I have a reader named Ben Ailinger, and Ben is married to a swell dame named Katie. Katie wrote me yesterday to tell me that she and Ben are running a half marathon in honor of their friend Larry Maxick, who passed away from non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma two months ago and, of course, to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Ben and Katie's fundraising page -- sporting a nice pic of the dashing couple as well -- is here.
For those of you not familiar, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program is a, well, a training program to get people geared up to run, walk, or roll in marathons, half-marathons, triathlons, and other endurance events. In exchange for the training, the participants raise money for research for a cure for blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. The program has been around for 20 years now, and has raised nearly a billion bucks. I've had many friends participate in TNT, and every one of them has found the experience to be fulfilling in multiple ways. When you're mixing service to a good cause with getting your butt off the couch and getting healthy, how can it not be.
So if you have time today -- and if you're here you certainly have time to spend -- stop by Ben and Katie's site to make a donation, offer support, or to provide some combination of the two.