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Matthew Vuolo's Fundraiser:

Lavaman Triathlon

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BENEFITING: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

EVENT DATE: Apr 03, 2011

Matthew Vuolo


Fresh back from a summer in NY and with two cross country road trips under our belt, we're training for the Lavaman Triathlon with Team in Training AND have committed to raise $10,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

I know, $10,000 -- we're crazy! We aren't doing it because we think it will be easy because we know it won't be. While this is Matt's second triathlon (completed Olympic distance Wildflower Triathlon last May), it's Erin's first. Up until about a week ago, Erin hadn't spent more than 5 miles on her bike total in her life (she was the kid who fell off and never got back on...until now!). By the time she gets to Lavaman, she'll have logged more than 400 miles.

WE NEED YOUR HELP to take on this challenge and succeed --- not only in finishing the race but in the fight against cancer.

What exactly IS a triathlon?
Lavaman is an Olympic Distance Triathlon held in Kona, HI on part of the Ironman World Championship course. It’s three sports: swimming, biking, running (in that order) with a total distance of 32 miles.

Why $10,000 dollars?
TNT figures out how much it will cost to train us and get us (and our bikes...try to fit that into your carry on) to Hawaii and multiplies it by 4. Which means, 75% goes directly to fund the mission of LLS: To cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkins disease & myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. 75%!?!This percentage is one of the highest amount of any charitable organization which means your donation is guaranteed to make a difference in the fight against blood cancers.

Why Team in Training & LLS?
- Leukemia is the #1 cancer killer of children under the age of 20 and causes 10X more deaths in adults.
- In the time it will take you to read this entry (and put in a CC # to donate!), about 10 minutes, two people with get diagnosed with a blood cancer and one will die.
- Research funded directly by LLS has turned the survival rate of patients from 4% in 1975 to 81% today.
- Team in Training has raised over 1 billion dollars in the fight against blood cancer since 1988


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