Truckee couple trains for triathlon and fights leukemia
Killing two birds with one stone , Leslie Taylor and Matt Stockholm of Truckee are raising money to fight leukemia as they train for the Sept. 7 Pacific Grove Triathlon in Monterey.I want to get in shape, get fit and at the same time do something good for the world, Taylor said in an interview Thursday.The couple has been training for over a month with Team in Training, an endurance sports training program that donates money to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Taylor and Stockholm have committed to raising $3,400 each for the society.The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society bills itself as the worlds largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services.I am amazed at how far-reaching blood cancers are, Taylor said. When I tell people what Matt and I are doing, I am surprised at how many of them say that they have a friend or a family member or at least know of somebody who has leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkins Disease or myeloma. After I signed up I, found out my Aunt Julie has multiple myeloma, Taylor said. It really affects your quality of life and you have to change your whole lifestyle. Multiple myeloma is a cancer of blood cells.Team in Training provides coaching, transportation and accommodations for athletes in training. Mentors go to workouts, help with fundraising ideas and provide an encouraging environment for competitors preparing for the triathlon.The Triathlon consists of a nine-10ths mile swim, a 25-mile bike ride and a 6-mile run all in one day. Taylor and Stockholm have been training five days a week for just over a month with 45-minute swims, runs and bike rides. To raise money for donations, Taylor has set up a garage sale and is pursuing a possible golf tournament in Reno. She is also accepting tax-deductible donations through her Web site. To make a donation on Taylors or Stockholms Web sites, visit http://www.active.com/donate/tntsac/leslietaylor or http://www.active.com/donate/tntsac/mstockholm.
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