Thank You LeukoLab!

LeukoLab has been a Team In Training (TNT) sponsor since 2012, helping blood cancer patients by collecting donations of blood cells from healthy donors. LeukoLab was established to provide biotech companies and academic institutions with a reliable source of blood products for the development of cancer treatments and other therapies.

You can donate to LeukoLab in 5 easy steps – for each donation, you’ll be generously compensated, ranging from $35-$850 per donation. You will be paid directly by check and you may choose to have a portion or all of this money go towards your Team In Training fundraising efforts!

Your single donation can support up to 60 different research projects, helping researchers spend less time looking for donors and more time on results. Click here to view more fast facts about their donor program!

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Special thanks to TNT participant Karla Vazquez! Karla completed her first event, America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride, last year and joined TNT to support her 13-year-old nephew who battled leukemia for six years and is now in remission. On top of raising money on behalf of LLS she has also donated her blood for researchers working on therapies in these areas!

To learn more, visit www.leukolab.com, or call (510) 521-7400 ext. 280 and mention that you are a Team In Training participant. LeukoLab is conveniently located near the Oakland Airport in Alameda. GO TEAM!

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Thanks to Sprout San Francisco!

We want to take a moment to thank one of our generous sponsors of our inaugural Moms In Training Season, Sprout San Francisco! Because of Sprout San Francisco, it’s possible for over 60 moms to train for the See Jane Run 5K Stroller Stride while raising funds to help find a cure for blood cancers!

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Sprout San Francisco is a natural and organic children’s boutique. Their mission is to help families provide the healthiest home environment for their children and to help them avoid environmental causes of cancer and other illnesses. Suzanne Price, owner of Sprout, states “Sprout supports LLS because we have seen the rising rates of childhood cancers and believe that at least some of this is due to environmental causes. We hope to continue to support Moms In Training as they grow and get more families involved in this wonderful cause.”

Sprout San Francisco has two locations in the Bay Area.  Visit their San Francisco store at 1828 Union Street, San Francisco or their Mill Valley store at 12 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley.  Thanks again to Sprout San Francisco and GO MOMS!

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Join Our 4-Week #TNTPhotoChallenge!

We’re so excited to launch our Team In Training (TNT) 4-Week #TNTPhotoChallenge on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, starting today and every Monday in May!

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Every Monday during the #TNTPhotoChallenge, we’ll pose a new challenge for each and every one of our TNT followers to take pictures of during the week. All you have to do is take a picture of the challenge at a training session, with your team or even at a random moment during the day and post it on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page with that week’s dedicated hashtag and #TNTPhotoChallenge.

At the end of each week, we’ll choose a random photo to be that week’s winner! The photo will become our cover photo and the owner will receive an awesome TNT swag pack!

Here’s how to post to our page:

Whether you’re signing up for our fall season, training towards a summer event or taking a break from TNT, we challenge everyone to join our #TNTPhotoChallenge!

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Stratford School’s Fremont Curtis Campus Raises Over $18,000 for LLS’s School & Youth Program!

For the past four years, the Stratford School’s Fremont Curtis Campus has hosted a Jog-A-Thon to benefit its Pennies for Patients campaign, which is a part of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) School & Youth Programs. This year, the school hosted the Jog-A-Thon in March and raised a total of $18,204 to help fight blood cancer!

Through all of the annual Jog-A-Thons, the school has raised an impressive total of $43,301. Every year, the students jog and cheer, and show incredible generosity and support to each other and their campaign. In fact, one of the top fundraising students this year asked for donations to the school’s Pennies for Patients campaign instead of gifts for her birthday, which falls during the campaign each year!

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The Jog-A-Thon was such a success that it was even featured in the local news, which you can read here. We send a big thank you to the students, faculty, staff and families at Stratford School’s Fremont Curtis Campus for their generosity and hard work towards their Pennies for Patients campaign!

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Volunteer Appreciation Week – Our Team In Training Volunteer!

Our final featured volunteer for Volunteer Appreciation Week is from Team In Training – Barbara Dahlke!

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Barbara, a mentor for one of our cycling teams, got involved with Team In Training several years ago when her friend encouraged her to train for a marathon. Amazed by all of the incredible life-saving work from LLS, Barbara was reminded of her grandfather who passed from leukemia at the age of 34 and joined the Team In Training family. Although she never had the opportunity to meet her grandfather, she now feels a connection to him whenever she trains. After participating in her first event with Team In Training, Barbara decided to participate in a Sea Otter Century ride and within a few weeks of training, two of her college friends were diagnosed with cancer. Now her friend Ted, who is battling leukemia, is her cycle team’s honoree for the America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride in Lake Tahoe this year! She’s so excited for the event in June and can’t wait to see the huge smile on each team member’s face as they cross the finish line!

Thank you to all of our highlighted volunteers and to everyone who has ever dedicated their time and effort to LLS! We are so grateful for all of your incredible support!

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Volunteer Appreciation Week – Our Man & Woman of the Year Volunteer!

Today’s volunteer is one of our 2013 Man & Woman of the Year candidates, Jason Burkhart! Jason is truly committed to our cause, not only running for Man of the Year but continuing to be involved with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) as now a committee member and event planner!

