LLS Team In Training prepares for coming 2011 event season

By Robert Hamilton….
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Team In Training, the world’s first, largest and most-established charity sports training program, is set to step into spring on a most magical note as fundraising participants across Southern Florida prepare for Disney’s Princess Half Marathon scheduled on Feb. 27, 2011 in Lake Buena Vista.

The highly popular event gives participants the opportunity to be treated like royalty while running or walking 13.1 miles. While all participants get a tiara and a festive medal, Team In Training participants go a step further by helping to put an end to blood cancers through their season-long fundraising efforts.

No-obligation information meetings designed to give future participants a “full spectrum” view of the Team In Training program have begun and will continue until Nov. 2. At these meetings, coaches, past-participants, mentors and honored teammates will discuss the season in detail, from training to fundraising support.

Of the total funds raised by Team In Training participants, more than 75 percent is earmarked for LLS’s patient services division — with dollars going toward research, current patient care, health education, community outreach and more.

Among those benefiting are the honored teammate — real-life individuals who participants will get to meet throughout the spring season. The spring training season starts Nov. 13 at two convenient locations in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale.

A local meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., at Miami Niketown in the Shops at Sunset Place, South Miami. Spring Season Kickoff and Final Information Meeting will take place Saturday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m., at the Holiday Inn, 2905 Sheridan St. in Hollywood. For more information visit www.teamintraining. org/sfl.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

To learn more, visit online at www.LLS.org or contact the Information Resource Center at 1-800-955-4572 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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