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GOAL:$3,000.00

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Natalie-Claire Woods' Team in Training Page

Racing to Save Lives

My honored teamate, Sam, who is currently battling Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, also know as ALL. Help me save his life and the lives of the thousands of people who will be diagnosed with this disease before the end of the year.

Hi Everyone! Thank you for coming to my Team in Training home page.

I am training to participate in a triathlon event as a member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is a national voluntary health agency dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma; and improving the quality of life of patients and their families. Through the Team in Training program I am hoping to make a difference and to be a building block in the wall against these diseases.

Now most of you looking at this site know me quite well, and yes, you’ve read right. I am planning on completing a sprint distance triathlon in mid-September, 2006. A sprint-distance “tri” consists of a half-mile ocean swim, 18 miles of cycling, and 4 miles of running. In order to prepare for this event, I will be training for the next 16 weeks, 6 days a week.

I'm completing this triathlon in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers, and the families it affects. My experience thus far has taught me that everyone knows someone who was or is affected by this disease, whether it’s their mother, a grandfather, a niece, a husband, or even myself (in remission from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma). To those who are fighting, to those who have lost, to those who fought for someone, and to those who have lost someone—your strength is my inspiration.

I know times can get tough, money is tight (especially for my law classmates), but every dollar brings me one step closer to racing towards a cure. You may donate through this website, or by mailing a check payable to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (or LLS) to me at : 428 S. Chatham Circle, Apartment C, Anaheim, California, 92806.

*** A Grandmother's method of Fundraising (7/30/2006) ***

Today my grandmother just called me to let me know that I would have a hefty $100 dollar donation coming my way from her. Not that she was having a relapse of her generous Christmas and Birthday gift giving spirit... but she had LOST A BET! Fortunately, her victor, Mr. Eddie Flores, has requested that the money be used as a donation to a charity and she was able to show him my website to gain his approval... just goes to show that there are very creative ways to help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society raise money for their good work! Thank you Mr. Flores!

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Even if you can’t give a donation, your words of encouragement are much appreciated. I am very nervous and would love to hear from you and answer any questions at NatalieCWoods@hotmail.com. Thank you so much for all of your support (especially to those of you who have supported me through the years since my struggle with cancer). It means so much to me, and may mean the life of someone else.

Be sure to check back frequently to read updates and see my training progress!

Thank you everyone!

Much Love,

Natalie

*** Week 10 Update ***

Hi Everybody! I know it has been a while since my last update and you would be amazed at the progress the team has made. To date we have raised over $70,000 for this season. Physically we have made amazing progress as well... as you might have remembered, my first training session was only about an hour in length, including the bike and run (which I actually didn't finish!)...

Would you believe it, but yesterday I biked for over an hour and half for a distance of almost 20 miles, and then smoothly transitioned into a 3+ mile run. During the week I have actually gone for 6 mile runs, I swim a few miles each week, and in the past month I have logged well over 100 miles on my bike!

Now that's the hard part, and it seems that I have it under control and it's only improving. What you can do to help me is to keep sending those words of encouragement and your donations via the methods listed above. I am almost halfway there, but my race is only a few weeks away and I still need all the support I can get! Thank you to those who have already made their generous contributions, I appreciate your thoughts and donations very much!

I would love to hear from everyone if you have questions, uplifting thoughts, or advice (any experts on CamelPak hydration?).

Take Care! Love, Natalie