I have been taken aback by the incredibly generosity of the community and my colleagues at my donation site (http://www.active.com/donate/tntil/Pavni) in their support of my training and the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. The society is truly amazing, providing a range of newly diagnosed patient care services such as a 24 hour call center, help in choosing a specialist, funding research projects to find new treatment options and potential cures for blood cancers, as well as helping new patients find a support group in their area. I am so glad to be running for a cause that has provided aid to those that are near and dear to me.
It's quite rare to see the effects of such a large organization on such a small scale, but I have realized that these diseases have no barriers - however, this society has been able to create a common bond and "home" for all of the cancer warriors to unite. I know that the funds that we collect will be going to a truly beneficial organization. Thank you all so much.
For those that are unfamiliar with leukemia, lymphoma and the society, I have added some information below from wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leukemia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lymphoma, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leukemia_%26_Lymphoma_Society) and other online sources:
Leukemia or leukaemia (Greek leukos λευκός, "white"; aima αίμα, "blood") is a cancer of the blood or bone marrow and is characterized by an abnormal proliferation (production by multiplication) of blood cells, usually white blood cells (leukocytes). It is part of the broad group of diseases called hematological neoplasms. It can be either acute or chronic.
Combining these two classifications provides a total of four main categories:
(also known as Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, or ALL) is the most common
type of leukemia in young children. This disease also affects adults,
especially those age 65 and older.
(CLL) most often affects adults over the age of 55. It sometimes occurs
in younger adults, but it almost never affects children.
myelogenous leukemia\ (or "myeloid")
(also known as Acute Myeloid Leukemia, or AML) occurs more commonly in
adults than in children. This type of leukemia was previously called
"acute nonlymphocytic leukemia".
Chronic myelogenous leukemia\ (CML) occurs mainly in adults. A very small number of children also develop this disease.
Within these main categories, there are typically several subcategories.
(a type of white blood cell in the vertebrate immune system). There are
many types of lymphoma. Lymphomas are part of the broad group of
diseases called hematological neoplasms. Colloquially, lymphoma is broadly categorized as and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (all other types of lymphoma). Scientific classification of the types of lymphoma is more detailed. Although older classifications referred to histiocytic lymphomas,
these are recognized in newer classifications as of B, T or NK cell
lineage. Histiocytic malignancies are rare and are classified as sarcomas.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (www.lls.org) is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The Society's mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma,
and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The
Society created the Information Resource Center (IRC) to provide the
public, health professionals and patients (and their families) living
with blood cancer accurate, current disease information. IRC
information specialists are social workers, nurses and health
educators. They are available to speak with callers Monday through
Friday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (EST). Support is also offered through
online Chat (Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00 pm EST) and via
Email at any time through The Society's web site at www.lls.org.
by Rudolph and Antoinette de Villiers after the death of their son
Robert from leukemia. The name of the organization was later changed to
the Leukemia Society of America in the 1960s, and later to the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in 2000 to reflect the organization's focus on all types of blood cancer.
Since its founding, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has provided
hundreds of millions of dollars for research on blood cancers and has
coordinated a nationwide informational clearinghouse for medical
professionals, caregivers, and patients.
The Society has 66 chapters nationwide. Nationwide volunteer fundraising events and activities include Team in Training (volunteers train to complete an endurance sports event while fundraising), Light The Night Walk
(an evening fun walk) and School & Youth (K-12 teacher, student
caring program). Each chapter also organizes its own fundraising
Team in Training, also known by the acronym TNT, is an endurance sports training program business. The program provides training to run or walk a full marathon or half marathon or participate in a triathlon,
a century (100-mile) bike ride or, in northern Californa, a
cross-country ski marathon (25K, 40K or 50K). In exchange for receiving
professional coaching, support, event fees and transportation costs,
team members raise funds to help support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
The program was founded in 1988 by Bruce Cleland, a resident of Rye, New York whose daughter Georgia was a leukemia survivor. He organized a team of 38 runners who trained as a group to run the New York City Marathon and raised over US$322,000 in the process. (Cleland would later be honored by ++ magazine in 2004 for his role in starting TNT.)
Since 1988, more than 340,000 volunteer participants have helped
raise more than US$800 million for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
A day or two before an event, volunteers for Team in Training
usually travel together on a plane to a specific destination. The night
before an event such as a marathon or a half-marathon the volunteers
celebrate with a pasta party which recognizes "honored teammates" and
individuals who have raised large amounts of money for the Leukemia and
Lymphoma Society. Some sites of events in which TNT participates
include San Diego (Rock and Roll marathon and half-marathon), Orlando,
Florida (Disney marathon and half-marathon), Austin, Texas (Capital of
Texas Triathlon - Olympic Distance) Dallas, Texas (White Rock marathon
and half-marathon), Tucson, Arizona (El Tour de Tucson century ride),
and Anchorage, Alaska (Tour of Anchorage cross country ski marathon and
the Mayor’s Midnight Sun marathon and half-marathon).