Why I Run: TNTIL 12


This post comes courtesy of my friends at Team in Training Illinois. Follow their work on twitter here. I don’t have any info on the author, but I don’t think that matters when you know what Team in Training does. They are dedicated to raising as much money as they can to fight cancer. We all know someone who has battled this disease in its various forms. I love their passion. This piece is right to the heart.

Team in Training Encouragement

I run for my mom. I run for my Uncle. I run for everyone who has a family member, a friend, someone they may just know who is currently fighting, won the fight, and in some cases lost the fight. I run for the women who approached us during the Ragnar Relay after noticing my Team in Training bondi band, saying because of the money we raise, different medications are available and because of us, she’s still alive. I run for those who cannot run, not because they do not want to, but because they are too weak. I run because I do not know what I would have done had my mom lost. I run to save a life, and one day a cure.


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12 thoughts on “Why I Run: TNTIL

      • HopefulLeigh

        A better question would be what didn’t I love about it! Seriously, it was such a great experience. We trained to hike part of the Grand Canyon. LLS does such a great job of organizing everything. We had a great training group. And even though there’s nothing like the GC in Illinois, LLS made sure we hiked in a variety of places, including the Indiana Dunes, so we’d be prepared. Apparently, our leader was told we were one of the best prepared groups because of the variety and dedication. The hike itself was phenomenal and I loved knowing the money we raised was going to such a worthy cause. A year later, my Grandma was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and I found out that one of the chemotherapies they tried on her was made possible through LLS’s fundraising. While Grandma’s cancer was detected too late, it was such a bright spot of hope during an awful time. I’ve given to LLS ever since and hope to participate in either HFD or TNT again some day.

  • Eileen

    A beautiful reason to run! My mom lost her battle to breast cancer when I was a teenager. Treatment has come so far since then. Hoping one day there will be a cure too.

    • Jennifer Post author

      Eileen, I’m sorry for your loss, which is the experience of far too many people. I think if we’re already running, what’s holding me back from running for a bigger reason?

  • Shawn Smucker

    What an important cause.

    Two weeks ago my 44-year-old aunt found out she has breast cancer. The doctors encouraged her, said they found it very early, that her prognosis was good. But the tests she just got back said it has spread to both breasts and into her lymph nodes. A double-mastectomy is in order. She has a full body scan tomorrow. Everything would feel so tenuous, except her positive attitude, which kind of disarms me.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    • Jennifer Post author

      Shawn, I’m sorry to hear about your Aunt, although it sounds like she’s got a great attitude. I’d like to point you to Dana’s story. She commented just after you. She is under 40, double mastectomy survivor who crushes it every day. You aunt might like to hear her story? http://wp.me/p1sv7a-3N

    • Jennifer Post author

      These are some of my favorite stories, because they remind me of your indomitable spirit. I hope you don’t mind; I’m sharing your post again.

  • TNTIL

    I’m glad my story touched all of you and thank you for reading. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society works hard everyday so that no one will ever have to hear the words “You have cancer”.