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3.28.14 - Mother and Daughter Fight Cancer by Training to Run Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon

Pair a part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training

CLEVELAND (March 28, 2013) - Jasmine Fryer and her mother, Patricia Fryer, joined forces with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) fundraising program, Team In Training (TNT), to race to find cures for blood cancer at the 37th annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon on May 18. Jasmine Fryer learned about TNT when her mother was hospitalized for complications due to multiple myeloma and amyloidosis.

"I have donated funds to several charity organizations. But LLS is different. Not only do I have a connection to the work that they do, but my mom received funding and valuable information from them. I know what those dollars can do. " Jasmine Fryer stated.

The dollars raised by TNT participants go towards research, patient and community services, education and advocacy. Participants fundraise and train with certified coaches months before their chosen event.

"At LLS, our mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families," Holly Coughlin, Team In Training Senior Campaign Director, stated. "We are thrilled to have this family duo in purple this season."

Jasmine Fryer and her mother live three states apart and are able to bond through these experiences with TNT. "Although she lives in Boston, every day we share our experiences and new discoveries. This is an opportunity to be better than I was before my stem cell transplant. There is nothing like a mother and daughter team!" Patricia Fryer stated.

The two are currently training and will run with 25 fellow TNT teammates in the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon on May 18. The team's goal is to raise $21,250 through its participation, but has already surpassed that by raising almost $30,000 to date (of which the duo has around $2,000). More than 80 percent of every dollar raised supports LLS' mission of curing blood cancers and improving the quality of life for patients and their families.

One of the 50 oldest races in the country, the 2014 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon will take place May 17-18. The following opportunities are available for people to participate in the event: full marathon, half marathon, 10K, full marathon walking division, half marathon walking division, 10K walking division, 5K (run or walk) and Kids' Run. Online registration and further information is available at www.clevelandmarathon.com.

Last year, the half marathon sold out for the third year in a row and the marathon, 10K and 5K came close to reaching their respective caps as well. 20,134 people competed in the 2013 events over the course of the weekend. Race organizers are expecting more than 20,000 participants for the 37th annual event in May.

Join the Team and help train for a cure:
Call us at 216-264-5694 to talk to one of our TNT staff about event opportunities. We will give you information about upcoming TNT events and get you connected with your mentor and coaches. It's a great chance for anyone who has wanted to complete an endurance event or travel to a different part of the country for a good cause. Check us out online at www.teamintraining/org/noh.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. www.lls.org.

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Contact: Ellen Traylor, 216.264.5738


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