An Open Letter to Team In Training Participants September 12 2015

My Dear Teammate,

Yes, we are teammates. Though I am not technically on your team, once a TNTer, always a TNTer.

You are about to embark on the most amazing journey. Your body will strengthen; your soul will vibrate with energy. You will do some incredible things.

Yes, you are training for an endurance event, but what you are doing goes so much farther than that.

Whether this is your first or your tenth race, your body will go beyond what you have ever imagined.

You will log many miles. You will laugh, you will cry, you will rejoice with your teammates.

But beyond your personal growth, your actions are touching many, many more people than you can ever know.

You are raising money that is funding groundbreaking research. You are saving lives. You are preserving families. You are amazing.

Since 1988, when Bruce Cleland gathered a group of friends to run the NYC Marathon and raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, millions of dollars have been raised. Discoveries have been made. Lives have been saved.

Many lives, including the life of a certain 12-year-old boy: my son. Josh was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010. He completed treatment last year. Josh loves football, baseball, tormenting his brothers, wooing the ladies.

Josh is healthy today because of the people who ran before. You are saving the lives of people yet to be diagnosed. You are making a difference in so many lives, and for this, my family and I will be forever grateful.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

With Love, Laura