Chris & Di "tri-4-a-cure"
After battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma for over one year, it is time to claim victory and move on to my next challenge - participating in a triathlon! Not just any triathlon, but one to raise money so that others will not have to face chemotherapy and radiation, as I have had to do. A race to the cure!
In December of 2001, I discovered a small, marble-like bump on the right side of my neck. I originally thought it was swollen glands and nothing to worry about. By February, I was concerned. I visited my primary care doctor who referred me to an ENT. By May, I had undergone a battery of tests including ultrasounds, needle biopsies and finally a full surgical biopsy of several lymph nodes. My whirl wind journey began with my diagnosis - Hodgkin's Lymphoma. In July, I began my treatment of chemotherapy and radiation. I finished my treatments on February 13, 2003 and have had clean scan results since.
While I was undergoing my treatments, a friend of mine participated in El Tour de Tucson, a 100+ mile bike ride, in my honor. My friend Joan was competing to raise money and awareness for blood-related cancers with Team in Training (TNT). This September I served as the honored teammate for the Fairfield CT Chapter of TNT's Disney Triathlon Team (hence, the picture with Goofy and Diana).
Now as I watch a close family friend, only 4 years of age, begin her battle with leukemia, it is time for me to join the team. On May 23, 2004, two years after first being diagnosed, I will participate in the Memphis in May Triathlon for TNT, along with Diana. We will swim, bike and run for a total of 51.5 kilometers or 32 miles.
With your help, we hope to raise at least $7,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). LLS promises us that they will use at least 75% of this money to fund research, support patient and community services and provide public health/professional education.
Please consider financially supporting our mission so that we can put an end to a killer that takes a life every nine minutes.
With deepest appreciation,
“The best way out is always through” – Robert Frost
When I met Christine she was almost done with her chemotherapy regimen. Chemo was a battle she completed almost matter-of-factly, never complaining or making excuses. While completing treatment she still managed to work full-time and go to school. In August of this year, 6 months after finishing treatment, she finished her Master’s Degree with a 4.0 GPA.
Christine has served as a motivation and inspiration to me. Not only taking her battles in stride but being there to support others. So when the conversation came up to join TNT, how could I refuse?. I know… I know, I’m not exactly the triathlete type, and let’s face it, I’m not in the shape I should be in to take this on -— a 1.5k swim, 40k bike, and a 10k run -- , but TNT provides the support and guidance to achieve the goal. And if Chris is willing to put her all into it …(and as anyone who knows Chris is well aware, that is the only way she does things! ) I’ll be there by her side. Almost exactly 2 years to the day of her diagnosis we will take this challenge on! It is less than a year since she couldn’t laugh, or get through the day without the aid of an inhaler due to the damage done to her lungs by the radiation, yet here she is ready to take on this physical challenge for an excellent cause.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is committed to finding cures for leukemia, Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma and improving the lives of those affected by these diseases. The Society invests $32 million annually in support of more than 200 researchers, provides financial assistance to patients, sponsors scientific conferences around the country, produces educational materials and videos, and runs more than 50 support groups nationwide.
Since the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society spends more than 75 cents of every dollar raised on programs that advance its mission (and meets the Better Business Standards for ethical conduct and charitable accountability) I can feel good asking you for your help. Please take some time look the web site over, you probably know someone who has been impacted, and give what you can!
Your help will make change possible.