Skippy's Team 2011
Sep 16, 2011
Welcome to the 2011 Skippy’s Team homepage!
Skippy’s Team—friends, neighbors and family of Stephen “Skippy” Lubofsky z”l and other supporters in the fight against leukemia—are training to participate in the 2011 Jarden Westchester Triathlon, to be held on Sunday, September 25, 2011, as members of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training program.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. Since its founding in 1949, the Society has invested more than $750 million in research—over $142 million in 2009 and 2010 alone—specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
We are training in memory of our friend Stephen—Skippy—who lived in New Rochelle, New York with his wife, the lovely Yael, and his three children, Noam (16), Daniel (13), and Eliana (11), all pictured above. Stephen passed away on October 27, 2010 from complications resulting from a 13-month battle with acute myeloid leukemia (“AML”).
Stephen’s oldest son, Noam, is a member of Skippy’s Team and will be participating in the Westchester Triathlon in memory of his father. Noam has so personally suffered the loss that far too frequently results from AML. To honor his father’s memory, he is committed to raising money to further research so that no other son will have to experience the same loss.
Stephen, previously a marathoner and tennis player, was diagnosed in 2009 with AML, a form of cancer of the blood and bone marrow. After unsuccessful chemotherapy, Stephen began participation in a clinical trial of a new drug developed through funding by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. During the early stages of the clinical trial, Stephen’s disease seemed to respond well. However, the effects of AML are diverse. In particular, the disease’s effect on the immune system results in dramatically increased risk of infections. Ultimately, the body loses its ability to fight off both the disease itself as well as a myriad of resulting serious medical conditions. While Stephen never for a moment gave up his spirit and will to fight the disease, his body simply could not continue on. In many cases, AML progresses rapidly and, if untreated, can be fatal within months and even weeks. Stephen fought his disease for 13 months—long enough to stand beside his son, Daniel, on the day of his bar mitzvah.
The Westchester Triathlon consists of a 0.9-mile open water swim in the Long Island Sound, followed by a 25-mile bike ride through the challenging hills of Westchester County, followed by a 6.2-mile run along the quiet roads of Rye, New York. Skippy’s Team has embarked on Team In Training’s 6-days-per-week, 18-week training program, in order to prepare for the event. For all but a few of our team’s members, this will be their first triathlon. The training is extremely difficult, tremendously time consuming, highly disruptive to our lives, and places great stress on our families and colleagues. Yet, we know that, if what we are doing seems hard, we nonetheless cannot begin to imagine what the challenges of Stephen’s illness and chemotherapy must have been for him and his family.
Skippy’s Team is doing this in memory of Stephen and in honor of all those men, women, and children that are currently battling leukemia. We are doing this so that another father, mother, son, daughter, sister, or brother will not be taken from his or her famiiy as Stephen was from his.
There are two ways to make a donation online. You can select a dollar amount on the right and then click on the "Donate to Team" button to make a donation that will be credited to the team as a whole or you can click on the name of any member of Skippy's Team to make a donation that will be credited to that individual member of Skippy's Team. Whichever method you choose, please make a donation—as much as you possibly can—in memory of Stephen, to support Skippy’s Team, and to help drive AML research one step further.
If you prefer to donate by check, please make your check payable to "The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society" and write, in the memo section, "Skippy’s Team” or the name of any individual member of Skippy's Team you would like credited with the donation. You may give your check to a member of Skippy's Team for forwarding to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or you may mail your check directly to: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Attention: Diandra Kodl, Deputy Executive Director, 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 130, White Plains, New York 10605. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s federal tax ID number is: 13-5644916.
We need your support to cross the ultimate finish line—to find a cure for AML! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
A special Thank You to Troutman Sanders, Houlihan Lokey, and Ocean Ridge Capital Advisors for their generous support to Skippy's Team and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!