Sandy Lamparello's Team In Training Page
Racing to Save Lives
Welcome to my Team In Training home page! When I was 4 years old, I met a boy named Richie Gusera on the first day of Kindergarten. We became fast friends and always got into trouble for talking in class. When we were in 1st grade, he was diagnosed with leukemia. He was absent a lot when we were in 2nd grade, but whenever he was well enough to attend school, there he was. I can still see him sitting in the front row with his baseball cap on, covering not only a lump on his head, but the hair loss he suffered as a result of his treatments. But through it all, he always had a big smile on his face.
Richie was too sick to start 3rd grade with us, and shortly after the start of the school year he passed away. I missed him greatly and over the years as we reached various milestones (8th grade graduation, getting our high school class rings, attending our senior prom, high school graduation) I often wondered what it would be like if my friend Richie was still there with us. I've always felt we would have remained friends for life, and would have enjoyed calling each other from college to share stories of all the exciting things we were doing. 28 years later, I still miss him.
I started running about a year ago as a way to get healthier. I quickly fell in love with it and on Labor Day Weekend I completed a half marathon. It was one of the proudest accomplishments of my life, and it made me want to run more races. In an effort to meet other runners, and do some good, I signed up as a Team In Training Volunteer and I'm currently training for the National Marathon on March 29, 2008.
On the day I signed up with TNT, a friend told me about a friend of hers named Claudia who was recently diagnosed with leukemia and has just returned home after weeks of treatment.
I am training to participate in an endurance event as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training in memory of Richie and in honor of Claudia. All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. I'm completing this event in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers. These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure!
Please make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance the Society's mission. Even though I have reached my fundraising requirement your donations can still help The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!
Thank you to everyone who has been so generous with their donations, and especially those of you who have told me how leukemia or lymphoma has affected your life. I carry all of your stories with me as I train and your friends and loved ones will be in my thoughts when I cross the finish line in March.
You can track the progress of my training at my running blog.
I hope you'll visit my web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress. And if you have any friends or family who would be interested in making a donation, please pass along the link to my site. Thanks for your support!
Great news! On Sunday, December 9, I qualified for the National Marathon when I crossed the finish line of the Jingle All the Way 10K in 58:20! Now all I have to do is train, train, train and I'll be ready for the race in March.