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Happy New Year!!!!!
Jan 10, 2012 by Brad Michels

First let me start by saying THANK YOU so much for all your love, and support! This has been an amazing journey and having all of you by my side has been such a blessing! So again, I thank you!

So despite being out of town and sick for the New Year, I somehow managed to talk Colleen into joining me in the Annual Polar Plunge! This year's was much different than most. While its nothing that will make the front page of the newspaper, we plunged into 53 degree water in the backyard of her parents Arizona house! :)

Such a great way to start the year! Washing away the old and opening yourself up to all the great things to come in the new year! if you've never done one, I highly recommend you give it a go! :)

Ok, well here we are it's Jan 10th and there's 52 days left till the race. I'm finally over being sick and the training is REALLY picking up! January is build, build, build in intensity and training, then a short taper, then race time! Sunday we had a 5 hour training session (1hr spin, 2mile swim, 12 mile run), and this weekend we have a 6 hour (about 85 mile) ride planned followed by 6 mile run on Saturday and then a 15 mile run on Sunday!!!

It may seem like a lot, but I always keep in mind that Im doing it for those that can't!

Anyway, just wanted to wish you all a very happy new year! Thank you for allowing me to pursue this dream and help others at the same time! I hope you too can accomplish somehting great this year. somthing that you'ave been thinking about achieving! Go for it!

Ironman World Championships
Dec 06, 2011 by Brad Michels

For those of you who would like to get a small taste of what Im training for and what the Ironman Competition is all about, The 2011 Ford Ironman World Championship will be broadcast on NBC Sports on December 10, 2011 from 4:30 to 6 EST.

Remission Rocks!
Sep 05, 2011 by Brad Michels

Come out and help those battleing to reach Remission!

Because Remission Rocks and since cancer doesn't stop neither can we!

Find out more at

Where do your Donations go? - New Treatment Breakthough
Aug 16, 2011 by Brad Michels

Many of you have seen the extensive national media coverage of the encouraging results of studies conducted by one of our renowned grant recipients, Carl June, MD, of University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The studies, published in The New England Journal of Medicine and Science Translational Medicine, demonstrate the use of gene transfer therapy to create T-cells that can kill cancer cells. The papers reported that two patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia achieved full remission and one achieved partial remission through this therapy.

While these are indeed exciting findings, we should bear in mind that these are very preliminary results – this was a Phase I trial involving only three patients – so caution is advisable.

LLS has played a vital role in advancing the critical work of Dr. June and all of the members of his team with an investment totaling nearly $15 million. LLS has funded Dr. June in various capacities since 1998, and other members of his team began receiving LLS funding as far back as 1992. Our funding has afforded June’s team the opportunity to pursue this innovative approach to treating patients with blood cancers.

Following is a summary of LLS’s funding history for Dr. June and his co-authors:

Carl June

  • Current TRP holder - 3 years totaling $600,000 - Th17/Tc17 Cell Therapy for CLL and Lymphoma
  • 2007 SCOR award completing in October – $6.25 million over 5 years - UPENN/CHOP Center for Experimental Biologic Therapies – supported the work in the published article
  • 2002 SCOR award - $6.25 million over 5 years - UPENN/CHOP Center for Experimental Biologic Therapies – supported the work in the published article
  • 1998 TRP award - CD3+28 Co-stimulated Autologous T cells in Relapse Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

David Porter

  • Principle Investigator on both Carl June SCORs
  • 1994 Career Development Fellow award – 3 years totaling $75,000 - Allogenic Adoptive Immunotherapy for the Treatment of Patients with Leukemia

Bruce Levine

  • Principle Investigator on both Carl June SCORs

Adam Bagg

  • Principle Investigator on both Carl June SCORs
  • 1992 Career Development Special Fellow award – 3 years totaling $93,000 - Molecular Genetics of the Reed-Sternberg Cell

Stephen Grupp

  • 1992 Career Development Special Fellow award – 3 years totaling $93,000 - Structural and Functional Analysis of the Putative B Cell Receptor Complex

I'm an Offical Half IronMan!
Aug 10, 2011 by Brad Michels

Wow what a Fantastic Race and Fantastic experience!

We started with a beautiful swim in the Russian River. Despite having a few issues with my goggles and the water only being about 2 feet deep in some spots (I had to swim with my arms bent 90 degrees so my hands didn’t scrape along the bottom!) I had a great 1.2mile swim and finished in just over 35minutes.

My 1st transition felt a little slow. I had a hard time getting everything into my transition bag so it wouldn't be lost by the high schoolers throwing it into the backs of the trucks to get it back to the finish line!

