Team Survivor Newsletter May 2020

Trail Closed. Another month has passed since we all began to adjust to the world in a COVID-19 crisis. Who would have guessed that most of us would be sheltering and working from home and maneuvering through the every day challenges of life during a pandemic? Wishing you and your family safety and health during these times as we all look forward to getting back to some semblance of our previous lives. Thanks for signing up with Team Survivor to Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.


Most everyone on the team has a connection to cancer. Many of us ride in honor or in memory of someone close who is fighting today or who has lost their battle. Each week I will feature one member of Team Survivor to highlight why they ride and raise money for LLS. This month we feature Lady D, Diena McDougald. Thanks so much for sharing and we’ll continue to ride in Wimp’s memory.

I ride in memory of my brother “Wimp,” who lost his life to cancer twelve years ago this month. Riding has helped me heal. With every pedal stroke and mountain I’ve climbed, fast or slow, he is never far from my thoughts. I am so very thankful for the team, support, and love.

Lady D

And check out this new TNT campaign featuring our own Lady D in Team Survivor gear! Awesome!

LAKE TAHOE – September Crew!

As with every aspect of our lives, COVID-19 has put a kink in the plan for TNT training and for the Lake Tahoe event. There is no current plan to resume group training and the event has moved from June 7th to September 13th to combine with their other ride, Tour de Tahoe. For those of you who have transferred to another TNT event, we wish you well and hope to see you back on Team Survivor another year. If you’ve signed up for the Train 2 Cure program, you can still join the team in Tahoe. Here is the current line up of teammates who will be riding around Lake Tahoe with Team Survivor in September!

  • Meli Reumann
  • John Reumann
  • Khem Suthiwan
  • Joshua Hughes
  • Mair Churchill
  • Randy Hunt
  • Cara Hope
  • Derek Blash
  • Laurie Steward
  • Mary Salsich
  • Diena McDougald
  • Rance McDougald
  • Chimene McElwain
  • Becky Parnell
  • Katey Marsh Morris
  • Rick Marlette
  • Alicia Smith


If you have experienced a slow start with your fundraising this year, we have been given a gift of three more months to raise donations! Our goal remains the same – to raise $100,000 for the 3rd consecutive year and fund another blood cancer research portfolio. To hit the goal, we need everyone to do their part. As of May 1st, we have raised $53,766 so we are over half way there and have plenty of time to reach our goal. Congrats to these teammates who are leading the charge:

  • Mary Salsich – $7263
  • Rance McDougald – $6675
  • John Reumann – $6042
  • Randy Hunt – $5025
  • Meli Reumann – $3575
  • Khem Suthiwan – $2725

New Fundraising Tools

Team in Training has added lots of virtual fundraising ideas to their toolkit. Although people are distracted, we continue to raise donations during this COVID-19 crisis. Check the website out and let’s raise some money for the cause –

100 Friends in 100 Hours Fundraising Challenge

During the weekend of the original Lake Tahoe trip, Team Survivor is having a 100 hour fundraiser. We will start on Friday, June 5th at noon and finish on Monday, June 8th at 4:00 pm. We will use Facebook to get 100 friends to donate in 100 hours for each teammate. More details to follow but mark your calendars so we can make a fundraising push as a team during that weekend!


Thanks to the generosity of LLS partners, eligible blood cancer patients will receive an individual one-time $250 stipend per patient to help with non-medical expenses, such as food, housing, utilities, transportation and other needs. Patients do not need to have a COVID-19 diagnosis and there are no income criteria to qualify. Here’s one more reason that raising donations for LLS is so important! As of April 21st, LLS has paid over $2,500,000 to 10,172 patients. Thanks to LLS for continuing to support the blood cancer community!


We’ve entered a new era of not driving, keeping our distance, and wearing masks for our rides. Thanks to everyone who continued to ride safely in April despite some challenging obstacles! In the interest of safety, I have stopped sending invites for Saturday rides. We rode with small groups every Saturday in April and will continue in May – let me know if you are interested in joining us!

April 25th

Stay safe and well!

John Reumann

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