As some of you know already, around the first of August I signed up for my first 10K. A few days later I found out about Team In Training (TNT) so I decided to look into TNT further and see what I could find out. I contacted TNT and let them know that I would like more information about who they are and what they do. Here is what I found out.
TNT works with individuals who are training for an endurance event. The individual agrees to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and in return receives training for the event (ex. 10K, half marathon, marathon, triathlon, 100 mile Century bike ride, etc.). The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training is the largest endurance sports training program in the world. Team In Training provides you with the coaching, training and even the travel opportunities to make your athletic goals a reality.
So after getting the information about TNT I decided join the TNT team. I decided to join TNT for several reasons.
1. The money raised goes to a great cause. TNT is raising funds to help find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, Hodgkin's disease, and other blood cancers, as well as working to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. I can't think of a much better reason than this to join TNT and help raise money to find a cure for these terrible cancer diseases.
2. I get the training and coaching I need before the event in order to be prepared for the event come race day.
3. I get to meet new friends along the way (the coaches, the staff, team members, and others).
4. I get to not only run the Roots 'N Blues 10K but I get to support a great cause and run in honor of someone who is fighting one of the diseases listed above. I don't know the name of the person I will be running to honor but I am excited to find out. Hopefully, I will be finding out soon. They are fighting a much greater battle with the cancer than I am with my training or even the race itself. I may think running a 10K sounds impossible but I can't imagine how hard fighting cancer is and the battle they are going through.
Here are just a few ways that the money is used.
$25 provides educational literature for newly diagnosed patients, families, health care providers and any community member.
$50 provides several newly diagnosed patients with an individualized notebook to help patients organize and manage their treatment plan, doctor visits, medication etc. Many patients tell the society these notebooks are a "lifesaver" in helping them through their cancer experience. The Gateway chapter provides 600-800 notebooks each year.
$100 supports the cost of the First Connection program which provides patients and their families the opportunity to share experiences with someone who has been successfully treated for the same diagnosis. Participants learn coping skills, receive support and gain hope from trained volunteer survivors on their recovery process.
$2,000 will provide one week of clinical research funding to a top researcher in the field of blood cancer research.
There are many other ways the money is used, this is just a sample list. As you can see, it doesn't take a lot to make a difference. Every donation counts and every donation is important from $5 on up. For the Roots 'N Blues 10K I need to raise a minimum of $500 in order to remain on the TNT team. I need to raise $250 by Friday, August 27th, 2010. However, the closer I can get to $500 by August 27th the better.
For more information about the Gateway Chapter TNT team please visit the following web page: http://www.teamintraining.org/
Has someone in your family been effected by a blood cancer disease? How about a friend or co-worker? Would you consider making a donation in honor of or in memory of that person? Maybe you would just like to support a good cause and help someone who is suffering with a blood cancer right now. If so, please visit my fund raising web page at http://pages.teamintraining.or
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I went to my first TNT training last night and we did speed work around a track. It was a great workout and I am looking forward to the next workout.
Fund raising to date (8-20-10):
Amt. raised: $210
Total remaining: $290
Running for a cure!