But soon I was off and out on the bike. As soon as I started pedaling, my legs began to ache! Not sure why, but every stroke was just a little bit painful. Fortunately that didn’t stop me! I realized that due to the drafting rules I had to either pedal hard, or get passed by everyone! The latter of that statement was not an option! So I just hammered 56miles the whole time and finished in 3hours and 59seconds!

The second transition was smooth and fast! i got off my bike , got it onto the rack, dumped some cold water over my head, put on my runing shoes, grabbed my water bottle and headed out for the half marathon.

The first few miles felt pretty good. My legs were shaky and my toes we painful and numb, but i figured that would go away after I put in a few miles. That didn't happen!

I paid for all the hammering I did on the bike, on the run! I’ve done a great number of half marathons, but this was by far the hardest I’ve ever encountered. It was warm and hilly and it took everything I had just to walk up those hills and run down the back side. And every time I started to run again it seemed like there was another hill about looming before me. I made it to the turnaround at La Crema winery and knew I had only 6.5miles left to go! I walked a large portion of that mileage and stopped at every aid station to scarf down whatever fruit and electrolyte drink they had! My friend mike passed me with 3 miles left to go and said “stay with me, you got this!” and I tried but couldn’t keep up. Then with one mile left and thinking I had nothing left, I just kept telling myself “This is not chemotherapy! Remember why you do this, and you can do ANYTHING for one mile!” I picked up my feet and started moving with about .08 of a mile left I caught up with Sam, I exchanged what words I could muster. He must have been doing great, because he was so inspiring! And after many hours of training together he and I crossed the finish line together!

At the time I was exhilarated, exhausted, disappointed, and proud! I thought that I was way off my mark, and that it had taken me over 7 hours to finish (my goal was to try and beat 6hours) but at least I had done it. I had completed my first Half Ironman in 6hours 17mins and 44seconds(on my way of course to full Ironman Status)!

Most importantly I raised almost $4,000 in the fight against cancer! And my team raised almost $100,000! An absolute amazing accomplishment.

But, I’m not one to celebrate too long. We haven’t found a cure for cancer yet, and I have an Ironman in my future! I hope you continue with me on my journey! Now, on to the next!!!!!!

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Supporter Comments

    "good luck Brad!! Go get em! :)"

    kara watkins norgart

    Sat Oct 08 06:42:54 EDT 2011

    "Hi Brad, sorry I missed Remission Rocks!"

    Christopher Kanaar

    Mon Nov 07 12:49:56 EST 2011

    "Thank you for donating your time to such a great cause. Good luck at the race! Dawn and Jason "

    Dawn K. Dirkx

    Thu Jan 12 04:38:41 EST 2012

    "Good luck, champ!"

    Kim and Chris

    Sat Jan 21 10:03:13 EST 2012

    "Happy Belated Bday! Njoy NZ!"


    Wed Feb 01 05:51:31 EST 2012

    "i hope to one day do what you're going to do in NZ - well, maybe half of it :) best of luck to you and the team!! consider this my "i wish i could be there to do your 5k" donation. hope tomorrow ROCKS!! GO TEAM!!!!"


    Sat Oct 29 07:18:25 EDT 2011

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $9,557.51 | Goal: $9,500.00
101 %

My Team

Team Total: $350,338.05 | Goal: $500,000.00

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My Thanks To

Remission Rock 5k Fun Run $1500.00
Amber & John Allan Allan ... $1500.00
Goodrich Foundation $1000.00
Joe Bourgeois $1000.00
Brad Michels $892.49
Qualcomm $500.00
James Hardie Building Pro... $500.00
Janet Carson $500.00
Samuel Schultz $500.00
Bob Gorny $140.00
Joseph Kieras $100.00
Krista Creedon $100.00
Darlene Gorny $100.00
Wayne and Kathleen (Kenea... $100.00
Mary Heide $100.00
Jesse Warner $100.00
Schneider Electric/Square... $50.00
Kim and Chris $50.00
Kyle & Brandi Whitsitt $50.00
Corey Winch $50.00
Dawn K. Dirkx $50.00
Jean Plunkett $50.00
Zachary Komon $50.00
Eileen Smith $50.00
Kim Miller $50.00
Derrick Palmer $50.00
Vince $50.00
Alisha $40.00
Reina Caudillo $30.00
Christopher Kanaar $30.00
Elizabeth Brehm $25.00
Jean Plunkett $25.00
Aaron&Rebecca $25.00
Gloria Grane $25.00
Joe Jacob $25.00
terry michels $25.00
Erin Mousel $25.00
Samanatha Marcrum $25.00
Janene Rae $25.00
Andrew & Jill Uhlir $25.00
Sean Quinn $25.00
kara watkins norgart $25.00
Thomas Anderson $25.00
Kelly Compton $20.00
Arnold Santos $20.00
Concetta Gallagher $20.00
Corey winch $20.00
Kelly Compton $20.00
jonathan hazen $15.00