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Bruce-Cleland-575x421.jpgBruce Cleland, who started a movement in 1988 when he got a team together to train for the New York City Marathon and raise funds to support leukemia research is featured in the January 2013 issue of Competitor Magazine. To honor his baby daughter Georgia’s battle with leukemia, Bruce and his team of 38 runners raised $322,000 for LLS's Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter.  From this effort Team In Training was born; now 25 years later, the program has prepared more than 570,000 athletes who have raised more than $1.32 billion to support blood cancer research and patient services.



Bruce Cleland after running the 1988 New York City Marathon



Posted by andreahgreif Jan 29, 2013

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Starting midnight on January 21st through January 27th, you can register for TNT for $50 less than the regular $100 fee. That's just $50 for expert coaches who will push you to reach your personal best.


Daily workouts, information on nutrition and hydration coupled with raising money to find cures for blood cancers and to help blood cancer patients, adds up to an incredible experience.


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TNT expert coaches, with clinics on nutrition, hydration and injury prevention will get you started on the course to the finish line! With fantastic locations, an incredible event weekend, cool hotels, friends, fun and the chance to help save lives, registering with TNT is an easy decision!


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TNT_NYC.jpgAs this article from The New York Times depicts, thousands of runners who had planned to take part in the New York City Marathon redirected their energy to helping the victims of Super Storm Sandy. Among those were more than 150 participants of LLS’s Team In Training (TNT). One of these, Amy Sitar, a long time TNT coach from Brooklyn was instrumental in planning the day - getting the word out, organizing the plan, and splitting the group into teams of five who canvassed the neighborhood to help.  Another, Michael Flegar, on his TNT page describes the transition from the last days of preparing for the marathon, to the realization that the marathon will not take place, to stepping into action to help with the cleanup. Flegar states: “Today, instead of running 26.2 miles or cheering on thousands of athletes, 150 members of NYC’s Team In Training chapters trekked out to Staten Island to help in the recovery and cleanup after Hurricane Sandy. Today, we made a difference. And that's all we can hope to do.”


Some of the photos from the TNT cleanup effort are posted at this Facebook page.

Kelley Cohen, a young school teacher from San Francisco who once had leukemia, ran a half marathon at the Nike Women’s Marathon Sunday alongside a man with whom she shares a very special connection. Joe DiNatale, from Pennsylvania, is the man who saved her life.


They were among the 3,500 Team In Training (TNT) participants at the event this weekend, who altogether, raised $10 million, bringing the race’s nine-year total to $128 million.


For Kelley, who was diagnosed with two types of leukemia at age 18, her only hope of survival was a bone marrow transplant.


Kelley had just begun her freshman year at Loyola Marymount in L.A. when she became very ill.  She went from the emergency room at UCLA directly to treatment for acute myelogenous leukemia and acute lymphocytic leukemia – both fast-growing cancers.  It soon became apparent that a bone marrow transplant was her only option.


DiNatale, an Air Force Major living in Oklahoma, got the phone call telling him he was a perfect match and could give this young woman he didn’t know another chance at life.


“When they asked me if I would do it, I thought of my two young daughters and said ‘of course, I will. There’s no way I could say no,’” he said.  “It has become the most significant thing I’ve ever done in my life.”


After his bone marrow was flown across the country for her to receive, the two waited a year to discover who was involved in this life-saving mystery.  He would receive periodic updates that she was surviving, and she continued to blog to her family and friends that she wished she knew who had rescued her.


The two met on a special two-family vacation to Disneyland, when the year of silence and anonymity could be lifted.  The families have become close, and the DiNatales have watched as Kelley finished college at the top of her class, traveled the world and became a school teacher.


“It’s so wonderful to see her progress and enjoy life,” he said. “I could see she wanted to take it all in after a scare like that.”


For Kelley, it was becoming time to give back.  She volunteered through LLS’s “First Connection” for new patients, easing their fears about treatment and life with no hair.  “I figured out how I could help other people going through what I went through,” she said. “I can raise money and I can talk to people.”


Kelly and Joe’s compelling story were part of this great article in today’s San Francisco Chronicle; and here’s a terrific segment about the race from KOVR-TV – Sacramento, CA.


Viva Bike Vegas 2012

Posted by kriegell Sep 26, 2012

More than 560 cyclists rode Saturday in the RTC 2012 Viva Bike Vegas Gran Fondo Pinarello. As members of LLS’s Team In Training, together they raised $1.5 million to support blood cancer research and patient services. Among them were Bob Heubeck, of Bath, Ohio, who rode to honor his son, Kurt, a Hodgkin lymphoma survivor. Kurt was diagnosed in 2004 at age 31, and underwent treatment including a bone marrow transplant. Today he is in remission. Rose Yu also rode with TNT. Yu, of Las Vegas, to honor her father’s battle with lymphoma.


Tri’ing for Cures!

Posted by kriegell Sep 10, 2012

Team Deloitte with Award.jpgAmong the 5,000 who raced in this past weekend’s Nation’s Triathlon to Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Washington D.C. were 400 Team In Training participants, who raised a combined $1.3 million to help beat cancer. Andre Margutti, a mixed martial artist, cage fighter and Jiu-jitsu artist, who is also a Hodgkin lymphoma survivor, was one of those 400. He was at a very advanced stage when diagnosed and was told he had a 30% chance of survival. Now he is celebrating one year of remission and successfully completed the race on Sunday.  This weekend at the TNT inspiration dinner before the Nation’s Tri, LLS presented an award to Deloitte, whose employees have raised more than $1 million for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) through TNT’s Corporate Team  program. Well done!

