Dear Friends, Family, Associates & Sponsors,
At 41 years of age, some may say I’m having a “mid-life” crisis. I’ve dusted off my bicycle, and on November 18th, I will be racing in Arizona in the El Tour de Tucson, a 109 mile race!
However, my motivation for training for this event is truly a special cause. I have joined The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in their pursuit to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma. In 1960 the survival rate for leukemia was just 4%, today it is almost 85%. Although research has made incredible gains, there is still no cure. In fact, leukemia continues to be the leading cause of death in young children. Actually, more than 1,000 Americans of all ages die each week as a result of leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma.
I have become part of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training (TNT) and have agreed to take on this incredible challenge. TNT is the world’s largest and most successful endurance sports training program and the Society’s premier fundraising event. Each year people like us are able to raise millions of dollars that helps the continuing efforts to find a cure. Seventy-five percent of the funds raised will go directly to cancer research, patient and community services, advocacy, and education.
When I first heard of the TNT program and decided to attend an organizational meeting, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I found were incredible, inspiring people and stories. Many times in that first meeting I was choking back tears. I also met 2 courageous people who have been in battle with these diseases and are winning to save their lives. These 2 people are the team’s “honored teammates”. They will be cycling with me, in my heart, as I compete in Tucson.