As Justin Legg puts it himself, the retired Navy SEAL has faced more than a few “small” challenges in his life. He was a Navy SEAL for about a decade and was deployed, once to Iraq. He witnessed Hurricane Katrina and so did his house. He was also diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia with the Philadelphia Chromosome and endured more than 50 treatments of chemotherapy, six rounds of full body radiation and a bone marrow transplant. He developed graft versus host disease from these treatments, and his liver, eyes, skin, GI tract, mouth and lungs came under attack. His only chance for survival was a double lung transplant, which he received in July 2010 after a three month stay in the hospital.
And yet, with all his physical setbacks, Justin will be taking on Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon in September as a member of Team In Training. He has set a goal of raising $50,000 so he can have an LLS research grant named in honor of Jarred McKinley Carter, the young man whose lungs now reside in his body. Justin’s inspiring story even caught the attention of actress Alyssa Milano, who tweeted about it on June 25 (https://twitter.com/#!/Alyssa_Milano) and made a $250 donation to Justin's TNT campaign. Pretty exciting! Go Justin!