Above: Rob and Lynn Smythe at the 2007 El Tour de Tucson century bike ride.
My husband and I have been active in our local Team in Training chapter since 2006, while helping to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Here is a copy of our fundraising letter for the Winter 2011 season:
After 6 years of participating in endurance events with the Palm Beach Team in Training chapter, I have finally decided to participate in my very first marathon. I will be doing the Goofy Challenge the weekend of January 7 and 8, 2012. The Goofy Challenge is for anyone crazy enough to want to run both the Disney 1/2 marathon and Disney marathon on the same weekend. I will be running 13.1 miles on Saturday, January 7, and 26.2 miles on Sunday, January 8. That's a total of 39.3 miles I will be running at Disney, while helping to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
TRIPLE CROWN RECIPIANT
The Disney Marathon will be my triple crown. A triple crown participant is anyone that has completed at least one century bike ride, one triathlon and one marathon through the Team in Training program. Since 2006, I have participated in 5 century bike rides and 2 triathlons through the Team in Training program. My husband Rob, who is a TNT cycle coach, and I have raised over $35,000 during this time.
LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY
Please consider making a donation to support our participation in Team in Training, and help advance the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission. You may make a donation by visiting our fundraising website which is located at: http://pages.teamintraining.org/pb/wdw12/lsmythe Or you may send me a check, made out to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, to my home address listed below.
CANCER EFFECTS EVERYONE
My husband Rob, who is a Team in Training cycle coach, has been going through his own battle to fight cancer for the past two years. In October of 2010, he went to his urologist for a routine check up, and was hoping to be diagnosed as one year cancer free. Unfortunately the cancer was back and he had to undergo a second surgery on December 15, 2010.
Rob began what we thought was going to be a year’s worth of immunotherapy and interferon treatments starting the end of January. Around the beginning of April he was given the all clear! His cancer is currently in remission and instead of having to continue with a year's worth of treatments, he is now looking at a few maintenance treatments for the remainder of the year. We both enjoy being part of the Team in Training program and staying active, even while we are going through our own personal crisis, is the key to keeping a positive outlook on life. GO TEAM!
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