I’ve taken on an incredible challenge. On June 5th, I will be participating in the Fletcher Flyer, a 100-mile cycling race outside Asheville, NC with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training (TNT) program. TNT is the world’s first, best and largest charity sports training program. Over the next 3 months, I will be training every day and raising money to fund the mission of The LLS: to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. I have committed myself to ride and have agreed to raise a minimum of $3,600 to help in the fight against blood cancers.
I will be training and participating in this endurance event in memory of my dear friend, Jamie Gaillard, who passed away just last month from AML, a very aggressive form of leukemia. She was only 26 and was diagnosed in March of last year. I had the privilege of getting to know Jamie very well over the last five years. She was a light and an inspiration to everyone who knew her, including her doctors and nurses in the hospital. As her time with us grew shorter, her courage only grew greater – her one request to her surviving friends and family: help others who are fighting the same battle she did.
So we are doing just that! I’m participating in TNT with three of our mutual friends, and we are riding together as TEAM Jamie. Our collective fundraising goal is $14,400 and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure!
In order to reach my goal, I need your help. Would you please consider making a donation of $50? Any investment that you are able to make in the LLS’ life-saving research and patient care programs will go very far…even farther than our team’s 400 miles! Your tax-deductible contribution can be made online at http://pages.teamintraining.org/ncfl/fletcher11/swattz Keep in mind how many miles I’ll cover during training as well; each step brings us all closer to the day when there is no such thing as blood cancer.
Without a cure, every 4 minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer; every 10 minutes someone passes away. I hope that you’ll share in this incredible adventure with me. Thank you in advance for your generosity in giving!
You can read about Jamie’s courageous battle here: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jkgaillard
Here is a news story about her battle: