Our honored teammate

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One of my favorite places in Marin is the Headlands, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The views are incredible and the climbs are hard (but rewarding).

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On my third week of training, we ran at the Headlands, starting at Rodeo beach on a really perfect morning. It was a 9 mile run with some tough inclines, which we dedicated to our honored teammate, Larry Russo.

Here is a thank you note written for the team and its supporters from Larry:

Hello Everyone!!

larryI am a cancer survivor (Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma). In 1993, I noticed a lump under my chin the size of a peach pit, when to my PCP and with only “Self-Love” reasons I asked to have the lump removed. The lump was sent to pathology and the biopsy results showed predominant Hodgkin’s disease. Well, that was a big surprise to both of us, I then was seen by several doctors at UCSF Medical Center and Stanford Medical Center, some want to treat and some had the wait and see (due to I had no symptoms) I chose to wait and see, which meant to see Dr. Newman every six months and to have a Cat Scan and MRI every year. This was my course of treatment from 1993 to 2004. In 2004, we decided to start a treatment sessions with a drug called Rituxan (which was funded by LLS with the money raised by TNT events) at CPMC. The treatments were for once a week for 4 weeks and then one session every three months, which finished this August 2007 and during this time I was upgraded to have a PET/CAT scan very six months. I am very grateful that I stayed in good health during my treatments and that I am still in good health due to the wonderful present called Rituxan. I know I am in remission, which means I take one day at a time, see my doc every six months and continue to have the wonderful sense of humor and love for life.

In November at my six month visit, they found another lump. After scans and biopsy, I started Rituxan again—same regiment as last time. When you hear this, I will have finished my first (and hopefully only) round of treatments. We are waiting now for another scan that will determine if this is it—or another round is needed.

I plan to be with you this season, until then, I want to “Thank, All of YOU” for sharing your love and time to train and raise funds for research and living saving cures.
Please take full advantage of everything the program has to offer and I’m confident you’ll find it to be an unforgettable and rewarding experience.

So let me again say Thank You, Congratulations for signing up!

Cheers,
Larry Russo

Tough climbs, but at least the view isn’t bad!

Thank you everyone for your support!

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