Moms In Training Program for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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I want to introduce you to an amazing group of women who are making a difference in our community – the newly launched Moms In Training program with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – a charity that has become very close to my heart.

What is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society?

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients…and is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

Personally, I have been part of the Team in Training family and an advocate of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society now for three running “seasons.”  Their dedication to finding a cure for all blood cancers and providing support to patients and families is invaluable.

What is Moms In Training?

This program was specifically created by LLS to recruit moms who are passionate about fighting blood cancers and saving lives. Moms In Training will get you ready to run or walk a 5K or 10k, and give you the opportunity to help raise money to fight cancer.  After starting Moms In Training in different areas around the country, LLS decided to launch this program in Orange County.

Moms In Training will provide the coaching, training tools, mentoring and support to prepare you for your event…and in return, each participating mama is asked to fundraise for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  You will be asked to commit to raising at least $500 by December 1st.  And don’t worry, Team in Training provides plenty of support, ideas, and motivation in your fundraising efforts (yes, I speak from experience)!

Upon registering, you will have up until October 25th to discontinue at no further fundraising obligation. Fun fact – the average mom has raised $1,500!

An Honored Hero

Every season, each Team in Training group chooses an honored hero…or sometimes, several honored heroes…to run in support of.  This season, the Orange County Moms In Training group will be running in honor of a local mama of two youngsters who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in early 2013.  After fighting for her life and going into remission, she has recently relapsed.

As a fellow mom, I can only imagine the heartbreaking news and horror of getting a cancer diagnosis.  This is a way we can honor her bravery…and so many others who are battling this devastating disease.

Great Reasons to get Involved

– You’ll get in awesome shape and meet other moms (and kiddos) in your area!

– Run for a cause – you get to exercise with new friends in honor of an amazing cause – working to cure blood cancers.  In its inaugural year, more than 200 “MIT” team members raised over $375,000, and last year they raised over a million dollars!

– They know moms are very busy, so MIT offers an 8-week workout program on Saturday mornings @ 8am in Woodbridge Park in Irvine.  Get up bright and early for your workout!

– The training is from October 11th through December 6th – perfect timing to start walking and/or running – it’s finally cooling off!

– Finally, you get to celebrate the end of your Moms In Training program with a 5k or 10k run or walk at the Renegade Santa Run in Irvine on December 13th.  Mark your calendars!

Want to Sign Up?

To sign up, or to ask for more information, please contact Elise at 714.418.5618

OR

elise.mcconeghy@lls.org

You can also visit: http://www.teamintraining.org/calso/firsttimehere/mit/ 

A Tiny Oranges Discount

Moms In Training of Orange County has generously offered a registration discount to Tiny Oranges’ readers!  When you register, enter the coupon code – TINYORANGES – and it will reduce your registration fee to only $25 (that’s $75 off!)!

I hope you take advantage of this amazing experience – I can say that it has been life-changing for me!

GO TEAM!!!! 

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beach bootcamp benefiting LLS

My friend Angela, owner of the popular fitbook by fitlosophy, lost her mom recently to a vicious form of leukemia just 18 days after she was diagnosed. 18 days. I truly can’t imagine the depth of devastation.

To honor her momma’s memory and raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), she has joined their team in training (TNT) to run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon with a goal to raise $50,000.

And I know she can do it.

How can you help?

Donate

Make a donation to her fitbook team HERE. Any amount helps, but if it is a donation of $56+ (the age her mom was when she lost her life), she will send you a free fitbook TNT as a thank you.

Attend Her Beach Bootcamp!

Angela is hosting a special Beach Bootcamp benefiting LLS coming up on Saturday, September 7th, 2013 in Corona del Mar at 8am. I have done one of Angela’s bootcamps before and they ROCK. It is so much fun to be on the beach early in the morning getting a great workout in for a great cause.

My husband and I are going to do it – can you join us?!

To sign up, click HERE, then make a tax deductible donation of $50 to her TNT page. In the notes write “Bootcamp.” Your donation will get you an awesome workout, free fitbook TNT ($24.95 value) and free ritual cleanse samples to recover.

Support fitbook TNT

Support LLS and track your progress with her new fitbook TNT. Track your fitness progress and goals and feel good knowing 20% of the proceeds are donated to LLS in memory of Angela’s momma.

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Join the fitbook team!

Want to run with the fitbook team? You can run any race from anywhere in the country. Just sign-up with team in training and select corporate team “fitbook” when you sign up.

I hope you will help me in supporting LLS and follow Angela’s #run4momma. It is inspiriting to watch how such a devastating event can be used to raise awareness and money to fight blood cancers.

You are an inspiration, Angela, I will be rooting you on every step of the way!

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