Cancer sucks. Thankfully, there are organizations out there that do all they can to kick cancer in the face. The organization that immediately comes to mind for ME is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (or LLS) and Team in Training.
I ran with Team in Training in 2019 for the Chicago Marathon. Running that particular marathon is a big deal, but running as part of TNT absolutely made the weekend even more amazing. I'll always support good organizations doing good things for good people and TNT is no exception. They made me feel like part of a family - a freakin' huge family - and I will never forget that.
This September, the TEAM recruited runners from around the world to participate in the Resilience Challenge - to come together show resilience in the on-going fight against blood cancers. The challenge was two-fold 1) run/walk/move at least 50 miles in September and 2) raise money to support Team in Training. However, it should be noted that it was free to participate in the challenge and there was NO fundraising minimum.
In addition to participating as an individual, I created a team - Team Strive for the Highest - which was composed of family and friends. The TNT web platform allowed us to keep track of our mileage and fundraising, while also keeping our fellow team members accountable. While our team may have come up short on our fundraising goal(s), each one of us absolutely blew the 50 mile challenge out of the water!
On a personal note, my family has been affected by cancer multiple times. It doesn't get any easier, but knowing that there is a group of people working day in and day out to beat cancer gives me hope. I would strongly recommend that YOU consider joining Team in Training for a future event - perhaps even the Resilience Challenge the next time around!