|Former City Commissioner helping fight leukemia|
|Tuesday, December 3, 2013|
Former city commissioner (district 2) Larry Marchese of Mt. Juliet has joined Team in Training (TNT) a division of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).
“When I realized that I would complete my 5-year board term with Charis Health Center in December, I began looking at other ways to help. I met the Team in Training staff at a bike class, and immediately knew this was what I wanted to do. I could train for those who couldn’t train and ride for those who couldn’t ride.”
Created 23 years ago, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training (TNT), has grown to be a successful endurance sports charity training program. Those participants have raised a remarkable $1 billion to support blood cancer research and patient services. The money raised by TNT participants has enabled LLS to fund millions of dollars of research to help advance new treatments and cures for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and provide critical education and support to cancer patients and their families.
Nearly 50% of all cancer drugs approved by the FDA during the past decade were for blood cancers. And they are helping other patients as well. Five of those drugs have been approved for patients with solid tumors and others are being tested for other indications. Survival rates for children with leukemia have improved from 3% 40 years ago to 90% today; Hodgkin lymphoma patient survival rates have more than doubled to 88% since the 1960s. And the survival rate for myeloma patients tripled in past decade.
According to LLS, Larry is the only member of the Tennessee Team in Training delegation from Wilson County. “I feel like I’m representing Mt Juliet and all of Wilson County in this endeavor. Basically, I’m looking for 800 people that believe this is a worthy cause and will donate $5.00.” To help Larry achieve this goal, you can visit his website blog at http://larry.isintraining.org