Why support me?

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Most of us know someone who has been affected by cancer, and every dollar that goes to research and support for patients and their families is important.

I will participate in the San Diego half marathon as a member of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training. Like the other members of TNT, I will be raising funds to help find cures and better treatments for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. With your support, I can help improve the quality of life for patients, their families and everyone affected by cancer.

Every Saturday, we dedicate our training run to an honored teammate or personal hero. On my first run of the season, a beautiful 5.5 miles through Golden Gate Park, we ran in honor of Ana. Ana’s is the first of the stories that I’ve heard since joining Team in Training that really brought the cause home for me – that put a face on the how incredibly important all of our work is to so many people.

Here is Ana’s story:

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Ana De Los Santos was born and raised in Bushwick, New York City. After graduating from Wellesley College in Massachusetts, Ana returned to New York City and became a schoolteacher. She has since become a successful principal at a middle school in New York City. Ana is a loving wife, daughter, sister, and aunt.

In October 2009 Ana was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, at age 32. She relapsed in October 2011 and had 3 RDHAP treatments followed by an autologous stem cell transplant in the spring of 2012.

Unfortunately, her Lymphoma had returned in June. She underwent a cord blood stem cell transplant on December 27, 2012 and she remains hopeful. She and her husband have conveyed how grateful they are to this running group and their amazing support. Ana doesn’t give up and neither should we; she hopes to someday be able to join us in a race!

Thank you all for your love and support!!

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