Update...Katie finished the St. Anthony's Triathlon in a time of 
3:06:28 (75th out of 208 in her age group)

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Katie Morgan's Triathlon Adventure

I'm at it again.

At the end of 2002 I told myself that I was going to train for and run a marathon while raising money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

For five months, I ran the hills of Central Park and the streets of Manhattan preparing myself for the infamous 26.2 miles.

As my training progressed, I really began looking forward to the long runs on early Saturday mornings. Crazy, I know! However, the sense of accomplishment paled in comparison to the satisfaction I felt when I received donations from friends, family, and co-workers. 

The generosity of those who supported me along the way helped me to raise over $5,000.00. The money I raised went to finding cures for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improving the quality of life of patients and their families. 

On April 27, 2003 I crossed the finish line of my first marathon in 4:27 in scenic Sandy Hook, New Jersey. What a rush! What an experience! From that moment on, I knew I was hooked and that I wanted to train for another marathon.

After training in record-breaking low temperatures, I decided to embrace the heat and humidity of summer by training for the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, D.C. On Sunday, October 26, 2003 I finished my second marathon in 4:08. Yes, two marathons in one year. Who would have thought?

So, people ask me, what's next? 

Well, I've decided to switch it up a little and train for a triathlon. Completing the St. Anthony's Triathlon in St. Petersburg, Florida on Sunday, April 25, 2004 is my next goal.

I have pledged to train again in honor of Mark Rosing (see inset on right) and on behalf of Jenny Hinshaw and Elena Togashi. Mark is a colleague of my father while Jenny and Elena are two of the local honorees from The New York City Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. As always, the memory of my mom continues to be my primary motivation and strength.

The success of our program depends on you. My goal is to raise $4,500.00 by February 1, 2004 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training Program. I need your support to help me achieve this. I ask that you think big and donate as generously as you can. Your contribution will show your support to my continued effort to help raise money to help find a cure for blood related cancers and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

With your generosity, there is every reason to believe that a cure for blood-related cancers is in sight!

Mark's strong presence typically makes him the life of a party. 

His 6'3 frame and good jokes usually allows him to command any room he's in. Right now, he has an audience of one, his wife, Janet. 

Mark recently received his second stem cell transplant so he needs to be in isolation for a year. His two daughters, Robin and Jen, visit often to bombard his life with stories about all the crazy things they do in New York City and Boston.

Things are looking good for Mark in terms of the donor's stem cells grafting well with his blood. He goes into the Dana Farber Cancer Institute one a week for checkups and to make sure things are on the right track. 

Mark is a huge sports enthusiast so he spends quite a bit of time watching their 52" TV with every cable/sports channel known to man. Keeping in shape is what the doctor has ordered so Mark uses the treadmill and stationery bike he has at home to maintain his girlish figure. 

With 24 hours to fill in a day Mark also has plenty of time to keep in touch, via phone, with relatives and ExxonMobil friends, monitor his daughters' 401K investments, and ponder his next tropical vacation!

 

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 May 27, 2004 .