Back when we were The Leukemia Society of America and there was just one Chapter for NorCal folks, April Powers coached the first Team In Training (TNT) team! Nineteen participants trained for the San Francisco Marathon and raised $23,000! Thus, Team In Training was born on the West Coast.
From that team grew others and TNT expanded to include walk,
cycle, triathlon, hike and cross-country skiing. Along the way, we had several seasons of mountain biking, adventure racing and duathlon.
In 2000, the Northern California Chapter split into two and we became the Greater San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley/Monterey Bay Area Chapters. That same year we also changed our name to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).
Over the past 20 years, our TNT teams have raised an incredible $153 million for the cause. It’s difficult to say how many lives have been impacted, but it’s millions for sure. For every TNTer who has participated in the life-changing experience that is TNT, there’s a circle of friends, family, supporters and spectators who have been affected in some small (or big) way.
And of course, there are the honorees and their families. We have lost too many, but have helped so many as well. We have provided support to patients and families, affected cancer legislation at all levels of government and of course, invested millions in research.
We have come a long way from the darker days when a diagnosis was a death sentence. Our treatment arsenal now includes targeted antibody therapies and immunotherapies with fewer side effects. Forty-nine percent of the drugs approved by the FDA in the past 10 years for cancer were first approved to treat blood cancers, many through LLS funding. Many of these drugs are now being used to treat or are being tested to treat other cancers as well, so the impact is even greater. But our work is not done and we continue to be relentless for a cure!
The miles you log and dollars you raise, truly make a difference. Thank you for your support!
So cheers to Coach April Powers and Northern California Team In Training for 20 years of saving lives one mile at a time! Happy 20th!
Interested in learning more about Team In Training? Teams are forming now. Take advantage of a special 20 years registration discount and register for just $20 today and Monday, July 11. Use online code 20YEARS when registering. Visit www.teamintraining.org/sf or call us at 800-78-TRAIN or 707-303-4800.