In 2013 I was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. I’ll never forget the moment that I was asked to schedule an emergency appointment at the cancer center, or when my new oncologist confirmed the diagnosis after a few days of tests. I have been cycling for many years and have raised money for virtually every charitable cause—when I found out I had blood cancer, I joined Team In Training, the fundraising arm for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Wanting to make a bigger impact, I started Team Survivor in 2016 with the goal of funding research grants for blood cancer patients.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is an amazing organization. Their mission is simple: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since 1949 LLS has been on the forefront of blood cancer advances such as chemotherapies and stem cell transplantation leading the way to the targeted therapies and immunotherapies that are saving thousands of lives today. Since 1988, TNT participants have raised a remarkable $1.5 billion to support blood cancer research and patient services.
This is my 9th year volunteering and I will be riding 100 miles with Team Survivor on June 2nd in Lake Tahoe. Last year our team raised $131,000 and funded a research portfolio for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. This year we have the same goal – to raise $100,000 and fund a research grant in our team name. I will continue to ride for my friends who are in treatment and for those we have lost to this disease. Lastly, I ride for everyone who will sit in front of an oncologist this year and receive life changing news (one every three minutes).
How do you cure cancer? You donate. Please consider donating to my fundraising campaign.
In the meantime, I will continue to try to ride faster than Leukemia! Thanks for your support!
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Team Fundraising Goal