SAN DIEGO, Dec. 2 The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has been named the sole beneficiary of San Diego's Rock N Roll Marathon, which is planned for June 6, 2010. Funds are raised through LLS's Team In Training (TNT) program, which is the world's largest endurance sports training program and the largest fundraiser for LLS. Between 3,500 and 5,000 TNT members are expected to participate from around the country in this year's Rock N Roll Marathon.
TNT prepares people of all athletic abilities to run or walk a 26.2-mile marathon or a 13.1-mile half marathon, or to complete a 100-mile (century) bike ride, take a challenging hiking adventure or do a triathlon. In return for professional training and travel to one of many national event sites, participants raise valuable funds to support LLS's mission.
Since its inception in 1988, when a team of 38 runners trained together for the New York City Marathon and raised $320,000, TNT has prepared more than 390,000 people--approximately 40,000 participants annually. TNT participants have raised over $950 million to support blood cancer research and patient services. The enormous success of this program has helped make possible advances in blood cancer therapies and treatments that have prolonged and enhanced the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients.
For more information about The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training program or to register for the Rock N Roll Marathon, please call (800) 482-TEAM or visit www.teamintraining.org.
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Since LLS's founding 60 years ago, LLS has invested more than $600 million in research; nearly $71.4 million in fiscal year 2008 alone. Survival rates for blood cancers have increased 2-4 fold over the last 40 years. Nearly 1 million volunteers from all walks of life give generously of their time and talents to implement LLS's programs. To learn more or to donate to LLS, visit www.LLS.org or call (800) 955-4572.
SOURCE The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society