Wanted to share a letter from two of my colleagues from Sycamore:
Dear Friends and Family of the Lothrop family,
Along with a colleague and fellow teacher at Sycamore High School, Mike Gutekunst, I am training for the Flying Pig Half Marathon as a member of the Southern Ohio Chapter’s Team In Training program on behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Team In Training (TNT) exists to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. It also looks to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. There are currently more than 747,000 Americans living with a blood cancer. Dramatic improvements in treatment techniques for these diseases made in the last 40 years are due in part to the money that The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has raised to aid researchers in their fight to find cures for these diseases.
TNT is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s largest fundraising program, bringing in over 114 million dollars this past year alone. Each participant in the program pledges to raise a certain amount of money during the 4-5 months they train for this event. Mike and I have been asked to raise $1900 for our team.
The money we will raise for research is fulfilling, but the most important and inspirational part of our training is knowing that our hard work could make a difference in the life of our Honored Teammate, Liz Lothrop. Though we have never met Liz, we know from Randy that she is a beautiful, active, intelligent young woman who needs our help.
Liz is the reason Mike and I are committing ourselves to this goal. With her as our inspiration, how can we not fight our way to the finish line? It is a chance to for us to join in the battle against blood cancers.
We include this letter as a show of support for Liz, and also to ask for your support. Your donation is tax-deductable and NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL.
Check out our website at http://pages.teamintraining.org/soh/flypig09/mgutekunst
W e want to thank you in advance for your love, support and prayers! This is an exciting time and we hope you will choose to support us in our efforts to make a difference. We will be thinking of each of you, and especially Liz and the Lothrop family, as we cross the finish line of the Flying Pig Half Marathon on May 3rd 2009!
All the best,
Chad Husting & Mike Gutekunst
Sycamore High School