Earlier this summer we told you about Justin Legg, a retired Navy SEAL who was diagnosed with leukemia and then developed such severe infections from his treatments he required a double lung transplant. Justin did more than recover. This past weekend he completed the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon as a member of Team In Training. Justin’s inspiring story was covered by multiple media outlets – check them out here, here, here, here, and here.

Another great article in this Sunday’s New York Times by Jacques Steinberg, author of "You Are an Ironman'' wrapping up the incredible accomplishment of Guy Adami, of the LLS New Jersey Chapter Board, and a panelist on CNBC’s Fast Money. Guy and five of his teammates, who trained for and completed the Ironman U.S. Championship of New York and New Jersey as members of Team In Training, have raised more than $400,000 and counting to support blood cancer research.

spartan.jpgLt. Col. Timothy Talbot, M.D., an Army physician based in Alabama, returned to his hometown of Amesbury, Mass., this past weekend to take on the Spartan obstacle race, a 3-mile course filled with mud and insane obstacles designed to test your will and stamina.


Talbot successfully completed the challenge on Sunday. It was just the latest of many challenges that he has taken on in his life. He is also a survivor of chronic myelogenous leukemia, having just been diagnosed in March, and is alive today thanks to a drug called Sprycel®, developed with help from LLS-funded researchers.


Talbot grew up and graduated from high school in Amesbury in 1983, and many of his friends, family, and fraternity brothers were there to cheer him on Sunday. His story was also featured in the local Amesbury News. He prepared for this race, as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training. Spartan Race, the leader in obstacle racing, teamed up with LLS to create an  online training program exclusively for TNT, the leader in endurance sports charity training. While they train, participants such as Talbot raise funds to support lifesaving cancer research. Talbot is also taking on the Viva Vegas Gran Fondo century ride as a member of TNT on September 22.


Way to Go IronTeam!!!

Posted by kriegell Aug 14, 2012

IronTeam.jpgAfter a grueling eight months of training, six members of LLS’s New Jersey IronTeam - Guy Adami, Leif Babin, John Hyland, Robert Kobus, Christine Corey and Erik Johnson – all successfully completed the inaugural Ironman U.S. Championship of New York and New Jersey on Saturday August 11.  Not only did they accomplish the amazing feat of swimming 2.4 miles in the Hudson River, cycling 112 miles up the Palisades Parkway and finishing with a full marathon (26.2 miles) concluding in Manhattan’s Riverside Park, but the team also raised more than $400,000 toward its goal of raising $500K to support blood cancer research.  One member of the team, John Kellenyi successfully completed the swim and cycle portions but was forced by a calf injury to stop during the run. The team was originally a dozen members but others had to stop training along the way because of injuries and other reasons.


The team trained and raised the funds as members of LLS’s Team In Training. They are continuing to raise funds until they hit their goal – you can help by visiting to make a donation.


Ringleader Adami, panelist of CNBC’s “Fast Money,” and member of LLS’s New Jersey Board, who had never completed an endurance event before, finished the race in 16:19:52. “I did it!” he said, his eyes tearing up upon crossing the finish line. Hyland, also a member of the NJ Board, and an accomplished Ironman, was the inspiration for the team, having fought acute myelogenous leukemia a little more than a year ago. He finished the race in 12:40:53. Kobus: 15:55:36; Corey: 11:39:47; and Johnson: 13:10:52.


“That was one LONG day...,” Johnson said. “It was an honor to be a part of such a distinguished team representing this great cause!”


**in the photo left to right: Guy Adami, Karen Diaz (NJ Chapter staff); John Hyland; Leif Babin**


Last Chance for Savings

Posted by kriegell Aug 8, 2012


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2013+Marathon+Weekend+Logo+Resized.JPGHelp us create a world without cancer and celebrate your achievement with a magical and memorable weekend January 10 - 13, 2013!


Through Team In Training Flex, our interactive online training program, you will join athletes from all over the country in creating a world without cancer.


The 20th Anniversary Only Happens Once - Join in the Fun!


The family-friendly 2013 WALT DISNEY WORLD® Marathon Weekend presented by CIGNA takes place Thursday, January 10 - Sunday, January 13, 2013. Come join Team In Training for a weekend of races that are as magical as they are memorable. Every mile is filled with Disney fun.


Saturday morning the 13.1 mile course of the WALT DISNEY WORLD® Half Marathon takes you to the Magic Kingdom® Park and then to an exhilarating finish at Epcot®, this race is perfect if you are a first timer or a veteran.


The marathon course on Sunday takes you through all four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks starting at Epcot®, continuing on to the Magic Kingdom® Park, Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park and Disney's Hollywood Studios™ and then back to Epcot® for an exhilarating finish.


You know you want to be part of this exciting anniversary weekend!  Together, we train to beat cancer.


Half Off Registration Fee

Posted by kriegell Jul 30, 2012


Starting at midnight on July 29, 2012 through midnight on August 7, 2012 it’s a half off registration sale for Team In Training. That’s a $50 savings. Receive incredible personalized training, clinics on nutrition, injury prevention and much more; like the chance to raise money that can help save lives of blood cancer patients.


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