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Posted: October 20, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: Runners And Walkers In The Denver Marathon Raise More Than $120,000 To Support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society In The Fight Against Blood Cancers

More Than 50 Team In Training Participants Completed the Denver Marathon Sunday

Denver, Colo., Oct. 20, 2009 -- Runners and walkers with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training (TNT) program covered 13.1 to 26.2 miles Sunday at the 4th annual Denver Marathon. The endurance event that was attended by over 10,000 people, served as the culminating event for participants who have spent the last five months training and fundraising in an effort to eradicate blood cancers.

55 people who trained with TNT completed the event on Sunday. 26 of those finished the half marathon and 29 completed the full marathon. The TNT participants that crossed the finish line Sunday started the program in May. Over the past five months they have raised $120,500 with additional donations still coming in. David Braun is the team's top fundraiser, raising $6,190. In second place, Keli Douglas raised $4,570 and Benjamin Sutton came in third with $3,871.

TNT is preparing to launch their spring season and will be holding no-obligation information meetings around the Denver Metro area beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

For more information, including information meeting dates and event schedules, call the Rocky Mountain chapter at (303) 984-2110 or visit www.teamintraining.org.

TNT is the world's largest endurance sports training program. The program provides training to run or walk marathons and half marathons or participate in triathlons and century (100-mile) bike rides. Since 1988, more than 380,000 volunteer participants have helped raise more than $900 million.

The Rocky Mountain Chapter's TNT program, covering Colorado and Wyoming, has raised nearly $17 million since its inception in 1992. They have trained over 5,000 athletes in that time and participated in over 30 different endurance events across the country and the world.

The enormous success of this program has helped make possible advances in blood cancer therapies and treatments that have prolonged and enhanced the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, headquartered in White Plains, NY, with 66 chapters in the United States and Canada, is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The Society's mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, the Society has invested more than $600 million in research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Last year alone, the Society made 4.2 million contacts with patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals.

For more information about blood cancer, visit www.LLS.org or call the Society's Information Resource Center (IRC), a call center staffed by master's level social workers, nurses and health educators who provide information, support and resources to patients and their families and caregivers. IRC information specialists are available at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.


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