Local Mother and Daughter Celebrate Mother’s Day by training for a Marathon to Help Beat Cancer

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Team In Training helps mother-daughter team pay tribute to their loved one

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Jean & Aimee at the 2011 Nike Women's Marathon

Through TNT, I have been able to celebrate my Nana's life and legacy...and the supportive, loving and fun relationship I have with my mom. I have been able to celebrate my accomplishments and those of my teammates.

The Nike Women’s Marathon, a Race to Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), is an extraordinary event that takes place in San Francisco each October to celebrate power of women. LLS’s Team In Training (TNT) provides participants with the support and inspiration they need to cross the finish line.

For South Bay resident, Jean Eagle, and her daughter, Aimee Weiher, training with TNT to prepare for this exciting event holds very special meaning, especially this Mother’s Day.

Jean came to TNT after her mother, Mary Reagan, was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) in 2006. “TNT has been such a wonderful support group,” said Eagle. “After my mother was diagnosed with leukemia, I received something in the mail for TNT and decided to go to an informational meeting. When we were asked who had a personal connection to the cause, I burst into tears. Coach Deb came over to me and said gently, ‘you'll get your support here.’ She was right.”

TNT prepares participants to run or walk marathons, half marathons, triathlons, 100-mile bike rides and hike adventures. In return, they raise money to help beat cancer and provide critical services to patients and their families.

For the second year in a row, Jean and her daughter, Aimee, will walk the Nike Women’s Marathon as members of TNT as a special way to honor Jean’s mother, who ultimately lost her battle with CLL in December 2008.

The experience of training together has been incredibly meaningful for both women. Aimee notes, “My mom and I have always been close, but TNT helped us bond in a very different way. She has been my rock, mentor and friend through the entire process. For us specifically, this experience has been a wonderful opportunity to remember my Nana and celebrate what an awesome lady she was.”

For Jean, training with her daughter “has been such an amazing experience. I got to know her on a completely different level. I was no longer just her mother. We were teammates, and over those long miles I got to see her as an adult and how she operates out in the world - and not through my ‘mother’ eyes.”

This October, Jean & Aimee will take to the streets of San Francisco with thousands of other women who will walk or run the Nike Women’s Marathon. For these remarkable ladies, the experience will be a celebration of sorts. Aimee says, “Through TNT, I have been able to celebrate my Nana's life and legacy. I have been able to celebrate the supportive, loving and fun relationship I have with my mom. I have been able to celebrate my accomplishments and those of my teammates. I have been able to celebrate making new friends and being a part of an organization that has done so much for those who have been affected by blood cancers. Above all, I have learned that there is always a reason to celebrate! No matter how many miles I have left, how much more fundraising I need to do before meeting my goal, I get to walk. That's awesome!”

TNT teams are forming now in the Silicon Valley & Monterey Bay Area for the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco on October 14, as well as other marathon, half marathon, triathlon, cycling and hiking events. For more information, including sign up dates and event schedules, call (800) 446.9460 or visit http://www.teamintraining.org/sj.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit http://www.LLS.org or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. http://www.lls.org.

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