Sunday, May 13, 2012

Marine Corps Marathon - LLS Team in Training update

Teams are made up of individuals. Without them, there is no team.

On October 28, 2012, I will be running for a reason much more important than the personal challenge of completing the Marine Corps Marathon (26.2 miles).

As a member of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training® program, I have pledged to train in memory of Luke Belmont who lost his fight to leukemia (ALL type) as a young child.  Luke inspires me to raise money for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma research and patient assistance.  To find out more information about how Luke and his family fought Leukemia please visit my personal fundraising page found at the end of this letter.

It is shocking to find out that about 1,012,533 Americans currently battle leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma.  Leukemia kills more children in the U.S. than any other cancer among children and young adults under the age of 20.  The cause of leukemia remains unknown, however steady advances in research bring us closer to finding a cure for all blood cancers everyday.

My goal is to raise $1,000 (of $2,500) by May 30, 2012.  So far I already have $305, which is 30% of my initial goal.  If you would like to donate, please visit my fundraising page.  In doing so, you will be supporting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s vital mission, which is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.  With the generosity of people like you, there is every reason to believe that a cure for blood-related cancers is in sight!

Thank you for your consideration,

Nate Wagner (running in memory of Luke Belmont)