In 2013, Jason Burkhart was a candidate for LLS’s Man & Woman of the Year campaign, which started as a personal challenge to see how much money he could raise for a deserving cause. He did not have a personal connection to blood cancer but he did have a personal investment in pediatric cancer, as his now 14 year-old nephew was diagnosed with and overcame retinoblastoma as a toddler. He campaigned in his nephew’s honor but as the campaign progressed, his resolve strengthened, especially when he met the Boy & Girl of the Year. During his campaign, Jason hosted a comedy night fundraiser, which was such a success that he hosted it again this year and hopes to continue to hold it as an annual fundraising event to benefit LLS! Below is a picture of Jason with his wife Liz!

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Volunteer Appreciation Week – Our School & Youth Program Volunteer!

Today’s highlighted volunteer for Volunteer Appreciation Week is from our School & Youth Program and she is one incredibly dedicated and passionate teacher! She has led her school’s School & Youth Program’s Pennies for Patients campaign for a decade and has been involved with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) for even longer – Katie Morse!!

Katie Morse is a teacher at Easterbrook Discovery School and because of Katie her school photohas participated in LLS’s Pennies for Patients campaign since 2004. Collectively her school has raised nearly $60,000, with more than $10,000 of that being raised this school year! Katie first got involved with LLS about 14 years ago, when she walked a marathon with Team In Training in memory of her grandfather. LLS is a charity that’s very close to her heart and she enjoys being involved with Pennies for Patients to honor her grandfather and all of the other loved ones she’s lost to blood cancer. Her favorite part of the program is witnessing the generosity and enthusiasm of her school’s community. All of the students, teachers and families work so hard each year to make it a success and help fight the battle against blood cancer!

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Volunteer Appreciation Week – Our Mission and Advocacy Volunteer!

If you’ve ever been to our San Jose office or have ever been to an event put on by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Greater Bay Area Chapter, you’ve probably met our next volunteer, Jack Aiello! He’s one of the most dedicated volunteers to ever work for the chapter and even has his own desk!

Jack Aiello is a 19-year multiple myeloma survivor. He was first introduced to LLS (back when the organization was called The Leukemia Society of America) at a support group meeting when he was diagnosed in 1995. In 2002, when Jack had to leave his post as a VP in marketing for a tech company and go on long-term disability from the side effects of his myeloma treatment, he started volunteering regularly with LLS. SONY DSCJack has been one of our longest-standing volunteers and comes into the office several times a week to help with nearly every LLS program, including mission, advocacy, Team In Training, Light The Night and First Connection.  He says in the last 12 years there hasn’t been one favorite part of volunteering with LLS but he particularly loves working with the staff, meeting campaign participants and sharing his story of diagnosis and recovery. We are so grateful for all of Jack’s support, volunteer work and help in the last 12 years!

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Volunteer Appreciation Week – Our Light The Night Walk Volunteer!

Often times our incredible volunteers are so passionate about our mission that they’re involved with more than one campaign, which is the case for many of the volunteers we’re highlighting this week. Today’s volunteer is no exception but she is particularly important to our Light The Night Walk campaign since she played a key role in orchestrating last year’s first ever Napa Valley Light The Night Walk – Alexis Stone!

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Alexis Stone is an invaluable volunteer in the North Bay office of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).  Shortly after the birth of her daughter Makenna in 2006, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  Since 2008, Alexis has participated in the Light The Night Walk in Santa Rosa and each year has been a top fundraising team.  Her dedication and determination to LLS helped bring the Light The Night Walk to Napa Valley in 2013.  Alexis continues to assist on the volunteer committees for both the Napa Valley Light The Night Walk and the North Bay Man & Woman of the Year campaign.  We can’t thank you enough, Alexis, for all you do for LLS!  You are a true asset to our organization.

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Volunteer Appreciation Week – Our Leukemia Cup Regatta Volunteer!

Today’s volunteer for Volunteer Appreciation Week works with our Leukemia Cup Regatta campaign – Chris Kostanecki! Chris is our Leukemia Cup Regatta Committee Co-Chair and an Honorary Skipper!

Chris was diagnosed in 1995 with a very rare form of lymphoma – anaplastic t-cell lymphoma. A survivor for 19 years, Chris and his children Nicholas (12) and Sophie (14) celebrate his survivorship together by competing in the Leukemia Cup Regetta every year on their J/70 sailboat named “Jennifer.” Chris says, “The LLS mission is a cause near and dear to me for obvious reasons. I support and fundraise for LLS every year. I enjoy the connection and being able to support other patients when they face challenges during diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Watching the Leukemia Cup Regatta grow with the support of The San Francisco Yacht Club, committee members, VIP speakers and the Bay Area sailing community is exciting and I am honored to be part of this amazing regatta.”

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Here’s Chris (left) and his wife, Jennifer Kostanecki, with Sir Ben Ainslie at the 2013 Leukemia Cup Regatta VIP Dinner.

Chris is a member of the San Francisco Yacht Club and has raced in every single one of our Leukemia Cup Regattas (2006-2013).  To date, he’s raised a grand total of $75,015 for LLS!

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