This past year Lois Markovich, leukemia survivor, long-time Team In Training (TNT) participant and board member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Northern California Chapter, decided to officially “retire” from TNT. Her last event was the Nike Women’s Half Marathon where she was a member of Team On Fire, which raised over $264,000. Since first getting involved with TNT in 1999, Lois has participated in 25 seasons and more than 25 events, so we asked the seasoned professional for advice for current and future TNTers:
“Take advantage of the team. Take advantage of the opportunity to meet new people, see new places, experience a new sport or get better at a sport you already know.”
“Don’t minimize the experience but live it to the max because it’s a fabulous way to be a part of something bigger than you and yet know it’s a big part of yourself as well.”
Her most cherished part of Team In Training?
“The people, always the people. I’ve had so many great memories, wonderful teams, coaches, mentors, captains and participants. They all do something special, sometimes with no initial connection to the cause, and raise so much money every single year.”
Lois’s favorite event was her first Nike Women’s Marathon, where she had the opportunity to meet her team’s Honored Hero, a young girl named Isabelle who was battling leukemia. A few years ago, Lois had the opportunity to see Isabelle who’s now a healthy teenager in high school. As a young girl, Isabelle was featured on a TNT brochure (pictured here with Isabelle on the right) alongside another honoree Shelby, who’s now a survivor and spoke at Lois’s kickoff for this year’s Nike Women’s Half Marathon. After seeing Isabelle and Shelby thriving as young adults, Lois truly felt that her Team In Training career was complete.
For those of you who know Lois, you’ll still see her at LLS and TNT events as a supporter and occasional participant. Thank you Lois for all of your years of support and your continued commitment to creating a world without blood cancers!