My friend Cathy is plotting something extraordinary – she’s training to run back-to-back marathons, 52.4 miles, in the space of about a month. Cathy, like my husband Tom and our friends Stephen and Maggie, is a member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. Team in Training runners participate in group training and encourage each other in their running goals, while raising funds and awareness in the search for a cure to this group of cancers. My mother lost her battle with Hodgkin’s Disease 30 years ago, a battle that she likely would not lose today because of the advances made thanks to research furthered by organizations like the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Because I was already aware of Team in Training’s purpose, when Cathy posted on her Facebook page that she was doing this and needed financial support, I clicked through to donate to a cause that is near and dear to my heart. I made my donation, like always, in memory of my mother. In her note of thanks, Cathy blew me away by asking if she could write my mother’s name on her arm for her race.
I know she doesn’t expect me to post this. In fact, she doesn’t know I’m doing it until someone else (or google) tells her. You can read about her motivations at her Team in Training page by clicking here. While you’re there, would you consider making a gift to make sure that more advances are made against these cancers? For my mom, and all who’ve lost, let’s help Cathy help more win.