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Angie Weidinger's Team In Training Page

Racing to Save Lives

Meet my marathon inspiration, Ethan Hite.

Welcome to my Team In Training home page.

The marathon is this Sunday, June 3 and I want to thank all of the people who supported the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and my efforts to train for the big race. I raised more than $3800 and will leave on Friday morning for San Diego. The training went very well capping off with a 20 mile run a few weeks ago. Since then our mileage has been decreasing in preparation for the 26.2 miles on June 3.

This past Saturday was our last group training day and the Hite family came to cheer us on. It meant so much to all of us to see four-year-old Ethan. He's our inspiration for running all of these miles, and many of us will be thinking of him as we struggle through the rough spots and ultimately cross that marathon finish line!

For those of you that don't know, Ethan is a spunky 4-year-old who loves to talk about construction equipment. Ethan is also the only 4-year-old I know who can tell you what Leukemia is and how he's beating it. He was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic (Lymphocytic) Leukemia in 2004 and since then has been poked on in more hospital visits than most of us will experience in a lifetime. But, his parents are quick to point out that Ethan is alive, and his extensive treatments which include chemotherapy and spinal taps will subside this September when he's expected to be given the all clear from the blood cancer. You can watch a story I recently did on Ethan's progress by going to this website: http://www.ozarksfirst.com/content/fulltext/?cid=5590

All of Ethan's progress wouldn't have been possible years ago. Research is saving lives like Ethan's. And, that's where all of your donations to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will help. Your money will help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives.

I knew very little about blood cancers when I signed up for this cause. I’ve now learned leukemia is the leading disease killer of children, and the leading fatal malignant disease in men and women under age 35. Every 10 minutes, a child or adult in the U.S. dies from leukemia or related cancers. Survival rates are improving, but more research is needed to continue that trend.

You can watch a story on the local Team in Training's participation in a half-marathon on March 24 by going to this website: http://www.ozarksfirst.com/content/fulltext/?cid=5908

Thank you to everyone who has donated to this cause. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your support. I'll let you know how the marathon goes!!