happy to hear that your son is in remission. Good luck with the Ironman and kick Cancer's butt."

    melissa muilenburg

    Thu Sep 18 12:46:43 EDT 2014

    "Hi Vaughn! We had the privilege to meet you and your family in Lake Placid on the beach back in 2011. In 2009, you didn't take the Kona slot and it rolled down to my husband Rob, and he and I were able to race together in Kona that year. We then saw you and your family again racing in Kona in 2011. ;) We're so sorry to hear about what you and your family, and especially Soren have had to go through in this past year, but we're so glad he's in remission! Life is precious, and we need to live and enjoy every moment! We hope you have an awesome race in Lake Tahoe, and hope to see you and your amazing family again soon! We'll be cheering for you & Soren! :)"

    Shandra and Rob Richardson

    Thu Sep 18 04:59:55 EDT 2014

    "Go Vaughn Go! We'll be rooting for you from afar. This is such an awesome celebration of how the Cooper family has triumphed over the last year. We are all, Mikey in particular, so happy to support you as you tackle Tahoe."

    Mansfield family

    Thu Sep 18 10:00:35 EDT 2014

    "Way to go, Soren! Way to go, Vaughn!"

    Jeff Crum

    Fri Sep 19 11:31:24 EDT 2014

    "Can't wait to see you racing one day!"

    Dianette Wells

    Fri Sep 19 05:00:10 EDT 2014

    "Best of luck to your son and your family Vaughn."

    Matt Dane

    Sat Sep 20 01:55:45 EDT 2014

    "Best of luck Vaughn, go get 'em!"

    Eric P

    Sat Sep 20 11:56:40 EDT 2014

    "I am honored to be able to support Soren and his family. They are an inspiration to us all."

    Kathryn Cataneo

    Sun Sep 21 07:42:36 EDT 2014

    "This is an inspirational story Vaughn - here's hoping for a life-long recovery for Soren! "

    Joe Harrison

    Wed Sep 24 03:41:43 EDT 2014

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $8,005.00 | Goal: $5,000.00
160 %

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In Honor of

Soren Cooper

My Thanks To

La Festa Brick and Brew P... $575.00
Dianette Wells $500.00
Bradley Warren $500.00
The Gage Family $500.00
Jon and Tracy Wraith $250.00
Richard Lenski $250.00
Jan Nedelka $100.00
Jeff Crum $100.00
The Holt Family $100.00
Don Mills $100.00
Amy & Greg Schneider (and... $100.00
daniel rozen $100.00
Mark O Martin $100.00
Brian Kaminski $100.00
Harry Richards $100.00
Jonathan Eisen $100.00
Zunaid Kazi $100.00
The Ramsay Family $100.00
Melissa Kelber Zimmerly $100.00
Lori & Bruce Lander $100.00
JP Eggers $100.00
Anita Klein $100.00
Ed Reed $100.00
Paco Moore $100.00
Michael Ignaffo $100.00
Sonia Gallant $100.00
Anonymous $100.00
Joe Harrison $50.00
Kathryn Cataneo $50.00
Matt Dane $50.00
Mansfield family $50.00
Shandra and Rob Richardso... $50.00
Karen Sealund/Kenny's Mom $50.00
Joyce Day $50.00
Greg Lang $50.00
Chopin Family $50.00
marie eighmey $50.00
Chris Waters $50.00
Jessica Rooney Gallagher $25.00
melissa muilenburg $25.00
Katherine Liu $25.00
Tim Bozack $25.00
Emily and Chris Kluun $25.00
Ryan and Kristin Hatcher $25.00
Oona Hanson $25.00
Deb Infusino $25.00
Devon O'Rourke $25.00
Tammy McGlone $25.00
Terry Metivier $25.00
Patrick Clarin  
Eric P  
Paul, Robin and Marijka V...  
Charles and Sandy Blitzer  
Thomas Pistole  
Beth Potier  
Anja Sonsma  
Carol & Mike Glover  
Mary Jessey  
Estelle Hrabak  
Joanne and Ray  
Malmgren Family  
Jennifer Hwang  
Jim and Vicki Cooper  
Nicole Cooper  
Jayson Seaman  
Stacey Hall  
Leslie Curren  
Sean Elliot