Wow! What a year! I started off 2003 completing my first triathlon and finished by running 26.2 miles in the NYC Marathon. First and foremost, I want to thank all of my family, friends, teammates and coaches who have supported me throughout this year. I could not have accomplished all I have done without your tremendous support.

A little over a year ago, I was sitting at a Team in Training information night with my friend Kim in awe of so many people. There were past participants who had trained and completed a marathon or triathlon while raising money for the society. There were the honored teammates, who's stories about their fight to survive these dreadful diseases brought chills down my spine. 

I knew that night I wanted to become actively involved in this program. Especially since this disease has had a tremendous impact on my family.

My grandmother; Joshephine Butcher; was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1991. I saw first hand how this disease affected her, as well as, my entire family. She was such a strong willed women who cared deeply about her family and friends. 

I will always remember her determination to fight this disease and live her life to the fullest.


I am happy to say that I completed both the St. Anthony's Triathlon and the NYC Marathon in my grandmother's memory, which is a huge personal accomplishment for me. Most importantly, I was able to raise over $6,500 that will go to help find a cure for Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and Mylnoma and to help improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

So what does 2004 have in store for me? 

I am back this year running the hills of Central Park, through what has been so far been another brutal winter, to train for the San Diego Rock-N-Roll marathon on June 6th. I am also more actively involved in Team-in-Training by becoming a mentor for new athletes who are just starting out in the program.

I have pledged to train again in memory of my grandmother and on behalf of our honored teammate Erin Zammit. Erin is a 25-year-old writer and editor for Glamour Magazine. She was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) when she was only 23. Her treatment consisted of a drug called Gleevec combined with shots of chemo for two weeks every month. Research for Gleevec is funded by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and has been a tremendous breakthrough in our quest to find a cure for cancer. She was able to treat her cancer without getting physically sick and losing her hair from high doses of chemotherapy and radiation, which is what I saw my grandmother go through. Currently the disease is almost undetectable in her bloodstream.


I truly believe my teammates and I can make a difference, but we need your support

My goal is to raise over $6,500 by May 1, 2004 for the society and complete my second marathon. Although I ask you to think big, please know that even a donation of one dollar for every mile I run will help me become one step closer to my goal.

Thank you in advance for your generous support. If you have any questions about Team-in-Training, or want to hear more about my training and fundraising initiatives please feel free to email me at

Don't forget, all donations are 100% tax deductible. If your company has a matching gift program, please mail your matching gift form to me.

Warm regards,


Quote to live by: 

Only those who risk going to far can possibly find out how far one can go… 

(T.S. Eliot)


This site is maintained by Peter Klein and is not associated with the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, Team-in-Training or The Light the Night Walk other than the participation in the Society's  programs of the individuals included in this site.  
Last updated on March 08, 2004 .