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September—which happens to be Blood Cancer Awareness Month—is coming to a close, and I’m absolutely honored to have been a part of the Team In Training Resilience Challenge. Not only did it motivate me to move more, but also I learned more about the fight against cancer and how Team In Training supports that effort.
This challenge was a month-long movement and fundraising effort dedicated to supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) mission to “cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.”
My family has fundraised before for the LLS through our daughter’s school, and it’s always a top-notch experience. You are supported along every step of the way—via email, phone calls, Facebook, YouTube, and so on. It’s not just about fundraising, but forming a bond for life!
This statistic really opened my eyes when I first started the challenge:
So what was involved?
The challenge was to raise as much as you could for this cause ($500 was the goal) and move 50 miles in September. Along with an amazing and active Facebook community, you got the following supports/items:
- Resilience Challenge Playlist
- Fundraising and Social Media Toolkit
- Training Resources with an Exclusive Event Facebook Group
- Badges and Achievement Milestones
- Digital Finisher Certificate
- Virtual Finisher Medal
- Virtual Post-Race Celebration
On a daily basis, the Facebook community brought a renewed sense of purpose for each step that I took. I’d find myself tearing up reading members’ personal stories or tributes to lost loved ones. The sense of community and one purpose is so strong!
What were the perks?
If you fundraised and hit certain fundraising levels, you could earn some really awesome prizes!
- $150: Team In Training Goodr Sunglasses
- $250: Team In Training Headsweats Trucker Hat
- $500 and 50 Miles Completed: Road ID Bracelet
- $1,000: Collapsible Water Bottle
- $2,500: Team In Training Yoga Mat or Pullover Jacket
- $5,000: Team In Training Bluetooth Speaker
- $10,000: A Garmin Forerunner 45S Watch
To get everyone hyped up, there was a live, virtual team huddle chock full of inspiration and information. It seriously brought tears to my eyes!
I ended up moving over 204 miles in September—including running, biking, walking, and moving indoor miles on a pedal bike. I had purpose in every step or pedal that I took and hope in my heart.
And there’s still a bit of time to help fight cancer! To donate to my The Resilient Runners team, go here.
Did you participate this year? If so, I’d love to hear more about your journey! And I hope this posts gets you thinking about joining in the fun next year.