As many of you know, 2004-5 was a year in which I made my health and fitness a priority and made the transition from 370 to 220 lbs. Running became one of my new passions and in August of 2005, I ran in my first race, the America’s Finest City Half Marathon in San Diego. This was quite a triumph for someone who only a year before could barely walk one mile or climb a flight of stairs without losing his breath.

One of my dreams has always been to run a full marathon (26.2 miles!) and I have become a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training (TNT) in order to reach this goal.  By participating with TNT, I will be receiving professional training and coaching to achieve my personal quest for fitness in exchange for raising money towards finding a cure for leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma. I am training to run in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego, California on June 3, 2007.

I’m completing this event in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers. I also view the fundraising effort as representative of my longstanding professional commitment to the discovery of medicines to help cancer patients. So many of us have lost family members or friends to this horrible disease and we know how crucial research is to finding new and effective therapies. We need your support to cross the ultimate finish line – a cure!

Please visit my personal TNT website to make a secure donation directly to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance the Society’s mission.  Alternatively, you can help me reach my goal by sending check donations, made out to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, directly to me at the address below. Remember, all donations to are 100% tax deductible!