Team in Training

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Team In Training, also known by the acronym TNT, is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's endurance sports training program. The program provides training for a half marathon, marathon, triathlon, century (100-mile) bike ride, or a cross-country ski marathon. Team members raise funds to help support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in exchange for certified coaches, training, sports education clinics, a personal fundraising web site, support from staff and teammates, a fundraising mentor, event fees, and lodging and airfare to more than 60 accredited events in the United States and abroad. LLS uses at least 74 cents of every dollar raised for cancer programs, funding research to find cures to leukemia, Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, and myeloma - the blood cancers - as well as assistance with the often overwhelming burdens faced by patients and their families currently fighting blood cancers.[citation needed]

The "Team" in Team In Training stands for Train, Endure, Achieve, and Matter. [1]

Team In Training has prepared more than 540,000 people to achieve their dream of completing a marathon, half marathon, triathlon, 100-mile (century) bicycle ride or hike adventure. Participants have raised $1.2 billion to support blood cancer research and patient services.[2]

Benefits of TNT[edit]

Most of the funds raised for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society go to research and patient care. Funds are used for patient financial assistance, bone marrow donations, prescription drug co-payments, patient mentoring programs, patient transportation, and medical research.

  • Coaching and training
  • Travel to a major marathon, half marathon, century, hiking adventure or triathlon in exciting locations
  • The opportunity to make your athletic goals a reality (an unbeatable offer with great personal rewards)
  • A connection with an honored patient so you know just who and what you're doing it all for

Team In Training athletes following training plans designed by noted coaches such as Dave Scott, Arnie Baker, and Jack Daniels.[3]

History[edit]

In 1949, the de Villiers family lost 16 year old Rober Roesler de Villiers to leukemia. His death lead to the creation of a foundation called Roesler de Villiers, which is now known as the Leukemia & Lymphomia Society. The organization's mission is "Our mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families." [4]

Team In Training was founded by Bruce Cleland in 1988 in Rye, New York. Cleland created a team to train for a marathon in New York City in honor of his daughter Georgia, a leukemia survivor. The team raised $322,000 for the Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter, which helped Team In Training grow into what it is today. Runner’s World magazine recognized Bruce Cleland as one of their “Heroes of Running” for his major contribution in founding TNT. [5]

TNT has 64 chapters, with numerous locations in the United States and Canada. [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Team In Training." Train Endure Achieve Matter. Web. 5 Nov. 2010. <http://www.teamintraining.org/>.
  2. ^ "Team In Training". The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "National Spokespeople". The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Mission and History." Team In Training - Train for a Marathon, Half Marathon,Triathlon, Bike Ride or Hike Adventure and Make A Difference. Web. 1 Nov. 2010. <http://www.teamintraining.org/firsttimehere/themissionandhistory/>.
  5. ^ "The Mission and History." Team In Training - Train for a Marathon, Half Marathon,Triathlon, Bike Ride or Hike Adventure and Make A Difference. Web. 1 Nov. 2010. <http://www.teamintraining.org/firsttimehere/themissionandhistory/>.
  6. ^ "The Mission and History." Team In Training - Train for a Marathon, Half Marathon,Triathlon, Bike Ride or Hike Adventure and Make A Difference. Web. 1 Nov. 2010. <http://www.teamintraining.org/firsttimehere/themissionandhistory/>.

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