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Andy Zack's Team In Training Page

Together we can find a cure....

River Road, November 6, 2005

Hello and welcome to my Team In Training home page!

I’m currently training to participate in my third century bike ride (100 miles) of the year as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training. You see, I found the first two centuries I did to be phenomenally rewarding, both physically and emotionally, as I trained with and rode with teammates who had friends and family suffering from leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma or myeloma or—and this is amazing to me—were survivors themselves. Just today, I wrote to one of my former teammates to say how her constant good spirits and positive attitude, even during rides that were clearly a challenge for her, inspired me. I’ve said it on my own website and I’ll say it again here, TNT helps you adjust your perspective on life. And while I’ve had my own health issues with my back, they are nothing compared to what some of my teammates have endured, survived, and left in their dust as they rode their bikes out to Montauk, or around Lake Tahoe, or now in training for Tucson. Rarely has the phrase “There but for the grace of G-d” had such meaning...and I’m not religious!

Cancer, in any form, is a “six-degrees” disease. If you don’t have it, a family member may have it, or a friend of yours, or a friend of your family member. We are all connected in some fashion to the Cause, and I’m doing my bit here, trying to help ensure that those connections can be broken sooner rather than later, that we can reach a day when we put cancer researchers out of business. I'm completing this century as a mentor, helping out those who are training for their first century achieve their goal. It’s a lot of work and a lot of time, but as my favorite TNT t-shirt says, “Think riding 100 miles on your bike is tough? Try chemotherapy.”

But even mentors have to fundraise, so please make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training, and help advance the Society's mission.

To learn more about how training is going visit my blog at Thanks! Andy