Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Hello John and Tom,

This past year has been a tough one; my little brother Clark was killed this past June, unselfishly saving the life of another. I have had an extremely hard time getting through this, especially being so far away from my parents so I decided to do something productive with my self and help to save the lives of others too, in whatever capacity I could, in honor of Clark.
I joined an organization by the name of Team in Training. We are training as a group for the Jamba Juice Wildflower Triathlon in Lake San Antonio, CA May 7, 2006. It is an Olympic distance triathlon, which includes a 1-mile swim, 25-mile bike and a 7-mile run. I am sore to say the least, but those who have to endure chemotherapy have a hard time just doing daily activities.

Team in Training, which raises money to fund cancer research, supports triathlons, century rides and marathons along with fundraising efforts to challenge an individual in every aspect:; mentally, physically, emotionally and as I am finding, financially (3 sports can get expensive!). I am blessed to have the energy and aptitude to train for this cause, pushing myself past my comfort zone in life, striving to do something bigger than myself.

Cancer has become such a dominating factor in today's medical world, and a bit of a prevalent occurrence in those who mean so much to me. I am training for all of those people including a very special little boy named Taichi, our team's child in remission and everyone else who has encountered any form of the disease. But as you all know, it can be overcome with strength, love and the help of doctors and scientists who give their life's work to save the lives of others.
My goal for this season's Wildflower Triathlon is to raise $2700 for cancer research and do my part to help save others. I think Clark would be proud of this and hope you all are too. If you know of anyone who would like to donate to this amazing cause and help me to successfully get to Wildflower in honor of these people, please go to https://www.active.com/donate/tntsdh/tntkbrunner and donate. Every little bit, no matter how small, helps. Many corporations do donation matching for these causes so be sure to inquire with your company. If they want to make a “corporate donation” of $500 or more, I will put their name on my competition jerseys in thanks, so everyone is aware that they made a generous donation in the fight for saving those affected by cancer! I will also be able to post their names on my website so that everyone who visits my sites will be able to see the generosity as well. Also, please keep in mind that THIS IS TAX DEDUCTABLE!! The site automatically sets your donation up in the manner necessary to get the tax credit. If you do not want to use the Internet to donate, you can send me a check made payable to Team in Training.

I encourage you to forward this letter to anyone you believe would like to donate to the cause and sponsor me as well. I thank you so very much for your time and care.

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