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Westbury Resident Training and Fundraising for Half Marathon

Westbury resident Tara Spohrer is training for the ING Miami Half Marathon on Jan. 30, 2011. Spohrer, 26, is participating with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training Program.

Team In Training (TNT) is the world’s largest charity sports training program. The program provides training to run or walk marathons and half marathons or participate in hiking adventures, triathlons or century (11-mile) bike rides. And all participants are supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) mission:  to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of our patients and their families.

Spohrer, not only a participant but also a staff member at LLS, said, “I’m inspired by all the patients, survivors and those that have lost their battle that I’ve had the chance to meet during my time here at LLS. And my Honored Hero for this event is my cousin, Casey. Diagnosed with a rare form of Hodgkin lymphoma at 17, he has been cancer free since October of 1998 – that’s thanks to people that support LLS.”  

Many advances have been made as LLS has invested more than $680 million in research targeting blood cancers since they were founded in 1949. Still, every four minutes one person is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Every 10 minutes, someone dies from blood cancer.

To learn how you can assist Spohrer in her efforts, visit her online fundraising page at: To help fundraise for the mission, Spohrer and her family will be hosting a garage sale on Sat., Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 968 Grand Blvd., Westbury.

For more information on LLS or TNT, call the Long Island Chapter at (631) 752-8500 or visit To register for a TNT event or sign up for an information meeting to learn more, visit